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Keystone Academy

Teaching Fellow, dorm proctor, and student mentor

July - August 2019 • Beijing, People's Republic of China

What I liked

Worked with kids and got to teach class. They paid for my flight to and from China

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Learn some mandarin!
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Drama Teacher Assistant

July - August 2017 • Beijing, China

What I liked

The training days before the program started was a great way to get to know my fellow teachers and familiarize myself with the school's culture. I could not be more impressed by the warm welcoming. I also liked the summer program's rotating schedule. I have taught at a several programs in the past, but I believe this is one of the best systems. Three groups of students were rotated through an academic, fitness, and arts class. Given the length of the program, this was the ideal time to work with each group of students. Another large contributor to my positive experience at Keystone was the head teacher I was paired up with. Her experience in teaching was evident. She had a well-organized syllabus, but also had a flexible style to best fit the needs of our students. By teaching alongside her and being encouraged to invent new teaching methods, I came to understand educational concepts, the value of patience as an attitude, the joy of teaching and how much fun drama class can be.

What I wish was different

The program was well-structured, but the teaching fellows could have created and managed their own individual projects. This might have stretched the breadth of the program's benefits for both the teachers and students. After spending time with all the teachers and fellows, I realized we had a very talented and capable team. The program was great, but it has potential to be even more fantastic! The majority of feedback was collected at the end of the program instead of throughout. Otherwise, more experimentation might have been possible.

Advice

Seize every international opportunity possible (even if the internship is not exactly what you study in school). Traveling alone and living abroad facilitates new ways of thinking, learning, and understanding. I believe it is the only way to come to know yourself. Awareness of self-identity is crucial understanding what you can do in the different circles of your life. Also, make every effort to create new friendships. This world is smaller than you think and you will cross paths with your international friends many times over!
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