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ELIabroad Experiential Learning International

I taught class 3-4 times a day for sixty-minute intervals. I would wake up around 7:30, eat breakfast at a number of wonderful restaurants with some colleagues, and head back for 8 or 8:30 class. There would be lunch for 90 minutes in the middle of the day. Plenty of time to eat and sneak a nap in. Dinner was around 6:30 every day. The restaurants had huge variety and I can guarantee it will be heavenly to you if you’re a fan of Chinese food. Every class was quite crowded and had had at least 40 students in it. It sounds rough, but it was wonderful. The students were well-behaved and respectful. I always had the support of the faculty if there was any issue. I rarely gave homework – so the students loved me!
There were numerous other opportunities in Yanqing. I was approached a great deal of times about working as a private English tutor. You can make some pretty decent money doing this. Furthermore, I also eventually worked as a judge at the various English competitions throughout Yanqing. I was welcomed with open arms by the other judges. The students had never been judged by a foreigner from a West before. They were nervous – but wonderful!
My room, internet, food (all of it – and I ate a lot), traveling – were all paid for. We went on field trips every other week or so. We visited the beautiful Songshan Mountain, attended Museums, saw all the sites downtown Beijing had to offer, attended festivals (of which there were many).
Collectively, the experience was overwhelmingly rewarding. Leaving was one of the most bittersweet moments in my life. We had a huge farewell party and exchanged tears + hugs. Inquire with ELI and they can put you into contact with me if you have any specific questions about Yanqing. I could go on forever. I still talk to dozens of my students and friends there everyday. I cannot wait to go back

Program: TEFL
Location: China
Posted: Mar 7, 2010
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
10

Comments

I'm thinking about volunteering in BeiJing with ELI. Do you happen to have any photos of your time there? If so, is there any chance you can post them up? I'd love to see what your experience was in China.

Global Vision International (GVI)

I had an amazing time with GVI last year in Thailand, i cannot recommend them enough. I was looked after from start to finish, the GVI staff were amazing and you could see straight away how GVI were respected by the local community. I am going back this year for sure!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Mar 6, 2010
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Learning Semesters

My semester studying abroad with Global Learning Semesters was honestly one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. I was enrolled in the Semester in Europe program, based out of Cyprus. With the program, we traveled for about a month total, and in between our trips to Central Europe and Greece and Italy, I was able to visit Jordan (which I would highly recommend), Israel, Egypt, England, and Scotland. I was constantly running around, but it meant that I saw so much of the world in only 100 days. The GLS staff was very accommodating and without them I know the experience wouldn't have been the same. I received a full semesters credits, when really I felt as if I spent the semester on vacation with a whole group of amazing people. I would recommend this program to anyone who is outgoing and wants to wander around the world for a while. And if you do decide on Global Learning Semesters, my advice is to do everything you can. Go everywhere. Someone says they want to take a trip to Istanbul, go. I came home with $4 in my bank account (granted, I didn't start with all that much), having spent my las money on a last minute plane ticket with some friends to Jordan, but honestly, I don't regret a single dollar (or Euro) that I spent. All of the money spent on extra travel was completely worth it. I now feel like I could go anywhere/do anything, and that is a confidence I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
So clearly, I love GLS. And I think you will too. So do it. : )

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Europe
Posted: Mar 4, 2010
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Im going to apply this week for spring 2012 europe-business program. I have to give a brief statement on my application. any tips? for the application process and study abroad tips? Thanks!

ELIabroad Experiential Learning International

Great experience! Stayed in the city of Iganga and then the village of Lambaala for about three months. Developed great relationships with my host family and support staff! The utmost was done to ensure that I was satisfied with my work placement and kept safe. Incredible relationships formed at the placement! I ended up forming a nonprofit organization with my supervisor at my work placement and with the help of the ELI support staff.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Mar 3, 2010
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
10

ELIabroad Experiential Learning International

I spent a month in Quito, Ecuador with an amazing host family and a supportive in country staff. ELI was amazing with answering any and all questions I had. I am surprised they didn't lose their patience with all the questions I had! I had an indescribably wonderful time and I am grateful for all of the support ELI gave me that allowed me to have such a great experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Mar 2, 2010
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
10

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