Machik’s 2011 Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) will be held from July 22 through August 19, convening 100 rural Tibetan students from across the Tibetan plateau. Over 40 volunteers, including local Tibetans, Chinese, Americans and Canadians will teach subjects ranging from entrepreneurship to theater and film-making. Students from Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, Appleby College in Toronto, and Fudan Fuzhong in Shanghai will work with Chungba students on the Cultural Mapping Project (CMP), a project to build a model of depicting the cultural landscape of a Tibetan rural community.
Core classes will include Tibetan, science, math, English, and computer skills. Electives will include music, art, film and theater. A special course on social entrepreneurship has been seeded by $300 raised by the 2010 SEP class from their small business selling handmade postcards!
The 2011 SEP promises to be another dynamic opportunity to support the enrichment education of rural Tibetan youth, but it cannot happen without your support. With an expanded program, our projected budget has increased and we need the support of the GlobalGiving community to raise $10,000 for this one-of-a-kind program. Donate today to provide a unique summer enrichment experience for youth from across the Tibetan plateau!
From July 26 to August 20, 2010, Machik held its annual Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) in Chengdu. This month-long program provided a unique summer learning opportunity for 60 Tibetan youth from across the Tibetan region. Volunteer teachers came from Beijing University, Fudan Fuzhong in Shanghai, Sidwell Friends School, Cornell University, Columbia University and elsewhere around the world.
Student accomplishments during this year's SEP include:
SEP Volunteer and Machik Intern, Elizabeth Tseng, says about this year's SEP:
Volunteering at SEP was one of most meaningful experiences in my life. We only had four weeks, but for that short period of time, I was part of an amazingly diverse group of volunteers who came together to make a positive change in someone else's life. Even though next summer seems far away, I'm already looking forward to going back and seeing my students again. I hope the skills and lessons we shared will stay with them, but above all, I want our students to know that even though we may be up to 7,000 miles away in the US, there's a group of people who care very much about them and wish them the all the success and happiness they deserve.
Machik's Summer Enrichment Program is a unique summer learning opportunity for Tibetan youth from the Tibetan plateau. The program brings young Tibetan students from the Tibetan region together with volunteers from across the PRC and around the world for a four week program of dynamic learning and exchange.
This year SEP will host 60 Tibetan youths from July 26 to August 20. Program areas range from English, Tibetan, science, math and business to film, music, theater and art. Special themes for the 2010 SEP include Health, Entrepreneurship, and Environment. Nearly 40 international and local volunteers - including students from Cornell University's Operation D.E.E.P., Sidwell Friends School, Fudan High School, and Columbia University will be participating.
Thanks to the generosity of our many supporters, this year's SEP promises to be another dynamic and powerful opportunity to support and enrich connections to Tibetan language, culture and history among Tibetan youth. However, we are still over $4,000 short of our projected budget. Please consider giving today to help us fully-fund this unique and important program.
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