The Great Wall of China
It has been an amazing couple of days. I have a headache and I am seriously tired. This particular study tour is full-on. There isn’t much down-time (not for me anyway due to the multi jobs an academic has while completing overseas teaching – it never stops back at home) and there is a lot to get through in terms of: preparing the students appropriately, making sure everyone is engaged and doing well, as well as all the learning along the way. We have a big group (24) so I always knew this was going to be an exciting challenge/journey as the Academic Supervisor.
I am so very grateful I have a fantastic cohort of students that require a bit of support with the learning, but who are very quick learners and once they are directed take it in their stride.
We went to the Great Wall of China today. As it was a 1.5 hour bus ride, we took this opportunity and turned it into to a bus-classroom. Two students (Sophie and Amelia) facilitated the activities. We used this time for the different groups to get together, to get to know each other, and to brain storm what cultural awareness means now that they have spent some time in China (Beijing). It was so very nice to hear the students’ different stories about this and how they feel: that there are more similarities between Australian culture and Chinese culture than differences.