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‘Business in China is booming’. This is an all so familiar saying that has been echoed across the world since the collapse of communism, and it is increasingly being used (in a somewhat fearful manner) by the global media. Many say that the 21st Century is the ‘Asian Century’ due to Asia’s growth of financial capital and rapid industrialization, and it would be hard to deny that China is one of the front-runners (if not the main one). In fact in 2008 China was recorded to have over 30 million private businesses and in 2013 the IMF stated that China has the second largest economy by nominal GDP while being the largest exporter in the world. In the same year a ‘Report for Selected Countries and Subjects’ stated that China has the world’s fastest growing economy having seen a 10% increase over the past 25 years. Not to mention the growing influence of mandarin in the international business market. With this in mind, it is not a surprise that one of the most popular Projects Abroad placements in China are business placements.
Over the past 13 years Projects Abroad has sent volunteers to almost 50 different businesses in Shanghai and more recently (2010) Chengdu. The areas of business include language translation, audit, marketing, brand development, consulting, investment and trade, organic food distribution, APP manufacturing, travel, design etc. During their internships the volunteers can obtain a real insight into business in China and be part of a what seems to be an ever growing economy. Moreover one of the great things about a business internship in China is that the volunteers can have the chance to obtain firsthand knowledge about how business here is different to the western world. Examples of these ...
These little buns may look like an uncooked croissant, but in fact they are a delicious Chinese breakfast that is widely eaten across this vast land. The steamed bun is known as ‘baozi’ in China and each baozi can vary in size, colour and of course taste. The design of each baozi can also vary dramatically. In expensive restaurants they are eloquently designed, whereas on street stalls they sometimes look worse for wear, but nevertheless delicious!
Inside these buns are different fillings and each destination adds their own unique taste. For example, our volunteers in Chengdu will generally encounter pretty spicy buns that are full of Sichuan peppers, whereas in Shanghai the buns are usually not spicy, with less filling, but they have a more juicy texture.
Although commonly eaten for breakfast, baozis can be a tasty snack at any time of the day. Even a midnight feast!
Baozis- One more reason why I firmly believe that Chinese food is the best in the world!
Social Boat Trip!
Every week the Projects Abroad team arranges a social event for the volunteers. In China, we try and arrange something that the volunteers cannot do in their home country, something that is specifically Chinese or a special trip such as a group visit to one of the many attractions in our two destinations of Shanghai and Chengdu. Examples of these socials include a cooking class with Chinese cuisine, tai chi or Chinese kung fu.
For our most recent social we went on a boat trip tour of what is considered to be Shanghai’s most famous site, the Bund. The magnificently lit up skyline is on the Pudong side of the Yangtze River (in Shanghai there are two areas, Pudong and Puxi) and it is most likely on the front of every recent guide book about Shanghai. Before 1990 these buildings weren’t here.. In fact pre-1990 Pudong was predominantly grass fields and rice terraces! It’s hard to believe considering the number of high rise sky scrapers that are there today!
Anyway, ten of us enjoyed a boat tour on the Yangtze River and had a close view of this fascinating spectacle in the futuristic metropolis that is Shanghai! We have such an amazing group of volunteers from across the World and all of the Projects Abroad team can’t wait until the next social!
Why we love China, reason #11: C.V/resume exchanging.
The parents and grandparents of people who are getting to the age where 'they should be married' but have yet to find a partner, meet up and discuss potential marriage arrangements! This is in People's Park in Chengdu and I have just realised that this lady doesn't seem to be too happy that I took a photo!
Всем доброго времени суток! Меня зовут Лера и я бы хотела рассказать вам о своей поездке в Китай этим летом. В тот день, когда я нашла страничку projectsabroad и увидела специальные двухнедельные программы - я не думала, что я действительно поеду - слишком много сложностей. С каждым днем я была все уверенней в своих планах, потому что эта поездка помогла бы мне с поступлением в университет, так юриспруденция и бизнес это то чем я хотела бы заниматься в будущем.
Может быть те люди, которые занимались организацией моей визы, моего проживания и моих перелетов никогда не увидят это письмо, но я искренне благодарна всей команде projects abroad потому что все было горазде проще чем я ожидала. Когда я услышала слова пилота о том что мы приземляемся в Ченду моя первая мысль была: "О боже мой, на что я согласилась?" Но я отбросила все страхи и с уверенностью вышла из самолета навстречу чему-то новому.
Проходя через зеленый коридор я уже видела небольшую группу людей с листочком, ...