Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University

2014 "Chinese Bridge" Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students

July 16 -- August 1, 2014

To meet the increasing needs for learning Chinese language and culture from American high school students, Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) will continue to sponsor 2014 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp.

I. Objectives
    1. To promote communication and exchange between young students from China and the United States;
    2. To enhance American high school students' understanding of Chinese language and culture;
    3. To nurture their enthusiasm for learning Chinese language and culture.

II. Dates and Locations
    • Departure from San Francisco: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    • Return from Beijing: Friday, August 1, 2014.

III. Estimated Number of Participants: 800 high school students and chaperones from the U.S(CI at SF State will recruit 30 students and chaperones from Northern California.)

IV. Organization
  • Sponsor: Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban)
  • Organizer: Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University

V. Qualification for Applicants
    1. Student Applicants
        (1) American citizen;
        (2) High school students; age between 14 and 18; grades from 9 to 12;
        (3) Non-Chinese language background and less than three years of Chinese learning experiences;
        (4) Have great interests in learning Chinese language and culture;
        (5) Healthy enough for international travel.
    2. Chaperone Applicants (most likely from the school with 10+ participants)
        (1) Qualification
            a. Respect and understand Chinese culture;
            b. Good at communication and adaptable to new environments;
            c. With K-12 teaching experiences;
            d. Highly experienced in student management;
            e. Healthy enough for international travel;
            f. Under 50 years old.
        (2) Responsibilities
            a. Assist the Confucius Institute in pre-departure training for students;
            b. Participate in all summer camp activities with students and comply with requirements;
            c. Take the primary responsibilities for the safety of students during summer camp;
            d. Help students adapt the environment and provide guidance for them;
            e. Accompany students in emergency situation and provide help to contact their families;
            f. Collect students°Ø feedbacks and hand in reports to the Confucius Institutes one week after returning from China.

VI. Application and Approval
    Submit the following Application Materials to Confucius Institute at SF State before Feb 28, 2014 by mail:
    1. Student applicant:
        (1) Application Form (including Statement of Purpose)
        (2) Recommendation Letter from applicant's teacher
        (3) A photocopy of the inside page (the photo page) of your passport or a copy of your ID
    4. Chaperone applicant:
        (1) Application Form
        (2) Resume
        (3) A photocopy of the inside page (the photo page) of your passport or a copy of your ID
    5. For both student and chaperone applicants:
   $200 Registration Fee (Please make a check payable to: CI at SF State.
   It is not refundable upon application approval by Hanban.)
   All application materials will be submitted to Hanban for final review and approval.

VII. Cost
    (I) All participants are responsible for:
        1. Application fee of $200 (Please make a check payable to: CI at SF State. It is not refundable upon application approval by Hanban.)
        2. After approval by Hanban, all participants should pay the following fees:
            (1) Round-trip international airfares (Booking group tickets)
            (2) International travel insurance: $60 (It is not refundable. Please make a check payable to: CI at SF State.)
            (3) Chinese Visa fees: $140 (Money Order, Cashier's Check - payable to "Chinese Consulate General", Master Card or Visa Card)
    (II) Hanban will cover the costs of accommodation, transportation and arranged group activities for students and chaperones in China.

VIII. Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) reserves the right to interpret all requirements and program proposal for this summer camp.

IX. Contact Information
Lois Gao, Program Coordinator
Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, Burk Hall 325
San Francisco, CA 94132
Email: gaosiyi@mail.sfsu.edu
Tel: 415-338-7624 / 415-338-7631
Fax: 415-405-2866
Link:
1.  Download: Application Form for Chinese Bridge Summer Camp Students 
2.  Download: Application Form for Chinese Bridge Summer Camp Teachers 
3.   Introduction of Chinese version