25 high school students and chaperones from across British Columbia participated in the 10-day Beijing International Student Summer Camp in China from July 14 – 23. Every year, a selection of BC students are invited to participate in the educational camp to gain exposure to a new culture and act as ambassadors of the province.
During the trip, they visited the historic landmarks, such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, as well as modern sites, including the Water Cube, the Bird Nest, and the Silk Market. The organizer, Beijing International Education Exchange Centre, also prepared various cultural courses to enrich participants’ experiences. About 800 campers from 33 countries participated in the summer camp in Beijing this year.
Testimonials from BC participants:
“This trip changed me in the best way possible. it made me come out of my shell completely and it made me open myself up 100%. I loved every second and I love everyone who enjoyed it with me.”
“Experiencing the Summer Camp enriched my life with new sights, sounds, tastes and feelings; I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to share these days with so many people from all over the world.”
“Beijing was a life changing experience! From meeting the most amazing people, to learning and experiencing the culture in China. I would love to return to the camp, as if has been a life changing experience not just for me but for everyone.”
“I loved everything. I was crying on the way back because I didn’t want to leave. It was that good!”
“This camp was a life changing experience for me. Everything was unforgettable from the places to the people. It brought a new understanding to me of how other people’s lives are around the world. The new memories I now have I’ll forever remember. Beijing will forever hold a piece of my heart”
“This Summer Camp has been so influential from seeing China’s historic sites to meeting over 700 new people, this trip is an unforgettable experience that will stay with me forever!”
“I’m so grateful for the opportunity my 15 year old had to experience China as well as meet others from different countries. BCCIE made it easy with their exceptional communication and organization.”