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Guizhou Forerunner College


Guizhou Forerunner College (GFC) is a non-profit college in China, founded to bestow practical, high quality education for under-served students in Guizhou Province. We provide three years of low-to-no-cost higher education for students in vocational fields.

Our mission is to educate and support poor, outstanding students in acquiring employment and overcoming poverty for themselves and their families. With the motto: “Integrity, Love, Nobility,” we strive to cultivate these characteristics in students while encouraging personal and economic growth.

Funded by VIA Faith-Hope-Love Foundation, GFC officially opened on September 15,


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I was once a volunteer at GFC and this has been one of my most unforgettable experience. With the attractive natural environment, a team of passionate colleagues, and most importantly those intelligent and hard-working students, I enjoyed doing this job in such a beautiful campus.

I worked mostly as a teaching assistant, helping teachers with class logistics and conducting English tutoring. I also helped organize some learning activities, for example, everyday English corner. In addition to those underprivileged students with financial difficulties or visual impairment, we also provide training for middle school English teachers to enhance their speaking skills and teaching practices. Moreover, I even contributed to a variety of administrative issues, such as document translation, new report and so on.

It was such an exciting life at GFC with a group of kindhearted international volunteers and exposure to local minority culture.

How can this program be improved?
Since it is newly built school, it will take some time to systematize the teaching and learning practices.
Yes, I recommend this program
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The program is quite interesting. Our time is separated into two parts. First, we are full-time volunteer interns, teaching the Chinese students English, having fun with them, mingle with them, it's awesome. Then the second part, we study in the summer camp, learning Chinese and some really interesting local things, such as tea arts and production, we went to the tea plantation and picked some tea leaves ourselves, we also tried the local Batik art, it's one of China's intangible cultural heritage. The surrounding area is great for hiking, exploring rural China, the locals are very friendly. Overall, this is something worth experiencing.

How can this program be improved?
The schedule got changed up several times during our stay there, the staff were trying to figure things out as it goes. This is the first year they are hosting the summer camp. So it's understandable, the staff are very friendly, and they did their best to make our stay as meaningful and comfortable as possible.
Yes, I recommend this program


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