Get a glimpse into what it's like to teach with ILP — and celebrate Halloween with your students.
On my third trip with International Language Programs(ILP) I volunteered in China as a head teacher. China will always hold a special place in my heart! The school I volunteered at, my ILP group and the kids we taught were amazing. I miss China everyday and often think of the fun memories I made there. One of my favorite being our Halloween party, because first of all, I love Halloween and second... just wait until you see these pictures.
There are many holidays that we love in America, but they aren't commonly celebrated in other cultures (like Halloween). It can be so fun to introduce them to your students so they can get a little taste of America while you teach them English.
Our school liked to get parents involved so throughout the semester we had performances and parties where they were invited to attend. One of the parties was a Halloween party and as volunteers we were asked to put it on for the entire school! It was a TON of work but SO much fun! Also, a heads up, sorry if I say they are adorable 100+ times... they are and I'm still obsessed.
My Favorite Highlights
One of the highlights of the party was getting to meet parents of the kids we taught. Quite a few parents attended and were so excited to meet us (those who could speak English let us know how grateful they were. Also, the kids liked to show us off to their parents and were just so darn cute when they introduced us.
Since it was Halloween, we had the kids dress up (which they loved). We had Ninja Turtles, skeletons, witches and more- each one of them adorable! Each age group had a dance we had taught them which was as cute as it sounds. Plus, every kid was in costume which just made it even more adorable.
I'm pretty sure no Halloween will ever top this one. Spending time with the kids was the best part and seeing them get excited was so rewarding and worth all of the hard work we put in to the party. Best Halloween ever!
Throwing Your Own Party
Every ILP school is different, but most tend to like to celebrate American holidays, so if you'll be volunteering Fall semester, plan on dressing up and doing a few themed-classes or throwing a party. Get creative with your group, but here are a couple of ideas to help make your party a success:
- Do some face painting
- Have a costume parade
- Host a dance party - to the "Monster Mash" of course
- Go "Trick or Treating" around different classrooms
- Pin The Nose On The Jack-O-Lantern
- Put a tissue over a sucker to make "Ghosts"
- Play "Don't Eat Pete" with candy corn
- Bob for apples
- Tell a spooky story (age appropriate, of course)
- Play musical chairs (with Halloween music)
Ready to spend a semester in China?