A group of year 13 students from the De La Salle Academy were chosen to represent Liverpool at the Shanghai Sister Cities Youth Camp, an annual event, now in its 3rd year. Held in the summer, it was attended by teenagers representing Shanghai’s International Sister Cities from six continents.
The Youth Camp provided an opportunity for them, as well as teenagers from Shanghai itself, to live, study and visit spectacular places together with the aim of enhancing mutual communication and understanding and strengthening friendship among teenagers from all over the world.
The venues for the activities, visits and study ranged from Oriental Land (the largest extra-curricular campsite in China, covering an area of 5600 acres) to the No.2 High School of East China Normal University (a key high school in Shanghai), from Shanghai Science and Technology Museum to Zhouzhuang: Venice of the Oriental (an ancient water town which dates back to 1086 AD). The participants also spent the day with a volunteers’ family to experience local life.
Andrew McGrady, one of the students, summed up the whole experience when he said ‘The trip to Shanghai was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I enjoyed every minute of it. Most memorable for me were the water sports day (which involved a lot of team work, taking part in activities including a dragon boat race) and also the trips into Shanghai city centre, as the sights and buildings were amazing, especially in the night time.’
Charlie Wignall, the teacher who accompanied the students on the trip said ‘It was amazing for them to visit China and experience a different culture but what made it an exceptional experience was their interaction with the other students from all over the world: a once in a lifetime opportunity for all who took part.’