Updated 7 years 2 weeks ago

My partners are Miranda and Colton.

Here is the link to our service learning work:



Here is the link to my service learning video:



Here is the link to the biography we wrote of Mrs.Gao:




My group and I interviewed a wonderful and kind elder, Mrs.Gao. She is 60 years old, and works in the fields. She has been living in Xi Zhou for her whole life.

I learned very little about Xi Zhou history from Mrs.Gao.

I learned some things from Mrs.Gao as a result of this experience. I learned that the world nowadays is growing rapidly. Technology, medicine, education, everything. Life gets better for everyone. This generation should feel lucky and grateful to be born into a time of such prosperity. Yet we are wanting more, an iphone, a better mac. We should be thankful for what we have.

I learned a bit of history as well. I learned that even though the people outside of China may think Mao Zhe Dong was a horrible person, some people within the country think he was a very good person. They think he was a great leader, bringing China up to thrive.


Each group were to bring their service learning partner to Yang Zhuo Ran, and there would be a small "assembly" where all our service learning videos are shown to all the service learning partners. Of course, there is food included. However, my service learning partner's door was locked, and I tried knocking, but there was no answer. I suppose Mrs.Gao is out in the fields working. What a shame.

I came back home, with not partner. Colton and Miranda went to go ask our previous partner, Ms.Yang, the cute and short elder. Yet she could not be found as well.

I have some recommendations for future microcampus students when doing service learning.

1. Have at least 2 back-up service learning partners. You never know when you partner might reject you, or one day you can not find her.

2. Make sure to remember to make appointments with your partners. This way, you know when you go, and they know when you come. This would prevent you from going to their house and find they are not home.

3. Tell them ahead of time that there is going to be a sharing of the videos, and that they are invited to come. That way, they know when and where their recordings are going to be shown, and they can plan ahead for time to come over that day to watch the video.

About This Learner

Hello, my name is Alisa. I am an Alumni from Group C, the Cookie Monsters. Over the course of one month, I strengthen my bond with Mr.T and Mrs. Mai, as well as my wonderful friends who accompanied me on my journey. I learned so many things, went so many places, met so many people, ate lots of delicious foods! My adventure in Xi Zhou never failed to keep me laughing. By the end of the trip, I was a wood carving master, and had a family of eighteen crazy cookie monsters, whom I shared this amazing journey with. My trip to Xi Zhou changed my way of thinking and how I live my life. I will never forget the memories I made at Xi Zhou as a member of the Cookie Monsters.