Spring 2018–Week 8 R&R

Just Hanging Out

This week was pretty low key for our students as they get back into the swing of classes and internships. We didn’t have anything super special planned, so we decided it would be a good week to post some of the students’ photos that they’ve taken here in Chengdu as well as some of the staff’s favorite photos.

English Corner

This week’s English Corner was hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson’s own Jenny Guo. Jenny was sick this week, but decided to push through and lead a discussion and a round of Pictionary.

Great Job Jenny!!!

The Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad was co-founded by Global Maximum Educational Opportunities Inc. in the US and the Chengdu Mayor’s Office in Chengdu. We have inbound programs to bring American students to Chengdu as well as outbound programs sending Chinese students to the US.

For more information, please visit us at gmeochina.com

You can also follow our activities at the Center and our weekly English Corner by adding us on Wechat

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Spring 2018–Week 6 & 7 Xi’an and Dujiangyan

Welcome to Xi’an!!!

We’ve been busy over weeks 6 and 7, but now we’re back and ready to tell all about the exciting time we’ve had. The biggest event of the semester, our Cultural Excursion, finally came and the students went off to Xi’an.

Xi’an is an ancient capitol of China. Located in the Shaanxi province, Xi’an has been the capitol of China for more than 1,000 total years, including the Tang, Zhou, Han, and Qing Dynasties.

Xi’an is famous today for its Terra Cotta Army. Sculpted during the Qin Dynasty, the first Emperor of China, Emperor Qin, had an entire stone army buried near his tomb at the time of his death. It wasn’t until the 20th century that this magnificent army was discovered by a farmer. Today they are famous around the world as a symbol of China.

 

 Water Releasing Festival

Our students received very difficult-to-come-by tickets to the annual Dujiangyan Water Releasing Festival. This festival commemorates the springtime dam breaking that has occurred in Dujiangyan for centuries.

The Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad was co-founded by Global Maximum Educational Opportunities Inc. in the US and the Chengdu Mayor’s Office in Chengdu. We have inbound programs to bring American students to Chengdu as well as outbound programs sending Chinese students to the US.

For more information, please visit us at gmeochina.com

You can also follow our activities at the Center and our weekly English Corner by adding us on Wechat

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Spring 2018–Week 5 Giant Buddha

Welcome to Leshan!!!

The closing of this week saw our students going to Leshan to see the Giant Buddha. The statue, roughly 70m in height, is carved into the side of a cliff facing the water. The story surrounding it proclaims that the statue was carved in the hopes of calming the turbulent river. Miraculously, or scientifically, it did just that; however today it is believed that the waste rock which was dumped in the river during the sculpting process created an underwater wave-break.

English Corner

This week’s English Corner was led by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s own Kaylee Stahl. Kaylee is a creative writing major who likes to have fun and listen to music, so of course she was eager to teach everyone how to play musical chairs. After the opening round, the group moved on to charades before ultimately returning to the dance floor for a dance competition.

Great job Kaylee!

We Have A Winner!!!

*Milking a Cow*

G-MEO Staff

This week our staff decided to get out and play in the sun a little with the students.

Christina the Intern

Danica the Office Assistant

Andy the Professor

Sara the Assistant Director

Jingyu the Director

And A Warm Welcome To…….

Dr. Sherry Sun, our COO

Dr. Sun has come all the way to Chengdu from New York to visit the Center, meet our students, and develop exciting new opportunities for the future.

The Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad was co-founded by Global Maximum Educational Opportunities Inc. in the US and the Chengdu Mayor’s Office in Chengdu. We have inbound programs to bring American students to Chengdu as well as outbound programs sending Chinese students to the US.

For more information, please visit us at gmeochina.com

You can also follow our activities at the Center and our weekly English Corner by adding us on Wechat

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Spring 2018–Week 4 Making Dumplings

Lunch Time!!!

This week gave our students the chance to learn a little bit about the Chinese culinary experience. While we all eat Chinese food every day, cooking is another art form in itself. Luckily, a friendly dumpling shop near our Center opens its doors to the students every semester and teaches them how to make dumplings.

