Tutoring Migrant Adults in Shahe – June 30th

This post is from June 30th:

It has been a few days since Destination China settled into their new home in Shahe.  While keeping in touch with Bernice Chu, DC’s co-trip leader, I learned that they would be teaching migrant adults four times a week in the evenings (730pm-930pm). While planning the DC trip during the previous school year, Alex Wu, DC’s founder, had hoped that with me as a contact, William and Mary’s Study Abroad students could also get a glimpse into the life of a migrant.  Because study abroad in China is so intensive – we are usually not done with classes and homework until evening – I never imagined that tonight I would have six fellow classmates joining me on the trek to Shahe for adult tutoring night.  Although set-up was a bit shaky, it being the first night tutoring adults, my classmates responses were phenomenal.  I could tell by their energy that they loved talking to the migrants and sharing experiences while learning from one another.  They later confirmed their excitement on the trip back home to Shahe stating how much they enjoyed teaching English to the migrants while learning about their lives in return .  I also felt this way as I helped tutor and wished that I had more time to spend in Shahe; it was the way that I had felt last year when tutoring with DC full-time.    And while we are all fully aware that our English lessons are perhaps not the most effective in improving these people’s lives, I believe that it is the experience, both for us and for the migrants, that is the most important.  Because volunteer work has not yet taken root in Chinese society, I hope that from the presence of outside volunteers, it will begin to grow.  And although, as students, we do not yet have much influence, I also hope that those students who remember the value of this trip will want to donate and volunteer again in the future after they have graduated and begun their careers.  Because I am a Chinese major and wish to work for the State Department, I already know that I will be one of these people.

Putting the numbers together

So I’m finally back in the States and am right now in the middle of compiling all the interviews and surveys!!…Although I did not get as many interviews as I thought I would, I am happy with the results — over 90% of those interviewed agreed with my starting hypothesis. However, since all my data is qualitative…..I was wondering if there is any way to extract the info in a quantitative context?

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