It was fantastic to visit a small village with someone that knew the people. Everyone in the village was incredibly hospitable and interested in the group of foreigners that had suddenly appeared in their midst.
A wonderful old lady that I was able to chat with
The school had all the pictures of the 'Heros', starting with Marx, moving through Lenin, Sun Yat-Sen, Mao Zedong, Zhu De, Liu Shaoqi, Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping, and Jiang Zemin.
After 'class', we took all the students outside to play some games and teach them how to use the sports equipment that we had brought. They absolutely loved learning to play games like 'duck, duck, goose', which I renamed 'mao, mao, gou' (cat, cat, dog) because I didn't know the Chinese words for duck and goose. Nobody had ever formally played with the students before; in China, PE usually consists of runs, marching, and tai ji.
We finished up with a backwards relay race (try explaining that in broken Chinese) before teaching them some fundamentals of soccer, basketball and volleyball. Afterward, we attempted to follow along with their choreographed exercises. We really connected with the kids and I plan to go back to both the village and school whenever I can.