If you have a passion for service or just skills you want to put in action and the curiosity for China, outside it's big cities, then the Karstaway program at The Bright
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Surfing and outdoor adventure
Submitted by Josh | August 11, 2016
I started my program in Yangshuo, where I studied Chinese in the mornings and learned how to lead kids through outdoor activities in the afternoons. I got on well with all the other outdoor ed interns and we became a really solid team over the month. I then travelled to Riyuewan in Hainan for my internship. I was working on a surf camp with Chinese kids on a beautiful quiet beach. It was great to go out into practice everything learned in Yangshuo and I’m seriously considering becoming a surf instructor now and getting more into outdoor education in the future.
Program: Outdoor Education
This. Is. Awesome.
Submitted by Veronica Brown - Toronto | January 22, 2016
Had an amazing first month in Yangshou with the whole Karstaway team. For the English speakers, we had Chinese lessons every weekday morning from 9-12 (and English for the Chinese speakers) which was a huge asset throughout our stay in Yangshou as well as during our internship in Sanya. Every afternoon was full of great adventures that expanded your circle of comfort, or gave you the adrenaline rush some of us are craving for from time to time. For those rainy days or times we needed to focus on our upcoming projects, Karstaway helped facilitate projected goals based on our ideas surrounding our personal aspirations, as well as benefits for the projects and the people involved with them. In total we had two groups who went to two very different places. By the end of our first month together, we were all very sad to say good-bye, but were excited to hear about the projects each team was working on, and what outcome we all had by the end of it. Definitely a highlight of the whole Karstaway program. It added a great balance between work and play while letting us truly enjoy the natural beauty of Yangshou, China.
Program: Chinese language and Adventure
Great experience to strengthen your professional and personal abilities
Submitted by Veronica Brown - Sanya | January 22, 2016
Had a great experience at the Bright Connection for the 2 months that we were here. Worked with both the staff and the children to focus on developmental milestones and incorporate age appropriate activities into their week day therapy sessions. We made great bonds with all of the wonderful and life-loving children here. Karstaway was able to allow us the movement and flexibility to use our skills from home as well as the skills we learnt while being here, to create a program that was suitable for the staff and children here at the centre. We were able to speak with the staff through the Chinese that we had learnt in Yangshou, as well as through a translator that was available throughout our stay. Highly recommended for people who are looking to bring their professional expertise to the program and teachable skills for the staff. They are very open and welcoming to ideas and suggestions to expand their work here.
A unique learning experience
Submitted by taco_steve | January 22, 2016
This program is for those who want to really experience something different. It's for those who are willing to grow as a person outside of their comfort zones.
It's really a lot of fun and I learned a lot about china and myself. It was a lot of hard work but I feel like I made a difference.
Program: Chinese language and Adventure
A grounding and liberating experience I'll never forget
Submitted by Nicholas - Victoria University | April 23, 2015
The liberation and learning I gained from the program was incredible!
As a university paramedic student I got more understanding of people’s innate nature to care and help each other then ever gained in the lecture theatres. By removing myself from all the bureaucracy that surrounds us I was able to work and help a team in caring for disabled youths and really see a benefit in not only the children, but the full time carers who work tirelessly and live with the children they support. It was a truly humbling experience that grounded me as a person and coming back I was better able to understand peoples' needs and provide better care for them. Along with being able to speak a bit of Chinese, that I practice back in Aus, it was an extremely valuable, fun and liberating experience that I’d recommend to everyone.