A Student's Perspective: Visiting the Beijing School for the Blind
If you have been following any of the CIEE Beijing program blogs, you may have read our post about visiting the Beijing School for the Blind.
Though students did not have an opportunity to volunteer during the summer term, CIEE Beijing was able to arrange a half-day excursion to the Beijing School for the Blind.
Instead of writing any more, we would like to hand over this blog to Zachary Folk. A rising junior at the University of Missouri - Columbia, here's what this special activity meant to him.
The blind school was huge, and had plenty of resources for the students there. We first observed an English class. The students there were bright individuals who looked like they were having a lot of fun with the class. Since a bunch of foreign students were visiting their class, the teacher created a quiz game about America for the students. During this game, we got to see the students answer questions about what is considered American food, such as pizza, chicken wings, hamburgers, and some questions about the largest American holiday, Christmas.
After the quiz on America, they asked us questions about America in English and we asked them questions about China in Chinese. After that, we all split up to talk a little bit 1 on 1 with the students. I talked to this one student and asked him questions with the limited amount of Chinese that I knew, and he answered back in the English he knew. He was a typical boy who was very interested in America. My friend Robby asked him if he had a girlfriend at all, and he said he didn’t have time for a girlfriend and would rather study, which I found pretty funny. His ability to study English so well, even with his disability, was astounding to me.
The school's director explains how they teach students to cook for themselves.
During the spring and fall semesters, the school seeks CIEE students to volunteer as English teachers for the entire semester. Students participating in any CIEE Beijing programs who are willing to make a semester-long commitment are welcome to volunteer and give back to the Beijing community.