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First impressions of family life in Chengdu

First Impressions

At the time of writing this blog, I have been in Chengdu for just five days. This is my third day as an intern in the InternChina office but I am already getting into the swing of life here. Having spent my year abroad as part of my degree studying at a university in Taiwan, I was eager to get a taste of living and working in mainland China. Chengdu appealed to me as it is a more manageable size and less international than the huge metropolises of Beijing and Shanghai, but still with lots to explore within the city and surrounding areas!

I chose to start my time in Chengdu staying in a homestay with a family and their seven-year-old son. While living in Taiwan and briefly travelling in China certainly broadened my understanding of certain aspects of Chinese culture and life, I had not developed an insight into Chinese family and home life. My family have been extremely hospitable and gone out of their way to help me get accustomed to life in Chengdu. Even in this short time, I have got an insight into their daily routine, met their family and colleagues, and tried a huge variety of delicious home-cooked meals. In Taiwan, I found that it was easy to learn what you liked on the menu and then stick with what you knew to avoid translating the menu every time. However staying with a family has led me to try new dishes, fruits and vegetables almost every meal, including foods that I would not usually have ordered myself, such as çŸŽè›™é±Œć€Žç«é”… (frog and fish head hotpot)!

 

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Difference and Similarities to the UK

Whilst there are many similarities between family life in the UK and China, there are also some striking differences, most noticeably the pressure on young children to study. However, what particularly surprised me on my arrival, is that my family also have an 18-month-old son who is being raised by his grandparents almost 3000km away from Chengdu until he is old enough to attend kindergarten. While I had read about the phenomenon of parents living in urban areas sending their children back to their hometown to be raised by other family members, I had not grasped how common this was among Chinese families. Only seeing your parents once or twice during your first few years of life seems almost incomprehensible to me, and 3000km away from my hometown of London would mean crossing multiple countries ending up in Turkey, for example. However, the pressures of Chinese working life and the lack of affordable childcare options in urban areas, mean that this is a necessity for millions of Chinese parents who have to instead make do with video calling their child.

 

 

Communicating in Chengdu

Although I have been studying Mandarin for over four years, the language barrier with my family can still be a challenge. While I generally understand what is being said on a one-to-one basis, group conversations at mealtimes are definitely more difficult, especially with my host dad often switching into Sichuan dialect! However, I am definitely becoming more confident to say to the family when I don’t understand, and, with the help of Pleco (a Chinese dictionary app), I am learning lots of new words and phrases so, as is said in Chinese, æ…ąæ…ąæ„ (it will come slowly)!

 

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Plus Qu’un Simple Stage – Ce que l’on propose Ă  Zhuhai !

Vous connaissez tous notre slogan, mais qu’est-ce que cela signifie rĂ©ellement et implique pour vous? DĂźners hebdomadaires, activitĂ©s et support 24h / 24 et 7j / 7 font partie de la rĂ©ponse!

Je suis stagiaire chez InternChina depuis bientĂŽt 2 mois, donc je vais clarifier les choses pour vous !

Vous aurez l’occasion de dĂ©couvrir la Chine et son environnement des affaires pendant votre programme ici. Mais vous pourrez aussi expĂ©rimenter de nombreuses choses propres Ă  Zhuhai. Notre Ă©quipe InternChina organise chaque semaine des dĂźners et des activitĂ©s pour votre bien-ĂȘtre et votre divertissement! En outre, cela nous permet de mieux vous connaĂźtre et de connaĂźtre vos prĂ©fĂ©rences. Cela nous permettra de rendre votre sĂ©jour dans ce nouveau pays aussi confortable que possible. Ce sera aussi pour vous une opportunitĂ© de rencontrer des gens adorables venus du monde entier! Si vous souhaitez voyager, nous avons beaucoup de destinations incroyables proches de Zhuhai que nous pouvons vous aider Ă  visiter.

Organiser des dßners, des activités et des voyages pour nos participants fait partie de mon travail en tant que stagiaire pour InternChina à Zhuhai.

