As we enter our last week of classes, I just wanted to take a minute to reflect on how truly amazing this season has been. As I look into different classrooms to take pictures and report on what's going on in each classroom, I can't help but notice the positive energy coursing through the room. There's nothing quite like making friends from different parts of the world. Seeing everyone together smiling and playing together is inspiring. I love to see the teachers taking on th
While we definitely favor teaching English during our time in Gansu, our math teachers work very hard and do an amazing job. The kids absolutely adore their daily math session. Math teachers refresh kids old skills and teach new material. Watching the students engaged in our content is all we can ask for. We love seeing the growth in each individual.
“I come back to Alkaid every year because after starting this program and working with the kids, it’s impossible to leave. Their energy and willingness to learn makes every day exciting and worthwhile!” -Lynn, Founder of Alkaid
In the Teachers lounge, loud music was heard down the hallway. After going to investigate, we saw that it was the 5th grade having a dance party. Teachers and students were having so much fun, that chalk was being used as face paint! At Alkaid, it is our mission to educate kids but we also want them to enjoy their summer and have fun. We're happy to see that the fifth grade is keeping our goal alive and well! Sometimes siblings and friends will join the fifth grade dance part
Every day Alkaid teachers wake up and go to school when the "Goat Man" passes through with his goats. Coming from mostly cities, Alkaid teachers have little exposure to the village lifestyle found in Tianshui. It's great to be immersed in the community and see other ways of living.
Pictured above is the Kindergarten Square around 10pm. After the sun goes down and Tianshui begins to cool off, kids come to relax in the square. It is right next to the teacher compound so often kids will come to play games and burn off energy in the square and Alkaid staff will come and join in. It's a great place for making new friends and learning more about each other. However, It isn't just children who come and play. It is a very communal space where women organize da
At Alkaid we are so thankful for our aiyi's for making us delicious and nutritious food every day. Having the ability to eat good food is so important for our teachers to be able to focus and get through the day. We don't want our aiyi's labor to go unnoticed, even though they work tirelessly behind the scenes, they are a crucial part of our team and we appreciate them so much!
Since the first day of school, groups of students have been coming to the Teacher Compound to study more and receive help in needed areas. We love to see how eager the kids are to learn and hang out with the teachers. All our teachers are invested in each student's learning, whomever it may be, there are never a lack of teachers around to help. Kids come visit the staff from 4pm (right after school) all the way to 8pm.
Members of Alkaid are extremely thankful for our aiyi's who prepare food for us everyday while we're busy teaching. In exchange we have set up a post-meal cleaning team that will change daily. So far this dishwashing system has been great. It relieves our wonderful team of helpers of this task and it's a great time to sit down and chat with other staff you haven't gotten a chance to talk to yet. It's a great way for our young teachers to help out the community, not to mention