Trivia Tuesdays: China
There are 146 volunteers in China working with their communities on education projects. During their service in China, volunteers learn to speak Mandarin Chinese. More than 995 Peace Corps volunteers have served in China since the program was established in 1993. Currently, there are openings for the Secondary English Teaching program in 2016.
Peace Corps is currently seeking Secondary English Education teachers who can help with literature, creative writing and even research. If you are interested in putting your teaching and skills to work, here are a few facts about the country:
China is often considered the longest continuous civilization, with some historians marking 6000 B.C. as the dawn of Chinese civilization. It also has the world’s longest continuously used written language.
China is also known as the “Flowery Kingdom” and many of the fruits and flowers (such as the orange and orchid) are now grown all over the world.
Toilet paper was invented in China in the late 1300s. It was for emperors only.
Cricket fighting is a popular amusement in China. Many Chinese children keep crickets as pets.
The Chinese were using the decimal system as early as the fourteenth century B.C., nearly 2,300 years before the first known use of the system in European mathematics. The Chinese were also the first to use a place for zero.
The longest river in China is the 3,494-mile Yangtze (Changjian) River and the 2,903-mile-long Yellow (Huanghe) River.