On Friday I went to watch the Hong Kong Rugby 7’s. It was pretty awesome, like your average sports event’s go-crazy mentality with the addition of many foreigners hailing from the Oceanic and European nations. =D Good times.
This weekend I went to teach English with a few other exchange students in Zengcheng 增城, a city in Guangdong. We taught in 3 schools, one on Saturday afternoon and two sunday morning and noon. The kids were adorable. They were all primary school kids so about 4th to 6th grade.
The first class:
It was good and humbling to be reminded of the different lifestyle that exists beyond Hong Kong. I think the city was pretty typical of most Southern cities, having a rural feel with sprawling fields in some areas and industrial complexes in others.
I think the trip helped me to be more wary of how I understand people’ss lifestyles, because I think before this trip I would be inclined to say that the region looks “poor” but through my conversations and experiences, I came to see that it was simply a different lifestyle.
(right, teacher Mikey poses with some fans – the kids had us “autograph” things, including their school uniform)
Although we arrived late and only taught an hour at the first class, the kids really enjoyed it and had a blast. They got rowdy after class got out.
The second day we taught 2 classes, one in the morning and one after lunch.
Below: the view from the hotel we stayed at:
After waking up early, we went to the second school to have breakfast with the staff.
We taught them songs, gave them candy, and played games with them.
The last school:
Mine and Mikey’s class:
Look, they’re raising their hands. They were an enthusiastic bunch. = D
All in all a humbling, wonderful experience.