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China - Yunnan Province - 2 week placement in International school in Kunming - B.Ed (ECE / Primary) - 3rd year students

A NEW exciting opportunity is available for a selected group of 3rd year Murdoch Bachelor of Education students (Early Childhood Education & Primary; or Primary) to experience a 2 week school placement experience at Beanstalk International Bilingual School Kunming. Placements are for an early years classroomCHINA_2and/or primary. Dates for 2017 are 11th - 22nd September, with an option for travel within China in the following week or two after the school placement. Each student selected (5 students in total) will receive $3000 to cover flights, visas and accommodation, as funded by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan Mobility Program. Eligibility for funding is open to any Australian citizen university undergraduate aged 18-28, with some capacity to include students over 28. Click here to read reflections from some of the students who were selected to go in 2017. 

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About the School

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A new addition to the Beanstalk Educational Group, BIBS (Beanstalk  International Bilingual School) Kunming Campus offers pre-Kindergarten through to Grade 6 Elementary School and just recently opened for Middle and Senior sections. BIBS Kunming offers a unique bilingual education founded upon the philosophies and principles of the International Baccalaureate, and is the first IB (International Baccalaureate)  bilingual school in Kunming. The Middle and High schools focus on English as the language of instruction preparing students to take IB Diploma examinations. The modern campus is located in the new district of Chenggong, Kunming with a capacity of 1200 students. The campus features large, bright classrooms customized using a modern approach to classroom design,  two libraries, a dance and music classroom, an art classroom, indoor and outdoor sports, play areas and a cafe.

About the Location

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Yunnan is a province in southwestern China, bordering Myanmar and Laos, with a varied landscape of snow-capped mountains, rice terraces, lakes and deep gorges. The region is known for its large number of ethnic minorities, with more than half of the country’s minority groups residing there. Modern Kunming, known as the “Spring City,” has many museums and temples (as pictured). To the southeast, Shilin Stone Forest contains limestone karst peaks formed 270 million years ago.

How to Apply

All eligible 3rd year students will be notified on SONIA and emailed an application form.

NOTE: You will be required to include in the application a statement about yourself and your teaching philosophy based on your personal and professional experience, your studies, your skills, and what you hope to achieve by participating in this internship.

Reflections from 2017 students

"My teaching practicum at Beanstalk International Bilingual School, Kunming turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. Kunming took me by surprise with its stunning flowers, gardens, lakes, and skyscraper buildings. The teaching staff at the school went over and above to make us all feel welcome. They even organised and joined us for sightseeing like The Stone Forest and an over-night stay at Fuxian Lake. It was a surreal experience implementing play-based learning in early childhood, while at the same time having a teacher translating in Chinese. I hope to one day go back and teach at this fantastic school or in another International Bilingual school. I will forever be grateful to the New Colombo Plan and Murdoch University for granting me this incredible opportunity! " (Jayde Greig, Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood & Primary)

"My two weeks placement in Beanstalk international bilingual school (BIBS) was challenging and exciting. But this was the whole point of getting out of my comfort zone. The school was welcoming and accommodated us into their busy teaching schedule. The staff were so supportive and students were really respectful. I was able to learn about the culture, education and their ways of life. The journey was nice and smooth and I believe, it was an eye opening for me as a future teacher. I highly recommend this internship- great experience." (Sarah Guot, Bachelor of Education in Primary)

"I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to spend 2 weeks teaching at Beanstalk International Bilingual School (BIBS) in China! This unique experience provided me with a new perspective on teaching as I could see how the school integrated both eastern and western teaching philosophies. This opportunity allowed me to develop my skills and knowledge, which I can now apply to my studies and future practicums. I now have a more meaningful and in-depth understanding of China, its people and its history." (Kaitlyn Bennett, Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood & Primary)

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