On May 26, 2017, Roger Riske, ERDT President Emeritus; Colin Churchill, ERDT Executive Director; Tracy Gautier, Director, ERDT enVision; & Nicole Winn, Associate Director, ERDT enVision, participated in an all-day conference held in Beijing, China. The conference was organized by ERDT’s Chinese partner, China Service Center for Educational Exchanges (CSCEE) & the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC).
ERDT enVision cooperates with our Chinese partner CSCEE on two programs: the Sociological Research in America (SRA) program & the Volunteering Homestay in America (VHA) program (more information on these programs below).
The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) is one of three major foreign affairs organizations in China charged with the promotion friendship & mutual understanding with foreign countries. The current leader of the CPAFFC is Li Xiaolin, who is the daughter of a former President of China, Li Xiannian (1983-88). That’s a fairly big deal.
Our partner in China, CSCEE, receives recognition & approval from CPAFFC to run programs overseas. It’s not an exact analogy, but CSCEE’s relationship with CPAFFC is something like ERDT’s relationship with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational Affairs in running our High School & Summer Work & Travel J-1 programs.
Here’s a screen shot from the CPAFFC website, showing the CPAFFC President meeting in Beijing with Jerry Brown, Governor of California.