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-Teach Kids at Orphanage

Community Services at a Tibetan Orphanage in Shangri-la

Broadreach US Student Group
Program Title: School Summer China Immersion 06
Trip Date: 20/06/06-23/06/06

Day 1 20th June 06

Today was a travel day. We took the bus to Shangri-La. On the three hour bus ride, we played a few games, including water drinking games and mafia. On the way, we stopped at a little roadside handicraft place. For lunch, we stopped in a village near Tiger Leaping Gorge. Upon arriving in Shangri-La, we checked into the hotel and everyone enjoyed some rest time and then dinner. That evening, we went to the orphanage. The kids there were very friendly and put on a show for us. They sang and danced, it was very fun. We joined in the celebration too with the hokey-pokey and some other songs/dances. Soon after, we got to mingle with the children. We taught the orphans some games and they taught us some too! We played hot hands, thumb wrestling, arm wrestling and ?own by the River?(a hand game). Even though there was a language barrier we had a great time. We returned to the hotel ready for a good night sleep.



Day 2 21st June 06

After waking up and eating breakfast at the hotel, we headed to the orphanage. At the orphanage, we picked up some of the children and followed the other orphans to the countryside, where we celebrated the orphanage's 10th anniversary! It was a fun, very bumpy, forty minute bus ride. We made it to the gorgeous countryside where we climbed a ?ountain?and played games. In then village, we enjoyed a traditional Tibetan snack of yak butter tea, yak cheese with sugar, bread, and fruit. For lunch we shared a Tibetan hot pot containing tofu, noodles, yak meatballs, potatoes, and some kind of fatty meat.

Some of us enjoyed the food and some of us did not, but it was definitely a cultural experience that we will all remember. Following lunch there was a giant orphanage and Broadreach wide ?uffball?(spiky velcro-like things that fall off of trees) fight. After the fight we returned to our hotel, and had some rest time before heading to the old city for dinner.



Day 3 22nd June 06

Although the original plan for today was to teach English at the orphanage, we had to change our plans a bit because they were all going on an outing four hours away. Thus, we decided that today would be good for a ?ellness Day? We had picked a spa to go to last night; however we were informed in the morning that it was closed. Luckily, we were able to find another close by. For the better part of the day we enjoyed massages, trying to understand Chinese television, watching ?ight at the Museum,?and eating rice and noodles. When we got back to the hotel, we took a short break in our rooms and then headed down to dinner at the hotel's delicious restaurant. After dinner we had a discussion on Daoism. Just as we got situated for the discussion in the lobby, a large group came in, so we had to move to a more secluded spot on the second floor. We learned that one belief is to go with the flow; today tested our ability to do so. Even though it might sound like we were being handed lemons, we were still able to make some delicious lemonade!



Day 4 23rd June 06

Today, instead of going to Tiger Leaping Gorge, we went to the orphanage to work with the orphans. Well, I m sure that everybody was not surprised that we had to modify our plan a few times, only to discover it would be completely different once we got there. We only got to teach one lesson, but we all had fun teaching them various words and phrases. Most of us were surprised by the amount of English these kids knew. The older kids knew not much more than the younger kids, but everything still went by extremely fast, ending us up in situations where we had to completely ?ing-it?because we finished all four lessons too quickly.

It ended up being a lot of fun teaching them different games and sentences. Most of them were so enthusiastic about being able to speak English. We spent a lot of the day outside playing with them. We played all sorts of games such as soccer, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball. There was even an exciting game of Duck Duck Goose! They taught many of us how to play this hand game that sounded like it had the word ?acaroni?in it. We soon discovered when they tried to teach us, that they didn't all know the words either! But it was still a lot of fun. Then a few of us decided to play an exciting game of Wall Ball, with the occasional help of an orphan. A few times the ball ended up in the pens of the nasty-looking guard dogs. They wouldn't eat the orphans, so they would go rescue the ball. At the end of the day, we were all tired and went back to the hotel and went to bed early after an exhausting last day at the Tibetan orphanage.






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