China Trip, Fall 2014
“Living in another country is like being in an around the clock classroom”(1). New Oasis wanted to provide this type of “classroom” experience for several of our partner educators. By inviting guests to China for 14 days New Oasis was able to provide a glimpse into the experience of, and emotions felt by, the international students studying at at their schools.
Educators from St. David’s School, Westminster Schools of Augusta, Augusta Preparatory School, Greensboro Day School, Gaston Day School, Westchester Country Day School, Ravenscroft School and Providence Day School joined the travels led by New Oasis President, Sean Chen . During their two weeks abroad the group spent time in Beijing, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai and Wuhan.
Meeting prospective students was an important component of the trip. School representatives were able to interview students, attend school fairs and visit Chinese high schools. Each representative was provided the opportunity to present information and highlights on their school. This experience served to help educators better understand the students and their educational background, in addition to seeking future candidates for their schools. These visits were organized by the New Oasis team that live and work in China.
Another highlight of the trip was meeting international student parents. Educators connected with families that currently have students studying at one of the visiting schools. A family in Hangzhou even welcomed the group to their home for a traditional dinner. Educators left more connected to the feelings and concerns of parents who have children studying abroad.
The group also enjoyed sightseeing at famous locations such as Yu Yuan Gardens, the Lingyin Temple and the Great Wall of China. Savoring traditional Chinese cuisine was a shared experience for the guests, many of whom were visiting China for the first time. Shopping in Shanghai was another activity appreciated by the travelers!
To read more about the trip we encourage you to visit Westminster Schools of Augusta blog. Upper School Principal, Joey Mendez, kept excellent details of the trip on the upper school’s blog.
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