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IECS_History_TheHetricksNEWT & CLAIRE HETRICK began their love for China in 1997 when first traveling there with a small group of friends to visit several universities. After continuing to visit over the following years, wonderful relationships have been established with students, graduates, faculty, and administrators.

Since that first trip, they have developed a curriculum program that contains both English and leadership skills that bring American and Chinese friends together to grow in their knowledge of each other’s culture. Their love and understanding of Chinese university students is shared and taught to groups who are going for a 2-week trip as well as the full-time teachers who wish to serve for a year or more. Newt and Claire have worked together with high school and college students over the past 45 years both in teaching and counseling roles. They have been married for 42 years and have three grown daughters and 9 grandchildren. When not in China, the Hetrick‚Äôs live in Ellicott City, Maryland.