1: What is your refund policy?
2: Does your fee include the airfair, insurance and visa cost?
3: Is this summer program eligible for reimbursement of the Dependent Care Reimbursement Program?
According personal tax advisors, none of the overnight summer camp/program expense is eligible for tax deduction. The Dependent Care Reimbursement (or Flex account) is set up to enable parents to go to work. Overnight camps are considered to be a privilege not a necessity for living. Therefore you should check with your own advisor before assuming it would be eligible for tax deduction.
4: Where can I purchase international tickets?
Students may travel on their own and be picked up at the airport. Those who can travel from the Newark International Airport (New Jersey) are encouraged to travel together on US flight numbers 0088, 0089. Tickets may be purchases as early as possible through your own travel agent or Ms Grace Wang at 732.659.0688, who can also help you with the visa application.
5: What should students bring to camp? What should they not bring?
- One photo for park ID (school photo is OK)
- One additional photo if your child would like to get a deep-water certificate at the Water Cube (after swimming for 200 meters).
- One personal journal book. For 6th graders and older, the book must be lined. You can choose a style you\'d like to write on daily and not too heavy (but at least has 70 sheets). For 5th graders and younger, the book should be blank on which you can draw and write one or two sentences.
- Pencils, eraser, and pens.
- Hand sanitizer in small bottle(s) plus one larger refill bottle (enough for your own child to use)
- T shirts (NO tank-tops or tops with raceback)
- long pants (1 pair - MUST have for visiting a Muslim mosque and hiking)
- sneakers (hiking boots optional for the 4th week)
- sweatshirt or light jacket
- small clock or watch with alarm
- bathroom kit: toothbrush/paste, comb, shampoo, soap, bath towel, bath robe (optional), slippers (no carpet in the room), nail clipper.
- swimming suit
- bug repellent
- water bottle (with strap for outing and hiking)
- sun hat or visor
- Chinese magazines & books including textbooks your child would like to study
- linen or sleeping bag if your child has a tendency to become allergic to different detergents
- any items that may make your child feel like at home
- including anything that are not allowed in regular schools
- NO FLIP-FLOPs as street shoes (flip-flops are OK in the dorm as slippers)
- Game Boys or other electronic game players
- CD players, laptops, or other expensive electronic equipment
- Cell phones, smart phones, MP3 players
- valuables (e.g., expensive jewelry, excessive amount of cash)
- clothes that have to be dry-cleaned
- any non-Chinese books
- books or magazines with inappropriate contents including erotic, anti-Communist, or any other materials banned by the Chinese government (e.g., propaganda for Fa Lun Gong).
- There will be opportunities for the students to do a little shopping on outing trips. Students may want to purchase souvenirs, postcards, etc. Certain optional services and activities such as private tutor need to be paid by students. Recommended amount: $5-$50 a week
6: Can parents and relatives visit? Any preferred time for such visits? What are the policies??
In general, based on our past experience, we would discourage parents and relatives to visit the students during the program.
7: Will students be permitted to visit their families in Beijing? How long can such visit be and what are the specific rules?
In general, based on our past experience, we would not allow students visiting their families in Beijing during the program.
The best way for your child to spend time with other family members in Beijing is to arrive in Beijing one to two weeks earlier or stay in Beijing a couple of weeks after the program ends.
8: Would it be possible for me to join the group for the fifth week of travel?
Yes. The fee for the fifth week of travel is about $1000. The deposit of $100 is due by May 30 to secure a spot.
9: What is the philosophy and purpose of the summer program?
2) Language learning;
3) Leadership training and character-building;
4) Physical fitness;
10: Will the program provide transportation to and from the airport?
Yes. Students will be picked up at the airport regardless of their arrival time on Monday June 20, 2011. They will see their names on signs held by people waiting outside of the custom checkup point - along with the others greeting the arriving flights.
Students will need to pick up their luggage and pass the custom checkup. They should be able to handle their own passports and the custom entering form.
Whenever possible, try to choose the flights that will arrive in the afternoon and early evening (2 to 7 p.m.).
11: Will there be a medical doctor on campus?
