This program is organized by Duke faculty/staff in collaboration with DukeEngage.

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Program Dates

May 15 - July 10

Service Focus

Partnering with a middle school to provide arts education and English lessons, with a focus on creativity, leadership development, and self-discovery and personal growth.

Program Leader

  • , Professor of the Practice, Department of Music, Duke University

Language Requirements: Both students with or without Mandarin Chinese language skills are encouraged to apply.

Course Requirements: Applicants who have been taking courses related to education, arts and service learning are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Scope

The DukeEngage Zhuhai program was started in the summer of 2010 with a mission to integrate arts-education into the local curriculum at Zhuhai No.9 Middle School (grades 7‐9). Service through teaching in addition to the immersive experience of living with host families will provide DukeEngage students with great opportunities to build a reciprocal relationship with the Zhuhai community; they will learn true culture of Chinese citizens and gain insight into a new way of living while they concurrently share with a Chinese society the important value of education.

Zhuhai, a southern Chinese city located within the former Special Economic Zone, is in many ways a perfect microcosm of 21st century China—a rapidly evolving country that continues to develop and transform daily, and acts as an influential force of the globe, home to extremely talented and innovative individuals. However, the intense momentum of forward development in China has resulted in an education lagging behind with many gaps. Thousands of Chinese students are placed into overcrowded classrooms each year, with a relentless, singular emphasis on standardized tests. These scores continue to determine a student’s survival and success after graduation. Students are destined to seek perfect test scores, but not artistic potentials; formulas but not personal creativity; professions and jobs but not passions and dreams.

During the two months of service, the Zhuhai program aims to open the minds of young Chinese students using Duke students’ own unique experiences and education. Through a series of integrative classes, DukeEngage participants will teach English and arts classes—all of which incorporate leadership, self-confidence and self‐expression. Duke students will expose Chinese students to a form of arts education to which they have not been exposed before. They will encourage Chinese students to understand school as the beginning of a life-long journey—a place in which they can expand their boundaries, push limitations, and try novel pursuits.

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VIDEO - Zhuhai 2015 "Goodbye"

A reflection documentary by Vanessa Wu

VIDEO - Zhuhai No. 9

A documentary by Eliza Bray, DukeEngage 2013 (YouTube)