SIS News Archive
GRADE 8 WEEK WITHOUT WALLS
October 28-November 1, five teachers accompanied 36 eighth graders on an amazing adventure to a Dong minority community four hours north of Guilin. After dropping our backpacks at Michael’s Guesthouse, we took a short hike around the idyllic village of Chengyang, the main Dong village. We meandered around verdant rice paddies and sauntered through 100-year-old Wind and Rain Bridges, one thing the area is especially known for.
After a 45 minute bus trip the next morning, we ended up in a remote Dong village, where we
spent the morning mixing and spreading cement to help pave a playground area. After a quick lunch, we worked with the children in the school there playing games and singing songs in English.
A VILLAGE FEAST FIT FOR A KING
Afterward, we were exhausted and went to rest in assigned homes for our home-stay experience. That evening, the whole village came together and hosted a feast in our honor! Students performed dances and songs around a huge bonfire. Unfortunately, it began to rain so we all rushed to our homestay homes and snuggled down tight for the night. At sunrise, we ate breakfast as a class and hopped into vans for our ride back to Chengyang and Michael’s Guesthouse.
“This was the best trip ever!”, quipped one 8th grader.
And indeed, it was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
By Kasandra Battioni
Grade 8 Humanities Teacher