David Holtman ’09 spent two months this summer interning at a non-governmental organization in China that provides education for children with autism.
An Asian Languages and Cultures major interested in a future career in China, he gained work experience at the Beijing Xingwai Baobei Training and Rehabilitation Center, a relatively new organization on the outskirts of Beijing.
Assistant Professor of Education Helen McCabe said his was “truly an ‘immersion’ experience — he was the only non-Chinese person living and working in the entire neighborhood, and his students and their families did not speak any English.
For two months, Holtman taught English to the staff, assisted with children with autism in the classes, and provided support and encouragement in Chinese to their parents, grandparents and other family members.
Near the end of his internship, he was asked to participate in a training workshop by giving a short presentation in Chinese introducing himself and his work as an international volunteer. The staff and students have already reported enjoying and benefiting from having Holtman work with them, and have already asked McCabe to find another intern for next year.