Taiwan

Mandarin Language Intensive

A 4-Week Summer Abroad Program

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Duration
29 Days
Description

Improve your Mandarin language skills through small group classes, carefully selected homestays, and community engagement while experiencing the rich cultural traditions that thrive in Taiwan.

Dates

Jun 28 - Jul 26, 2022


Suggested Ages

15-18

Group Size (4:1 Ratio)

12 Students
3 Instructors


Availability

Open

Begins In

23 Weeks

Tuition

$7,950


Tuition Details

Tuition is all inclusive aside from airfare and insurance fees.

Taipei

Zhengxibao

taroko national park

Program Overview

TAIWAN IS A SMALL ISLAND WITH ENORMOUS DIVERSITY, A RICH AND COMPLEX HISTORY, AND A BIG IMPACT ON REGIONAL AND GLOBAL POLITICS.


As of December 2021, travel to China and Taiwan remain effectively closed to foreign travelers. Should travel become feasible over the coming months, Dragons plans to resume our China & Taiwan programs in 2022. However, if travel restrictions do not open up in the region, we ask that you select a back-up Dragons program so we can ensure that you still have an amazing travel experience in 2022.

Taiwan has preserved many cultural riches long lost beyond its borders. Settled over millennia by travelers from southwest China, Taiwan was known as the “Beautiful Island” for centuries for its endless seashores and stunning mountains. Amidst a thriving economy, civically engaged democratic system, and cherished Chinese cultural heritage, Taiwan’s people are creating a future that weaves together the many threads of their collective past.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Learn and improve Mandarin skills through…

As of December 2021, travel to China and Taiwan remain effectively closed to foreign travelers. Should travel become feasible over the coming months, Dragons plans to resume our China & Taiwan programs in 2022. However, if travel restrictions do not open up in the region, we ask that you select a back-up Dragons program so we can ensure that you still have an amazing travel experience in 2022.

Taiwan has preserved many cultural riches long lost beyond its borders. Settled over millennia by travelers from southwest China, Taiwan was known as the “Beautiful Island” for centuries for its endless seashores and stunning mountains. Amidst a thriving economy, civically engaged democratic system, and cherished Chinese cultural heritage, Taiwan’s people are creating a future that weaves together the many threads of their collective past.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Learn and improve Mandarin skills through classes, interactions with homestay families, and meetings with local mentors
  • Experience life in two very different communities, one urban & one rural
  • Explore Taiwan’s ethnic and ecological diversity as well as its living political history

Our 4-week Mandarin intensive program divides its time between Taipei and the indigenous village of Zhenxibao. Situated in the island’s northwest, amidst picturesque mountains, Zhenxibao means “the sacred place where the sun first shines at dawn” and is home to the Atayal people. Here we live with families and settle into a daily routine of Mandarin lessons in the morning and learning about farming and environmental issues in the afternoon. Sharing household chores, joining in daily activities, and experiencing Atayal culture first-hand is an opportunity to build friendships and understand a unique way of life preserved in Taiwan.

After our rural homestay, we dive into the bustling capital of Taipei. This city of 2.6 million is the political, cultural, and economic center of Taiwan. Known for its night markets, Japanese colonial architecture, and a thriving scene of young activists and artists, we live with host families and continue to hone our language skills. We also dive into Independent Study Projects (ISPs) in the afternoons learning firsthand about topics such as cooking, calligraphy, Chinese medicine, martial arts, or other cultural traditions.

In addition to formal language study, all of our activities are rich with opportunities to navigate new interactions using your Chinese language skills. We build not only language competence, but also deeper confidence in navigating the colorful tapestry of Taiwan.

 

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Program Components

2/5
Religious & Spiritual Traditions

Introduction to Buddhism, Daoism, Christianity, Islam and other local religions in Taiwan.

2/5
Social & Environmental Justice

Minority issues and status, socio-economic issues, health, land use and environment, tourism, cultural survival.

3/5
Focus Of Inquiry

Language and culture, colonial and modern history of Taiwan, political studies, environmental issues, indigenous rights.

5/5
Homestay

7-day homestay in Zhenxibao, home of Atayal indigenous culture, 7-day homestay in Taipei, capital of Taiwan.

4/5
Independent Study Project (ISP)

ISPs facilitated throughout program. Past students have focused on Traditional Chinese Medicine, calligraphy, ink painting, Taijiquan / Wushu, tea ceremony, study of ethnic language / customs.

5/5
Language Study

Mandarin immersion through daily small group classes, homestays, and community engagement.

2/5
Trekking

3 day trekking in Taroko Gorge.

2/5
Rugged Travel

Slightly rugged, train and bus travel, village-stay, bike touring.