RISH Chinese Summer Camp

RISH Chinese Learning Center

About

RISH (Real In SHanghai) Chinese Learning Center is based in Shanghai China, an internationally recognized company providing educational programs in China focusing on Chinese language teaching, cultural exchange, traveling and global perspectives for students worldwide. We are committed to promoting Chinese culture, as well as making Chinese language learning more fun and more convenient for kids and teenagers from all over the world. We hope to share Chinese language and culture with young people of different nationalities worldwide, by designing unique programs to provide them with insights into this country. We have years of reputation in teaching Chinese as a foreign language, innovative and effective teaching methods, highly qualified teachers with rich experience in Chinese education.

Founded
2002
Headquarters

No.3663, North Zhongshan Road
Putuo Qu
Shanghai Shi, 200330
China

Reviews

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Florence
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

When my parents told me that they would send me to China for Chinese summer camp, I thought it was a missed holiday. But in fact, the summer camp I attended, RISH Chinese summer camp was a good combination between the language class and summer vacation. During the summer camp in Shanghai, we have a whole day's classes, but it's not simple grammar classes. RISH focuses on activities that enable us to practice what we have learned. We also carried out some cultural visits, liberated myself from classroom and made me enjoy the happiness of the holiday. These activities are all related to learning Chinese language and culture. Whether it's class, leisure, visit or even daily life, it's all for my Chinese improvement. What I like the most about this camp is that my Chinese level has progressed a lot without my realizing it!

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Michele
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Our family are Chinese immigrants to Italy. Our son Simone is 13 years old. Although both his father and myself can speak Chinese, he has no language environment since childhood so he can understand some but he is always lazy to communicate with us in Chinese. Every summer vacation we send him back to China and live in his grandparents' house. He always complains that he is bored. After being recommended by friends, I learned that there was such an immersive Chinese summer camp. The contents of RISH Chinese summer camp are very attractive, so I immediately registered for mon son. The summer camp gave him a Chinese environment, which made him naturally develop the habit of speaking Chinese every day. At the same time, the summer camp was also a wonderful trip to let him know more about China and made many good friends around the world. During three weeks of summer camp time, he was very happy and I was very relieved. Thank you to RISH instructors and counselors for your teaching and company! Learning Chinese well will benefit children for a lifetime!

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Andrea
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My 14-year-old son went to Shanghai to attend RISH Chinese summer camp in July 2019. I was a little worried before he departed for China. Because my son is a vegetarian, I'm worried that he won't eat well during the summer camp, or that he doesn't have anything to eat. Moreover, my son has high requirements for accommodation. Before signing up, I repeatedly confirmed with RISH's customer service staff, who confirmed to me that there would be no problem with vegetarian campers, and told me that the room was very new, very clean, and showed me the photos. Personally I really appreciate RISH's customer service for their smooth communication and quick feed back. Any questions can be answered immediately. Before the summer camp started, I still had some worries. But when my son arrived in Shanghai, he told me that everything was very good. The room was as clean and tidy as shown in the photo. There were many vegetables for each meal. My son especially liked Mapo Tofu and vegetable Ramen made in the school canteen. Counselors were also very careful and helpful. They always cared about my son and asked him what he ate and what he did not like. My son studies Chinese very hard. During this summer camp, he met several friends, all of whom were eager to learn Chinese. He and his friends exchanged their learning experiences every day and had a very happy time. I'm happy to help him choose RISH summer camp.

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Marie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Translated by Go Overseas:
I only knew a few words of Chinese when I arrived at the camp. Initially, even though I was excited to go to China, I had prepared to do a cross on my vacation as it was a study camp, but I was more than pleasantly surprised! It was a real holiday camp. Classes are done in a very interactive way, with many activities like traditional Chinese games for example. We are far from the monotonous 'basic' course! Instead of finding myself in a classroom with disparate levels like home, I was assigned a class suited to my level. And as if it was not custom-made enough, every night I had an hour of classes with my instructor, where we chatted and told him my day, in Chinese (as much as possible). Bathing in a Chinese environment was a real plus, because everything you learn can be used in everyday life and vice versa! Classes and everyday life complemented each other naturally. At the end of the stay I managed to have simple conversations with locals.

Original version:
Je ne connaissais que quelques mots de chinois quand je suis arrivé au camp. Au départ, même si j’étais excité d’aller en Chine, je m’étais préparé à faire une croix sur mes vacances vues que c’est un camp d’étude, mais j’ai été plus qu’agréablement surpris ! C’était un vrai camp de vacance. Les cours sont faits de manière très interactive, avec de nombreuses activités comme des jeux traditionnels chinois par exemple. On est loin du cours monotone ‘de base’ ! Au lieu de me retrouver dans une classe avec des niveaux disparates comme chez moi, j’ai été assigné à une classe adaptée à mon niveau. Et comme si ça ne faisait pas assez ‘sur mesure’, tous les soirs j’avais une heure de cours part avec mon moniteur, où on bavardait et je lui racontais ma journée, en chinois (autant que possible). Le fait de baigner dans un environnement chinois était un vrai plus, par ce que tout ce qu’on apprend peut servir dans la vie de tous les jours et vice versa ! Les cours et la vie de tous les jours se complétaient naturellement. A la fin du séjour j’arrivais à avoir des conversations simples avec les locaux.

