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China Summer Camp | FAQ
1 What are the nationalities of the participants you enroll in the camp?
The international summer camp is open to worldwide participants. We had a diversity of nationalities in previous years. Participants mainly came from USA, Canada, UK, Spain, France, Germany, Singapore and Malaysia. Other students came from Russia, Italy, Poland, Holland, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, etc. Some of the participants are of Chinese ancestry or Chinese living abroad.

2 What is the average age for summer camp?
We divide age groups into 7-11, 12-14, 15-20. The average age for the summer camp is 9, 13, 18 respectively.

3 What are the session dates?
Jun 15, 29, Jul 06, 20, Aug 03. Duration: 2, 4, 6, 8 weeks. Special arrangement made upon request. Full camp students should arrive on the Sunday before program starts and depart on the Saturday following the end of program.

4 Where is the summer camp held?
There are two destinations: Shanghai and Beijing. At Chinese language school in Jingían, Shanghai and Dongcheng, Chaoyang, Beijing, respectively.

5 Do you offer accommodation during summer camp? Whatís it like?
Full camp students will homestay with Chinese families or live in shared student apartments. All meals are included. Special accommodation could also be arranged upon request. Families and homes share some common important features:
- located in nice neighborhood and have convenient public transportation.
- provides a private room fully furnished with a bed, desk, wardrobe and air-conditioning.
-has all the convenient living facilities, clean and comfortable and enable the student to study quietly.
-friendly and helpful to give the students plenty of opportunity to practice their Chinese.
-easily reach the school by public transportation

6 What kind of food do you serve? Do you have meal plan during summer camp?
Studying and traveling requires the best nutrition. Our choice of food is consistently praised from the past participants. Breakfast and dinner is in host family or student apartments while lunch and are served mostly in traditional Chinese dishes and sometimes foreign dishes in school or restaurants in the vicinity (for homestay campers, breakfast and dinner are served by host family in homemade style). During weekend excursion trips, food will be served at local restaurants. Many different styles of genuine Chinese cuisines can be tasted. These may include Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Sichuan, Hunan, Cantonese cuisines etc.
A Typical Sample Menu:
-Breakfast: cereal, bread, sandwich, egg, juice, milk, soymilk, etc
-Lunch: Rice with beef/chicken/pork, spaghetti, dumplings, fried rice, noodle etc
-Dinner: Chinese meals (meat, fish, vegetable, soup etc)
Three meals are provided daily to full camp students. Only lunch are provided to day camp students. Special request like vegetarian, food allergy can be catered to as long as prior notice is given to us.

7 How are students placed into the right class?
The Chinese courses at MandarinRocks summer camp are offered at all levels from total beginners to advanced. We ask students to grade themselves on 0-9 scale module and provide past learning experience info for our reference. We will further evaluate students on arrival or first day in the form of writing or interview in order to place them into the appropriate class. Besides language level, age is the other consideration.

8 How about teachers and teaching methodology?
Weíve carefully selected a faculty among all our teachers with rich experience in teens and adults teaching. All of them are Chinese natives with university degrees, experienced and passionate about teaching their native language. All of them speak English or other languages. Classes are conceived to be sufficiently interesting and entertaining to motivate students to the fullest, but we simultaneously optimize class time by encouraging conversation and discussion in a serious and professional manner. Our aim is for students to enjoy themselves while learning as much as possible in a short period of time. The methodology is centered on a communicative approach, utilizing diverse techniques to cover the fundamentals of language learning: grammar, speaking, listening, vocabulary, pronunciation, writing & intercultural competence. For beginners, the teaching content will be conducted in Pinyin while for more advanced students, Chinese characters is an integral part of the learning content.

9 How many students in a class?
The maximum size of each class is limited to 10 (average 3-6) to ensure every student gets full attention from teacher and has ample time for practice.

10 What is the ratio of counselor to students?
It is around 1 to 8. Counselors chaperone all organized activities and trips.

11 What are the activities that you offer?
They include sports activities like martial arts, ping pong, badminton, cultural workshops like calligraphy, Chinese painting, paper cut and other relaxing activities like city tour, movies, acrobatic show, karaoke, barbeque, etc. The activities cater to different age groups.

12 Who can join the program? I don't know any Chinese. Can I still join?
Many of our students are just learning Chinese and traveling to China for the first time. We look for students who are interested and learning and improving the Chinese language and those with an inquisitive thirst for cultural diversity, adventure.

13 What languages are spoken?
Mandarin and English are spoken by school staff. Some of our teachers conversant in other foreign languages like French, German, Japanese etc. English is not widely spoken on streets in Shanghai or Beijing, so speak as much Chinese as possible!

