You’ll never guess how this former Yale football player befriended this little girl!



Nestled among the hills of the Huangshan region of southern Anhui Province, China, the residents of Xiuning County typically do not have much meaningful contact with foreigners. Yale-China set out to change this in 2005, when a partnership was established with Xiuning Middle School to bring it into the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship family.

Living at the school full time, Yale-China Teaching Fellows in Xiuning are able to have an impact on their students and colleagues in many contexts beyond the classrooms where they conduct Oral English classes—and these interactions contribute immeasurably to the Fellows’ own personal growth.

Ongoing ties to the Xiuning community are strengthened by the staggered two-year structure of the fellowship, whereby the two senior Fellows give guidance to the two junior Fellows and introduce them to their friends, neighbors, and colleagues.

By the time little Jiang Rui, or Rui-Rui, was five years old, she had already acquired twelve neighborly Yale-China “aunties” and “uncles”—the Fellows who lived next door to her parents, who are teachers at Xiuning Middle School. Gabriel Fernandez, a Yale football player in the class of 2012, is one of those “uncles.” In the photo above, he is taking time out from Xiuning Middle School’s centennial celebration to play his usual game with Rui-Rui: which hand has the penny (jiao)?

Yale-China Teaching Fellows build on this community fabric to share their own interests and skills—whatever they are—with their students. For Gabe, his football experience translated into strength and conditioning workshops (using filled 5-gallon water jugs as makeshift weights) and his mechanical engineering major was put to use advising the stage crew for the school’s annual English musical. After his fellowship, Gabe has gone on to coach the Fudan University football team while furthering his study of Chinese.

Xiuning Middle School is just one partner institution for the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship. To learn more about this extraordinary opportunity for personal growth and service and the other three sites, click here.

The couple of years after college graduation is a time for discovery. You took the well-worn path and went to college. Now it is time to do things most won't, don't, or can't. Yale-China will give you such opportunities and you will refer back to this time for the rest of your life. Really.
     —Lina Ayenew, TD 2010, former Teaching Fellow in Changsha

Go for it! Be adventurous, not risk averse. The world is changing far too fast to "plan" your future!
     —Douglas Murray, JE 1958, former Teaching Fellow in Hong Kong

Yale-China provides Fellows with

  • Intensive Chinese language training
  • Salary / stipend
  • Free housing and emergency medical insurance
  • A wide network of former Fellows
  • Training, ongoing support, and much more.

Yale seniors and graduates within five years are eligible to apply by January 31, 2015.
No prior study of Chinese required. To learn more:

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Not a senior but interested in China? Check out Yale-China's other Education programs.

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