Lisez ce blog et vous saurez ce que vous pourrez attendre de notre Ă©quipe, ce que vous pourrez faire et explorer dans la ville. À la fin, vous vous sentirez comme un local de Zhuhai!

Bien sĂ»r, si vous avez des suggestions d’activitĂ©s ou de voyages autour de Zhuhai, faites-en part Ă  quelqu’un de notre Ă©quipe! Nous ferons de notre mieux pour rĂ©pondre Ă  vos souhaits!

Chaque semaine, nous organisons l’un de nos fameux “dĂźners du jeudi”.

C’est un Ă©vĂ©nement social, pour partager un repas de groupe, dĂ©couvrir la cuisine asiatique et parler de notre semaine! Nous comprenons que vous ĂȘtes Ă©tudiants, alors ne vous inquiĂ©tez pas, nous essayons de rendre ces dĂźners abordables! Nous nous en tenons gĂ©nĂ©ralement Ă  un budget de 50RMB par personne, voir parfois encore moins.

Comment organisons-nous ces dßners? Habituellement, nous créons un post sur notre compte officiel Zhuhai InternChina WeChat, ou nous publions un post dans notre chat de groupe IC Zhuhai.

Nous vous donnerons plus de dĂ©tails sur le restaurant, la cuisine, la nourriture, l’heure et l’emplacement du dĂźner. Si vous ĂȘtes intĂ©ressĂ©s pour venir, alors rejoignez simplement le groupe de dĂźner en scannant le code QR fourni! Cela nous aide Ă  savoir combien de personnes sont attendus, ce qui facilite les rĂ©servations au restaurant ! Pendant l’Ă©tĂ©, il arrive que plus de 30 personnes rejoignent le dĂźner !

En somme, tout ce que vous avez Ă  faire est de scanner le code QR et de nous rejoindre! Ça ne pourrait pas ĂȘtre plus facile!

AprĂšs une semaine de travail intense pendant votre stage, nous savons que vous aurez tout Ă  fait envie de profiter d’activitĂ©s et de voyages amusants pendant le week-end. Avec toutes les possibilitĂ©s qu’offre la ville, vous ne vous ennuierez jamais Ă  Zhuhai. IC organise Ă©galement beaucoup d’activitĂ©s et de voyages autour de Zhuhai, car nous savons que l’exploration de la Chine et de sa culture est un must.

Nous essayons d’organiser une nouvelle activitĂ© tous les week-ends. Comme pour les dĂźners, nous essayons de nous assurer que ces activitĂ©s soient toutes abordables afin que vous puissiez y participer autant que vous le pouvez.

Qu’est-ce que Zhuhai a Ă  offrir? Il y a beaucoup d’activitĂ©s touristiques amusantes, telles que la route des amoureux, la statue de la Fischer Girl, la plage de Jida, l’aquarium Chimelong, l’opĂ©ra, le marchĂ© souterrain de Gongbei et les nombreux temples. Nous voulons Ă©galement vous permettre de voir la beautĂ© naturelle de Zhuhai! Les activitĂ©s de plein air telles que l’exploration des Ăźles de Zhuhai, la randonnĂ©e, les cascade, le tir Ă  l’arc, le paint-ball sont toujours des activitĂ©s populaires, surtout pendant l’Ă©tĂ©.

Il est important que vous apprivoisiez la culture chinoise pendant votre stage. C’est pourquoi nous organisons donc des activitĂ©s culturelles telles que de la calligraphie, des cours de cuisine chinoise, des cĂ©rĂ©monies de thĂ©, ou mĂȘme des leçons de Tai Chi!

Selon les saisons, vous pourrez Ă©galement assister au festival Cixi en aoĂ»t ou Ă  des cĂ©rĂ©monies d’ouverture!

Vous ne vous ennuierez jamais avec les nombreuses activités disponibles pour explorer la ville, vous amuser et réseauter!

Nous essayons Ă©galement d’organiser des week-ends Ă  la dĂ©couverte d’autres villes chinoises.