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Tia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am a parent from Indonesia. I can speak fluent Chinese myself. I hope my son can learn Chinese well. My son is 13 years old. His first foreign language in school is Chinese. I usually want to speak Chinese with him at home, but he doesn't like to speak Chinese with me. RISH Chinese summer camp is a very good program. My son listened to the teachers very much in the summer camp and learned a lot. And I had been worried that he would not take good care of himself when he was alone. Unexpectedly, he lived alone for two weeks in this summer camp and everything was very good. In the middle, my son was sick one day. I was worried about it. Thanks to the teachers for taking good care of him. He was getting better very quickly the next day. I am very satisfied with everything in RISH summer camp. When my son came home after the summer camp, I felt that when I spoke Chinese to him, he could understand more and would answer me in Chinese. I'm really happy! I plan to send him to RISH Chinese summer camp again next year.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Riley Jerome

Jerome is studying in the Hong Kong Interntional School. His home country is Deutschland. His second Language is Chinese Mandarin.

Why did you choose this program?

My brother has been to RISH Chinese summer camp two years ago. He liked this camp very much and he said that this summer camp was very helpful to improve his Chinese grades. Since my second language is also Chinese in the school, so he recommended our parents to send me to this summer camp this year.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The RISH staff Tina assisted a lot of things after we applied this program. For example: tuition payment guide, visa application, flight organization. Since my brother has been there one time, we did not have big problems. I just needed to pack my luggage according to the packing checklist that Tina sent to me.

When I arrived at Shanghai Pudong airport, the staff was already there. They had my picture so they did not have difficulty to find me.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

This summer camp is a collective life. Almost all activities are collective activities. And you will live with your roommate because two students share one room. In addition, in China, people eat very early; for example, they eat lunch at 11:30, and some people have finished their dinner at 6 o'clock, which I think needs one to adapt.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

We eat buffet breakfast at 8:00 at the hotel's dining hall. At 8:30, we go to the classroom for the intensive Chinese course in the morning. At 12:00, we have lunch and then we can go back to room for break.

In the afternoon, we have language workshop, traditional culture courses, and sports. Sometimes we go out for city tour.

After dinner, we have 1-on-1 tutoring for one hour. Then we have to finish homework. After 20:00, we have free time. I like having walking or jogging in the evening. In the campus there are standard tracks and field, soccer field, basketball courts, etc.

We have room check at 22:15. At that time, everyone has to be in his own room and go to bed.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I've been to China before and my brother has told me about his summer camp experience, so I didn't have any fear before joining this camp. Maybe the only fear is to meet new classmates? I was not sure what kind of people they are. Fortunately, these students are very friendly, and we soon became good friends. I enjoyed the arrangement of this summer camp.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Emily Zhu

Job Title
Summer Camp Counselor
Emily Zhu is graduated from East China Normal University. Her major is Chinese Language and Literature. She likes reading and traveling. She likes learning about different cultures.

What is your favorite travel memory?

During my gap year in college, I went to England with friends. I have visited most of the must-see tourist attractions, but the most impressive part of this trip for me was visiting the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, King's College, Imperial College London, and LSE. Some of the friends have decided to come back one day to one of these schools to continue master's degree studies. Finally one of the friends finally got the offer of LSE several years later! This trip was the most unforgettable traveling experience for me.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

In the company, I am responsible for helping students to adapt to our campsite and helping them to speak Chinese in daily life in campsite.

After working in the summer camp, I feel that I become more open and my view has improved. In the past, I never dared to express my emotions. But after working for the summer camp, I feel that and I can communicate with my colleagues more smoothly.

It’s fascinating that I can listen to the students from all over the world to tell the interesting and fun things in their countries.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

The best story I heard is from a mom of our summer camp's student from Thailand. She said that after his son came back home, he liked eating a lot of food that he did not even touch or eat before, he can arrange and clean his room every day, and he begins to answer her in Chinese when she speaks Chinese to him. The most impressive thing is that he didn't let her ask for the unaccompanied minor service from an airline company when he took a flight back to Thailand because he thought he was big enough to manage. His mom felt that he has grown up now and she thanked a lot to us for helping his son become better not only in Chinese level but also in other aspects of his daily life.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Our company is the top provider of the Chinese summer camp in China's market. If I was a foreign youth, I would definitely join this summer camp program.

This program is not only offering fun Chinese study every day, but you can really live and interact with local Chinese people, taste real Chinese food, experience the real Chinese college life, and certainly meet new friends from the whole world.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

What makes our company unique is that we have a great and unique team.

As we all know, students in our summer camp are from worldwide. Different countries have different customs and lifestyles. Therefore, it is not easy for such a team full of diversity to be able to get along well together during so many days. I am most proud of the fact that we can conduct activities and manage camp life according to the characteristics of students from different countries. For example, there are a lot of things to pay attention to during eating time: some students are allergic to nuts, some students do not eat pork, some students like to add more soy sauce for each meal. Every student has his own special needs.

We do our best to satisfy their personal requirements. In fact, in practice, this is a very complicated and very laborious thing. However, no one in our team complained about it and each of us did our best to serve these children. I am very proud of this.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

For our company, I think the most important factor is to make students get a good memory of our summer camp and let them experience the culture and customs of a different country. The memories of childhood and adolescence may accompany a person's life and affect a person's life. When they recall this experience a few years later, they will feel that it is a worthwhile trip, and all the things they have experienced in this trip will have motivated them to continue their effort in learning Chinese in the long term. I think this positive influence that we can offer is the biggest success of our company.