Chinese Bridge 2013 — Program Introduction

2013 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for

U.S. High School Students



I Aims of the program

It is aimed to enhance the communication between Chinese and U.S. High School students, and to further deepen the understanding of American high school students to Chinese language and culture, so as to stimulate their enthusiasm for study.


II Date and Place

Time: July 10 (Wednesday) - July 25 (Thursday), 2013

Venue: Beijing, Tianjin, Henan, Shandong, Hunan, Zhejiang, Yunnan and Jilin provinces (Cities).

III Scale of the Activity

It is planned to invite 700 high school students including leading teachers, and the ratio for teachers and students is about 1:10 to China for the summer camp.


IV Organizers

Sponsor: Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban)

Co-organizer: Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) in U.S. and designated American high schools.


V Registration Requirements

1. High school student need to meet the following conditions:

1) The United States Citizenship

2) High school student between 14 and 18 years old (grades 9-12), including the graduate grade 12 and the student who will be Grade 9 in the coming summer

3) Non-native Chinese who has been learning Chinese less than three years

4) Student who is interested in Chinese language and culture

5) In good health and suitable for international travel


2. Leading teacher need to meet the following conditions:

1) Respect and understand Chinese culture

2) With affinity, sense of responsibility and strong communication skills

3) At least one year experience in teaching kids of K-12

4) Possess rich experience in student management

5) In good health and suitable for international travel


3. Leading teacher need to perform following duties:

1) Assist Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) to implement pre-departure training to the students

2) Participate in all camp activities and comply with activity regulations

3) Assume major management responsibilities and be responsible for the safety of students in China

4) Help students adapt to the environment and direct student behavior

5) Accompany students in case of emergency and undertake liaison work

6) Collect the feedback from the campers on the overall activities of summer camp and submit final report to Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) and designated American high schools after the event


VI  Application and Selection Approach

1. The application for the student through Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) and/or designated American high schools should include the application form (see attachment 1), personal application form, and a letter of recommendation from teacher or school. The leading teacher should submit the application form (see attachment 2) and resume to Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) and designated American high schools.

2. Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) and designated American high schools should identify qualified candidates according to the preliminary review of application documents, and should also submit the candidate information summary (see attachment 3), together with the application documents (scanning copies), to the Confucius Institute Headquarters for review by April 30.

3. The Confucius Institute Headquarters will inform each Confucius Institute (Classroom) and designated high school the result of final review. Each Confucius Institute (Classroom) and/or designated high school should sign an exemption agreement and a letter of commitment to the code of conduct with the selected student and his/her parent.

4. The higher number of the participants for each Confucius Institute (Classroom) or designated high school cannot lower than 10 or than 35 including teachers. In addition, each Confucius Institute (Classroom) is encouraged to recruit students and leading teachers based on school. The parents of the student, the relatives of the leading teacher and other unqualified persons are not allowed to participate in the summer camp activity.


VII Costs of the Activity

Teachers and students shall purchase their own round-trip international fights, international travel insurance, as well as pay visa related costs. The Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) will pay the costs for accommodation, transportation, activities and excursions in the itinerary during the period in China excluding medical expenses.


VIII. Power of Interpretation

The Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) will enjoy the right of final interpretation of the provisions in the brochure and the program of activities for summer camp.


IX Contact Information

Contact: Xue Jiao and Liu Yun,

Division of New Initiatives and International Exchanges, Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban)


Tel: 86-10-58595914;

Fax: 86-10-58595972

Address: 129 Deshengmenwai Avenue, Xicheng District, Beijing 100088



2013 Chinese Bridge-Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students


I Itinerary

July 10 - Arrive in Beijing;

July 11 - Attend the introduction to China’s national conditions, opening ceremony and other activities in Beijing;

July 12~22 - Study and Exchange in seven provinces;

July 23~24 - Attend summing-up meeting and other activities in Beijing;

July 25 - Leave Beijing for America.


II Grouped for Activities

The campers of Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) will be grouped to visit each province and municipality to participate in the activities. Hanban make arrangement for venue and group based on the schedule.


III Activity Content

1. Adaptive training (about 2 class hours)

2. Chinese language (20%)

Students will be grouped into different classes according to their Chinese proficiency, and each class will not exceed 15 students. YCT standard special textbooks will be adopted, in addition to the professional teachers, so as to ensure the learning effect.

3. Experiencing research activity on the theme of summer camp (40%)

Students will be organized to carry out a variety of research activities according to the theme of summer camp stipulated by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in combination with local characteristics.

4. Carrying out exchange activity among students (20%)

Visit high schools and discuss with Chinese students in pairs. Visit and live in a Chinese family at least one day to get living experience at home. Recreational activities, such as get-together and sport events, will be organized to communicate with local students.

5. Sightseeing tour (20%)

Visit local well-known scenic spots in collocation with the theme of summer camp.

6. Final exam

The campers will be organized to take YCT test before the end of summer camp activity.


IV. Description of program

The summer camp for American high school students will intend to carry out a task-based theme camp this year. The Confucius Institute Headquarters will assign a theme for every one to two large groups based on local characteristics of the host organization. The campers will be notified before visiting China. They can know their core task and make relevant investigation on their own in advance. After campers come to China, Chinese host schools will design activities related to the theme, so as to help them complete their thematic learning task. The summing-up meeting will be held at the end of summer camp and the learning outcomes of the campers will be showcased in the form of picture shows, essays, PPT presentations, etc.


Themes of the Summer Camp:

1) The campers will visit Shandong and Zhejiang provinces to learn and experience Chinese history;

2) The campers will visit Jilin and Yunnan provinces to learn and experience Chinese ethnic customs;

3) The campers will visit Tianjin and Hunan provinces to learn and experience the charm of Chinese folk art;

4) The campers will visit Henan Province to learn and experience Chinese martial arts.


V. Logistics, Safety and Management

1. Bilingual services will be provided.

2. Clean and safe accommodation will be provided. One room will be shared by two or three students; the leading teacher will live in one room. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and bathing facilities with cold and hot water system. Shared laundry facilities and public amenities are available in the living area.

3. First aid kits are equipped in the living area and on the vehicles for activity. Emergency medical treatment is feasible and local hospitals are available for foreigners at the venue.

4. A variety of safe and healthy catering services can be furnished to meet the needs of vegetarian and halal, as well as other special requirements.

5. Vehicles for activity are in good condition.


VI. Division of Labor

The Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) will take charge of overall organizational management and coordination work.


Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) in U.S. and designated American high schools will take charge of the enrollment, and organize the campers to book international air tickets, apply visas, and make pre-departure training according to the schedule. They should also submit to the Confucius Institute Headquarters the work summaries including project preparations, performance circumstances, comments and feedback from the campers, summaries of experience, suggestions for project improvement, etc. after the summer camp activity.


Provincial and municipal host organizations will designate the executor for the project to take charge of the hospitality and to assist in arranging the exchange and teaching activities in the region.