Roots-Seeking Trip FAQ 2016
China Roots-Seeking Trip Introduction
Since 1999, the State Council Overseas Chinese Affairs Office (hereinafter referred to as “Overseas Chinese Affairs”),the China Overseas Exchanges Associations (autonomous regions municipalities) and the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office co-sponsored a summer camp series to enhance the education of the Chinese language and culture amongst the overseas Chinese youth.
Every year, we invite tens of thousands of overseas Chinese youth to visit China and partake in the exchange. This event has always been welcomed by a vast number of overseas Chinese youth. In recent years, in order to meet the diverse needs of applicants, the organizers appointed (in accordance with national circumstances) March Break Camps, Autumn camps, and Winter camps.
According to the campers’ different backgrounds and needs, we have also organized folk dance camps, Chinese martial arts camps and other camps to enable the education of China amongst Chinese children. The group has also sends domestic teachers overseas to carry out the exchange so that overseas Chinese youth are at greater liberty to submerse themselves in local Chinese culture.
On July 2010 Vice President Xi Jinping attended the summer camp. He encouraged the campers to always keep in mind three things: First, the unity of the Chinese nation means that Chinese people at home and abroad all share the same “Roots.” Second, the extensive and profound culture of China is the “soul” of the Chinese people at home and abroad. Third, to achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is the “dream” of common Chinese people at home and abroad.
Q1: What is the nature of the camp? Who is the domestic reception party? What are the charges?
A: The China”Roots-Seeking trip” is jointly organized by the provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities), the Overseas Chinese Exchange Association and the National Overseas Chinese Affairs Office. Its purpose is to promote the understanding and sentiments of Chinese culture amongst overseas Chinese youth. The specific domestic reception party is organized by the unit in order to find the appropriate co-organizers for the program itinerary. Besides the application fee made to Friendship Association, the majority of camp accommodations during the study tours will be free of charge. Individual camps should arrange payments should costs exceed what is outlined on the itinerary.
Q2: What kind of camps are there?
A: Domestic camps are divided into two categories:
Conventional Camp: Provincial Overseas Chinese Affairs Office and the National Association for Overseas Exchanges organize and develop camps for the spring, summer, autumn and winter seasons. The camp period is usually 2 to 3 weeks. Contents: study Chinese history, geography, cultural knowledge; participate in domestic peer networking events/exchanges; visit historical and cultural attractions etc.
Special Camp: hosted by the Provincial Overseas Chinese Affairs Office or certain well-known universities including: folk dance camp, the Chinese martial arts camps and outstanding Chinese youth camps. Among them, those interested in the “Dance Camp” and “Martial Arts Camp” should have special training foundations of more than three years, focusing on dance or Wushu skills. Campers in the host country should be distinguished high school students, college students studying honors or have received an outstanding Chinese youth award above the level of the state and in science and technology, literature, art or other fields. These activities have a focus on the understanding China’s national conditions and domestic exchanges, with opportunities for networking among students.
Q3: How many spots are available for each camp? What happens if the number of applicants exceeds the quota? Does it operate on a first-come, first-serve basis?
A: The approximate annual budget of the Overseas Chinese Affairs has allocated 6000 quota to each specific contractor and welcome all nations to apply for the Roots-Seeking Trip. Overall, the competition for applications is quite high, so secured slots generally do not exceed more than 20. The Friendship Association will project a year in advance for next year’s statistics, according to our local contract in order to better prepare domestic units and fight for enough spaces to meet our application needs. Popular camps hold registration within a specified period. If the number of applicants exceeds the actual number of places then, based on the principle of equal opportunity, we will select campers by drawing lots, as outlined above. See reference camp process .
Q4: Why do the registration intentions survey?
A: By doing the registration intentions survey, we are able to more accurately match the quota and the number of applicants to meet the aspirations of the majority of parents to send their children to China. This also allows us to direct more accurate feedback to the domestic organizers overseas. This achieves mutual satisfaction. If, after the survey, certain persons cannot be guaranteed full participation in the camp, it will seriously affect our future cooperation with domestic organizers and we hope to avoid this.
