Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for High School Students 【2012】

 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for High School Students -2012


1. Mission Statement & Program History

To promote exchange between the youth of the US and China, and help participants have a better understanding of the Chinese language and culture, thus to stimulate their interest in learning Chinese.

Ten Arkansas high school students and one chaperon, Ms. Christine Rega went to China for 2011 summer camp.

2. Time

July 14, 2012 (Saturday) ~ July 29, 2012 (Sunday)

3. Scope

33participants from the state of Arkansas (including 30 students and 3 teachers, T:S ratio: 1: 10, to be approved by Hanban)

4. Organizers & Sponsors

Organizers: Hanban and UCA Confucius Institute for Arkansas

Supporter: Provincial Department of Education

5. Itinerary


Date Agenda
07/15 Arrive in Beijing
07/16 ~ 07/24 Chinese Language and Culture activities in Shaanxi province or Henan province
07/25 Back to Beijing
07/26 ~ 07/28 Closing ceremony and culture experience in Beijing
07/29 Return to Arkansas


6. Arrangement of Activities

During the program, students will study Chinese language and culture (Paper-cut, calligraphy, brush painting, tea ceremony, martial arts, etc.) in traditional classrooms, and participate in various sports and cultural activities (friendship basketball match, international students get-together, and exchanges with host family, etc.); they will also visit various historic, cultural, and scenic spots. Daily itineraries and curricula will be developed by schools and provincial departments of education, with full consideration of advice from US Confucius Institutes and with approval from Hanban.



1)    Culture orientation (2 hours)

2)    Chinese Class(40%, 30 hours, 3 hours/day)

3)    Culture Class(20%,15 hours, 1.5hours/day)

4)    PE Class& Visit Chinese High Schools (20%,15hours)

5)    Visit famous places in Beijing & Local (20%, 15 hours).

6)    Test.  Hanban offers the YCT (Youth Chinese Test) for students.


7. Qualifications to Apply

A. Student applicants

(1)  Currently enrolled in credited public/private high schools. (Grade 8-12) (2)  U.S. Citizenship. (3)  Without any Chinese learning background or learning Chinese for less than 3 years (including all Chinese beginners and students in Chinese I, II & III). (4)  With excellent academic record, and be interested in Chinese language and culture. (5)  Physically capable of international traveling. (6)  Apply for this summer camp for the first time.

B. Group teacher applicants

(1)  K-12 teaching experiences, Chinese Language teachers preferred. (2)  Experiences in student management, study abroad program experience preferred. (3)  Previous experience of living/staying in China (not traveling) and understanding of China today. (4)  Affection for teaching: initiative and independent judgment. (5)  Ability to interact professionally with students; excellent organizational skills. (6)  Physically capable of international traveling.

Group teachers are expected to fulfill the following duties:

(1)  Help Confucius Institute with pre-departure orientation. (2)  Escort students to all courses and activities. (3)  Coordinate with Hanban and host schools to supervise the safety and security of students, taking primary management responsibilities. (4)  Take care of students; help students physically and psychologically adapt to the new environment. Provide guidance to student behavior. (5)  In case of emergency, such as student illness or loss of passport, keep close contact with Confucius Institute, Hanban, and host school staff, as well as accompany the students for medical treatment and so on. (6)  After summer camp, collect the feedbacks towards the program from attended students. Submit a summary report and recommendations for improvement to Confucius Institute and Hanban.

8. Application

A. Student applicants should submit their application materials to UCA Confucius Institute before March 12, 2012, including

(1)  Application Form for students (2)  Two passport photos (3)  A personal application statement (4)  A recommendation letter from your school principal or teacher (5)  A non-refundable application fee of $80 payable to: UCA Confucius Institute.

B. Teacher applicants should submit their application materials to UCA Confucius Institute before March 12, 2012, including

(1)  Application Form for chaperons (2)  Resume (3)  A recommendation letter from your school principal (4)  Two passport photos

(5)  A non-refundable application fee of $80 payable to: UCA Confucius Institute.


9. Program Cost

(1)  Participants are responsible for their round-trip international airfare, international travel insurance, and visa fees. (Approximately $2,200.00 ) (2)  Hanban will cover in-China expenses including room and board, transportation, group activities and sightseeing.

10. Visa Application

If you want us to apply for visa on behalf of you, please submit (1) a completed Chinese Visa Application Form, (2) passport, and (3) $159 visa and handling fee ($ 159 Cashier's Check payable to: China Travel Service Houston) before April 1, 2011. Your passport with visa will be returned to you on orientation day.

11. International Airplane Tickets

UCA Confucius Institute will book group tickets and will contact you concerning payment information.

12. My China Experience Competition

This competition will be hosted by UCA CI. The competition offers a chance for students to express what they have gained from a trip to China and what china looks like in their eyes. It is designed to encourage appreciation of Chinese culture, Chinese language learning, friendship making, and discovery of shiny, tiny things that may change their lives, open their eyes, and broaden their horizons. We encourage all summer camp participants to join us for this competition.

13. Contact Information

Ms. Jingjing Li, Deputy Director.  Tel: (501) 852-5219

Ms. Jiachi Liu, Program Coordinator. Tel: (501) 852-0063

Fax: (501)450-5095

Email:   Website:

All the required application documents must be turned in to UCA Confucius Institute for Arkansas before March 12, 2012. If by mailing, please mail these items together as a package to us at:

UCA Confucius Institute

304 Torreyson West

201 Donaghey Ave, Conway,AR 72035