Summer English and Leadership Camp in Rural China

DSC_3834This summer Concordia Welfare Education Foundation and Ember, an organization created by HKIS alumni, teamed up again to lead a 3-day Summer English and Leadership Camp in Deqing, Guangdong Province, China. Each year CWEF and Ember provide financial support to allow highly qualified high school girls to remain in school in this poor area of northwest Guangdong Province. In addition, supporters offer educational opportunities for the girls throughout the year.

This year’s summer camp was attended by nearly 50 local students from the two best schools in the Deqing area. One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to a local elderly home, an especially rewarding experience for the scholarship girls. Twenty-four volunteers attended the trip, including seven HKIS alumni (L to R in the picture above): Annie So (13), Charmaine Kwan (08), Jennifer Wu (08), Jasmine Lau (08), Jamie Shih (07), and Christa Schmidt (13).

Some of our activities during the camp are portrayed in the pictures below: English teaching, singing, performing and interacting at a local elderly home, home visits to the homes of the girls, skit preparation and performances, and a group picture as we head back to Hong Kong on the train.

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For More Information

To read the stories of two scholarship winners, Elain and Sally, hit here.

To see a video shot and edited by Josh Brown when a small group of us visited Elain and Sally, hit here and put in the password “hkis.”

To read more about our experiences with this program, see these entries about Summer Camp 2011 and our Winter Camp 2012.

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About martinschmidtinasia

I have served as a humanities teacher at Hong Kong International School since 1990, teaching history, English, and religion courses. Since the mid-1990's I have also come to assume responsibility for many of the school's service learning initiatives. My position also included human care ministry with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in Hong Kong, southern China, and others parts of Asia from 1999-2014. Bringing my affluent students into contact with people served by the LCMS in Asia has proved to be beneficial to students and our community partners alike. Through these experience I have become committed to social conscience education, which gives students the opportunity to find their place in society in the context of challenging global realities.
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  1. Pingback: “I Can! You Can! We Can!” Empowering Young Women at a CWEF Summer Camp | Social Conscience and Inner Awakening

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