SIS News Archive

Posted 11/12/2013 01:22PM




 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.


 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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