No. However, in case of medical emergency, students can be treated in the military hospital adjacent to the hotel or transferred to Peking Union Medical College Hospital (xie2 he2 yi1 yuan4).
12: Should students bring their medication to camp?
13: My child has severe depression, can he come to the program?
14: What is the daily routine?
8:45~12:00 Chinese Language Classes
12:00~13:30 Lunch & Recess
13:30~15:00 Chinese Cultural Practice (non-Physical)
15:00~16:00 Leadership workshops or field-trip preparation activities
15:00~17:30 Chinese Cultural Practice (Physical Exercises)
20:00~21:00 Journal & reflection Circle
21:30 Curfew for all and Lights-out for younger students
22:00 Lights-out for older students (12+)
15: What is protocol for a medical emergency?
16: What are the disciplinary procedures of the program?
17: How can parents contact their students and camp staff?
18: How will students exchange money?
19: Is there a laundry facility on campus?
20: Should my child bring any personal presents?
21: What insurance is covered by the fee?
22: Where in Beijing is this campus located?
23: Does the classrooms and the dorm have air-condiion? Does the student standard room have shower in the bathroom?
24: What about birthdays in camp? Will there be a celebration of them?
25: Who will be responsible of caring for my daughter's travel documents and air ticket?
26: Will the camp help to purchase train tickets to other city in China? When should it be requested?
27: Will the camp help to send the students to the train station to other cities?
Yes, we will help to send the students with their proper departure - to the train station or the airport.
28: What kind of cameras do you encourage the campers to bring?
29: Will students ned to bring school supplies (notebooks, pens, pencils)?
30: Can students bring Chinese books with English translation on facing pages
31: Is there a public Internet room in the school? What is the charge for students to write and check e-mails?
32: How about mosquitos? Will school provide service to kill mosquito or she has to bring Mosquito net for her at night in the dormitory?
33: Because I will be out of town mid-May-early June and will leave for China almos immediately after that, I'm anxious to get information about the 2nd round of registration. Will we be able to complete?
34: Do campers have time to watch TV or movies? If so, is there any introduction before the movie or TV shows?
35: Do they learn Chinese typing? Hope to see they can write a couple of Chinese words in their emails.
36: Can campers bring the tapes they learn in China back home if they want to listen to them again?
37: Could you provide a list of names and age of kids registered for the camp? Can they request roommate?
38: Does the campus have a piano that the students can use if they wish to play or practice?
39: What clinic will you use in an emergency?
24-Hour Emergency Hotline: +86 (10) 6433 2345
40: Is it possible to have a camp orientation before the trip? It will be good to meet the camp-goers and the parents.
There will be an orientation in Lawrenceville, NJ, about two weeks before the program starts.
41: I would like to know which class my child will be in, elementary or intermediate or extensive, for reading or conversation lessons. How do I find out? How are you going to place my child?
42: What is the camp's policy about students having their own cell phones?
43: I would like to know which class my child will be in, elementary or intermediate or extensive, for reading or conversation lessons. How do I find out?
44: What is the camp\'s policy about students having their own cell phones?
45: Is there a library in the school? Is it accessible to students?
46: Water bottle is on packing list. Can they buy bottled water in Beijing? Is the tab water safe to refill?
47: On field trips, will students have identifications on them so that they could contact the campus in case they are lost?
48: How many sets of clothes do students need?
49: Will there be Internet communications during the fourth week?
50: How will I be able to call my child?
51: On the schedule, students will have their evaluation test on the second day of camp. Can you let parents what their kid's Chinese level as in HK and after finals can you let us know again of their HK
52: I'd like to send my child for HSK (Han Yu Shui Ping Kao Shi) after summer and hope to get to know which group (basic, elementary or advanced) to go for the test.
Most of the kids should start with the Basic (Level 1-3) test unless he/she is very strong in reading.
53: It's very hot in Beijing, Is it possible to give each student a bottled water in the morning, and they can refill if necessary.
54: About pocket money, can my kids give their expense money for you to keep when they arrive on campnus, then they can track the balance in the 'account'