RĂ©cemment, nous avons organisĂ© un voyage d’un week-end Ă  Tangkou, village classĂ© parmi les sites du patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO! Par le passĂ©, nous avons Ă©galement organisĂ© des voyages Ă  PĂ©kin, Hezhou, Shanghai et Yangshuo … les possibilitĂ©s sont infinies!

Pour tout voyage de week-end que nous organisons, nous vous fournirons un calendrier dĂ©taillĂ© afin que vous puissiez profiter au maximum de votre temps dans chaque ville! Nous vous indiquerons Ă©galement le coĂ»t de chaque voyage, comprenant le transport, l’hĂ©bergement et les activitĂ©s pour la fin de semaine. Le coĂ»t sera plus Ă©levĂ© que pour une activitĂ© simple, mais l’exploration et la dĂ©couverte d’autres lieux en Chine en vaut largement le coĂ»t.

Notre équipe IC vous offre leur support 24h/24, 7 j/7. Nous sommes présents à chaque étape de votre séjour en Chine, avant, pendant et aprÚs!

DĂšs votre arrivĂ©e, nous viendrons vous chercher Ă  l’aĂ©roport ou au port et nous vous conduirons Ă  votre logement (appartement ou famille d’accueil). Nous vous fournirons Ă©galement une orientation pour vous aider Ă  comprendre la culture chinoise et vous donner quelques conseils sur la vie Ă  Zhuhai.

Votre kit de bienvenue vous attendra! Il comprend une carte SIM, une carte de voyage, une carte de la ville, une carte d’adresse et quelques goodies InternChina! Tout ce dont vous avez besoin pour vos dĂ©buts en Chine.

Chaque fois que vous aurez besoin de nous, n’hĂ©sitez pas Ă  nous le faire savoir, nous serons heureux de vous aider!

Notre Ă©quipe sur place est Ă©galement toujours lĂ  pour vous soutenir! Nous aurons toujours beaucoup de conseils et d’informations Ă  partager avec vous. De plus, si vous vous sentez malade, nous vous accompagnerons Ă  l’hĂŽpital! Si vous avez d’autres problĂšmes, nous sommes lĂ  pour vous aider si nous le pouvons!

Quand vous dĂ©barquez Ă  Zhuhai, et que vous ne savez pas oĂč aller ou quoi explorer, nous sommes lĂ  pour vous proposer des lieux oĂč aller! Voici une liste de nos lieux prĂ©fĂ©rĂ©s! Vous pourrez ainsi impressionner vos collĂšgues, les inviter et Ă©taler vos connaissances sur Zhuhai !

  • HuoGongDian æźż ć·„ æźż – Tentez la nourriture du Hunan du nord de la Chine! Le Hong Shao Rou (çșąçƒ§è‚‰) est censĂ© ĂȘtre le plat prĂ©fĂ©rĂ© du prĂ©sident Mao. Cet endroit est un must pour les grands dĂźners, la nourriture est excellente. Adresse: 珠攷 澂 驙æŽČ ćŒș 石 花 è„żè·Ż 62 ć· (èż‘ 癜èŽČ 掞 慬曭) ou descendez du bus Ă  䌙 ć·„ æźż 性掊 (huo gong dian da sha).
  • The London Lounge – Bar trĂšs populaire parmi les expatriĂ©s. Leurs employĂ©s chinois et occidentaux sont toujours prĂȘts Ă  faire une blague. De plus, les sessions Open-Mic le 2e jeudi du mois valent le dĂ©tour! Lieu: CĂŽte Est, Jida
  • FBB Fresh Burger Bar – Un bar et restaurant allemand situĂ© Ă  Jida. Ici vous pouvez obtenir de nombreux plats et boissons occidentaux (surtout allemands)! Il y a une large gamme de biĂšres allemandes disponibles! Descendez du bus Ă  æ°ŽæčŸć€Ž” “Shuǐ wān tĂłu” ou dites-le au chauffeur de taxi!
  • GongBei Underground Market – Pour tous les accros du shopping, il y a un marchĂ© souterrain Ă  Gongbei oĂč vous pouvez obtenir tous vos vĂȘtements de crĂ©ateurs de marque Ă  des prix Ă©trangement bon marchĂ©. On y trouve aussi  des enseignes occidentales (H & M, Vera Moda, Only , etc.) dans les centres commerciaux.

