A fitting capstone to the Yinghua immersion experience is a two-week learning trip to a Mandarin speaking country for 7th and 8th graders. Students jointly plan and complete a focused project during travel. The details of the trip change each year based on many factors. Below are examples from past trips to help current families begin planning for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Note that due to the pandemic, the 2020 trip to Taiwan was postponed.
2019-20 Trip Materials
- 2020 Taiwan Trip Information Meeting (November 6, 2019)
- 2020 Taiwan Trip Application
- YACA Taiwan Trip 2020 Scholarship Application; for questions about trip scholarships write to Chinese.Trip.Scholarship@
2018-19 Trip Materials
- 2018-19 China Trip Application Form
- January 14 Meeting Packet
- February 19 Meeting Agenda
- March 20 Meeting Agenda
- April 24 Meeting Agenda
- April 24 Meeting Packet
- May 30 Meeting Packet
- June 11 Meeting Packet
- China Trip Gift Ideas
- China Trip Presentation 2019
- Health Form 2019
- Health Presentation 2019
- Packing for the Trip
- Smart Traveler 2019
- Step by Step China Visa Application Process
- Travel insurance
1. Be a traveler, not a tourist
2. Learn about the culture
3. Immerse yourself in language and culture
4. Use the Chinese language in practical application
5. Make friends
Students are eligible to apply for the trip during their 7th or 8th grade year. Sixth graders may apply but will only be selected if extra space is available. Each student must submit a written application with deposit by the deadline (look for announcement in December).
It is not the same trip every year! The itinerary generally rotates – one year northern China, one year southern China or Taiwan. It is usually in the summer just after the school year ends, but occasionally trips may be taken during the school year (i.e., over spring break).
Cost to the students is expected to be around $3,500 including airfare, transportation, local lodging, chaperons, local tour guides, museum admittance, etc. Spending money is extra. We have received grants many years to help defray the costs, but we do not know about this very far in advance, so use the full amount for planning purposes.
We need a minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 20 students to conduct the trip. For years in which there are groups larger than 20 who apply, we will consider adding additional groups or trips.
FAQ from Parents
May I serve as one of the trip chaperones?
No. This is a full immersion, educational trip led by instructors. There are occasional exceptions, so if your child has a medical condition or if you speak Mandarin, contact Dr. Lien to discuss further.
What is the adult to student ratio?
One Yinghua instructor per ten students (1:10 ratio)
Where do students stay?
We usually use hotels but also try to plan home stays for a few nights with families of a sister school.