This semester saw a mix of pork dumplings and vegetable dumplings, fried and boiled. Everyone had a good time making them, and an even better time eating them.

Our professors even got in on the action

 

Dumplings made by our student, Jenny Guo, whose parents are from China

Dumpling made by our Professor, Andy Guth, whose parents are from Kansas

The picture menu always makes this restaurant a favorite with our students

Enjoying the fruits of our labor

Taking the Buddies Shopping

This week we introduced some new buddies to our program. Eager to get to know each other, the students were happy to have the new buddies join us on a trip to the Wide and Narrow Alley, a popular tourist street that is filled with food, fun, and shopping.

First time seeing the crowded "Narrow" alley

Local celebrities posing for photos with the tourists

The famous Sichuan spices

Some of our buddies are a little camera shy

English Corner

This week’s English Corner was conducted by Jenny Guo of Fairleigh Dickinson University. The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Jenny is familiar with both American and Chinese culture. She decided to use her special knowledge quiz the room and presented a series of both US and Chinese riddles. Following the mind-benders, Jenny led several games ending in a great round of Duck Duck Goose. Overall, the participants appeared to have a wonderful time and enjoyed Jenny’s light and playful session.

Great job Jenny!

*The Face of the Moon*

The Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad was co-founded by Global Maximum Educational Opportunities Inc. in the US and the Chengdu Mayor’s Office in Chengdu. We have inbound programs to bring American students to Chengdu as well as outbound programs sending Chinese students to the US.

For more information, please visit us at gmeochina.com

You can also follow our activities at the Center and our weekly English Corner by adding us on Wechat

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Spring 2018–Week 3 Discovery of Chengdu

 English Corner!!!

This week is the first week for our students to take the reins on English Corner. Our weekly G-MEO English Corner is a community-based event which is held at the Center every Thursday. We open our doors to local Chinese citizens who want to come practice their English, learn about American culture, and have a bit of fun.

The group sessions are led by our students, offering them the opportunity to develop skills in leadership, planning and organization, public speaking, teaching, and cross-cultural communication. We believe it is an excellent learning opportunity for our students while simultaneously being a good service to our community.

Dakota Maye of Fairleigh Dickinson University was the brave student who wanted to lead English Corner this week. She hosted a game night filled with trivia, art contests, speed contests, and other games which necessitated teamwork and communication.

All of our participants looked to be having a great time, and Dakota showed that she can lead a multi-cultural group for an entire 90 minute session.

Great Job Dakota!!!

Internships

With the first couple of weeks behind us, the students are also settling in and getting to work on their internships. Two kindergarten teachers, a business and marketing assistant, and a legal researcher are the titles that our students hold this semester, and the variety offers them the opportunity to hone old skills or learn new ones.

Amiel McBride of Carroll University researching Wisconsin State laws at Deheng Law Office

 

Kaylee Stahl of Fairleigh Dickinson University talking with her supervisors at Laowai Here

Jenny Guo of Fairleigh Dickinson University researching curriculum at Brighton International Kindergarten

Dakota Maye of Fairleigh Dickinson University teaching a class at Brighton International Kindergarten

Life in Chengdu

Now that they’re accustomed to their new city, the students are comfortable hanging out and exploring in their free time. This week, they even went to a local market to buy fresh foods and cook in their dorms.

The Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad was co-founded by Global Maximum Educational Opportunities Inc. in the US and the Chengdu Mayor’s Office in Chengdu. We have inbound programs to bring American students to Chengdu as well as outbound programs sending Chinese students to the US.

For more information, please visit us at gmeochina.com

You can also follow our activities at the Center and our weekly English Corner by adding us on Wechat

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Spring 2018– Week 2 Pandas

Kung Fu Panda!!!

This week our students went to the famous Chengdu Panda Research Center to see the Pandas. Pandas are a symbol of China, and their protected status has earned them a nice stay at the park where they are fed, washed, and taken care of. Tourists from all over the world flock to Chengdu to see what the big deal is, and it is always a big hit with our students.

