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2017 Ed Travel China Program at Concordia International Shanghai

November, 2017
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With thousands of years of history, and diverse geographic and cultural features, the Middle Kingdom is the focus of Concordia International School Shanghai’s week of experiential education. China’s vast landscape, numerous minority ethnic groups, and evolving culture provide an ideal backdrop for students to acquire self-knowledge, form new friendships, challenge pre-conceived ideas, and put the needs of others before their own.

Concordia students from both Middle School and High School enjoy the annual opportunity to travel to destinations around the country through educational travel that includes trips designed around culture, service, and adventure.

concordia-news-ed-travel-yin-billEarlier this semester, Middle School students traveled with teachers and classmates from their grade levels to various destinations. Grade 5 students traveled to Nanbeihu for three days of self-discovery and adventure, while Grade 6 students tried abseiling, hiking, and team building activities in Moganshan. And students in Grade 7 experienced Beijing through adventures that spanned from the busy streets of the capital to rural farms and mountain trails. Meanwhile, Grade 8 students took in the picturesque scenery of Yangshuo, Guilin, where they learned camping skills and challenged themselves to try things they’d never done before.

Concordia High School students take part in the Transforming Individuals by Education & Service (TrIBES) program. TrIBES lets students choose from a wide variety of courses that take them to destinations throughout China. TrIBES are made up of students from different grade levels across the High School led by teacher advisors.

This fall semester, the High School students chose among activities that included teaching English to village children in rural Yunnan, hiking and camping along the historic trade routes of the Abujee Mountain, and assembling a DIY vehicle at the Open Source Makerlab in Shenzhen.

The TrIBES experience does not end once everyone is back in Shanghai. Each TrIBES group meets weekly to continue to grow together as a unit, sharing meals and participating in service and other projects around the school and the city. Former Concordia High School Principal Nicholas Kent, perhaps put it best when said, “We leave for TrIBES as a school; we come back from TrIBES as a family.”

Concordia continues to seek unique educational travel opportunities in each division that allow its students to grow through intimate experiences and improved understanding of their host country. 

 

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