Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brunswick Students to Visit China; Twenty-Five Will Go to Ganzhou This Summer in a Special Program

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brunswick Students to Visit China; Twenty-Five Will Go to Ganzhou This Summer in a Special Program

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Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI

BRUNSWICK - A group of 25 Glynn County high and middle school students have an opportunity to visit Brunswick's sister city in China this summer as part of a program aimed at strengthening cultural, educational and economic ties.

Brunswick Mayor Bryan Thompson announced the program Monday in the Brunswick High School classroom where students are learning Chinese from teacher Yang Liu as part of the county school system's International Baccalaureate program.

Liu is in her first year teaching at the high school. She's from Beijing, where Mandarin, China's official language, is the predominant Chinese dialect.

Brunswick has established a sister cities program with Ganzhou, China. Last April, representatives of the Jiangxi Provincial People's Government visited Brunswick where they met with city officials and others to discuss establishing exchanges in health, education, trade and other areas.

At that time, the delegation was greeted by students who were studying Chinese at Needwood Middle School.

To participate in an international baccalaureate program, Glynn schools had to add studies in one modern language. Glynn school officials chose Chinese as the world's most populous nation gained an increasing share of the world market.

As a result of that budding international friendship between Brunswick and Ganzhou, the Ganzhou Youth Association, supported by the Municipal Government of Ganzhou, has invited Glynn students to visit Ganzhou City.

The students, along with five of their teachers or school administrators, will spend three days in the city during June or July. The Chinese city will pay for their international airfare, domestic transportation, food and lodging during their stay, Thompson said.

He said the students and administrators are responsible for paying their passport and visa expenses, as well as providing their own spending money for the trip. …

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