Special Guest: Dean Verem

This week also saw the arrival of our special guest, Mr. Jas Verem. Dean Verem is the Dean of Students for Fairleigh Dickinson University, one of the Center’s closest partners. He came to train the Center to better handle serious student issues and to help us have a more complete understanding of challenges that students may face like substance abuse and depression.

During his trip, Dean Verem showed his adventurous side by accompanying the students on the Panda trip, exploring Chengdu on his own, and trying all types of local Chinese food. We are very happy to have our special guest here in Chengdu with us.

English Corner

 This week also sees the return of our weekly event, the G-MEO English Corner. English Corner is a free community event that the Center hosts to allow locals to practice their English and learn about American culture. This week took the form of a Quiz Night which tested each team’s knowledge of China and the US.

Beginning with next week, our students will be the ones to lead the sessions and will get experience with leadership and public speaking while simultaneously teaching Chinese people about American culture.

We were joined by a photographer from the local newspaper, the Chengdu Daily, who took professional photos of the event.

Journalists in Training

This week gave two of our students the unique opportunity to interview local officials. They traveled to the Foreign Affairs Office of the Chengdu Mayor’s Office to interview the leadership. Now that the questions are over, the only thing left to do is write the article and take the cover photo.

The Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad was co-founded by Global Maximum Educational Opportunities Inc. in the US and the Chengdu Mayor’s Office in Chengdu. We have inbound programs to bring American students to Chengdu as well as outbound programs sending Chinese students to the US.

For more information, please visit us at gmeochina.com

You can also follow our activities at the Center and our weekly English Corner by adding us on Wechat

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Spring 2018–Week 1 Orientation

Welcome Spring 2018!!!

This semester we are excited and proud to welcome four brand new students to G-MEO and to Chengdu. These students may come from different universities in the US, but they have come together to share a life-changing experience.

Our students have already set their goals that they want to accomplish this semester, explored the area around campus, tried new foods, and begun their classes. We believe that we have an excellent cohort this semester, and we cannot wait to share their experience with the world.

New Beginnings

Our first day began with the introduction to the Center, to our Academics, and to life in China. After meeting everyone and getting through the necessary orientation, our students were able to see a little bit of Chengdu and go out for a nice dinner.

Meet the Buddies

As part of their semester with G-MEO, the students will be able to spend time with Chinese buddies. Our buddies are local Chinese students who are volunteering their time to help our American students learn and adapt to China.

This semester we decided to break the ice with a game of charades and a test of chopsticks skills.

Tour the City

Thanks to our relationship with the Chengdu Mayor’s Office Public Affairs Office, our students are all taken on a city tour which includes information on Chengdu’s Past, Present, and Future.

Interviewing for the Internships

As part of their G-MEO semester, all students have the opportunity to secure internships in Chengdu. Chengdu is host to Global Fortune 500 Companies, International Law Firms, Biomedical Research and Pharmaceutical Companies, and a large group of start-up businesses led by local Chinese and foreign expats.

G-MEO has secured internship opportunities in all of these places, and we strongly encourage our students in every program to apply for a position

Welcome to Chengdu

The Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad was co-founded by Global Maximum Educational Opportunities Inc. in the US and the Chengdu Mayor’s Office in Chengdu. We have inbound programs to bring American students to Chengdu as well as outbound programs sending Chinese students to the US.

For more information, please visit us at gmeochina.com

You can also follow our activities at the Center and our weekly English Corner by adding us on Wechat

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Fall 2017 Newsletter: Mini Semester II

Group photo in front of the Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an

The Terra Cotta Army is a famous Chinese treasure found by a farmer in his field near Xi'an

 

Yaneydis is making her own Terra Cotta Warrior

Students are learning how to make dumplings at a local restaurant

Dancing with all of our guests at the Thanksgiving Party

Learning to act at the famous Sichuan Opera

Our students were able to attend a Tea Culture class

Singing at the KTV with our Chinese Buddies

Goodbye Everyone, We Hope To See You Again Soon!

