Santa Rosa, CA, May 04, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- A Cultural Homestay International (CHI) team recently toured five cities in China, orienting Work and Travel students and talking with several new partners about Internship and Hospitality. What an experience that was. China is an amazing place, with modern, forward thinking and well educated students hungry to experience travel abroad for the first time in their lives. Most of the students have never been out of China, and neither have their parents. Most of the students have also never held a job. The Chinese students job is to study and get good grades in school to please their parents and grandparents, and to secure a successful future.
As CHI interviewed the students, it was realized that spontaneous responses to their questions were not being received. Every student had memorized essays to recite, regardless of the questions that were asked. The CHI team had to become very creative, and ask questions that were not expect, like “Tell the CHI team about the most beautiful place you have ever visited in China” or “Tell the CHI team about your grandparents”. That got the students attention because they were not prepared to talk about these subjects. That was the way CHI could best judge the students English levels.
Amazingly, the Chinese students speak excellent English. It is clear that the students have very good teachers. The students pronunciation is good and the vocabularies are extensive. As CHI met with partners, every one asked to double their numbers each year.
So, CHI will see many, many Chinese students in the future. CHI (and the US) is preparing for the future, and it is going to include smart, ambitious and hardworking Chinese students who represent the international direction of China. Let CHI and all of the US be ready. Host a student today. Cultural Homestay International offers opportunities to host exchange students today. To find out more or ask questions call Suze Cribbs at 707-545-5442 or visit the website at www.chinet.org. Cultural Homestay International is a non-profit, educational, public service organization.