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L'esperienza di Anna a Shanghai   (published in China)

December 2, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Anna Pisaneilo- Journalism Volunteer-Shanghai (Italy)

Sono stata a Shanghai con Projects Abroad per un mese, ed ho frequentato uno stage presso un giornale locale.

Ambientarmi all'arrivo è stato molto facile: sono venuti a prendermi all'aeroporto e mi hanno accompagnato a casa in taxi. Poi una delle ragazze di Projects Abroad mi ha aiutato con tutte le formalità (comprare una sim con connessione internet, tessera dei mezzi, informazioni generali, conoscere il quartiere ecc.). L'appartamento in cui dormivo è quello di Puxi, in Xie Tu Road (ma ce ne sono diversi altri). Purtroppo non c'è nessuna connessione internet ed è molto difficile trovarne una vicino casa (ma quando sono partita stava aprendo un nuovo Starbucks). Mi connettevo quasi sempre in ufficio col wi-fi. Raggiungere i punti di interesse è facile perché la fermata della metropolita Dongan Road è vicinissima a casa e ci sono taxi che passano continuamente giorno e notte (è una zona abbastanza centrale).

Il giornale dove lavoravo si chiama Imetro ed era a dieci minuti da casa, ci andavo a piedi tutti i giorni. Il mio orario era 9:30-12 e 13-18. Il giornale è un mensile cartaceo bilingue e si occupa di lifestyle. Io ho iniziato scrivendo per la sezione viaggi, un inserto di 12 pagine (circa 250 parole a pagina) per cui dovevo fornire sia foto che testi. Poi ho scritto l'oroscopo, un articoletto di 100 parole sulla mia esperienza in Cina, un articolo di circa 1500 parole su un museo di Shanghai, l’Aurora Museum (che ho visitato con la curatrice). Una parte interessante dello stage era la partecipazione ad eventi per conto del giornale. Mi occupavo soprattutto di creare contatti per la mia direttrice. Mi è capitato ...

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L'esperienza di Anna a Shanghai
 

Moje dwa tygodnie w Chinach   (published in China)

December 2, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Aleksandra Dzik- Two Week Special Law and Business Volunteer- Chengdu (Poland)

Nazywam się Ola i mam 18 lat. O Projects Abroad dowiedziałam się dzięki ich stronie internetowej, na której szukałam wyjazdu do Afryki w celu wolontariatu. Niestety, moi rodzice nie zgodzili się na podróż, która ich zdaniem była niebezpieczna.  Następny projekt jaki napotkałam był przeznaczony dla młodzieży w wieku 16-19. „Prawo i biznes w Chinach“ wydał mi się bardzo ciekawy, zważywszy na to, że interesuję się tymi dziedzinami i wiążę przyszłość z jedną z nich. Do mojej decyzji również przyczynił się fakt, że planując studiowanie za granicą taki projekt może bardzo pomóc przy rekrutacji, gdyż uczelnie wyższe w USA czy w Wielkiej Brytanii preferują taką formę wolontariatu. Oczywiście przed wyjazdem miałam wiele obaw czy to projekt dla mnie, czy mam wystarczającą wiedzę żeby wziąć w nim udział, ale do odważnych świat należy. Pojechałam i nie żałuję ani minuty spędzonej w Chinach.

Na samym początku nie wiedziałam na czym miała polegać moja praca. Otóż wolontariat to pojęcie, które nie do końca oddaje sens takiego wyjazdu. Moim zdaniem wyjazd do Chin był dla mnie swojego rodzaju kursem, na którym dowiedziałam się wiele na temat Chińskiego systemu prawnego oraz polityki biznesu obowiązującej w Chinach. W trakcie dwutygodniowego wyjazdu odwiedziliśmy dziesięć, wysokich rangą, firm prawniczych i biznesowych. Każdy dzień wyglądał inaczej, na każdym spotkaniu poruszane były inne tematy. W pierwszym tygodniu pobytu uczęszczaliśmy do firm prawniczych, w których menagerowie i osoby odbywające staż w danej firmie wygłaszały ...

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Moje dwa tygodnie w Chinach
 

Alex's experience as a business volunteer in Shanghai   (published in China)

December 2, 2014 by   Comments(0)

I arrived in Shanghai at the end of September and it has been a fun, varied, sociable and interesting experience so far – although my Mandarin remains basic to say the least!

Landing at dawn on a Sunday, I was initially unsure what to expect.  Thankfully, I was met by Ari from Projects Abroad at the airport and quickly transitioned from new arrival to short term resident.  Taken to the Projects Abroad flat, I was given a valuable induction that saw me get to grips with monies, eating out, useful phrases and the purchase of a smartphone with my own Chinese mobile number.

Owing to the Golden Week national holiday, my first week was pretty relaxed so I took the opportunity to see some of Shanghai.  My flatmates and I toured the scenic French Concession enjoying the tree-lined streets, squares and bustling markets while finding some real curiosities amongst the boutique stores.  Some of us also went to the Site of the First National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, an historic building in which the re-creation of the “debating table” – complete with waxwork of a youthful Chairman Mao – was of particular interest.

Beyond this, I have been to the Bund and marvelled at the imposing riverside buildings.  The old colonial influence is very apparent here and gives you a feel for some of Shanghai’s history before Communist rule.  It is also a great place to be for an evening – with a night out at Bar Rouge being especially memorable!

The Bund is just part of Shanghai’s cityscape though.  You cannot help but be struck by this when here.  To my mind, the Oriental Pearl Tower building is best of them all.  It is such a unique and different ...

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Alex's experience as a business volunteer in Shanghai
 

Teaching Aides   (published in China)

December 1, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Sha and Melissa, from the Netherlands, have recently joined the Projects Abroad China team in Shanghai. They are great friends and came to Shanghai together to join our care programme at Zi Lou Lan Migrant School on the outskirts of Shanghai. We are privileged to have them staying with us for two months and during this time they will be caring for/teaching the infants in the kindergarten and teaching the primary school children. Moreover, and the reason why I’m writing this blog post, they are extremely influential with our global Care Management Plan.

One purpose of our Care Management Plan is to make sure that the care volunteers gain the most from their experience at placement. Also, and perhaps more importantly, the children can obtain the best possible learning experience from the volunteers during their time at the school and long after they depart back home. It is also a way for future care volunteers to pick up from where the previous care volunteers left off. Therefore it is our mission to create an effective overlap of teaching and care strategies so the children can learn in a, so far evidently, effective way. One way that we are aiming to achieve this long lasting goal is to encourage the volunteers to create some visual teaching aides for the classroom. The teaching aides can be of anything (of course within reason) and the more creative the better. One of the best parts about the teaching aides is that they can be used again and again, thus helping us to achieve this effective overlap… what Sha and Melissa made is a perfect example.

They both made a variety of flash cards which included numbers, fruit, cooking equipment, colours and food, but what impressed me the most was their artistic skills drawing a face. When we ...

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Teaching Aides
 

Qibao Social!   (published in China)

November 26, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Last Sunday the Projects Abroad Shanghai team visited the ancient town of Qibao for our social. Although Qibao is in Shanghai, and easily reached on the metro, the scenery is different from the usual skyscrapers and the abundance of neon lights in the city. The buildings have a distinct traditional Chinese feel that represents the Song Dynasty and the Puhui River runs through the town. There is also a delightful little temple and we were lucky enough to see the monks doing a performance.. Not exactly sure what the performance was, but nonetheless a special sight. Take a look at the snaps!

Can’t wait for the next social. Chinese KTV!

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Qibao Social!
 

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