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From April 5th to the 7th there was a public holiday across China. This holiday was for the Qingming festival (also known as ‘Tomb-sweeping day’). The festival signifies a time of joy as well as a time of mourning. This is because the start of April is when most of China enjoys the blossoming of spring and also a time when family members remember their ancestors. This is often considered to be China’s second largest festival (after the Chinese New Year).
This time of year is a celebration of the blossoming spring and the end of the cold, harsh, winter that hits many parts of China. It is a time when families can get together and celebrate the changing of the season while enjoying each other’s company, a time when many business people flock out of the city to be with the their families and definitely not a great time to travel, which I learnt the hard way stuck in ridiculous traffic! Many say that after this weekend the days are considerably brighter (another name for this festival is ‘Pure Brightness Festival’). Before Qingming weekend, Kay, our director for China, told me that it usually rains during the Qingming festival and then afterwards spring will noticeably be upon us. Apparently prior to this year it had rained on 9 out of 10 Qingming weekends. Perhaps not coincidentally it also rained this year and since then we have enjoyed an essence of greenery which stands in contrast to the massive skyscrapers in many of China’s mega-cities. This quick changing of the season seems to have added an extra spring to the city people’s step!
As mentioned earlier, April the 5th to the 7th also is a time of mourning for many of the Chinese people. Many of the families get together to visit the graves of their ...
Projects Abroad China has just started a new care placement, Haibei Kindergarten in Central Chengdu, Sichuan province. It has four grades and eight classes for children aged three to six. Most of the children who attend this Kindergarten come from the local communities where most people rarely see foreigners. Therefore our volunteers are looked upon by the children with amazement, happiness and sometimes even fear! Nevertheless, as with the other kindergartens where we work, it is not long before the children get very attached to the volunteers.
Markus (19) from Germany is our first volunteer to carry out a care internship at this new placement. During his brief time at Haibei, Markus has really helped the Projects Abroad team kick off the Care Management Plan in style! Despite having to deal with screaming cute little kids Markus has managed to create games and activities with the children and we have received some great feedback from the supervisors. The children absolutely adore Markus and are really into his games that he brought with him. As with most of our teaching and care projects across the globe, the hardest part of the experience will be to say goodbye at the end!
Watch this space for more info about our Care Management progress and Haibei Kindergarten.
Projects Abroad has set up a care management plan for each of our 30 plus destinations around this wonderful world of ours. This is a thorough plan that aims to improve the quality of life for the children at our care and teaching placements and the surrounding communities. There a five key areas where are team of staff and volunteers will be focusing. These are; 1-Improve English, 2- Accelerate Early Childhood Development, 3- Improve hygiene levels for the children, 4 Improve the level of stimulation to each child, 5- Improve the quality of life for those living with disabilities.
Throughout March and April the Projects Abroad China staff has been co-coordinating with the supervisors at each of our teaching and care placements in both Chengdu and Shanghai. We have implemented a system that will meet these five targets while ensuring that our teaching/care volunteers get the most out of their internship. The plan is to work closely with the Projects Abroad staff, the placement supervisors and the volunteers through various meetings, while making reports & feedbacks that will state the children’s progress/problems and this will be passed on to new volunteers. Here are some of examples of a few issues in China and how we will implement the Care Management Plan.
Improve English- Although becoming increasingly important, the majority of Chinese people do not speak a word of English. All of our teaching and care placements in China, are situated in poverty stricken areas and the children come from seriously under-privileged backgrounds. The knowledge of English is a skill that can open a whole range of job opportunities. Our aim is to introduce English to children at the earliest stage possible and help them see the benefits of learning English. In most ...
Business projekt i Shanghai
En kombination af fascination for kinesisk kultur, kærlighed for det pulsende storbyliv samt ønsket om at få erfaring i en international organisation var de primære årsager for mit valg. Jeg gik ind til dette projekt med forventninger om en udfordrende, spændende og lærerig hverdag. Ikke mindst forventede jeg at den fysiske afstand mellem Danmark og Kina ville afspejle sig i kulturen. Derudover fandt jeg det faktisk svært at sætte ord på mine forventninger. Men efter nu 4 ud af 12 uger i Shanghai kan jeg med sikkerhed sige, at være frivillig i Shanghai, overstiger alle forventninger jeg måtte have haft.
Først og fremmest er jeg frivillig på et business projekt. Altså er jeg praktikant i en lokal organisation, som på nogle områder også opererer internationalt. GIGA, som er navnet på organisationen, driver blandt andet et online materialebibliotek for designere, arkitekter, udviklere, investorer osv.. Udvælgelsen af de optimale materialer, altså mest miljøvenlige og lokale materialer, er en tidskrævende proces. GIGA gør det muligt at spare fantastiske 86% procent af tiden i denne proces. Teamet består af lokale såvel som internationale medarbejdere hvoraf langt størstedelen taler godt engelsk. Atmosfæren på kontoret er enestående og teamet er ungt og dynamisk. Udstråler man vilje og værd, tillader de at være kreativ, innovativ, og tager glædeligt imod dine forslag så længe de er velovervejede. Derudover har GIGA mange bolde i luften, eksempelvis har de hyppige aktiviteter i form af events. Jeg har ...
My name is Alex I am from Chicago Illinois.I made the decision to do an internship and am very happy with my placement that Projects Abroad has given me. Working in the High tech area of Chengdu is very nice. I am so happy about my placement in Chengdu China. This city is so big and only getting larger. Anywhere I travel to,I see high rise building being built all around the city. I want to come back and visit and see all the additions they have made. The company I work for is called Yoyousoft.com. I am working in their marketing department. The company is a software company that works with mobile apps and casino games. Since my time here,I have been working on market research for their company, along with promoting their products across a wide range of fields. Manly in the UK and the United States which is where our target market is.
I live with three other flat mates right now, who are all from different countries, one girl is from the Netherlands, and the other two boys are from Germany and the UK. Being in China is so much fun and learning about a new culture is a shell shock for me. I have never traveled out of the United States and this being my first time,I’m glad I came to China. Since being in China I have been able to meet such a wide range of people, this is something that I love to do, go around the city and meet as many new people as possible. Projects abroad has other flats located very close to us where I have been able to make friends with the other three boys doing internships here.
My first weeks in Chengdu,my flat mates introduced me to the local rugby team. Being an avid sports lover I wanted to play. This is a sport I have never played before only seen it on TV or the movie Invictus. All I knew was that is rough and tough and you ...