Tsejin’s Summer Experience

Over the summer I volunteered at my Tibetan school’s summer camp program. During that time, I was able to help teach young Tibetan students on Tibet’s rich culture and language.
One of the best things I was able to do while volunteering was to help teach the younger campers how to sing and dance a Tibetan zodiac dance. Not only did they perform the dance superbly, but they also learned how to say the 12 zodiac animals and what each animal does in Tibetan. I was able to play the music for this dance, and I’m still amazed by how quickly these campers learned the song and dance.
I was able to not only learn how to play the “piwang”, or better known as the Chinese “erhu”, but to also play the piwang for a final summer camp group song. Lastly I helped create (fake) instruments for the older campers’ dances, and Tibetan masks for the Lhamo (Tibetan opera). During this time, I was able to learn about the history of Tibetan arts, and how it has changed over time.
I was so thrilled to still be a part of my old summer camp, and to be able to learn more about my heritage while helping to teach others as well.

One thought on “Tsejin’s Summer Experience

  1. Tsejin,
    I loved reading about your experience this summer. I can imagine how quickly the campers learned the song and dance- young children are like sponges, absorbing information so quickly!
    I am happy that you got to learn so much in addition to being a teacher yourself.
    -Claire

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