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CHINA STUDY TOURS

Since 1998, Teach China has offered substantially subsidized summer study tours featuring workshops and site visits that allow a selected group of qualified educators to experience China first-hand. Sightseeing is supplemented by lectures and school visits, the final goal being the creation of curriculum materials for use in the classroom. Past themes explored have included physical and human geography, ancient China, and contemporary China.

Study Tours

We regret that we are not able to offer a summer study tour for educators in 2014. We will continue to update this page with information about future programming.


In 2011, 2012, and 2013, Teach China offered five study tour opportunities:

 

Summer STUDY TOUR 2011
China Into the 21st Century – Creating Curriculum for K-12 Students

The Teach China program invites qualified K-12 educators who have a demonstrated record of producing quality curricula to apply for our four-week summer study tour, scheduled to take place from July 1st through July 31st, 2011 (note that dates include a two-day orientation session in New York and that timing and duration are subject to change pending funding). The 2011 study tour will focus on the theme of ‘China Into the 21st Century—Creating Curriculum for K-12 Students’ and will include participation in the World History Association’s international conference in Beijing. Sites we will travel to include Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Taipei, Taiwan.

Study Tour Dates: July 1, 2011–July 31, 2011*

Thanks to the generosity of the Freeman Foundation, China Institute is able to offer this tour to educators at the rate of $950, which includes airfare, meals, lodging and tour activities.†

Deadline to Apply: January 14, 2011 at 5:00 PM
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

For more information, please contact Caitlin Hopping at CHopping@chinainstitute.org, or by calling (212) 744-8181, ext. 144.


*Dates are subject to change pending international travel arrangements and additional funding.
†Upon completion of a curriculum unit, a $500 grant is provided. See application for details.


For information on The World History Association and their 2011 Beijing Conference, please visit www.thewha.org.

Chinese colleagues at Capital Normal University (CNU) in Beijing, the host of the 20th Annual World History Association Conference (7-10 July 2011), have plans to invite a number of K-12 Chinese history teachers to the conference so that they can join in a discussion of areas of mutual interest regarding the teaching of global history (as world history is termed in China) with their international K-12 colleagues. To this end, the faculty at CNU who comprise the Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) ask the assistance of K-12 international colleagues who plan to attend the conference. The LAC envisions several round tables, perhaps consisting of 2 Chinese and 2 or 3 non-Chinese teachers. Each round table would be held in a lecture hall that accommodates several hundred persons; translation will not be a problem as the hall has simultaneous translation facilities.

Accordingly, the LAC is recruiting a sufficient number of non-Chinese K-12 teachers and/or professors of pedagogy to participate in such round tables. They are looking for at least three proposals for such round tables–each with a clearly articulated subject that would be of interest to Chinese K-12 conferees, a chair, and 2 or 3 international discussants.

If you are interested in participating in this unique opportunity, please submit a proposal by the 15 DECEMBER deadline. To learn what is required for an acceptable proposal, please visit the WHA web site at www.thewha.org.


SPRING STUDY TOUR 2011
Yunnan – Continuous Change, Enduring Traditions

Located on China’s southwestern frontier, Yunnan Province borders Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam, and is one of the most ethnically and geographically diverse provinces in China. Vital to the ancient tea and horse trade route, Yunnan has served as an important crossroads for trade and exchange of ideas and material goods between Tibet, Central and Southeast Asia, and China. The Spring Study Tour 2011 will explore Yunnan’s rich cultural heritage and examine first-hand the changes taking place in light of China’s unprecedented development.

The group will fly into Shanghai and from there travel to Lijiang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its historic canals. In Lijiang the group will visit Naxi cultural sites and learn about efforts to preserve traditional Naxi culture, as well as ways in which local traditions have adapted in response to changing demographics and a large influx of tourists. From Lijiang the group will travel north to Shangri-La and will take part in workshops with a NGO focused on preserving local Tibetan traditions and encouraging sustainable usage of natural resources. The study tour includes visits to natural parks, schools, and historical and cultural sites that will contextualize Yunnan’s unique role in China’s history and contemporary society.

