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China calling for Hunter student

Expat: Jack Treston is considering studying linguistics at Australian National University when he returns home and working in translation. Picture: Marina NeilWHAT started as an Anna Bay teenager’s curiosity about an upcoming family holiday has turned into the opportunity of a lifetime.
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Jack Treston, 18, is the first Westerner to beinvited to visit the A Rong Qi Number One Middle School in Inner Mongoliaand will stay for a year,helpingstudents improve their conversational skills.

The school has 3000 students –1000 in each of the years 10, 11 and 12 –its own policeman, medical centre, supermarket and gym and is located in a city the size of Newcastle, which is rural by Chinese standards.

The temperature drops to minus 40 degrees in winter and the record is minus 52 degrees.

“I’m a bit nervous and am going to miss my creature comforts –it’s all squat toilets and group showers –as well as my family and friends and the beach,” he said.

“But I’m really excited, it’s going to be amazing.”

Jack bought a Mandarin phrasebook before the family spent a week in China in 2012.

“I only spoke a little bit, but it was exciting to be able to understand another person’s culture through their language, it was quite an experience,” he said.

“I always got looks of surprise when I heard people talking about me and could tell them ‘I understand you’.”

When Jackreturned to Hunter School of the Performing Arts, he became the only person in year 10 to enrol in the subject.

He completed it through The Open High School using online resources, worksheets sent by postand a weekly lesson by phone and received a Higher School Certificate mark in thehigh 80s.

“I like the challenge and I like the fact that I can write it,” he said.

“Learning languages can be hard, but as long as you put the effort into it it’s not as much of a struggle as it might seem to be.

“As long as you have a passion for it, you’ll be able to do well.”

Jack also spent one hour a week with tutor Josie Yan, whogrew up inA Rong Qi and whose cousin is principal of the school.

“I was right on board when she suggested it, I was planning on travelling for a few months anyway,” he said.

“They learn English through spelling and writing, but I will be speaking with them and immersing them in the language.”

Jack will receive accommodation, food and an allowance and ishoping to travel to other parts of China while living in the country.

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