The Arizona delegation of the 2010 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American High School Students (sponsored by HANBAN's National Office for Chinese Language International),will be departing from Tucson International Airport on Monday, July 12th, at 2:30 PM.
HANBAN is a non-government organization which primarily promotes Chinese language and culture. They have invited 1,050 American high school students and teachers from across the nation to participate in the program this year. The camp is two weeks and will teach participants the Chinese language, culture, and martial arts for the participants in Henan province and will include some travel. The program is designed to promote American high school students to learn the Chinese language and to directly experience and understand the Chinese culture and people. This is the fourth year of the program.
The delegation will leave Tucson on July 12 and return on July 31. They will first travel to Shanghai for the World EXPO, then to Beijing, and then to Henan province to attend the camp.
The Arizona delegation will include students and teachers from the Tucson and Phoenix area. The seven high schools represented are: University High, Tucson High Magnet, Catalina Foothills High, Dobson High, Mesa Academy, Arizona Virtual Academy, and Gilbert Public Schools.
Jing Ma, the Arizona delegation leader, is a Chinese language teacher in Tucson Unified School District's Pan Asian Studies Department. For those interested in participating next year, please contact Mr. Ma at: Jing.Ma@tusd1.org