Today, I was very excited that I have received letters from my friends in China. I am also grateful that this year I have received many blessings and gifts from my international friends.
This year 2015, has definitely made its mark on the Michelle history books. My family has been an international host family for the past 3 years. I was very happy that this was the year that I was able to be a part of the student international team. I was able to affect the lives of over 200 Chinese students and 50+ students all over Europe this year alone.
My job was to be an international student activities leader. I would interact with groups of 55 or more at a time of children ages 10-17. Where I would create team building exercises, games, and take them to field trips around San Diego and Los Angeles. Their purpose was to come here for a “summer camp” and learn to practice writing and speaking English.
This has been a memorable experience and a definite culture shock! I don’t know if anyone knows, but I studied Mandarin for a year in college. (I was also founder and president of the first Chinese Culture Club at Mesa College). I was pretty happy I got to practice speaking the Mandarin with the students.
In this experience I was able to gain some awesome new friends and family. I met other leaders from China, Sweden, Spain, Italy and Norway. They are super friendly and down to earth people! As for my students, I just know they will grow up to be some of the future leaders of China. They are very intelligent kids and will become successful people. In a world, where English and Mandarin rival to be the most spoken language its humbling to meet students from around the world trying to acquire both. Knowledge is power.
We tend to take for granted the things such as internet, youtube, books, shopping, and education for that matter here in the United States. I just wish that we would be able to teach our children that there is a whole other world out there waiting to be discovered. I believe in being a cultured person and I hope one day everyone would want to have that chance to do that as well.
This post is dedicated to all my friends and new family in China. I am glad that we were able to meet and create wonderful experiences here during your stay in San Diego. My only wish is for the day I get to visit you all there to learn more about China and Sweden.
Kevin, Lynne, Nunu, Annie, Alan, Andrea, Marie
and all my 2015 students.