There isn't a lot of money in this part of Inner Mongolia and few parents can afford to send their children to camp here. The camp is supported by the generosity of others who want to help these children progress and grow.
The children here are a mix of Han Chinese and Mongolian. There is separation and some tension. The kids are an odd mix of very mature and astoundingly immature. Many are only children and quite pampered. Few know how to pick up after themselves. Most have nicer cell phones than I do (cell phones and cell phone service is cheap here). There is a lot of training to do.
The kids are here to learn and practice English. We have a basic curriculum but have worked on expanded it.
We brought two more-or-less willing workers with us to help make games and other curriculum.
We have a fairly heavy schedule. The teacher's actually start at 6:45 AM with a meeting.
There are many spontaneous teaching opportunities.
Playing a "Getting to Know You" game.
English learning can happen over carpet ball.
We are here for 12 day and half way through the course. We are tired but enjoying ourselves. We came here three years ago and I am glad we came back.