Study Tour Dates: April 16 – April 25, 2011*

Thanks to the generosity of the Freeman Foundation, China Institute is able to offer this tour to educators at the rate of $950, which includes airfare, meals, lodging and tour activities.†

DEADLINE TO APPLY: January 24, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Visit www.chinainstitute.org/edu/educators/sprstudytour11app.pdf for eligibility requirements and to download an application, or contact Caitlin Hopping at CHopping@chinainstitute.org.

*Dates are subject to change pending international travel arrangements.

†Upon completion of a curriculum unit, a $500 grant is provided.

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SUMMER STUDY TOUR 2012
Exploring Modern China through Capitals

The Teach China program invites qualified K-12 educators who have taken at least one course with China Institute to apply for our two-week summer study tour, scheduled to take place from July 6 through July 20, 2012 (note that dates are subject to change, see application for details). The 2012 study tour will explore the importance of Beijing and Nanjing as centers of cultural and political power in the development of modern China. The study tour will include visits to important cultural and historical sites, such as the Forbidden City and sites related to the Taiping Rebellion, Nationalist China, and Japanese colonization.  Site visits will be complemented with lectures, workshops, and activities to contextualize their importance to the development of modern China and to help participants build curriculum based on the study tour experience.

Study Tour Dates: July 6, 2012 – July 20, 2012*

Thanks to the generosity of the Freeman Foundation and other supporters, China Institute is able to offer this tour to educators at the rate of $950, which includes airfare, meals, lodging and tour activities.

Deadline to Apply: March 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM
APPLICATION AND INSTRUCTIONS

Educators interested in this year’s study tour have one last opportunity to fulfill the prerequisite of taking a course with Teach China if they register for the Feb. 21-24 intensive course, “Understanding Taiwan’s Place in World History.”  For registration details, click here.

For more information, please contact Caitlin Hopping at CHopping@chinainstitute.org, or by calling (212) 744-8181, ext. 144.

Teach China Study Tour 2013

SUMMER STUDY TOUR 2013
Tracing Multi-ethnic Influences in the Forbidden City: Han, Mongols, Manchus & More

Beijing and its Forbidden City are an immediately recognizable testament to the grandeur and supremacy that Imperial China exerted for centuries. What may not be readily evident is the multi-ethnic influence that shaped the Forbidden City, Beijing, and late Imperial China. Teach China’s 2013 Summer Study Tour explored places and sites that provided select K-12 educators the opportunity to learn more about the various cultures that are reflected in the city of Beijing and the Forbidden City. Destinations for this 16-day trip included Pingyao, a World Heritage Site in Shaanxi Province that has retained Ming-Qing city walls, city layout, and Han architecture; Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia and the site of China’s largest annual Naadam Festival, a celebration of traditional Mongolian culture; and Shenyang, the first capital of the Manchus before they established the Qing Dynasty and conquered Beijing. The tour culminated in a visit to the Forbidden City to reflect on how we can see the evidence of these cultures’ influence on the Forbidden City’s architecture, material culture, and history.


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KEY EDUCATORS’ STUDY TOUR 2013

Through the generous support of Hanban and China Institute trustee Anla Cheng Kingdon, the Teach China program led a group of key U.S. educators in March, 2013 to meet with China-based educational partners and explore possible future institution-to-institution cross-cultural exchange opportunities. Participating U.S. organizations included The Avenues School, Friends Seminary School in New York, the New York City Department of Education, Trinity School, the Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and White Plains School District. Trip highlights included visits to the Hanban Headquarters in Beijing, Suzhou International High School, Xingzhi Elementary School outside of Nanjing, and East China Normal University.

Study Tour Dates: March 22, 2013 – April 2, 2013