New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 15, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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By Heather Todd Staff Writer
New Braunfels High School graduate Jennifer Ashford said she knew she wanted to do something different during her sophomore year at Brigham Young University.
In the spring of her freshman year, she heard about an opportunity to live in a foreign country for a semester and teach English to young children.
She jumped at the chance.
In August, Ashford will join about 45 other students who will travel to Wu Han, China, where they will live in a Chinese boarding school and teach Chinese students to speak English.
Ashford said she didn’t know how to speak Chinese and, except for a trip to Africa when she was 8 months old, she had never been out of the country.
“I’m not scared at all,” Ashford said. “I don’t know what to expect, so I guess I have no reason to be scared. I’m pretty excited to go over there.”
Ashford will live in China for a semester as part of the International Language Program, a non-profit organization that sends students to foreign countries to teach English. Students were allowed to choose between China and Russia.
With about two months until departure, the only hurdle Ashford faces is raising enough money to pay for the trip. The cost of the trip, including airfare, room and board and meals, is $ 1,700.
“The program strongly suggests that we get sponsors to help pay for the expenses,” she said.
Ashford said her family already paid the $1,700 up front to ensure her place in the program, but they would like to find sponsors to help reimburse them for the expenses.
Ashford now has a part-time job at Natural Bridge Caverns this summer to raise $ 1,000 for travel money she will need during a one-week break in the semester. And, she is looking for another parttime job to offset those expenses.
Ashford said any contributions from sponsors would be used only for airfare, meals or boarding.
“Anybody can sponsor. All they have to do is fill out an application,” she said.
Ashford also is responsible for bringing her own teaching supplies.
“I’m hoping a store will donate those school supplies,” she said.
One incentive is that any donation would be tax-deductible.
“Another reason is that it’s not necessarily a donation to me, but a donation to these children we will be helping to ensure they will have a better future,” she said.
Any local businesses or individuals wanting to become sponsors
Annexation hearings set
By Heather Todd
New Braunfels City Council set July 12 and July 19 as dates for public hearings regarding • annexation of 8.5 square miles around the city’s current boundary limits.
Areas considered for annexation this year include T Bar M/Mission Valley Road, Hunters Creek, Northwoods, Common Street/Orion Drive, Kowald Lane/Farm-to-Market I IO, Alves Lane/Barbarosa Road, Stonegate, Southbank, Klein Road and Farm-to-Market 1044 and Schmucks Road/Engel Road.
During public hearings, local homeowners can voice concerns about the annexation process.
City planner Harry Bennett said the proposed date of initiation of annexation, or the date of the first reading of the ordinance, was Aug. 14. Council will then have 90 days to complete all three readings.
City staff said the resolution council approved Monday night only set the public hearings but did not mean all of the proposed properties would be annexed.
can mail a contribution to the International Language Program, 60 E. IOO S. #202, Provo, Utah, 84606. Anyone with questions about the program can call Ashford at 905-2584. Ashford said her name needed to be specified on the contribution.
Besides the chance to visit a foreign country and learn about a different culture, Ashford said a big advantage to the program was the chance to work with children.
Ashford, who will teach kindergarten students, said she was interested in teaching but had not yet
chosen a major.
The international language program will give her practical experience teaching children and learning to be independent, she said.
Because the children spend weekdays at the boarding school, Ashford said American student-teachers would act as surrogate parents for the children.
“We’re going to be role models and forming a loving relationship with the kids,” she said.
The American student-teachers will not be allowed to speak Chinese with the children.
Ashford said the teaching process was supposed to mirror natural speech development. Teachers help the children learn English by speaking to them only in English while participating in different activities.
“This is hard for me. I’m giving up four months from school, and I’m not getting paid,” she said.
“ITI be in a different country without my family to be there for me. I don’t how hard it will be for me. And, ITI get to be around children and teaching them; it will be a big learning experience.”
New Braunfels High School graduate Jennifer Ashford will live in a Chinese boarding school next semester and teach Chinese students to speak English.
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Off to a far land
NBHS alum heads to China to teach English