C5 VISITS CHINA - On June 6th eight students and their director began an adventure at Hartsfield Jackson Airport in Atlanta. Twenty-three hours later their plane touched down in Beijing, China, a city that was different from anything they have ever experienced. Everything from eating with chop sticks to visiting a high school English class, to sleeping on an overnight train, to walking on the Great Wall was a new and wondrous adventure.
The eight students were selected by C5 Georgia and sponsored by the Hanban in China and the Confucius Institute at Kennesaw State University to participate in a fourteen day immersion experience. The goal of the Confucius Institute is to promote the study of the Chinese language, culture, ethics and philosophy, and further the understanding of China today.
Each day the students took college classes in a variety of subjects that included Chinese language, music, culinary arts, Tai Chi and traditional paper cutting. Each evening the group ventured into downtown Yangzhou to sample street food, practice their Chinese in the markets and experience real daily life in China. Each student was matched with a Chinese buddy from the university, beginning life-long friendships, and each came back with a perspective on the world that will shape their opinions and behavior in the future.
“The C5 Ambassador trip to China was amazing to say the least. The trip enabled me to see things differently; it allowed me to explore a different world. This wonderful experience made me a better thinker, a better person and even shed some light on what I want to do in my future career. This trip TRULY changed my life.”
AHMEER HOLT, C5 Georgia Class of 2013