2018 Confucius Institute Alumni Trip: Continuing Our Stories in China

On December 1, 2018, the Confucius Institute U.S. Center will be taking a group of Confucius Institute Alumni on a 10-day trip to China. As students of their local Confucius Institutes, they have engaged with the Chinese language and culture in their own unique way. Each of them has shared their story with the CIUS Center about the home they were able to find in Chinese language and culture. Some have even been lucky enough to visit China in person, witnessing this home in a physical way. For others, this will be their first experience encountering this language and culture in the place in which it was developed. With this journey, we hope to bring these members of the Confucius Institute family together to share their stories of this "home" with one another and with the rest of the world.

Participants

Love Zubiller
Confucius Institute at San Diego State University

Love lives in San Diego with her husband and two children, Texas and India, who have been studying Chinese for five and two years...

Kamila Carter
Confucius Institute at San Diego State University 

Kamila Carter is a conscientious twelve-year-old student just finishing the sixth grade at Tierra Del Sol Middle School in...

Sadie Allen
Confucius Institute at North Carolina State University

Sadie Allen is a seventeen-year-old student, writer, and artist from Saluda, North Carolina...

Texas Zubiller
Confucius Institute at San Diego State University

Texas is a fifth-grade student at Barnard Mandarin Magnet Elementary School in San Diego...

TRINITY LEWIS
Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Trinity Lewis, 16 years old, attends Omaha Northwest High Magnet School. She has studied Chinese...

DOUGLAS MCDONALD
Confucius Institute at the University of Massachusetts- Boston

Douglas McDonald is a retired administrative judge in Boston, MA...

MONIKA HOFFARTH-ZELLOE
Confucius Institute at George Mason University

Dr. Hoffarth-Zelloe has been a foreign language professor for more than two decades...

KAYLA RADEN
Confucius Institute at SUNY College of Optometry

Kayla Raden is a high school biology and chemistry teacher from New Jersey. Kayla spent a year teaching science in Shanghai...

David Cole
Confucius Institute at Kentucky University

David Cole is a media producer and writer from Wayne County, Kentucky...

AMELIA AIYAN ENGSTROM
Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University

Amelia Engstrom is a 9th-grade scholar-athlete from Flower Mound High School in Flower Mound, TX...

DEJA WATKINS
Confucius Institute at North Carolina State University

Deja Watkins, a graduate from William G. Enloe High School in Raleigh, North Carolina...

Ose Arheghan
 Confucius Classroom at Shaker Heights High School

Ose Arheghan, 17, is a senior at Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio...

Dennis M. Delehanty
Confucius Institute at George Mason University

Dennis M. Delehanty, received a B.A. in Russian from Colby College in 1974...

RACHEL LIETZOW
Confucius Institute at Kentucky University

Rachel Lietzow is a senior at the University of Kentucky majoring in International Economics, Chinese, and...

HOWARD SCHAEFER
Confucius Institute at the University of Massachusetts - Boston

Howard Schaefer is a language learner, player of Tai Chi and Yoga, and caring community contributor...

Highlights of the Trip

During the trip, participants will travel to Beijing and Chengdu which is the capital city of Sichuan province located in the southwest region of China. While in these two cities, participants will visit the following places:

  • Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
  • People's Park
  • Opening Ceremony of the 13th International Confucius Institute Conference
  • Sichuan Opera Theater
  • Tanghu International School
  • Dujiangyan (ancient irrigation system)
  • The Forbidden City
  • Kuanzhai Xiangzi (local market)
  • Tiananmen Square
  • The Great Wall of China
  • Confucius Institute Headquarters
  • Hutong (traditional residential area of Beijing)

Follow the Trip

Follow the latest updates during the trip on social media with the hashtag: #CIChinaTrip