Learning / Global Program

Seventh Grade in Taiwan

The 7th Grade program itinerary is built in close collaboration with The Chinese Language Institute (CLI), our program operator in Taiwan. CAIS students are placed in a host family in Tainan, with a host sibling from a local school. Host families house CAIS students throughout their time in Tainan, dropping CAIS students off at a predetermined time and location each school day for small-group Chinese classes and excursions. Host families are selected and endorsed by partnerschool, vetted and trained by CLI staff.

Highlights of the 2024 program in Nantou, Tainan, and Taipei included:

  • Embarking on a guided hiking excursion at Maolan Mountain
  • Making aiyu jelly
  • Taking a wilderness survival workshop in small groups, including survival shelter construction and wilderness rescue
  • Enjoying an evening performance and games with local indigenous musicians
  • Participating in cultural and outdoor breakout activities including trap-making
  • Exploring Sun Moon Lake’s pedestrian area during a language scavenger hunt, followed by stipend dinners at the local night market
  • Learning traditional bead threading and Chinese postcard activities at our accommodations
  • Discovering the Ci’en Pagoda
  • Spending the afternoon at Chongming Middle School with student buddies and engaging in cultural exchange activities
  • Pairing up CLI Chinese teachers and CLI program leaders for the Discover Tainan Scavenger Hunt
  • Exploring the historic Anping Quarter in small groups
  • Embarking on an excursion to the vibrant Madou Datian Temple
  • Engaging in small group activities at the Ten Drum Cultural Village
  • Sampling traditional Taiwanese snacks at the Dadong Night Market
  • Enjoying language activities and challenges on Guohua Jie
  • Participating in a traditional martial arts class and discussion on Eastern philosophy with a local master
  • Traveling to a Chinese medicine garden outside of the city, to harvest traditional herbs and make your own medicinal tea
  • Shadowing student buddies at Minde Middle School
  • Working on final Chinese language projects
  • Presenting Chinese language projects during a festive group dinner with your fellow classmate, program leaders, and homestay families
  • Enjoying group hotpot lunch in Ximending
  • Embarking on a city tour of Taipei via walking and public transportation Discover significant cultural sites including the colorful Longshan Temple Huashan Creative Park, and Syntrend Digital Plaza
  • Learning about modern Taiwanese history and witness the changing of the guards at the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
  • Hiking up Xiangshan, also known as Elephant Mountain
  • Ascending Taipei 101 for panoramic views of the city
  • Enjoying small group dinners at Raohe, one of Taipei’s most popular night markets
  • Dividing into teams of 5-7 students for a self-designed city tour in Taipei utilizing public transportation.