Learn Mandarin Chinese on a customized schedule with Minds Abroad. The weekly morning classes and afternoon activities program allows students to enjoy and experience and...
China in a month
Submitted by Ana - University of British Columbia | August 10, 2016
I think this program adapted very well to my needs. I wanted a program where I could take Chinese lessons in a more relaxed environment (not for college credits or very demanding) and at the same time have the opportunity to travel a lot.
I was very satisfied with the way the program was flexible enough to be able to suit my needs. I really liked the places the program took us to.
I thought our Chinese instructor was also very good. She taught us very interesting material and she definitely helped me improve my Chinese. I was in the advanced class.
I was very happy too with the staff. Everybody was very nice and really helpful. They took their time to help us whenever we needed help and also to introduce us to Chinese culture. I liked hanging out a lot in the office mainly because I felt so comfortable with the staff. Really nice people and really helpful!
As for living situation, I was in a homestay. I very much enjoyed the experience. My family and my Chinese sister were very nice to me, helped me a lot, and I really enjoyed being with them. Probably one of the highlights of this trip.
As for suggestions, I think the program structure lacked some organization. Several times for the afternoon activities we would be too late so we could not do the activity properly, for example bicycle riding at Dianchi lake or going to Yunnan Daxue. Also, in Dali we wasted a lot of time trying to figure out the tickets for the old town.
A suggestion I think would greatly improve the program is trying to integrate a cultural/historical aspects to our visits. We visited a lot of places but didn't really get any guides or explanations about the places we visited. The staff also didn't have much to say about the places.
Minds Abroad in Yunnan: the best experience for a student will study abroad
Submitted by Jerry Kong - the middle school No.2 Attached to Beijing Normal University | August 03, 2016
I am a student who is going to study abroad in America next year. I often worried about the communication parts with foreigners.Before coming to Yunnan, I keep worrying about that. But when I arrived in Yunnan and join with those peers, I felt totally relaxed. None of those bad circumstance that I ever imagined happened. I was so happy to join the big family. Teachers and friends treated me very well. They cared me quite a lot. Also, the volunteer works were very good experience. I have never been a teacher for such young kids. It was a challenge for me. Finally I adapted to the teaching lives here. Those kids are naughty but also very cute. Teaching them made me very happy. I can prove my English skills during the class times.
Those trips to Shaxi, tonghai, jianshui, Dali were so enjoyable. I was not here when they went to shangri-la and western mountain. But I can also imagined how fun they were. Those attractions can represent Yunnan. I enjoyed my spare time there.
In summary, this program really helped me a lot. I do not fear for communicating to foreigners anymore. I believed my English skills were proved a lot during the 2 weeks. Thanks for all the teachers who helped me and those guys who spent 2 weeks with me. That will be an unforgettable experience in my high school life.
Amazing Experience In China! I'm So Glad I Went
Submitted by Kevin Ho - Undisclosed | October 10, 2014
I learned Mandarin more quickly than I have at any other point, either back home in California or any other school in China.
My time at Minds Abroad really raised my proficiency. My teacher was fantastic and the classes were engaging. accommodations were nice and my roommates were from not only the U.S.but also from China and Europe.
Found them online, I liked the structure of their program.
Very comfortable accommodations.
Truly the experience of a lifetime...
Submitted by Kimbre McWhorter - Brigham Young University | February 10, 2013
Living, studying, volunteering and traveling abroad in China was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Minds Abroad made it possible for me to do so safely and helped me with transportation, locating a university, and securing housing. I enjoyed daily meals in the company of friendly staff and was fortunate to have help planning my weekend excursions from Kunming to Dali, LiJiang, Nanjing, Xishuangbanna, and Laos. My teachers became family to me, and the experiences I had teaching art at a school for children of migrant workers still put a smile on my face. To sum it up, if you are looking for an experience of language immersion, ready to study hard, and desire to see and do things that will matter deeply to you for the rest of your life...this is the program for you. Cheers to good health and happiness!
Health and Safety:
I never, never felt unsafe in Kunming.
Little scary when you don't speak the language well. But once you get brave, you'll realize everyone will happily welcome you into their lives:)
eye opening experience
Submitted by audreymarion | February 10, 2013
I'm studying to become a teacher and I spent a month working in an autistic daycare centre in Kunming. This was a great experience for me to learn what is involved when looking after autistic children as well as giving me an insight into how Chinese educational institutions work. It was also a great opportunity for me to practise and learn Chinese as no one really spoke English! In addition, Kunming is a great city to live as the weather is very comfortable and the people are incredibly friendly.