Zoe Quan, from Chicago, USA, joined Lotus for a 4-week summer program at BLCU in 2003.
A Thank-you note from Zoe to our staff in the US:
I just wanted to thank you very much for the excellent program that Lotus Educational Foundation provided to make my stay in China so successful. I was seeking an efficient and cost-effective means to learn Chinese, that would allow me to learn Chinese and still get some work done, but between the demands of my business and the SARS outbreak earlier this year, I was unsure whether I would be able to realize this objective on such short notice. Thanks to your program, my Chinese has improved significantly, in ways that would not otherwise have been possible. Your unique home-stay program not only accelerated my learning of the language by constant exposure to its use in day-to-day living, but also gave me a much better understanding of the rapid changes that are now occurring in contemporary Chinese culture.
I appreciated your willingness to accommodate my schedule, your arranging for tutors geared towards my specific business needs, and the help of your Resident Director, Lisa Sheng, in taking care of the details needed to get settled in, as well as some additional travel plans while in China. Your in-country support helped me to concentrate on the work at hand, with minimal loss of time spent on attending to administrative and logistical matters.
I was also impressed by how well Lotus matched the host family and myself in terms of interests and objectives. The family with whom I stayed was very friendly and helpful, going out of their way to make me feel included and comfortable. They were most generous in sharing their time and their lives with me. Because we shared some common interests, we had much more room for deeper conversations and communication. I developed a far better understanding of the business and cultural environment in China than I could ever have done on my own.
I would wholeheartedly recommend your offering to others who wish to learn and understand Chinese by immersion; in fact, I have done so, to both American and European acquaintances. Should I ever have the opportunity to spend more time in China, I would certainly take advantage of your program again, particularly since you are so responsive to helping me to tailor the program to my needs.
Many thanks to you and your staff in-country for your marvelous support and service. I look forward to using Lotus Study again in the future.