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China Summer Camp | Testimonials

A few testimonials from students that took MandarinRocks China Summer Camp in Shanghai or Beijing in the previous years:

Jonathan T (USA)
Jonathan is the father of Serena (16yrs)
Program taken: 4 week full camp

Serena attends Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, Washington. Serena has never travelled outside the US before by herself (this is her first trip anywhere without family or friends close by), so this is a very brave thing for her to do. Serena homestays with a local Shanghai family for 4 weeks and makes a good friend with the Chinese girl that's also her age in the host family. This is the feedback from her father after she went back:

Thank you so much for providing our daughter with such a wonderful learning experience of Chinese language and culture! She has enjoyed it so much, and we are happy to recommend your school to all our friends and family!

Caroline O (USA)
Caroline is the mother of two boys, Kaiser (15yrs) and Kevin (17yrs)
Program taken: 2 week full camp

Kaiser and Kevin are brothers studying in Manchester High School in Toms River, New Jersey. They are of Chinese ancestry and have families in the Philippines but have never learnt any Chinese nor been to China (except brief trip to Hong Kong) beforing coming to Shanghai. Their mother Caroline decided to enrol them in two weeks camp after talking to a parent of one of our previous campers. Kaiser and Kevin flew to Shanghai on their own. This is the feedback from their mother after they went back:

We just came back from our long trip, we stayed in the Philippines after their trip to shanghai. My kids were so glad they went as they learned to speak mandarin and they had a real good time with you and all about the school . I just want to thank you for all your help, hoping to send them again next year.

Marie P (USA)
Marie is the mother of Ben (17yrs)
Program taken: 4 week full camp

Ben is studying in Tucson High Magnet School in Arizona. He loves Chinese culture and will take Chinese course the next year. He took MandarinRocks summer camp to get a head start. It is the second time he visited China. Not only did he learn a lot of Chinese, he got to know other cultures too (his roomate is from Saudi Arabia) and made very good friends from different countries. This is what her mother wrote to the counselor after the program:

Just wanted to let you know Ben returned home this weekend safe and sound and he had an excellent time. Thank you so much for all you did to make his experience a success. From what he has described, your program sounds incredible and I wanted to tell you that Ben and I would both be happy to field questions from any future parents and/or students who have questions about attending. Don't be surprised in you see Ben again in a future summer, I think he is already planing his return trip. Thank you again and please feel free to look us up if you are ever in our part of the world.

Stephen G (USA)
Stephen is the father of two girls, Kristen (14yrs) and Amanda (16yrs)
Program taken: 2 week full camp

Kristen and Amanda are sisters studying and living in Wyckoff, New Jersey. They had been studying Chinese with a private tutor in USA. 2010 is the first time they visited China. They flew to Shanghai with their parents. While the girls were staying in our camp, the parents had a great time exploring Shanghai and China on their own. This is the letter the father wrote to school after the program:

Liz and I would extend our sincere thanks for having my daughters at your camp this summer. They really had a great time. The other night my wife was very impressed as they were speaking Chinese at a market here in Shanghai.

We will recommend this camp to the parents of their friends when we return to the United States. And perhaps they will be back next year to continue their studies in Mandarin.

Again, I want to thank you for hosting my daughters and I wish you every success in the future.

Allison L (Canada)
Program taken: 4 week full camp

Allison is a 12th grade student at Vincent Massey High School in Brandon, Manitoba. In addition to being an excellent student, Allison is involved in many extracurricular activities ?choir and voice lessons, Sunday school teacher, volunteer work and French lessons. Allison took China Summer Camp at the Mandarin Rocks school in Shanghai, China during the summer, and this is how she described her experience:

"Ni Hao, my name is Allison Large. I left for Shanghai China on July 11 to study Mandarin and returned on August 8th. I have to say my experience in China was absolutely AMAZING, there is no other word to describe it. I attended a program called Mandarin Rocks, it offered classes to people who wanted to learn Mandarin. The teachers were great, they all spoke fluent English, and the lessons they offered were very relevant to everyday life. I walked away feeling very confident about my Mandarin base, and would really like to continue my Mandarin studies.

Another huge benefit of my trip was the friends I walked away with. The other students that attended the school were from all over the world, USA, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Germany, and the Netherlands to name just a few. Together we spent many afternoons and evenings together experiencing the Chinese culture. These are friendships that have the potential to last a lifetime, and we all had so much fun during our month together; we ate authentic Chinese food (which by the way is NOTHING like its American Counterpart) toured museums, shopped, did some sight seeing and in general just had a really great time. Some of the things we did included touring the zoo, seeing local art galleries, going up to the top of Gin Mao tower (the second tallest building in Shanghai at 88 stories) as well as seeing the local aquarium, and going to see the latest Harry Potter movie.

Personally I would not trade this experience for the world. I learned more then just a language in Shanghai, I experienced a culture. It is one thing to learn a language but it is something totally amazing to be immersed into that countries culture while learning it; I walk away knowing not just the countries language but with an understanding of why that language is the way it is, and who the people are that use it. This past month I spent in China was something I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I loved every minute of it, and really hope that some day I can return and see more of the country as one month just was not enough to see and experience everything."

Masaki (Japan)
Program taken: 2 week full camp

Masaki is a student at Yokohama International School in Japan. This is the letter he wrote to his camp counselor when he was leaving for home at the end of the program:

" I really don't know how to express my thank to you. When I first got to the student residence on the Sunday 2 weeks ago, I felt very worried and lonely with this country/city which was new to me, but from the first dinner at Babela's Kitchen (which wasn't bad at all), you made me feel at home. I realized that the more I talked to you, the less scared I became of Shanghai. Not only that, but helped me make my short two weeks in Shanghai the best two weeks in Shanghai. From telling me about the fake market, to KTV, Shanghai Bookstore looking for card, Hangzhou (thanks to Wen Wei for that one too) and all those interesting conversations, way to many things happened that I probably have trouble remembering them. Honestly, from the bottom of my heart, xiexie. You were always excellent. I really hope I can see you again. "

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