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A Great Weekend of Cultural Learning and Friendship

China Team 218 Journal for Saturday and Sunday, October 17 & 18, 2015 Message of the Day: Treasure family & friends, respect everyone, work for harmony and peace.  Anonymous Saturday:  Carolyn & Jo-Carol departed with their High Tech hosts to visit the site of the tomb excavation of Emperor Qin from whose name CHINA is […]


Opera Night – Gorgeous Music and Dancing!

China Team 218 Journal for Wednesday October 14, 2015 Message of the day: “Don’t judge a man by where he is because you don’t know how far he has come.” C.S. Lewis I see China and my students through virgin eyes. This is my first trip to China so all I have known about this […]

The Chinese Celebrate the Duanwu Festival

It’s the Duanwu or Dragon Boat Festival in China on June 20 this year. The festival is celebrated on the 5thday of the 5th Chinese lunar month and has a history of over 200 years. The festival commemorates the life and death of the famous Chinese scholar Qu Yuan, who was a loyal minister of […]


Terra Cotta Warriors Museum is Truly Amazing!

Team Journal for March 31, 2015 Message of the day: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal.  It is the courage to continue that counts” Winston Churchill Today was overcast and cooler than predicted.  We met Phyllis in the lobby at 7:20 for a quick ride over to the branch (old) campus of Shaanxi […]

What a Feast of Chinese Cultural Activities!

Team Journal for March 26, 2015 Message of the day: “You’re just jealous, because we act stupid in public and people still love us.” -Unknown The morning classes went like usual for Montana and LuRue doing their normal competition games. The kids started out shy at first, but by the end, the kids were jumping […]


Learning the History of Xi’an

Team Journal for March 22, 2015 On Sunday, Montana skipped breakfast while LuRue went down for her usual egg, bread, juice, and tea. Don happened by, having already eaten and been up for hours, of course. The two discussed a trip to the Shaanxi History Museum. Montana was ready to come, so the three took […]


A Fantastic Day of Exploring Xi’an

Team Journal for March 21, 2015 Message of the day: “We live now in a global village and we are in one single family. It’s our responsibility to bring friendship and love from all different places around the world and to live together in peace.”  Jackie Chan  The weekend was rather low-key for the members […]


Pronunciation, Homonyms, Hocky Pocky and More!

Journal for March 19, 2015 Message of the day: “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford Don, being the early morning person he is, was already up and about as Montana and LuRue went downstairs like zombies to go get breakfast. They all met up with […]

“This is the Most Memorable International Trip We’ve Taken!”

A volunteer couple on our December program, Errett and Jack, wrote: On balance, I can’t think of a more memorable international trip that we have taken. While we have certainly enjoyed international “tour-type” trips, the past two weeks have really been unique and special for us. With the help of our team leader, the English teachers and the […]


Out Exploring the History & Folk Customs of Yunnan!

Message of the Day: Even if one could live 100 years, life would be too short to explore the history and inexhaustible folk customs of Yunnan Province. Team Journal Entry: Today is a free day but one with a plan. After breakfast, we met Mr. Mah, our guide for the day, and began our journey to […]