2013-08-07 / Local News

Camp hosts Chinese exchange student


Fourth from left, Han Wang, 8, smiles with his bunkmates and counselors. Fourth from left, Han Wang, 8, smiles with his bunkmates and counselors. JCC Camps at Medford offers the ultimate summer experience for thousands of campers from South Jersey and Philadelphia. When Han Wang attended the camp for two weeks as part of a cultural exchange program, the eight-year-old boy from the Liaoning Province in northeast China clearly won the prize for farthest traveled.

Han, who had never been to the United States, was partially sponsored by The American International Education Development (AIED) Council, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building relationships between schools, organizations and institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

“Although Han spoke little to no English, he was embraced by his fellow bunkmates and campers,” said Aaron Greenberg, camp director. “Kids this age communicate through play, so camp was the perfect setting for this exchange.“

Han, one of 10 campers in his bunk, was able to enjoy activities such as fishing and boating, archery, swimming, games on the sports fields, Shabbat and so much more along with his bunkmates.

“This was a great experience for both Han and his fellow campers,” says Michael Axler, Han’s head counselor. “What a great way to introduce a new culture into our vibrant camp community!”

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