Study Tour of Traralgon College Students Came to a Successful Close
It was an eye-opening clash of cultures for 15 Traralgon College students last month, embarking on 19-day trip to China as first Confucius classroom study tour from Australia.
Group photo of students of Traralgon College
From skyscrapers as “far as they eye could see” in shanghai , to riding bullet train through rice paddy countryside, and extensive language study at Nanjing University Confucius Institute, campus principal Sue Coffey said it was an experience the students would never forget.
With a five-day host family stay over in Taizhou, and 10 days of classes at the Nanjing University, Ms Coffey said the trip, her first Confucius classroom study tour, was about growing relationship between Australian and Chinese students.
Students’ photo in the Great Wall
Students learned Chinese painting at Nanjing University
Aside from many highlights which include visits to the Great Wall of China, and a Yamaha scooter production facility, year 12 student Travis Locke said some things reminded how difference the cultural is between Australia and China.
Studying a Chinese language VET certificate, Travis said it was integral to get the tone of pronunciation correct when speaking in the country.
He said bartering for gifts was a challenging experience. “It was pretty hard because they always speak really fast. I am really good at Chinese numbers now,” he said.
For Travis, the trip has given him an additional take home lesson.
“It’s so highly competitive there that kid s start with reading in the morning before school, and (don't finish studying) until 9pm or 9.30pm,”he said.
“It’s certainly something I will remember for the rest of life seeing how hard they all work – I ‘ve stepped up my game a lot since.”