The Arrival

This is the third in a series of blog posts where the author contrasts her experiences leading summer camps in America and China over the course of the summer. You can find her previous post here. Getting off airplanes always confuses me: my brain still has trouble wrapping itself around the idea that the same doors I went through in New York now lead to a city where I know no one and cannot understand the language. I have been on an airplane for sixteen hours, of which I slept for maybe two, and I have just landed in Hong …






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The Appetizer: One Week of American Summer Camp

This is the second in a series of blog posts where the author contrasts her experiences leading summer camps in America and China over the course of the summer. You can find the first post here. In past summers, my seven weeks of being a camp counselor would fly by. Even though the days were long, the weeks were short, and soon enough I’d be saying final goodbyes to campers and co-counselors alike as I left on the last day. In comparison, the single week I spent there this summer went by in the blink of an eye. But examine …






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Something Old, Something New: Summer Camp on Two Sides of the World

There’s a sweet spot every March when the weather takes a turn for the better and the general mood on campus wakes from hibernation, turning its collective eye towards summer. Every year, at exactly this time, I wake up to feelings of intense nostalgia for a sleepy summer camp tucked by the edge of a hundred-year-old wood in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania. During the school year, this land belongs to a private elementary school—the kind with a progressive education motto, where teachers called by their first names take preschoolers on hikes through the woods to play in the creek. The summer …






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