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Ni Hao from a very hot China!
We currently have over 60 volunteers in China who are carrying out placements in both Shanghai and Chengdu. Here are a few snaps of some of our volunteers, and information about where they are working in Chengdu.
Here we have Julian Fongen from Norway who is currently carrying out his internship with Projects Abroad at Tahota Law firm
Established in 2000, Tahota has grown up to be one of the top-tier law firm in middle and western China. It owns practice offices in Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shenzhen, Dalian and Hong Kong with 50 partners and more than 250 lawyers.
Tahota has full range of legal services, such as corporate and commercial practice, real estate, construction, foreign investment, intellectual property, M&A, finance and securities, bankruptcy, environment protection, public law and government affairs, litigation and arbitration settlement, or in new business areas, such as international intellectual property, recapitalization, private fund& venture capital, oversea listing, oversea investment and cross-border M&A.
Here is Frederik Grimstad, who is also from Norway. Fredrik is currently undergoing his internship at River Dellta Law Firm.
River Delta Law Firm was established in 2004. After ten years of development, River Delta has become a law firm which mainly provides legal services in the areas of employment law, corporate law, finance and tax law, real estate law and economic and occupational crime.River Delta Law Firm now has branches in Shanghai,Beijing, Suzhou, Shenzhen, and Chengdu and they are actively working on opening Tianjin, Chongqing and Hong Kong offices.
Above is our business volunteer, Flo Lenzer, from Germany. Flo has just finished a three month ...
Last week our global community started a new placement in Chengdu, China. This is a centre for children with autism. The placement is in the central area of Chengdu and provides support to around 20 children aged 5-14. The level of the children's autism varies, with some having severe problems and others having mild symptoms.
We are ridiculously excited to give positive vibes to each and every child at this placement and one of our main goals is to help these children learn key social skills that will help them today and when they reach adulthood! With our years of experience ,and by seeing similar placements in other countries in the past, we feel as though we can incorporate ideas and lesson structures into the classroom so every child will benefit! I am hoping that in years to come our team of staff and volunteers will have made a positive influence into these children's lives, like we have done in so many of our destinations in the world for over 20 years!
We have just welcomed the care and community two week special volunteers in Chengdu and they will be starting work here tomorrow. Many life memories ahead for the Projects Abroad & comet staff, the volunteers and most importantly the children. Watch this space for more info and pics coming soon.
It is with great pleasure to announce that the Projects Abroad China team has started a brand new care placement in Chengdu. This is a kindergarten, in the southern part of the city, named Haibei. It would be difficult for this placement to be more perfect because it is in the same area as our six apartments where the volunteers live; meaning that it is a short walk away from home, rather than a daily battle with the hectic, but at the same time fun, Chengdu public transport. Also Rita, the supervisor, speaks English（which is something of a rarity in the kindergartens in China) and her infectious, beautiful smile seems to brighten up the room which is an inspiration for the toddlers, the volunteers and the Projects Abroad staff. She is also a close friend of Elaine, our regional manager for Chengdu.
It would be a great task for even the most articulate of poets to accurately explain the abundance of joy that seems to beam out of this kindergarten. First of all, the bright colours and decorations are everywhere and there are designs that were made by the children, teachers, and now the volunteers, hanging from the ceiling and stuck to the walls. The whole place just screams out positivity and this is definitely noticed by the children. Secondly the children. These kids are adorable. Actually adorable is not a strong enough word for how cute they are... Maybe charming is a better word.. No, I am pretty sure there is no word in the English language that will explain about how cute these toddlers are and i’ve even checked the thesaurus. Anyway i’m sure you get the picture from looking at these photos. Also, as well as Rita, despite the fact that they can’t speak English the other staff are amazingly friendly ...
Last weekend I went to visit the panda conservation park... By far the best experience yet!
They're so cuddly and cute and funny and ahh I cant even explain anymore!
So bravely I got up at 7am on a saturday !! That was a shock to the system especially after the night before... My university days
have taught me something at least, or is it in my blood; one of my better genes, who knows, I'd like to think both.
And thank goodness for them, as like a gallant warrior I rose and strode to the meet the rest while a not so reluctant roommate followed with such university lessons to learn!
We met at 8 and so the adventure began officially, climbing into the taxi and trying to show the Chinese for the panda-base, who said iPhone's aren't useful?! He understood and we were off grinning at the prospect of what was coming. Half an hour later we were there with blue skies above (rare I know!) and off we went to get our ticket. Being the savvy guy that I am *cough cough* I tired to use my student discount as it said they took them to only be quickly told it was only Chinese students, I didn't even try to pretend, there was no hope of me passing for one... So full-priced ticket got and to the entrance gate we went cameras at the ready and minds set to child!
We couldn't have been more excited to find our first panda, quickly walking to the enclosures and egaling the cotton creatures. Then it was there in all its glory itching itself with little success from what I saw using all the objects around it to help, much to the amusement of those watching; myself included. Then we ventured further seeing more and more all cuter than the last and doing something even better or comical. Then we got to the as the english translation said, sub-adult enclosure ...
Qincheng is a mountain range in the Sichuan province of China that is approximately an hour’s train journey from Chengdu. It has a total of over 30 peaks and it is considered to be one of China’s most important areas for Taoism. Due to the close proximity to our Chengdu volunteers it is unsurprisingly a popular weekend spot for them after their hard week at work.
Truthfully, prior going there, I had never heard about Qincheng so my expectations were limited. However, as soon as I arrived I was almost taken back by the beautiful scenery and warm hospitality by the local people, who seemed as interested in foreigners as we were of the unique surroundings. Chengdu is by no means on par with the hectic cities of London, Shanghai or New York, but it was nevertheless nice to escape the city, take four steps back and join the tempo of the relaxed locals. Although the weather was not as kind to us as the local people were, it did not dampen our spirits and four of our staff and volunteers explored the ancient town. As you can see from some of these photos we saw a Sichuan play with actors in scary masks screaming in an ancient language that was once used by people in the Sichuan province. Also, the aroma of the Sichuanese dishes was pleasantly intoxicating (apart from the stall with deep-fried bugs!) and there was an almost urgency by some of the street vendors to entice you into their food stall with their display of magnificently coloured food. I felt that this urgency was a complete juxtaposition to the Taoist area that is complemented by ancient buildings and the trickling sound of streams... but I guess wherever one goes in China there are things that are shocking to the western eye which is one of my favourite aspects about this vast land.