Morgan Orgill (16) and her mother, Michelle, sent out a plea to the public last year (“Help send her to China”, People’s Post 24 September) to help fund a trip to China.The Simon’s Town School learner has been studying Mandarin as an after-school activity and plans to continue to do so this year in Grade 11.The school’s Mandarin teacher, Liling Yan, nominated Morgan for the Winter Campers trip to China last year. The funds to attend the immersion programme were secured prior to the start of the journey which took place in December last year. Morgan says the visit was a mind-blowing experience. “We were there for two weeks. The first week we went to a university,” she says. Learners from Simon’s Town and other schools were able to build on their Mandarin language knowledge, learn more about the history and traditions in China, and were introduced to calligraphy. “The next week, they took us to the famous places – the Great Wall of China and the Pearl Tower,” she says. “The Great Wall is a walk! I tried to do the whole thing, but my feet couldn’t. It was snowing, but we were getting hot from that walk.”Michelle adds: “It was really a dream come true for her. Even the other day, she said ‘Mommy, I miss China’. She had a wonderful time; the learning experience, the people. She said if she could do it again, she would.”Morgan says China is totally different from South Africa. “You can stay out as late as you want and no one will rob you – and it’s so clean! The people are nice and warm. Some of them actually helped me and told me to continue learning Mandarin, and not to give up.”Her mother says she was hesitant about sending her daughter so far from home but it was the best thing she could have done.“The Mandarin teacher from Simon’s Town School was fantastic. It was such an experience and Morgan was blessed. If it wasn’t for the people who gave out of their pockets, she wouldn’t have been able to do it. I couldn’t have done it on my own,” she says, thanking all those who contributed.The young learner still has plans to pursue a career in hospitality in China; an aspiration made stronger by her tour last year.