J’espĂšre que ces dĂ©tails et ces photos vous ont convaincu qu’InternChina propose bien plus qu’un simple stage! Vous ne vous sentirez jamais seul, et cette expĂ©rience restera inoubliable!

Le moyen le plus simple de nous rejoindre est de postuler dĂšs maintenant!

Articles en français, Avant le depart

Baidu Maps – Tutoriel en Français

Comme vous le savez surement, en Chine l’accĂšs Ă  Google – et donc toutes les applications que vous utilisez tous les jours ou presque – est assez limitĂ©! Lors de votre arrivĂ©e en Chine l’équipe d’InternChina vous expliquera comment vous servir de Baidu Maps, l’équivalent de notre indispensable Google Maps! Seul problĂšme, l’application est en chinois, alors j’espĂšre que ce petit tutoriel vous aidera Ă  vous rafraichir la mĂ©moire si jamais vous avez besoin de vous en servir!
AprĂšs votre session d’orientation vous aurez tĂ©lĂ©chargĂ© Baidu Maps, et crĂ©ez votre compte donc nous allons sauter ces Ă©tapes! Nous vous aurons Ă©galement expliquer comment enregistrer un endroit dans vos favoris. Besoin d’un petit rappel?

  • N’oubliez pas d’éteindre votre VPN et d’activer la localisation !

Pour enregistrer un endroit comme favoris voici les Ă©tapes Ă  suivre :

  1. Entrez la localisation de votre choix par exemple pour le bar LPG à Qingdao : “laofeijiuba”
  2. Cliquez et la localisation s’affiche
  3. Pour enregistrer en tant que favoris, vous n’avez qu’à cliquez sur l’étoile en bas Ă  gauche, et voilĂ !

Entrez votre destination

La localisation s’affiche ici

Cliquez ici pour démarrer la navigation

Suivez les étapes suivantes pour retrouvez les endroits que vous avez au préalable enregistré comme favoris :

  1. Cliquez sur votre profil
  2. Cliquez sur l’icĂŽne Ă©toile pour retrouver vos favoris
  3. Pour modifier l’alias de votre destination favorite cliquez longuement sur l’adresse
  4. SĂ©lectionnez le premier mot en chinois â€œé‡ć‘œćâ€
  5. Ecrivez un nom que vous retiendrez plus facilement
  6. Cliquez sur “硼漚” pour valider

Cliquez sur votre profil ici

Vos favoris sont accessibles en cliquant sur cette Ă©toile

Appuyez longuement sur un nom pour le modifier

Cliquez ici pour modifier le nom

Changez le nom et cliquez ici pour valider

Et voila le nom a changĂ© et c’est plus simple pour vous repĂ©rer!

Vous voulez savoir le trajet de ce bus ou de ce mĂ©tro, et ces horaires? Avec Baidu c’est possible:

  1.  Pour cherche ligne, de métro : indiquez la ligne + haoxian / pour le bus : numéro +lu (voir fig:1.a)
  2. Cliquez sur le premier choix pour le bus, second en général pour le métro
  3. La ligne s’affiche
  4. Pour afficher les stations les plus proches suivre cliquez comme sur fig 3.a
  5. Puis cliquez ici pour démarrer la navigation et vous y rendre

1 – Cherchez la ligne de mĂ©tro

1a – Cherchez la ligne de bus

2 – ItinĂ©raire du mĂ©tro

3 – ItinĂ©raire du bus, cliquez ici pour voir les arrĂȘts les plus proches

4 – Cliquez ici pour vous rendre Ă  l’arrĂȘt le plus proche

Activez le mode piĂ©ton et rendez-vous Ă  l’arrĂȘt !

