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Exploring Teen Life in China and Japan: Summer 2017 Trip
Posted 11/18/2016 10:00AM

Would you like to immerse yourself in different lifestyles that teens in China and Japan lead? If so, consider joining the Upper School summer trip to China and Japan in June 2017. For two weeks, students will travel to Chengdu and Lijiang, China, and Tokyo and Arida, Japan.

A parent information meeting about the trip will be held  on Wednesday, November 30 at 7:00 PM in the Library Conference Room. Web conferencing will also be available. Applications will be distributed electronically to students, and are due on Monday, December 5.

Over the course of the trip students will participate in two homestays, stay at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Lijiang (in Yunnan Province, not Tibet), and live at a progressive boarding school in Tokyo. The trip will begin with a visit to the ancient city of Chengdu, where students will live with a host family and participate in activities with students at our host schools (and also have a chance to visit one of the world’s largest panda reserves along the way). Students will then travel to the Zhiyun Monastery in Lijiang, where they will work and play alongside many of the teenagers and children training to be monks, as well as have discussions with the leaders of the monastery.

In Japan, students will live on campus at Jiyu Gakuen, a leading boarding school in Tokyo, while they explore this cutting-edge metropolis and integrate themselves into campus life. The trip will end with a homestay in rural Japan, where most students will live with homestay families either on a farm or in a fishing village, and attend Minoshima High School.

Throughout the trip, students will explore questions of interest to them, and complete a simple photographic project (no artistic skills necessary) as they experience the diversity of lifestyles in China and Japan today. Knowledge of Chinese and Japanese is not required for this trip.

For more information, please contact Dr. Robert Fish, Global Studies Coordinator, at or 914-439-6619.

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