Zhong 忠 Relations
What we do – Bridge Culture
Zhong Relations is an American 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization that advances academic exchange between China and the United States. We do this in two ways:
1st By providing young-adults with career and education opportunities in China.
2nd By providing Chinese students training and the chance to study abroad.
Why we do it - Because by…
- Providing Chinese schools with teachers who are professional and have integrity…
- Supplying American schools with students who are academically and personally prepared…
- Creating work and education opportunities through our Chinese and American relationships…
… lives are transformed!
In 2004, the Carpenters joined Teaching Abroad, left Spring Arbor, MI and became Conversational English teachers in Huangshi, China. It did not take long before they grew to love their new home and work at Huangshi #3 High School. They stayed 2 years.
In 2005, Huangshi #3 High School hosted a special group of visitors from Spring Arbor University (SAU). This Cross-Cultural group visited Huangshi for just one day, but one of the members happened to be Gavin McGraw. Gavin was deeply impacted.
In 2006, the Carpenters returned to the USA and soon received requests from China: “please send our school teachers.” Thus, they began their search to find the best English teachers possible. The first recruited was Gavin McGraw.
In 2007, Zhong Relations, Inc. was born. “Zhong” 忠 is derived from two Chinese characters: centered 中 (top) and heart 心 (bottom) – commonly translated “devotion”. From the beginning Zhong Relations has been devoted to Chinese schools with integrity and excellence. This first year Zhong Relations partnered with 2 schools by sending 5 teachers to Huangshi #3 High School and Wuhan #1 High School.
In 2008, Zhong Relations partnered with Huangshi #8 Junior High School and had 9 members.
In 2009, we grew to 11 members and maintained all prior partnerships.
In 2010, the Carpenters returned to China. We grew to 17 members and added Jianghan University as a partner. We also acted upon an original mission by partnering with Spring Arbor University to recruit Chinese students.
In 2011, we grew to 27 members by adding Wuhan Foreign Language Junior High School, Huangshi #16 Junior High School and Huangshi #1 High School. Partnerships were strengthened and new opportunities for education and training have unfolded!
In 2012, we added 15 new members, a couple new schools, and a new city. We also saw several of our team start exciting new chapters of their “China life.”