After saying goodbye to RDFZ, the group arrived at the airport in plenty of time for their United Airlines flight #088 which departed around 5:30am EST this morning. They are still scheduled to arrive on time at Newark International Airport today, Saturday, 3/23, at 6:50pm EST. They should arrive at Porter’s around 10pm tonight.
Please click on the links below to view the photographs of our group participating in a workshop at the University of Beijing School of Medicine, in which they learned about the history and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Many students at RDFZ live in the dormitories during the week and return home on the weekends. Our students returned home with their host students to learn about and experience family life in China this weekend. They will return to RDFZ with their host students early on Monday morning.
Ella at home enjoying a snack with her host family.
Callie out to dinner with her host family.
Our group of travelers landed in Beijing on time and were met at the airport by Lynn their guide for the next two days. They checked into their hotel, rested for a short period and headed out to dinner. By all reports from Cate and Jackie, the flight was long and everyone is tired but excited to eat some food and have a really good night’s sleep. The group will travel to the Great Wall tomorrow so stay tuned for pictures and more updates!
After an early morning departure, the group arrived at Newark International Airport with plenty of time to change money, eat some brunch and get excited for their adventure ahead.
The group boarded their United Airlines flight #089 and took off about 5 minutes later than expected. They are scheduled to arrive in Beijing tomorrow, Monday 3/11, at 2:58 pm local time (2:58 am EST on Monday). Stay tuned for more blog posts once our intrepid travelers arrive in China.
We are getting excited for this 11th grade InterMission class to begin their incredible journey to the High School Affiliated with Remnin University (RDFZ) in Beijing, China!
You can expect to receive updates once a day on this blog. Please keep in mind that the time in China will be 12 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time so the postings may not happen on a schedule that makes sense in your time zone. This blog is the place to find pictures, videos and reflections from students and faculty on the trip, as well as to receive daily updates about the group’s activities and experiences. We are asking our faculty trip leaders to post all materials so that students can be present for every moment and so that they will not worry about posting to the blog in a timely manner.
We also strongly encourage you to keep your contact with your daughter to a minimum during her experience in Beijing, which will allow her to fully immerse herself in the life and community of the city and RDFZ.
It is going to be a FANTASTIC experience for all and we look forward to sharing it with you on this blog.
The group had an easy flight from Beijing to Newark International Airport, landing a few minutes late, but our world travelers navigated customs and the baggage claim with ease. They are currently on their way back to Farmington and should arrive by 4:00pm EST.
Ah, Tuesday. We gathered this morning at 7:20 for breakfast with Grace and enjoyed our steamed soy milk. We discovered that the cafeteria sells interesting Chinese snacks such as pizza flavored pretz, green tea and blueberry pocky, and a variety of fruit flavored juices. We then attended IB level classes such as Environmental Systems and Societies, Economics, and Business. After a short break, all ten of us gathered on the soccer field and participated in a match with the RDFZ boys. Don’t worry, thanks to our goal from Gabby in the final minutes, we managed to grab the win #girlswinhere? more like #girlswineverywhere. Then we went back to classes- Art, Music, Biology and Computer Science were offered. The period lasted an hour and a half. Next, we fueled up in the cafeteria and headed out to the Beijing Olympic Park. We had to layer up because the wind made it quite chilly. The blue skys made for a picturesque afternoon (as shown above). The Birds Nest and the Water Cubic were architecturally stunning and a must see despite the cold weather. After exploring for a few of hours we went to dinner at Beijing Duck and ate a smorgasbord of traditional Chinese food. All settled into the dorms now, can’t wait for another day of fun. – Alyssa Landry
All photographs by Sofie Brandt.
At the flag raising ceremony, Mr. Alan Weathers, addresses the entire school body (6000 students) as well as faculty and staff in this video. Our students were welcomed warmly by the RDFZ community.
Matthew, Vera and Alan receive gifts from one of the RDFZ students.
The group arrived at school and were served dinner in the cafeteria before moving into their dorm rooms. The students are tired from the long flight but looking forward to hitting the ground running in the morning. All are happily sound asleep!