American Volunteer Students Develop New Love for the Art of Tea and Batik While being Immersed in Chinese Culture at GFC

June 11, 2018


Rachel, an American exchange student who has just completed her one month volunteer service, remarks:  “This month being at GFC has been filled with endless surprises, delicious red bean buns, and precious students. I feel very lucky to have been a volunteer at such a beautiful school."

Hugh Teaches Students about Tea

Hugh, an American volunteer who has been at GFC for more than 4 years, always gives tea made my GFC students as gifs to friends and family. He hopes to share his love of Chinese tea with everyone around him. When the exchange student group came for the summer, Hugh saw this as the perfect opportunity to promote the artistry of Chinese tea. From tea picking, processing, to traditional tea ceremony, the exchange students began to appreciate Chinese tea on a whole new level.


Batik is one of the 3 ancient methods of printing on cloth, and this artistry is especially prominent in the ethnic groups of Miao and Buyi. Batik can be made by “painting” images on a piece of cloth with wax and then placing the sheet of cloth in blue colored dye. This way, the wax will melt away, leaving white colored images on the blue cloth. After trying out Batik for herself, Malarie exclaims, “The ethnic culture at Guizhou is extraordinarily diverse. This is my first time in Guizhou, and I’m drawn to not only the stunning natural scenery but also the enthusiasm of the people. Whether it is walking in the streets or on campus, everyone smiles at me and the vibrate emotion of these people has already surpassed the language barrier.” 

Exchange Students Learn the Process of Batik

Sam also shares her experience at GFC by saying, “It is my first time seeing so many blind students working together, and yet I don’t see any sense of sadness or despair in their faces. Their lives have equal happiness and motivation as non-disabled individuals and they do not limit themselves due to their disability. Instead, they eagerly search for progress and improvement.” During the exchange program, volunteer students hosted a music night with the blind music students.

As the exchange program came to an end, everyone had a hard time leaving GFC. Alyssa states “GFC really is a big family filled with love. Being able to volunteer here was a privilege and an experience I will never forget. I hope to return here someday to help more students in need and learn more about Chinese culture.”