Manos International Project Students Tour Beijing

August 12, 2011
By Zhang Yuan and Ye ShanEditor: Yang Zixin

A group of 12 children from north China's Hebei province, headed by founder of the U.S. Manos International John Alvarez, went last Sunday on a tour of Beijing's most popular tourist destinations, among them Tian'anmen Square, the Great Wall, Qianmen Street and the 798 Art Zone. The tour rewards the 12 children for being the top three in their class at the Manos International project trial schools each academic year.

A group of 12 children from north China's Hebei province and volunteers lead by the U.S. Manos International founder John Alvarez in Tian'anmen Square. [Women of China / Ye Shan]

A group of 12 children from north China's Hebei province and volunteers lead by the U.S. Manos International founder John Alvarez in Tian'anmen Square. [Women of China / Ye Shan]

The group of 12 children from north China's Hebei province and volunteers last Sunday in Qianmen Street. [Women of China / Ye Shan]

The group of 12 children from north China's Hebei province and volunteers last Sunday in Qianmen Street. [Women of China / Ye Shan]

John and his wife Belinda Wells brought their support education project to north China's Hebei Province in 2005, at the invitation of Yang Sufang, who is in charge of outreach work. During their first activity on May 1, 2005, volunteer teachers from various Manos International branches talked to local children about the cultures of China, Vietnam, Mexico, Cuba and the US. Around 30 overseas volunteers working at these education aid projects teach children English and introduce to them other cultures.

Founded in 2004, Manos International is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that works internationally to educate disadvantaged children. Their programs include English learning, cultural education and exchanges, camps, sports programs and more. All Manos programs are free of charge for more than 2,000 children aged 4 to 8 world-wide.

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