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2016 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students

2016 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students

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Program Introduction

The Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students is an annual Chinese language and culture camp sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in cooperation with Confucius Institutes in the U.S.. The program aims to enhance Sino-U.S. youth exchanges and to deepen high school students’ understanding of and personal experience with Chinese language and culture.

It provides students with Chinese language classes, culture classes (such as paper cutting, calligraphy, ink and brush painting, tea ceremonies, and martial arts), and rich cultural experiences (getting together with Chinese students, home-stay experiences, sightseeing, etc.).

All programs are developed by schools and provincial Departments of Education and are first-rate.

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Itinerary

The Confucius Institute Headquarters will send out finalized itinerary for 2016 in early April. For your reference, the 2015 itinerary is included below:

Itinerary in China (Beijing Time)
  • July 16, 2015: Arrive in Beijing and check in.
  • July 17: Cultural activities in Beijing
  • July 18-July 27: Travel to different provinces/cities in groups; take Chinese language and culture classes, communicate with Chinese students and their families
  • July 28-July 30: Travel back to Beijing, and take part in cultural activities
  • July 31; Travel to, and arrive in, the U.S.
Activity Themes and Associated Provinces/Cities

A. Discover China-Chinese History: Shandong and Zhejiang
B. Discover China-Chinese Ethnic Minorities: Jilin and Guangxi
C. Discover China- Folk Arts: Beijing, Heilongjiang and Jiangsu
D. Discover China- Chinese Kung Fu: Henan
(Students will go to one of the above provinces/cities. Itineraries will be decided and arranged by Hanban according to the regulations of the program. The locations will be announced by Hanban in late June.)

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Applicant Criteria

Students:

There is a maximum of 32 student spots available

  1. American citizens
  2. High school students ages 14 to 18; grades 9 to 12 (including those entering 9th grade and graduating seniors)
  3. Non-Chinese heritage speakers who have studied Chinese no more than 3 years
  4. Significant interest in Chinese language and culture
  5. Healthy enough for international travel
  6. Willing to participate in all summer camp activities and comply with requirements
  7. Holding a current US passport with at least 2 empty pages with an expiration date on or after February 1st, 2017.

Chaperones:

There is a maximum of 3 chaperone spots available.

  1. Open-minded, have a cooperative and responsible spirit
  2. Have a strong ability to deal with cross-cultural situations
  3. Respect and understand Chinese culture
  4. Good at communication and adaptable to new environments
  5. Have 9-12 teaching experience
  6. Highly experienced in student management
  7. Healthy enough for international travel
  8. Holding a current US passport with at least 2 empty pages with an expiration date on or after February 1st, 2017.

If selected, chaperones will need to sign a contract which outlines the chaperone's duties.

Chaperons also need to perform the following duties:
  • Assist Confucius Institutes/Classrooms in pre-departure training of students
  • Participate in all summer camp activities with students and comply with all requirements
  • Take primary responsibility for the safety of students during summer camp
  • Help students adapt to the environment and provide guidance to them
  • Accompany students in emergency situations and provide help in contacting their families
  • Collect students’ feedback and compose reports for the Confucius Institutes

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Registration Procedure

Registration is open from 2/10/2016 to 3/15/2016
  1. Complete the Online Registration Form
  2. Mail the following materials to:
Yuling Xie
The Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Ave.
Rhodes Tower 1210
Cleveland, OH 44115
  • A non-refundable application fee of $200. [Checks only. Payable to "CSU Foundation." Memo Line: "Applicant's Printed Full Name + 2016 Chinese Bridge"]
  • Application form, including essay and recommendation letter.
  • Copy of passport page with picture
Note: Registration will not be considered complete until all materials are completed and submitted. Registration Deadline is Tuesday, March 15th.

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Interview

(Tentative: Details Still to be Determined)

  1. All of the Student and Chaperone applicants will be interviewed, as will one of the student's Guardians.
  2. Interview notices will be sent to the qualifier as soon as we finish checking all the application materials.
  3. Interview results will be sent out by March 15th, 2016.
  4. After CI's selection work, the applicants information will be sent to the Confucius Institute's Headquarters/Hanban.
  5. The Confucius Institute at CSU will send invitations to students in April if Hanban accepts them into the program.

Confirmation of Acceptance from Hanban: Early April, 2016

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Pre-Departure Training:

We will have 2 pre-departure orientation training meetings to help all the campers to prepare for the trip. One will be in early May, the other in late June. The exact dates will be announced soon.

 

TIMELINE:

  • Leave for Beijing, China (Mid-July, 2016)
  • Back to Cleveland, USA (End of July, 2016)

The exact dates are soon to be announced.

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Program Fees       

Costs Paid by Students:
  • This year CSUCI will collect 2 checks from each student:
  1. A Non-Refundable $200 application fee. Please submit with your other application materials.
  2. A Non-Refundable $2,200 check for airfare, and visa, service & program fees. Please submit the check by Friday, April 8th, 2016.
  • If international travel is not covered by their medical insurance carrier, all the applicants must buy International Travel Insurance (Approximately $30.00-150.00) on their own. The Confucius Institute is not responsible for recommending the insurance company.)
Costs Paid by Chaperones:
  • If international travel is not covered by their medical insurance carrier, all the applicants must buy International Travel Insurance (Approximately $30.00-150.00) on their own. The Confucius Institute is not responsible for recommending the insurance company.)
Costs Paid by Hanban (For all attendees):
  • Room and board
  • Group meals
  • Transportation within China
  • All camp-related activities
  • Sightseeing
Costs paid by the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University:
  • All the running fees for program
  • Chaperones' round-trip airfare, visa fees, & background check fee. Chaperons will also be compensated $500 after they finish their job successfully.

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Notes:

  • All campers and chaperones need to bring their own personal spending money for shopping and other expenses.
  • All students will travel together, and the air tickets will be arranged by the travel agent that works with CI. Students are responsible for payment only.
  • CI will work with the agent to obtain visas for applicants. Students are responsible for payment only.
  • Checks only. Make payable to “CSU foundation”. Memo Line: Applicant’s Full Name (Print) + 2016 Chinese Bridge.
  • Mail to: Yuling Xie/Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University/2121 Euclid Avenue/Rhodes Tower 1210/Cleveland, OH 44115

 

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Mailing Address:

Confucius Institute, Cleveland State University

2121 Euclid Avenue, Rhodes Tower 1210

Cleveland, OH 44115

Contact:

Yuling Xie

Email: y.xie17@csuohio.edu

Phone: 216-523-7142

Hanban Holds the Power of Final Interpretation of Camp Regulations and Activities

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