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Life in Chengdu is Amazing! - by German Teaching Volunteer Mathias Kuepfer   (published in China)

February 13, 2013 by   Comments(0)

I went to China, Chengdu, in October 2012 to work as a teacher. I stayed for two months and enjoyed every single day of it!

(Mathias Kuepfer - Making dumplings at a Projects Abroad culture event.)

Due to the fact that it was going be my first visit to China, I was nervous and looking forward to it at the same time. After finally arriving in Chengdu, I got a brief introduction about the city and my project and then moved into the projects-abroad flat, where I would live for the next two months. The flat was shared by 3 to 5 volunteers, each working at different placements as teachers, lawyers or care workers.

As mentioned above, I worked as a teacher, more precisely as an English teacher in a Middle School teaching mostly students of grade 6 and 7. Chinese schools are different to everything I was used to: the enormous class sizes, the different teaching methods, the strict daily routine and the spicy canteen food were totally new to me. Getting used to those different surroundings and then being part of them was an incredible experience for me. Teaching was hard work and fun at the same time. I never taught a class before, so I wasn’t used to standing in front of 50 students, but the kids were very excited about having a foreign teacher and participated a lot in my classes. The pupils were open minded and tried talking to me in English whenever they could. So too were my colleagues, they helped me with any language difficulties and always tried to improve their English by talking to me.

In general, life in Chengdu is amazing. The city is huge and exploring this new world is lots of fun. Sharing a flat with people from all over the world and living the “Chinese lifestyle” was incredible for me. During the week we usually went for dinner ...

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Life in Chengdu is Amazing! - by German Teaching Volunteer Mathias Kuepfer
 

Daily Mail Article About Chengdu   (published in China)

February 13, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Found this article in the UK newspaper Daily Mail about Chengdu, which is shown below. Thought for you guys looking to get a taster of the city it might be helpful...

Here's the link (and except below)...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-1360749/Sichuan-province-The-perfect-place-China-dose-culture-great-food.html#axzz2Kk5ghvzz

PS. One of the pictures is wrong. The swirly mountain picture appears to be of Guizhou rather than in Sichuan (unless there's a secret place here no one has told me about).

"This was the strangest cup of tea I had ever had. We were in a Chinese teahouse when a woman approached our table carrying a tiny spoon, a slim wire brush and what appeared to be a piano tuning fork. 

Our guide explained she was an ear-cleaner and for £2 she would give ours a good scouring  -  standard practise in the dozens of teahouses in Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan province. 

We chose Shuxin Ancient Teahouse, a place that perfectly captures the juxtaposition of the old and new. Walking through the doors was like visiting another era, as beautifully dressed waitresses floated serenely across a darkened, wood-clad room.

 

Tea for two: Enjoy an ear clean while your sip on your drink

Chengdu provides the perfect hub from which to explore southern China. Viewed from the 18th floor of our luxurious hotel, it appeared like any modern Western city, with expensive cars thronging its broad thoroughfares. At night, when the skyscrapers were bathed in a spectacular neon light, we might have been in New York. 

But at street level, the differences between West and East came sharply into focus. 

For all the wealth of its entrepreneurs, most people still ride to work on bicycles, and it is not unusual to ...

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Daily Mail Article About Chengdu
 

Daily Mail Article About Chengdu   (published in China)

February 13, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Found this article in the UK newspaper Daily Mail about Chengdu, which is shown below. Thought for you guys looking to get a taster of the city it might be helpful...

Here's the link (and excerpt below)...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-1360749/Sichuan-province-The-perfect-place-China-dose-culture-great-food.html#axzz2Kk5ghvzz

PS. One of the pictures is wrong. The swirly mountain picture appears to be of Guizhou rather than in Sichuan (unless there's a secret place here no one has told me about).

"This was the strangest cup of tea I had ever had. We were in a Chinese teahouse when a woman approached our table carrying a tiny spoon, a slim wire brush and what appeared to be a piano tuning fork. 

Our guide explained she was an ear-cleaner and for £2 she would give ours a good scouring  -  standard practise in the dozens of teahouses in Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan province. 

We chose Shuxin Ancient Teahouse, a place that perfectly captures the juxtaposition of the old and new. Walking through the doors was like visiting another era, as beautifully dressed waitresses floated serenely across a darkened, wood-clad room.

 

Tea for two: Enjoy an ear clean while your sip on your drink

Chengdu provides the perfect hub from which to explore southern China. Viewed from the 18th floor of our luxurious hotel, it appeared like any modern Western city, with expensive cars thronging its broad thoroughfares. At night, when the skyscrapers were bathed in a spectacular neon light, we might have been in New York. 

But at street level, the differences between West and East came sharply into focus. 

For all the wealth of its entrepreneurs, most people still ride to work on bicycles, and it is not unusual ...

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Daily Mail Article About Chengdu
 

Curry Kitchen   (published in South Africa)

February 13, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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We had a really special time last week, where volunteers made big pots of curry and served it to homeless people in Parow. You can view Journalism volunteer, Calum Wilson's, story on the Cape Chameleon website. he writes all about the experience of being confronted with poverty and the gratitude shown to us. There is also a great video showcasing the afternoon of giving and community, which you can watch on our YouTube channel here. We have a photo album of the day up on Facebook, have a look here.

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Curry Kitchen
 

My last week by Ingvild Hartmann-Lørscher   (published in Kenya)

February 13, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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My last week in Kenya was great and so much better than expected. I couldn't have ended my time at Kigio any better.

Monday, 04.02, was pretty much a normal workday. We started the day with doing the monthly animal survey, where we counted all the animals along the road and 200 m to each side. After lunch I finally got to try biomass assessment. Biomass consists of doing to plots, which each consist of four squares. What you do is throw a square anywhere from where the plot is supposed to be done. Furthermore, you see how high the grass is, how much bare ground, woodies and dung there is and then you cut the grass. I thought it was quiet nice since it did not take very long and it was a very easy task.

Tuesday, 05.02, was a completely different day than we are used to. We went to Navaisha where we waited for a new volunteer to come, before we went to the World Wetland Celebration. It was a conference where they talked about the importance of wetlands around the world, but with the main focus on Kenya. We were guests at this conference. Several schools were also participation, and the conference was manly to inform the students more about the importance of wetlands and why we need them. The whole conference started with us walking in some sort of demonstration where the students were screaming different things about clean water and how it is our responsibility. I thought the whole thing was quiet interesting, and I got to learn a lot more about what wetlands are and why they are important. According to what several people, who worked within saving wetlands, said is that wetlands are the only water resource in Kenya. Wetlands a

re all clean rivers and lakes and if they are gone so is the drinking water. Something else that really interested me was how much water ...

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My last week by Ingvild Hartmann-Lørscher
 

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