14 What should students bring for the camp?
Personal travel documents, enough summer clothing to change for a week, hat, flip flops, sunglasses, sun protection, rain gear, personal medicine/hygiene products, small school bag, and some pocket money.

15 How much money should students bring on themselves?
We suggest 100-200USD/week for personal spending or more for shopping souvenirs and gifts.

16 What currency is used in China? Can I use credit cards?
Chinese Yuan (RMB) is the national currency. Any foreign currency including US Dollars is NOT accepted. There are currency exchange services in most banks. Credit cards are accepted in most business establishments, but some only accept credit cards issued in China, so itís still best to bring sufficient cash.

17 Can I bring laptop/pad and cell phone?
Yes, you can. But you need to take care of your valuable belongings yourself. No locker or safe is available in school or accommodation.

18 What electricity is used?
The local electricity supply is 220 volts 50 cycles AC. You will need to supply your own international standard adapter if you plan to power and recharge your electronic devises.

19 We will go to China by ourselves. Who should I contact once we are there?
All pre-arrangement will be made by us. We will arrange airport pick-up based on your flight information. For those who are already in Shanghai or Beijing, you can contact our office directly.

20 How safe is the program?
Both Shanghai and Beijing are very safe cities. Violent crimes are very rare even in the poorest neighborhoods. In our program, students (under 15) are chaperoned by experienced counselors all the time, from having meals, afternoon activities and weekend trips. Any private outings are subject to parentís prior written consent and our approval. The specific days, frequency and times are carefully determined by us for each student. All students are required to be back in their room before 10pm, regardless of age.

21 Do I need travelers insurance?
We want you to bring home good memories, but no matter how hard one tries, there might be some things people just canít plan for. Itís must that campers possess valid medical and travel insurance throughout the program.

22 How much freedom can students get? Can students go out to explore on their own?
We arrange plenty of outdoor activities and sight seeing for students in our program. Our counselors will chaperone all these activities. Students aged over 15 can freely explore the city on their own in their free time off the school class, organized activities or trips. We are aware that some younger students are mature than age and do enjoy a certain level of freedom at home and expect to be able to meet with friends and go off-campus in an unsupervised fashion. For this reason we allow our students under 15 a limited number of unescorted trips off-campus during our program. The specific days, frequency and times are determined by us. This is possible if and only if we receive a written consent from studentsí parents or guardians.

23 I will accompany my child to join the camp. Is it possible?
Yes, parents can join the camp together with kids. In the morning when kids are taking Chinese lessons, parents can take Chinese course with adult learners. They can eat lunch and join weekday activities with kid(s) too. Family accommodation can be arranged and family camp can be customized.

24 Can relatives/friends visit participants? Can they go out with relatives during camp?
Yes. Friends or relatives are welcome to visit students at the school. They can stay for lunch, or even join the activities or excursions with students with a fee proportionally. With consent from parents or guardians, students can leave the camp with their relatives, but they should notify us and get approved before they leave and notify us when coming back.

25 Is the Internet connection available?
Internet access is everywhere in the city. In school, there are computers you may use for checking news, emails free of charge (time is limited so that everyone has the chance to use computer). There is free wireless connection in the entire building too. In host family or student apartments, there is cable or wireless internet. Students who bring their own computers can connect to the Internet conveniently after a simple setup. There are public internet cafťs available as well around school.

26 How and where do I apply for a visa?
No specific visa type is required by Chinese government to study Chinese at a language school or attend summer camp. As a general practice guideline, students are suggested to apply for L (tourist) visa in your local Chinese embassy or consulate and itís the most convenient.

27 How can I book and join your summer camp?
1. Book online or print and send PDF booking form to
2. We will contact you via e-mail or by phone in 2 working days
3. Pay deposit 500USD/450EUR within 7 days to confirm booking
4. Pay full payment prior to booking/payment deadline
5. Advice and information will be provided prior to your departure
6. Succeed! Start summer camp experience!

28 When and how do I pay?
A deposit of 500USD/450EUR for each student and each accompanying parent, deductable from the total (NON REFUNDABLE), must be paid within 7 days after your submit booking (you will receive an invoice from us). This deposit is not an additional cost. The balance must be paid at least 1 month before arrival. Students currently in Shanghai or Beijing can pay by credit card or cash in person at school. Students from other cities or abroad can only pay by bank transfer. Bank details are contained in the invoice we issue to you.

29 It's passed application deadline, can I still enroll in your program?
Late applicants are accepted on case to case basis. You can make inquiry to check availability with us.

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