A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life of a Typical ISEC Teacher

Please note: this is only an example timetable and itinerary. It is intended to give you an idea of a typical summer. Every camp is different.

A Typical ISEC Day

07.30 Team Meeting. Preparing our hearts for the day ahead.
08.00 Breakfast at the school
09.00 Teaching 3 different classes
12.30 Lunch back in the cafeteria
13.30 20 min team meeting about today’s afternoon activities
14.00 Tutorials (1-to-1 conversation practice with kids)
15.00 Afternoon activities
17.00 Rest while the children shower
18.00 Dinner in the school’s canteen
19.00 Team meeting – planning for tomorrow, sharing, encouraging, re-focusing
20.30 Free time to spend together or plan lessons
22.00 Bed time

A Typical ISEC Summer

1 July –
8 July
Orientation near Beijing. Met and got to know other ISECers, learnt about how to teach English, and shared lesson plan ideas. Wisdom and encouragement for the summer ahead.
9 July –
17 July
Hopped on a high-speed train to south-east China. Taught at a 7-day camp in partnership with a local school. Gave classes in the mornings, and played games with the kids (including water balloon fights!) in the afternoons.
18 July –
27 July
Took the train back to Beijing for another camp, this one bigger and with teenagers, and ended with a talent show put on by the teachers for the kids!
28 July –
30 July
This time went on an overnight train to another new camp in the countryside. Most of the kids were between 5 and 10 years old, and they tired us out with their energy!
31 July –
6 August
Huge numbers of kids! This one was taught in partnership with another educational organisation with a very positive and wholistic view of education. They allowed us more freedom to share some of our personal values with the kids.
7 August –
13 August
Our final camp! This one was a smaller Family camp. We got to include more about character development and relationship building than any of the other camps.
14 August –
20 August
Debrief near Beijing. Great to meet up with the whole team again, some of whom we hadn’t seen since July. Shared our stories, and discussed how we could apply what we had been taught in our daily lives back home.