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Akosua Abroad in Chengdu, China Part III

For our cultural excursion we headed to Xi’an. I was especially excited to go because of my hobby ceramics. I started ceramics when I was 14 and my teacher really encouraged me to go to Xi’an at some point in my life to see the art and the army so I was very excited to learn this. We took quite the interesting route to get there. We took a 17 hour train ride to get to Xi’an. I was uncomfortable to say the least. I’d been on an overnight train before to go from shanghai to Beijing but because those trains were newer they had things like doors to the rooms that this train did not have. I

n total I slept around 2 hours that night as I typically cannot sleep if people are staring at me. Our time actually in Xi’an was way better than the journey getting there. We did probably everything that can be done there—from calligraphy classes, to tours, to making our own little terracotta soldiers, I had a great time with all the activities and they all advanced my knowledge on Chinese culture and history.

Early on a sunny Saturday morning, we all got dressed up and headed over to a tea culture class. The weather was beautiful, and there was a lot of excitement in the air because it was 11.11. We arrive at the teach culture location and as we arrive we already started our lesson. Coming in we had water poured on our palms and on the backs of our hands. We took our seats to find a tea set in front of us and also the company of several middle schoolers from Chengdu who were taking the lesson with us. They were all very excited to talk to us though some were a bit shy, but overall we had a great time together!

As we learned each gesture and about each tea, we also got a history lesson about it all which really deepened my fascination with Chinese culture. Then after our tea ceremony lesson was finished we all go the chance to make our own fans and luckily for me my little Chinese buddy was on his way to being an expert calligrapher.

Last Tuesday we had the opportunity to go to the Sichuan Opera. We were told to dress nicely so I got to see all of my classmates in their snazziest clothes. As we took our seats, we each were treated to a cup of tea which of course makes everything better. I was looking forward to this trip because I’d seen Italian and other western countries and I want to see how they might differ. The biggest difference immediately was the tone of the opera.

Western opera usually tells a story of a tragedy and it is one continuous story that is broken up into sections with an orchestra supporting. The Sichuan opera was extremely comical, and there was not one continuous story throughout, rather it was broken up into a series of sections that ranged from an er hou performance to a hand shadow show to an act all about changing faces! When we finished the performance, the fun did not stop there—we got to wind the night down with a mini photo shoot that also kept our laughter going.

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Akosua Abroad in Chengdu, China Part II

The week of the midautumn festival I was able to visit my Chinese buddy joy in her hometown of MianYang. I got to take the highspeed train and it was amazing. There was so much leg room and I couldn’t help but think about how the Amtrak in America could do better.

Once we arrived in MianYang we were immediately whisked away for activities. We went to an all vegetarian buffet because I am a vegetarian and I ate so well. Then we looked at the sights and took a ton of pictures–which so far has been my number one activity in China. We finished off that first day with KTV. The second day in MianYang, we took a trip to BeiChuan and learned about the earthquake, after we went to XinBeiChuan to participate in the festival.

The Final day there we went to a wedding. It was so interesting to see the difference between weddings in China and wedding in America.

As a weekend activity we went to the museum in Tianfu square. As soon as we arrived there the line to enter the museum was out the door. After waiting a while, we understood why. The museum was amazing; there were about 5 floors and each floor focused on a new aspect of Chinese art, history and culture. 

Back in DC where I attend university, I work in the Air and Space Museum, so it’s safe to say I am someone who really enjoys being in a museum. Although every part of the museum was interesting, my favorite part by far was the ceramics floor. I started doing ceramics as a freshman in high school and when we learn how to use the wheel we inherently learn about the history of pottery in China and how that made its way to us in the States.

So I got very excited when I saw all the pottery and unfortunately for Livia, a member of the G-Meo staff, she ended up taking many pictures of me and hearing my lesson on the different kinds of glazes and the difficulty in using porcelain.  I’ve already planned my next trip to the museum and I’m excited to go back.

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