Q5: What is the age limit for participants?
A: Age range for the regular summer camp is limited to 12 to 18 years of age. Each camp can be adjusted according to one’s situation, but no less than 12 years of age and above 18 years of age. See specific age requirements for Martial Arts Camp, Dance Camp, and other Elite Camps.
Q6: I can take care of myself very well and I am just 3 months of meetings the age requirement. Can you make an exception?
A: If one’s age does not meet the entry conditions of the camp, he/she cannot enter the camp registration system. Since the summer camp is an annual event held each year, you can wait until you meet the age requirements before registering for the camp.
Q7: What will the leader be responsible for? Costs? Can the leader guarantee the safety of children?
A: The leader will always need to help fellow organizers contact parents who have applied for their children to participate in the camp in order to communicate proper preparations. Upon arrival at the camp, the leader must assist the co-organizers to arrange accommodations and accompany the campers during camp activities. In addition, leader should take care of his/her own airfare and personal expenses but is not subject to camper’s camp fee. The child is the priority for the camp leader.
Q8: What are this year’s Friendship Association camps? Are specific times and places already determined?
A: After the units and national organizations are contacted and we are offered places, we will be the first announce these camps on our group page, see: Camp at a glance.
Q9: In addition to age, are there other eligibility restrictions? Where do I apply? When? Can I apply for more than one camp?
A: The age limit is the most basic condition. Special requirements also include Chinese language proficiency and/or talent requirements, based on the camp. In the announcement issued by the specific camp, there will be detailed entry conditions and an itinerary listed. Camps around the country vary. We will publish information as soon as we receive the confirmation. To register, please pay attention to micro-channel group announcements. After two days of registration, we will send an email notification to confirm your eligibility to get into the camp. We allow multiple simultaneous applications, but once selected, your other applications will be automatically disabled. Access can not be converted from camp to camp.
Q10: If a child is sick in the camp or has an accident, how will the camp take care of this? Is there a doctor present?
A: Camp organizers buy accident insurance, but no health insurance. If our parent company of medical insurance does not cover travel overseas, we recommend you purchase additional medical insurance and let your child understand the relevant insurance information. Our camp is equipped with general health workers and commonly used treatments but we suggest that parents otherwise prepare some commonly used anti-inflammatory cream, sunscreen sunstroke and anti-mosquito drugs in accordance with your child’s health.
Q11: How are the accommodations?
A: Standard accommodations are above-average hotels or student apartments.
Q12: What do children need to prepare in advance? Do you need to bring anything?
A: Be sure all parents and children communicate well; do not force your child to attend. After all, being thousands of miles away from home in a strange environment can dispose a child to bad moods, unexpected illnesses and other issues. If the child is willing to participate, you need to examine if the child meets the specific arrangements and then contact the team leader. Depending on the nature of things, you may need to reference different camp sites and summer camps. Do your best to prepare enough changes of clothes, drinking cups, hats and a small amount of yuan.
Q13: Who is the responsible overseer during the round-trip travel between the camps?
A: In principle, the camp takes place at the designated place. We close the camp with a ceremony in a central location and leave campers to return to their parents. Considering that many children may participate alone, each team leader will be responsible for the well-being of the camper during travel should the child travel with the group.
Q14: Can I take part in several summer camps?
A: The content of most summer camps is similar. To repeat camps is not necessarily beneficial or useful. More importantly, each camp consists of limited resources, so that other Chinese youth interested in participating in “China roots trip” may lose participation opportunities. To this end, organizers clearly require that each case of continuous participation that happen in the short term is prohibited. Within three months, each camper can only participate in one camp. Requests for two or more camps will be automatically rejected by the Camp Registration System.
Q15: How can I apply to be a leader? Who do I contact?
A: We welcome all active participation in the “roots-seeking trip” to carry forward the Chinese culture and to strengthen the next generation’s Chinese cultural awareness. These activities prove to be more and more influential. If you would like to apply to be a team leader, volunteer or have any comments and suggestions, you can contact the main group of micro-channel group, or e-mail email@example.com.