Emily Ow, from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, joined Lotus 5 weeks Summer program (one week One on One plus 4 weeks at BLCU) in 2005.

Lotus homestay is an excellent program. During pre-registration and throughout my trip, all of my questions were answered promptly and thoroughly. While in Beijing, the staff made themselves easily accessible and demonstrated great concern for my well-being. The Lotus organized excursion to the Lama Temple with a vegetarian lunch afterwards was one of the many highlights of my time in Beijing. Lotus staff acted as our personal tour guides providing interesting information about the temple's history and Buddhism's history in China. The staff went above and beyond by making the tour fun with games and prizes. The restaurant we ate lunch at was also excellent!

I could not have asked for a better host family. They really helped me to improve my Chinese listening and speaking skills. We often went shopping, to see movies at the theatre, and to many different types of restaurants to eat. My host family even organized short trips up into the mountains and to a holiday resort just so I could see how people in Beijing like to spend their weekends. I was treated just like a family member and I am going to miss them a lot. I highly recommend the Lotus homestay program!

Emily Ow

Toronto , Canada