2018 Beijing International Student Summer Camp

Date: Jul 14, 2018 — Jul 25, 2018
Location: Beijing, China
Cost: Approximately CAD $1900

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BCCIE’s partner, Beijing International Education Exchange (BIEE), the international arm of the Beijing Municipal Education Commission, has again extended an invitation for 22 secondary school students from across British Columbia to participate in the 2018 Beijing International Student Summer Camp.  The dates of the camp will be July 14-25, 2018, which includes a half day pre-departure workshop in Vancouver.  Two chaperones/teachers from the BC K-12 system and one BCCIE representative will accompany the students on the 10-day Summer Camp.

Students from over 20 countries will participate in the 2018 Summer Camp, integrating Chinese language and culture activities throughout the program.  Students will be guided through classroom and cultural settings throughout Beijing, with field trips, cultural performances, cooking demonstrations and many other activities including:

  • Basic Mandarin and Chinese Culture Lessons
  • Chinese Traditional Handcrafts such as Chinese knot, and Chinese painting,
  • Kung Fu and Tai Chi demonstration and lessons
  • Famous historic and cultural sites tour with visits to the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, Hutongs, and the National Stadium

Nominate Students

On behalf of BIEE, we would like to invite BC school districts and independent schools to each nominate up to two local secondary students between the ages of 15 to 17 to participate in the program. Once you have selected your students, please send the requested information to bccie@bccie.bc.ca by Friday, April 6, 2018, with the following details as outlined below.

Student information required:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Phone
  • Letter of support from the Principal or Superintendent

Notes:

  1. We encourage districts and schools to promote this program and advise you that student selection is fully the responsibility of the school/school district. You must establish your own internal selection criteria and procedure to identify exemplary and team-oriented candidates as student ambassadors of BC and Canada.
  2. Districts or schools will be required to provide a brief letter of support from the Principal or Superintendent for each student selected to participate in the program.
  3. Participants who fail to follow camp rules or harm the reputation of the district or school will be sent home at their own expense.
  4. In an effort to extend this opportunity to as broad a range of students as possible, districts are encouraged to consider gender diversity in their selection of students from different schools where possible

Nominate Chaperones

We will also be in need of two teachers who can act as chaperones. Districts or schools are welcome to nominate a teacher to accompany the group.

Note: These spaces fill up quickly. Selection of students and chaperones will be on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

Costs related to the Summer Camp in Beijing

All in-China costs for BC participants will be covered by the hosts, BIEE. These costs include accommodations, meals, local transportation, tuition and local activities.

The pre-departure orientation costs will be covered by BCCIE. These costs include one-night accommodation in Vancouver, meals, and local transportation to airport (one-way).

Each participant will be required to pay for international and domestic airfare between the participant’s home airport and Beijing, medical/travel insurance and an administration fee, which covers camp registration costs and securing a China visitor’s visa. The approximate anticipated cost for these items Is $1900 CDN. Participants are also encouraged to bring spare funds for personal use. Please note that in the past some districts have covered some or all fees for their participating students and chaperones. Your support in this fashion would be appreciated. Please visit BIEE’s website for more information about the Summer Camp.

Benefits of Studying Abroad

Today’s world is interconnected. To be successful, students must become global thinkers and develop intercultural competencies. Students who are flexible and open-minded to new ideas, languages, and ways of life, will have an advantage both professionally and personally. Some experts even say international experiences make you brighter and more creative. We understand that study abroad programs, even short-term ones can help launch students towards valuing the complexity of a diverse world. Through a well-developed study abroad program, one’s sense of self, self-confidence and responsibility towards others, can be greatly enhanced.