Rappels:

  • Le dĂ©part de la ligne est marquĂ© par le curseur vert, l’arrivĂ©e en rouge.

Disons qu’aujourd’hui c’est jeudi, vous devez vous rendre au restaurant que nous vous avons indiquĂ©. Par un malheureux hasard vous ne parvenez pas Ă  ouvrir la localisation, pas de panique on vous fournit Ă©galement l’adresse afin de vous dĂ©brouiller avec Baidu. Voici la marche Ă  suivre, prenons l’adresse du restaurant Magic Eggplant : ć€§ć°§äž‰è·Ż26ć· (dayaosanlu 26hao)

  1. Copiez-collez l’adresse dans la barre de recherche
  2. Cliquez sur le rond bleu pour dĂ©marrer l’itinĂ©raire
  3. C’est l’option voiture qui s’affiche en premier, vous trouverez le prix moyen qu’un taxi vous coutera si vous voulez choisir cette option en bas, la petite ligne : dans l’exemple c’est 10RMB
  4. Cliquez ici pour afficher l’itinĂ©raire en transport en commun (bien plus pratique!) et choisissez l’option 1 par exemple
  5. Si vous ne savez pas comment vous rendre Ă  l’arrĂȘt de bus cliquez sur le petit pied bleu
  6. Vous pouvez savoir Ă  combien d’arrĂȘt se trouve votre bus pour savoir votre temps d’attente approximatif
  7. Une fois arrivĂ© cliquez sur ce pied bleu pour vous rendre de l’arrĂȘt au restaurant – facile non?

Inscrivez l’adresse ici

Cliquez ici pour démarrer la navigation

Cliquez ici pour trouver les options de transports en commun

Choisissez un itinéraire

Cliquez ici pour vous rendrez Ă  l’arrĂȘt de bus

Descendez dans un arrĂȘt

Voici en image quelques informations supplémentaires si vous ne savez pas lire le chinois:

  • Le nombre d’arrĂȘt se trouve Ă  gauche, dans la colonne de droite ce sont les minutes
  • Pour un chemin Ă  pied, le temps est indiquĂ© puis la distance
  • Pour choisir votre itinĂ©raire, comparez le temps et la distance Ă  parcourir Ă  pied pour faire votre choix

ArrĂȘts entre le dĂ©part et l’arrivĂ©e

Durée et distance du trajet au total

Durée du voyage et distance à parcourir à pied

Vous ĂȘtes fin prĂȘts Ă  nous rejoindre, et si ce n’est pas dĂ©jĂ  fait candidatez ici!

How-to Guides

How to Budget for Living in Taipei

So, you want to come to Taipei for an internship. You may be wondering, ‘How much money should I budget for daily life in Taipei?’ Well, good news! If spent wisely, your money can get you far. Daily costs are slightly more expensive compared to other Asian destinations. Food comes at a standard price, with an average restaurant charging around 130 NT$ for a meal. Drinks can also vary with prices, with a local beer costing 57 NT$. However, you may want to save up some money when wanting to visit tourist locations and splash out on Western food.

For the current exchange rates, please see here. (https://www.xe.com/currency/eur-euro/)

1 GBP = 36.9

1 USD = 27.7

1 AUD = 19.7

1 CAD = 21.7

1 NZD = 18.9

**Exchange rates as of 02/12/2021

Your individual lifestyle is the main factor that will determine your budget. It will vary depending on what transportation you decide to take, personal dining preferences, nightlife and more.

WEEKLY/MONTHLY EXPENSES

Below, we have put together some budget estimates of your expenses in daily life during your time on your internship. In general, you can live on a low budget and still be able to live quite well. For those looking to spend a little more, there are also medium and high budget estimates. See which budget is right for you!

Getting around Taipei is a fairly easy task. Luckily, their public transit is affordable and reliable around the city. Travelling via the metro is a tourists’ favourite way of getting around. But there are plenty of other options with buses and bicycles to take you to the city centre.

