|The eighth group of students from Hubei University of Arts and Science to work as volunteer teachers in Qiongjie Middle School in Qiongjie County, Shannan City, Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.[Hubei Daily]|
A group of six students from Hubei University of Arts and Science recently finished their voluntary services and returned from Qiongjie County, Shannan City, Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region to their campus about 8,000 kilometers away. They had just spent 122 days teaching local students.
Huang Ziying, aged 22, is one of the eighth group of students of the university working as volunteer teachers in Tibet. She recalled the day they began the program after an oath-taking session on March 25.
She said she felt a deep involvement with her students in Qiongjie Middle School and she fell in love with the natural landscapes in the area. She believed it was the most valuable experience in her college life and it would surely impact her future.
The average altitude of the county is 3,900 meters above sea level, with the highest latitude reaching 6,450 meters, resulting in low oxygen levels. Qiongjie Middle School is the only junior middle school in the county. About 98 percent of students in the school come from the families of Tibetan farmers and herdsmen. Due to poor transportation, the school is short of innovative ways of delivering lessons.
Since May 2014, the university has dispatched 37 students in eight groups to join in the volunteer teaching program in Tibet, including eight female students.
Some team members suffered from altitude reaction, such as headaches and nosebleeds, since they used to live in Xiangyang, a city in Central China's Hubei Province with an elevation of only 67 meters.
However, none of them got cold feet.
Huang Yali, who attended the program two consecutive times, gave innovative art classes integrated with history. She also taught the students paper folding, card making and simple drawing skills.
In order to enrich the after-school lives of the students, the team initiated more than 10 student groups with the help of local teachers. They offered training in chorus, fine arts, street dance and scientific innovation.
The groups cover more than 90 percent of the students in the school.
Huang Ziying, now in her fourth year at the university, said she hoped to join the project which encouraged college students to volunteer in western China after graduation, to contribute to the cause of education in Tibet.
(Source: China Women's News/ Translated and edited by Women of China)