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    Students' "Once-in-a-Lifetime" World Classroom Experience

    School News

    06 Jun, 2013

    10 : 00

    • The global education at Yew Chung International School is developed to continually stimulate learning in students, both inside and outside of the classroom. One component of the curriculum that encourages learning beyond the classroom and beyond regional borders is the World Classroom Programme. This programme offers students an opportunity to increase their awareness and understanding of other cultures, promote critical thinking, and develop an appreciation of other points of view by visiting other countries. Each trip is overseen by experienced Yew Chung staff, who place the student’s safety and welfare as their highest priority. Additionally, a staff member leads a daily character formation and reflection time to help students fully absorb the learning from each day. Beginning in Year 7, and continuing through Year 10, students have the opportunity to visit far-reaching parts of the globe, with trips including destinations such as the wilderness of Africa, historical sites in the US and Europe, and exotic locations throughout Asia.Jasmine, a Year 7 student at YCIS Shanghai Gubei Campus, shared her recent experience with the World Classroom programme:


      “This year, I was given the opportunity to enjoy the World Classroom trip to Washington DC, and I must say it was really a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience.


      One of the highlights was visiting the White House, which was very impressive with its simple architecture and its long, white columns. My favourite two experiences during the trip included designing my own personal chocolate at the Hershey’s Chocolate Factory, and doing community service at the two middle schools we visited.


      At the Chocolate Factory, we designed and manufactured our own unique chocolate bar. From choosing the flavour to finally wrapping up the finished treat, the entire process only took about 20 minutes. The efficiency of the factory robots was unbelievable.


      During our visits to the two schools, we presented our cultural performances and it was a great success! Later, we shifted into groups to help the American students improve their Chinese writing and speaking ability. I felt extremely satisfied to help them, and the students were very thankful to us for helping them with their skills.


      Throughout the trip, I not only learnt a lot of useful historical knowledge, but I also became more mature and independent. Seeking out challenges and stepping over obstacles were a very important part of this trip.


      In closing, I wish to thank all of the teachers from YCIS Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Qingdao, who helped with this trip. This was truly a wonderful and marvellous experience.”