Since 2006 Wayne State University has partnered with Tsinghua University and individual donors to offer this summer service learning program in rural China. By traveling to remote regions and providing K-12 students with opportunities to learn and practice English, volunteers have inspired rural Chinese students to study English and other subjects included in the national college entrance exam. Five to seven Chinese students are paired with two to three American volunteers and assigned to rural schools throughout China. Volunteers spend 10-12 days at their respective sites and three days in Beijing before and after their journey to the countryside. The accompanying class, CHI 3990, requires readings, journals, and a qualitative research project.. Some financial aid is available for participants who complete coursework.

This year's program will take place from July 6 (leaving July 5) to July 25, 2018. Application Deadline: March 20.

Please contact Dr. John Brender for information:; 313-577-3035 (Direct Line)

Information for 2018 SSLP Program

Direct Link to 2018 Tsinghua University Program

2017 SSLP Checklist                           Orientatation ppt                    TEACHING PPT (PDF)      

WSU Student Information Form     WSU Medical Treatment Form     WSU Waiver and Release 

Watch the Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) Video (10 mins)



2015 SSLP Information

2015 Tsinghua Application (required)

2015 Tsinghua Liability Form (required)

2015 Wayne State Application

Teaching Clinic 2015 PDF

Teaching Clinic Activities

Example Lesson Plan 1: Introductions & Medical & Transportation

Example Lesson Plan 2: Shopping

Example Lesson Plan 3: School

Example Lesson Plan 4: American Education

Example Lesson Plan 5: American Trivia

Example Lesson Plan 6: American Government (Difficult)

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