“Exposure to other cultures, philosophies and societies help foster tolerance and empathy. Speaking another language can be a bridge to friendship and cooperation.”
These words, spoken by Nick Lamb, explain why he and his sister Katie designed a program for the Greater Marco Family YMCA summer camp to get exposure to basic Mandarin and Chinese culture through games, stories, videos and crafts.
Nick and his sister Katie experienced these things firsthand, having lived abroad in China, Singapore and Australia for seven years. Nick returned to China while a freshman at Naples High School on a State Department Scholarship. He stayed with a host family in Sichuan Province and become conversational in Mandarin.
Nick stated he was so excited and stimulated after learning Chinese language and culture that he decided to share his experiences with kids in Collier County. Nick approached the Marco Y with his ideas and was immediately welcomed.
During the week of classes, campers ranging in age from 5-12, learned about Chinese foods, videos on Chinese wet markets, learned Mandarin names of basic foods, and practiced eating with chopsticks.
Nick and Katie both agree that the seeds of curiosity were planted and that the campers left wanting to learn more!