International Partnerships in Education
Building the bridges of peace, friendship, and understanding through educational exchange opportunities!

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John Evans McBride
Yan Chen
Welcome Introduction:

IPIE.US was founded by John McBride (US-Representative) and Yan Chen (China-Representative) after several
years of cooperative efforts in education between the US and China. Their mission has always been to create a
better understanding and respect for the cultural differences and similarities between the people of their two great

John and Yan first started working together in 1996. They facilitated the first high school exchange program
between a school in Pennsylvania, USA and a school in Guangdong, China. This US-China exchange program was the
first of its kind to be approved by the Guangdong Provincial Board of Education. Over the years, John and Yan
fostered the growth of that program which resulted in reciprocal visits from school administrators, teachers, and

In 2002, John and Yan initiated their first summer English camp program in China. During this summer eight US
teachers spent three weeks enhancing the conversational English skills of Chinese high school students on the
campus of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. That highly successful event became an annual event (2002-

IPIE.US, in cooperation with Hanbridge Mandarin, currently facilitates the International Language & Culture Camp
in Shenzhen, China. The camp program consists of a 15-day on-campus immersion environment where American
and Chinese students share equally in the camp experience. Students live, learn, play, and participate together in
the cross-cultural experience.

IPIE.US programs are designed not only to bring the world together in peace, friendship, and understanding but to
also ensure the most unique educational experience imaginable for all participants.