The main objective of BOOKBRIDGE summer camp was to prepare campers to become peer leaders and volunteers at their Book Bridge centers and in their communities through various English-based discussions and team-building games.
We organized the camp in Dundgovi province from 2nd to 9th of July with 121 students from our learning centers in Mandalgovi, Khentii, Dalanzadgad and Arvaikheer. Also we invited 3 Peace Corps Volunteers, 2 BOOKBRIDGE fellows, 2 Swiss intern students and 6 BOOKBRIDGE volunteer students who graduated from Arvaikheer learning center previously.
Sessions like Morning Dance Warm Up / Energizer, Team-Building Games, Cheers, Solve the Mystery / Scavenger Hunt, creative activities as a team, Volunteer Project, and Life skills were in the morning led by teachers and volunteers for 2 hours. Especially Peace Corps Volunteers and other volunteers prepared well for the camp. Kids enjoyed a lot rotating different activities every morning.
Every day before lunch students from different learning centers presented their learning center activities on their own. It was very exciting for everybody.
In the afternoon we had Yoga, Problem Solving in your Community and Bookbridge LC, Ecological Foot print, Debating Arts and Crafts Corner and Trivia/ Jeopardy sessions with students. Of course, golden time /Free time was one of the students’ favorite periods.
Every night we gathered in the big hall for a costume contest, welcoming party, fashion show, bonfire, and team building games. Through these activities kids were getting closer and making good friends. Generally, camp activities were organized smoothly also kids were engaged a lot. We were proud to work together and to have this great chance to learn from each other through activities.
Thanks for all who contributed to the camp. Learning Centers Dalanzadgad, Khentii, Dundgovi and Arvaikheer are working successfully together at joint projects such as the summer camp and English festival which take yearly place! It is our big attempt!
What the teachers said about the summer camp:
Ankhiluun, Head of the Khentii Bookbridge learning center
…Beauty of the camp was just kids themselves with out them it want happen at all because students traveled 500-700 km just one way and they had strong wish to join the camp. Kids were so happy to help each other and joying together as a team. This year workshops they attended was quite a new to them. Problem solving and Ecological foot print such as art craft group projects. What I have seen from the kids is that they love creating things just by hand. We had wonderful Bookbridge volunteer students who had done such different tasks which was taking care of all the kids. Even though they are not trained to be a teacher, they had uncountable duty.
Narangarav, Head of the Mandolgovi Bookbridge Learning center
…It was nice to see children who joined the Bookbridge summer camp last year and to meet again this year. They prepared for camp activities and discussed about performance for a week. It was a great chance for us to share our advantages and learn from other LC’s. I would like to say thank you for all who helped us and worked on the program for the last three months. I was afraid of Gobi weather and sun since we decided to have camp in my community. Most people will get sick when they travel in the Gobi from the sun. Because there aren’t trees and river at the campsite. But everybody was feeling happy to spend time together at the camp. I am so happy that the weather was so nice when we were in camp. I was a bit sad about some learning center as they were expected to come. In my opinion the CHs should be more responsible in their words and in keeping their promises.
I would like to thank Uugantsetseg who initiated the summer camp for Bookbridge learning center students from different regions. Maybe we should invite children from Cambodia and Sri Lanka next year to our summer camp. That would be great exchange for the children.