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Liverpool students on journey of a lifetime

FOR Kevin Vane, a geography teacher from England, there is one thing this summer more important than studying China's various landscapes.

He's dying to see how the money he and his students helped to raise is being used at a school of 500 children in China's remote Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region.

"I miss the kids there," said Kevin, who teaches at the the West Kirby Grammar School in Liverpool.

Kevin, who is working as an ambassador together with 34 teachers and students at the Liverpool Pavilion at the World Expo, will soon be leading the group on the long journey to the place he first visited in 2007 when the school was being built.

Students at his school helped to raise 28,000 pounds (US$42,600) for the project.

Their trip will start next week with the first stop Beijing before a seven-hour bus trip to Inner Mongolian's Xinghe County.

Nicola Bradshaw, one of the Liverpool students, visited the school in 2007 and she was looking forward to meeting some old friends.

"I'd like to see how things have changed there," she said.

She said she had good time on her last trip, especially playing football with the local children.

"Some kids hid the sweeties we gave them in their football socks for fear others would take them away," she said.

She also taught the children to sing English songs though most of the communication was done through gestures.

"The trip will give the students a totally different experience of this country," said Vane.

"It's the China they would never learn from school books."


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