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2015 Chinese Bridge-Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students

2015 Chinese Bridge-Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students

Deadline to apply: March 5

The program will be held in China from 16th July to 31st July. This year, the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) would like to invite 700 American high school students including chaperons to participate in the summer camp and open 10-35 places for each Confucius Institute/Classroom (student-chaperon ratio is about 10:1).
1. The Program Introduction
Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students is an annual Chinese language and culture experiencing activity sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) with the cooperation of the Confucius Institutes in U.S.. The program aims at enhancing Sino-U.S. youth exchanges, deepening high school students’ understanding of and personal experience with Chinese language and culture.
2. Itinerary in China (Beijing Time):
July 16th, Arrive in Beijing and check in.
July 17th, Take culture actives in Beijing.
July 18th-July 27th, Travel to different provinces/cities in groups; Take Chinese language and culture classes, communicate with Chinese students and their families.
July 28th-July 30th, Back to Beijing, and take culture activities.
July 31st, Travel to and arrive in the U.S.
3. Activity theme and visiting provinces/cities
A. Discover China-Chinese History, Shandong and Zhejiang;
B. Discover China-Chinese Ethnic Minorities, Jilin and Guangxi;
C. Discover China- Folk Arts, Beijing, Heilongjiang and Jiangsu;
D. Discover China- Chinese Kung Fu, Henan.Note: Each Confucius Institute/Classroom will offer 2-3 choice intentions and the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) will arrange group plan according to the demand.4. Program Fee
The headquarters will be responsible for the cost in China including food, accommodation and group activities. Students and chaperons will be responsible for international travel fees, international insurance, visa application fees and so on.5. All students and chaperons should meet the following criteria:
1)American citizen (has U.S. passport);
2)High school students; Age between 14 and 18; grades from 9 to 12;
3)Have great interests in Chinese language and culture;
4)Healthy enough for international travel;
5)Have willing to participate in all summer camp activities and comply with requirements.

1)Respect and understand Chinese culture;
2)Good at communication and adaptable to new environments;
3)With K-12 teaching, chaperone or adminstrative experiences;
4)Highly experienced in student management;
5)Healthy enough for international travel;

Chaperons also need to perform the following duties:
1) Assist Confucius Institutes/Classrooms in pre-departure for students;
2)Participate in all summer camp activities with students and comply with requirements;
3)Take the primary responsibilities for the safety of students during summer camp;
4)Help students adapt the environment and provide guidance for them;
5)Accompany students in emergency situation and provide help to contact their families;
6)Collect students’ feedbacks and hand in reports to Confucius Institutes/Classrooms.
7)   If Chaperon whom Confucius/Classroom selected is serious dereliction of duty we will suspend the Confucius/Classroom’s eligibility to participate in the next year’s summer camp.

6. Application and Selection
1) Students should submit the student application form with the personal application letter, school or teacher recommendation letter meanwhile Chaperon should submit the chaperon application and resume to the Confucius Institute/Classroom.
2) The Confucius Institute/Classroom will administer the preliminary selection according to the submitted documents, confirm qualified candidates, and submit candidates’ information and a scan copy of their application materials to Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) for review.
3) The Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) should notify the Confucius Institute/Classroom of the selection results. Confucius Institute/ Classroom should sign acknowledgment with campers/chaperons and send the scanning copy of acknowledgment and the first page of application’s passports to Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban).

7. Other
We Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) enjoys the final explanation right of the above provisions and information.

Confucius Institutes/Classrooms will start recruitment from today and send us back application forms, recommendations, CVs to our division by 15th March. We will send invitations to students in April if they are verified.

Once invitation letters has been received, the student’s will be responsible for securing their own visa’s and flight tickets.  The Confucius Institute will help assist on how to apply for the visa as well as provide the students with a travel agent’s number/email to contact so that they will be on the same international flight as the chaperon(s).  Our Institute does not conduct any pre-departure orientations, but we will be able to provide you with a FAQ sheet and travel tips closer to the bridge date.

8. Contact
Name: Noah
Address:Confucius Institute in Indianapolis at IUPUI, 425 University Boulevard, Cavanaugh Hall, Suite 129, Indianapolis, IN, 46202

Student Application

Chaperon Application

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