(For food, all apartments will have kitchens, so you will have the option to cook your own meals.) Food at supermarkets are affordable, but you may find that some discount shops such as Carrefour or Pxmart will make your money last.

For those looking to save money while still having fun and trying new things.

Expense TypeCost per weekDescription
Transport15 NT$Transport using metro (1.10 NT$ per trip)
Food2230 NT$Shop at local marts (2000 NT$); Lunch out (100 NT$); Dinner out (130 NT$)
Treats2500 NT$One night out with a few drinks and taxi
Extras1265 NT$Going to museums/cinema
Avg weekly6010 NT$
Avg monthly24040 NT$

For those who go to the gym, eat out more or spend more in other ways.

Expense TypeCost per weekDescription
Transport30 NT$Transport using metro and buses
Food2600 NT$Shop at local marts (2300 NT$); Lunch and dinner with mix of Asian and Western food (300 NT$)
Treats3500 NT$Couple nights out with drinks and taxi
Extras1730 NT$Going to museums/cinema/gym
Avg weekly7860 NT$
Avg monthly31440 NT$

For those who would like to spend more on cocktail bars, taxis or shopping. 

Expense TypeCost per weekDescription
Transport60 NT$Using metro, cars and taxis everywhere
Food3300 NT$Shop at local marts (2500 NT$); Lunch and dinner with Western food (800 NT$)
Treats4200 NT$Nights out at classy clubs with drinks and taxi/clothes shopping
Extras1950 NT$Going to museums/cinema/gym/individual travel
Avg weekly9510 NT$
Travel5550 NT$Going on a weekend trip
Avg monthly43590 NT$

As you can see, you don’t need too much money to enjoy life in Taipei. Be careful when you have a craving to buy a western coffee or give into temptation of using private taxis to get to work instead of taking the bus. Not everything is cheaper in Taiwan, and all the little costs can quite quickly add up. So it’s important to find the right budget for you.

For international payments, we always recommend using TransferWise. They’re cheaper than the banks, because they always use the real exchange rate – which you can check out on Google – and charge a very small fee. They’re also safe and trusted by over 2 million people around the world. You can sign up here. (https://wise.com/?clickref=1011lijaZwQY&partnerID=1100l59541&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=0&adref=&utm_source=pagodaprojects&partnerizecampaignID=1011l727)

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Internship Experience

A visit to Mao Xian with my Host Company

By Rosa Spence

On the 28th March, myself and four other representatives from the NGO I am interning with, CDNGO06,  organised and accompanied farmers from Yunqiao village on an overnight visit to Mao Xian. A district 5 hours north-west of Chengdu and only 40km away from Wuchuan (the place where the earthquake hit in 2008!).

The aim of this visit was to introduce the local farmers from Yunqiao to local Sichuanese Pepper farmers in Mao Xian. These farmers have previously worked closely with WWF to increase sustainable farming of Sichuan pepper. As a result of this collaboration, their Sichuan pepper crops have become organically certified. The farming community has become a co-operative, having received support from Sichuan Rural Credit Union – an initiative established by the People’s Bank of China to provide credit to rural areas in China.

This, in turn, has led to better access to national and global markets. The NGO hopes that the farmers from Yunqiao will be able to learn and adapt some of the techniques, used by Mao Xian farmers, and apply them to their Luo Bo crops (the main crop of Yunqiao) with the aim of increasing quality and production rates.

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We left the sleeping city of Chengdu at six o’clock in the morning and traveled in a minibus to Yunqiao village. Two hours north of the City, to pick up the farmers who were coming with us. As we drove for another three hours from Yunqiao to Mao Xian, I was not prepared for the scenery that I was about to witness.

The concrete jungle of Chengdu disappeared and the skyline was replaced with towering mountains, so tall that the peaks were dusted in snow. The cloudiness of Chengdu’s city sphere also dissipated and we basked in bright sunshine and crystal clear blue sky. I think it’s the first time that I have seen cloudless skies and unobstructed sun since I arrived!

