An International Baccalaureate World Programme School

Each summer, Wesley middle school students have the opportunity to travel to China to deepen and build on the Mandarin instruction they’ve been receiving daily since kindergarten. Students are immersed in the culture, food, and language for several weeks and have the opportunity to visit cultural sites, study Mandarin through our partnership with Nanjing University, and meet with their student peers abroad. Seventh grader Taraja Samuel shares about her experience in China.

“As someone who has studied Mandarin since I was 3-years-old, traveling to China was one of the most valuable experiences of my Iife. I learned I could communicate with native speakers and understand them. One of the best parts of my trip was visiting different cities on the weekends. I loved Macau because it was relaxing, had beautiful scenery, and I could view the ocean from different parts of the city.
When I got homesick, being with my friends was a great part of the China Summer Program. We helped each other and had lots of fun together.”


Taraja Samuel is a current 7th grader at Wesley International Academy.