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Nowadays, in order to realize a meaningful summer vacation, many Chinese parents choose to send their children to attend various kinds of summer camps overseas.Overseas trips are one kind of after-school education applied by many schools worldwide. They aim to cultivate the comprehensive quality of students, and they can also play a positive role in expanding students' horizons. However, whether such activities in China can fully play their part is worth considering.|
It is reported that one foreign language school in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province, planned five trips in four countries for students this summer, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. Such summer camps usually last for two weeks and the total fee is around 30,000 yuan ($4,833) to 40,000 yuan for each student.
But if you check the schedules, most summer camps are just organizing students to travel to several cities and visit some famous universities in foreign countries, such as Harvard University in the US, and Cambridge University in the UK. In addition, any lessons given to the students are usually language classes to simply improve students' English level. However, it is obviously too expensive to spend 40,000 yuan just for sightseeing and taking English classes.
In Japan, similar overseas trips for students are all supervised by education departments, to be more specific, the duration and fees are set by the educational authorities so the trips are affordable and accessible to most families. Usually, the trips last for just three or four days and the cost is between 5,900 yuan to 9,300 yuan for each student. In the US, students' summer activities pay more attention to public welfare, and provide social practice for the children. Many non-profit organizations take part in these events, some of which are free to students. The aim of these summer camps is to promote children's teamwork and increase their awareness of nature or society, which is quite different from the goal of summer camps in China.