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GRADE 8 WEEK WITHOUT WALLS
Posted 11/12/2013 01:22PM

 

 

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

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