“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” ― Albert Schweitzer
The Yunnan Education Project (YEP) at Concordia International School Shanghai (CISS) was started by three Concordia students in 2002, following 10 students’ school service trip to the Yunnan province with CWEF’s predecessor organization, CWES. YEP sponsors programs that are implemented by CWEF in China.
Each fall every CISS high school student spends a week participating in the school’s “interim” curricular activity. In keeping with tradition, this year CISS and CWEF continued partnership with four YEP interim service activities: English teaching, drinking water project, and health education (HEAL) in Yunnan province and a sports camp in Guangdong province. In total, 93 people served at four CWEF sites during the last week of September. The experience was a fruitful bridge-building experience with learning by both the participants from Shanghai and the local villagers and students.
The following are quotes written by Shanghai participants at the end of the trip.
“I think the best thing about this project, compared to any other, is interaction. I loved how I was able to meet and communicate with people that I have never met before. It was fun getting to know each other. I learned a lot from it.” – YEP English interim, 2013
“It felt really good and was proud of myself seeing the kids learn and remember what we taught them.” – YEP HEAL interim, 2013
“Leaders were excellent, easy-going, and made sure all participants were comfortable. Time with the school children was amazing and eye-opening.” –- YEP Sports Camp interim, 2013
“This interim was a great experience for me, giving me an opportunity to discover service and appreciate Yunnan for all its beauty. This trip gave me an inside look at the real agricultural lifestyle that a great number of people in China live. All in all, once in a lifetime opportunity.” — YEP drinking water interim, 2013