Patricia, studying Applied Linguistics and English Studies at the University of Southampton, spent five weeks volunteering at EduCamp Beijing.
How was your experience on the program?
This summer during the summer camp not only did I had the opportunity to gain some teaching experience but also I could have fun taking part in activities along with my students, discover the Chinese culture more in depth and also meet amazing people along the way.
Would you recommend the program to a friend and why?
After spending a summer in China on the EduCamp program, I would whole-heartily say that such an experience was rewarding, educational and recreational at the same time.
For anyone out there considering starting off a teaching career or even trying it out over the summer I could not recommend the Abridge programs or any similar programs enough. The experience is truly amazing and rewarding!
What did you learn from taking part in the program?
I have learned that one never stops learning and that as a teaching one received a double role: to deliver knowledge and to learn from their students.
As a teacher I was reminded thanks to my students that we learn though mistakes and that learning has to be fun. Nevertheless, my students showed me that I am never too old to take part in games, therefore afternoon games have grown to become my favourite activities of the day!
How will the program help with your future career/ studies?
First of all I believe that the EduCamp program will be very helpful for me in my degree [Applied Linguistics and English Studies] because it involves teaching English as a foreign language. At the same time it also helped me realise that I might be able to pursue such a career in the future.
What was your favourite/ most memorable moment?
My favourite moment in the camp has to be the very last class that I taught – when the topic of the lesson was my home country, Romania. I was surprised to see how curious all my students were to find out more about my country and even insisted on me teaching them a little bit of Romanian.