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December 2021

A Good Rehearsal of Being a Teacher

"The SPICE programme was a life-changing experience as it helped me confirm my ambition of being an English teacher. …The internship offered by SPICE truly felt like a full-package deal in terms of roles and responsibilities. On the one hand, I had to take on a teacher’s responsibility, leading and guiding a class of children through the camp activities. On the other hand, I also had to assume a colleague’s role to my fellow intern teachers, collaborating with them to devise the best possible summer camp experience.

 

Likewise, SPICE has also taught me how intricate and thorough it was to have a legitimate English summer camp. The entire process around the programme was no simple feat as it involved many procedures and stages. Before the actual camp, interns had to undergo a 2-week training period in which our trainer would brief us on the theories for practice, preparations, and explanation of activities.

 

Besides that, we had to plan the activities and make the class materials among our intern groups before camp. Once camps had officially begun, we … had to concern ourselves with the delivery of activity contents, the handling of children (as a whole class and an individual), and the debriefing afterward to discuss how to improve moving forward.

 

Equally important, the SPICE programme had given me the opportunity to be exposed to teaching children with different backgrounds, cultures, values, and demeanors. The three summer camps consisted of children coming from different schools. Sixteen children would be assigned to an intern group of three teachers at each camp. Thus, it offered my groupmates and I the chance of a lifetime to know what it is like to teach a class of cute and unique individuals…. No other internship could have given me this extensive sampling size of children to lead and be inspired by.

 

In retrospect, during my internship, my peers’ simple words of encouragement and the practical words of wisdom that I received from my trainer and programme coordinators helped me nurture as a teacher. The SPICE programme was constructed in a way that also aided me in understanding the value of group coordination."

Bernardo

Intern from 2021

December 2021

Delighted to Witness the Progress of Students

"I have received a lot from my SPICE students…. During the camp, they have entered a fundamentally new environment with English as the main communication language, learning activities awaiting every morning requiring both team and personal performance and the unseen demands of adaptation, understanding, productivity and creativity to the learning activities. Thus, plus the different formats of games we prepared, the children encountered a great scope of unfamiliarity, difficulty and challenges. The students gradually stepped out of their comfort zone, and reflected to us that they enjoyed the fun and happiness in resolving the multiple-dimensional challenges, spending time together with their new friends, and fulfilling all the learning activities of the seven days. I was delighted to witness the demonstration of their growing efforts day by day, and help increase their self-confidence and positivity during the camp…and to inspire the children with knowledge and skills and help them broaden their comfort zone."

Ching

Intern from 2021

December 2021

Superhero Day

"It was different from your typical local English education. There was heart, and everyone in SPICE worked hand in hand all the way.

Day 3 was our ‘superhero day’– the students painted their superhero T-shirts! …the superhero painting was one of the most fun activities that the students had! ...most importantly, painting became a chance for them to practice their English-speaking skills! I was able to have casual one-on one English conversations with them. We talked about their superpowers and their T-shirts– their perfect chance to use English without the pressure but with all the fun!"

Hanna

Intern from 2021

December 2021

Comprehensive Learning Experience

"SPICE is a very comprehensive programme, which equipped me with effective communication strategies and professional knowledge of English education. In addition, I gained a theoretical understanding and essential pedagogical skills applicable to different contexts and workplace settings.

Apart from enabling me to acquire academic knowledge, the internship allowed me to appreciate the beauty of diverse cultures. The more I see, the more I realise how much I have not seen. Furthermore, this once-in-a-lifetime experience was an invaluable opportunity to explore and understand the English language world more thoroughly and extensively."

Roy

Intern from 2021

February 2020

Lasting Friendships

" We worked together as a team to achieve the same goal - i.e. to provide an interactive learning experience for the students and help them build confidence. We also keep in touch with the people we met in those 2 months. "

Zoe

Intern from 2019

February 2020

Career Exploration

" I was unsure if teaching is my cup of tea, but SPICE provided me with a very good opportunity to explore my career path. The experience is also a great asset to put into my CV. "

Hajrah

Intern from 2019

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September 2019

Rewarding and Fun

"It was very rewarding to see them progress from having little confidence to speak English to chatting in English by the end of the week. Also, a definite highlight for the kids (and adults!), were the outings to Epicland and Hong Kong Country Club, as children were able to have fun and try new activities, they otherwise wouldn’t have had the chance to."

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Lisa

Intern from 2019

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October 2018

Unforgettable Experience

"It was great to be able to help children improve their confidence as well as their English level. The choice to deliver these lessons through fun activities was a good choice as they already have English classes at school so through SPICE they were able to know that learning English can be fun."

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Roshan

Intern from 2019