Eight students took part in a two-week study abroad experience, visiting Shanghai and Beijing. Students were able to visit several early childhood education programs in both cities to see early childhood education practices in action.
Highlights of the trip also included visiting cultural sites such as the Bund, the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.
The trip was part of an exchange program between East China Normal University (ECNU) and UNL. Students from ECNU will be visiting UNL in October and another trip for UNL students is planned for May 2016.
"I think this would have to be my favorite picture from the play group because you can see the joy on this little boy's face as he enjoys the snack they were given in honor of the dragon boat festival. I think that was my favorite moment just because you could see how creative the students got even though they didn't have much. Seeing the toys they played with and creativity to learn something helped to show that you don't need a lot of money to help a child learn." – Sarah
"My favorite memory was going to the Great Wall of China! I loved seeing the history of the wall and especially the part of the wall that hadn't been redone. While we were in China, we didn't see many foreigners but when we went to the Great Wall, there were people from all over the world! It was especially exciting to meet people that had heard of Nebraska and actually knew some people that lived here!" - April
"First, I love meeting new people, and all of the Chinese students we met were so nice and welcoming! Second, I really enjoyed that they created little "diplomas" from ECNU. It'll always be a memory of our trip and I can show my family and friends that I really went there and we had a blast! Lastly, I LOVED climbing the Great Wall...who wouldn't enjoy that experience for the first time?! It was incredible being able to stand on such a historical landmark." - Montanna