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Christmas 2006 (1/07)

Basketballs bounce in Xi'an

Zhangye, a deeper look (7/06)

China comes to Virginia (7/06)

Winter Conference 

Happy Birthday, Amity, 
Part 1

Part 2 (11/05)

Bringing Sunshine,
Part 1

Part 2 (10/05)

Summer 2005: (7/05)

Needed: China volunteers

Bluefield College in China

Lantern Festival (2/05)

Village of God (2/05)

Summer 2004:

FBC Richmond (5/20)

Opposites attract (5/26)

Mission Impossible (5/24)

Rules for a new mother (10/24)

Brocade Museum (10/24)

Barbara Diggs at NIM (4/4)

Fujian Earthen Houses (2/14)

Zhangzhou Puppets (2/14)

Merry Christmas

JIE's 50th Anniversary

Oral English Competition

Sam's Page

Virginia Baptists arrive for 2002 SEP, Shanghai - Nanjing

Part 2: in Jining, the program begins

Inner Mongolia's grasslands

Baotou and Wudang Temple

Abby and Sarah in Xi'an

Discovering the Nestorian Pagoda

Eating Zongzi June, 2002

Mary Washington comes to China, Part 1
Part 2 May/June 2002

Xi'an May 2002
Terracotta soldiers
   The Nestorian tablet






Lanzhou's Summer English Program

   Lanzhou is the capital city of Gansu Province in northwest China. It is a province with a high level of poverty. The Lanzhou program is unique among Amity's SEP sites, in that the students in this program, instead of being middle school English teachers, include doctors, nurses, and students in training for health occupations. The Lanzhou team, Laura, Jill, Karen, and Stephanie, have established a strong program of oral English as a continuation of several years of Amity summer teams.


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    After the opening ceremonies, the teachers conducted interviews with students to determine the level of their oral English skills. The students were divided into four classes according to that level.

   Classes began the next day and ended on July 30. Each teacher teaches three of the four class groups, so that each student has three teachers. The goal is to stimulate the use of English through conversation, games, discussion, projects, songs, dialogues, role play, and other activities.

   The school building, hotel, and Amity's western coordination office are all in the same complex of buildings run by the health bureau. There are a number of hospitals in the area and many of the nearby shops are related to health.

Amity's Village Doctor Program

   Gansu is one of the most active provinces in Amity's village doctor program. The program, conducted in cooperation with the local government health bureaus, provides 18 months of training for villagers who then return to their villages and set up a clinic. We visited a woman doctor in a village in Ding Xi county, southeast of Lanzhou. It required a drive of two or three hours, including a stop in Ding Xi town to speak with local government officials, who then accompanied us to the village. The Amity-trained woman doctor focuses on women's issues, particularly pre-natal care. After an introduction to the doctor and clinic, we were treated to simple fare, but the best they had, and more than we could possibly eat, particularly considering that the government officials in Ding Xi had already arranged for us to eat lunch there. Potatoes are a staple crop in that area, and we learned to break open a baked or steamed potato and eat it along with a green dried vegetable. We were also served a homemade flat bread, very heavy, and delicious nectarines. After the introduction and snack, we toured the village and surrounding area.

Baby and Maternity Hospital

   Craig visited a hospital dedicated to babies and mothers. As part of his visit, he also saw the Amity mobile medical clinic. When the vehicle is fully operational and deployed in the countryside, the surgery unit of the hospital has to postpone surgery, because they don't have enough equipment to maintain both.