Summer Service Learning Program

July 22 – August 21, 2006


VideoOne World: Many Dreams
This 12 minute video portrays the impressions of three students: Ashley Beleny, Xiaying Zhang, and Rain Jia, who were part of a team of ten volunteers teachers at Yulong County # 1 High School in northwest Yunnan Province. The video was produced and directed by Mark Freeman from San Diego State University. For information about the Director visit


visit to Beijing"Recess Time"
Samuel McKinstry, a Business and Political Science major from the University of Montana enjoys recess with his young students in Yanjin County, Yunnan Province. Samuel was one of 68 U.S. college students from 12 institutions who spent a month in rural China alongside 441 Tsinghua students and faculty as they launched the Tsinghua’s poverty alleviation program in 52 of China's most impoverished counties.


"Young Monk In Thought"
Adam King, an Accounting and Economics major from
the University of South Florida, took this award winning photo in Ledu County, Qinghai Province. Adam wrote: “This experience in rural China was the most eye-opening experience of my life. The lessons that I learned there far surpass anything I could have learned in the classroom. To experience China not as a tourist but as an active participant in the community was an experience that has affected me more greatly than I ever imagined it would.

"Learning From Each Other"
Ashley Beleny, an International Policies major from the Monterrey Institute of International Studies, spoke of her experience in China: ”The things you see here you will never see anywhere else. I think anytime you experience something that is very different from what you are used to experiencing, it changes you somehow, even if you can’t always say exactly how it does. I think everything you see here teaches you something about China.”



VideoBuilding Bridges, Teaching Peace
Evan Hearnsberger, an International Security and Conflict Resolution major from San Diego State University, poses with his students in Jin Xiu County, Guangxi Province.



Video“Shaping the Future”
Amanda Woodward, 2006 graduate of the University of Washington with a B.S. in Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology and a Minor in International Studies taught elementary school teachers in Tongjiang County, Sichuan Province.
"It is amazing to think that although I was in a room with only a few teachers in the heart of Sichuan, each of them will be affecting the futures of hundreds of Chinese students every year, and by extension supporting the development of China as a nation. There is no greater experience for me than to go somewhere and do something truly meaningful."


Video“Life Changing Contributions”
Lea McKinstry, a Geology major from Smith College, taught elementary school children in Na Yong County, Guizhou Province.
"If I could express my experience in three words I would say it was outstanding, enriching, and life-changing. The wonderful Chinese friends I met introduced me to their country and culture in ways that few foreigners will ever get to see and the best part was that I was able to give something back by teaching in the classroom!"


VideoTsinghua’s Distance Learning Centers
This map identifies the 592 distance learning centers that are in various stages of development to help alleviate poverty in China’s most impoverished counties. The 2006 Summer Service Learning Program mobilized 518 students and faculty to 52 centers.


Learn more about the 2006 Summer Service Learning Program here.