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Arrival at Mao Xian

On arrival at Mao Xian, the farmers and NGO Staff were taken on a tour and shown how the pepper was produced. The first station was the warehouse, where the pepper granules were stored; next, we were taken to the building where the raw pepper granules were ground down into refined powder and packaged to be sold in the national market. They weren’t kidding when they said it had a kick to it, I tasted a single granule and my tongue went numb for the next 20 minutes!

This farming co-operative has won numerous awards for their work, all of which were displayed proudly on the wall in the meeting room. The meeting between the two communities lasted for over 2 hours, with the NGO workers and the farmers from Yunqiao taking notes about how the Mao Xian farmers’ model worked. My role as the NGO’s photographer was to document the event. The host farming community were really accommodating, with tea being provided throughout and the meeting came to a close in good spirits and a formal photograph was taken.

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Maoxin Meeting

After the formalities were completed, there was a chance to explore Mao Xian. We were taken to see some beautiful blossom trees, their delicate petals floating in the warm breeze. I got told that these trees and most of the surrounding area had been rebuilt after the area was flattened by the 2008 earthquake. The experience was also very culturally enriching, as the next day we were given the opportunity to observe a Qiang ceremony –an ethnic minority group, with a population of approximately 200,000, located in North Western Sichuan Province.

The ceremony was enchanting, consisting of singing, chanting, dancing, drumming and role play. We were then given a guided tour around an ethnographic museum, where we were told about Qiang history and also got to observe people going about their daily routines – these people still live very traditional lifestyles, making their own clothes and tools. We were fortunate enough to witness two Qiang men forging an iron blade, using two hammers and an anvil, the precision of the technique was mesmerising – clearly, a skill which has been refined over generations!

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It has been a fantastic experience, I feel very fortunate to be so included in the work that the NGO is doing for local communities, they are truly committed to helping to create change at a local scale.

Inspired by Rosa’s Experience? Apply Now!

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CTC and CPAZ hold charity event in Pingsha

On May 8th 2018 more than 30 representatives from CPAZ, CTC & InternChina visited the Pingsha Experimental Primary School to distribute funds raised at the Come Together Charity Music Festival 2017 and provide care packs to a total of 50 disadvantaged students.

The bursary money totalled 82,500 RMB, meaning over 1500 RMB was raised for each child in need!

This is CPAZ’s 12th year in a row working with families to support the education of those in need in Pingsha, and the 5th year that the CTC – Come Together Charity Music Festival has raised money for CPAZ’s mission. The day started when representatives of CTC and CPAZ distributed a total of 82,500 RMB to 50 local children in need.

The bursary for each child was 1,500 RMB, along with a care package which including a backpack and school supplies. Afterwards, representatives split into groups to visit some of the families who receive the bursary.

Come Together Community

Come Together Community (CTC) is made up of a collection of like-minded fellows who care about the community, helping out, and making a difference. The founders of CTC have collectively lived in Zhuhai and China for over 40 years, and consider Zhuhai home.

InternChina is a proud sponsor of CTC, and also one of the official organisers of CTC’s annual charity music festival each year, Come Together. The aim of the NGO is to help people in Zhuhai by uniting the expat and local communities to fundraise for charitable causes and local philanthropies.

Come Together Music Festival

In November 2017, the 6th annual Come Together Charity Music Festival was held. It was an extremely successful event, with a total of 900+ people attending and raising a total of 255,000 RMB. The event has volunteers, bands and sponsor work alongside food and beverage vendors, the schools, the venue and more local groups to raise money for local children in need.

As CTC firmly believes transparency is of utmost importance, you can view all the income and expenses of the Come Together Music Festival 2017 here to see how they got the total amount of 255,000 RMB.

CPAZ

The Charity Promotion Association of Zhuhai (CPAZ) is a registered CSO (Civil Society Organisation) in China. They work to promote social activism and public welfare with the aim of providing compassionate assistance to vulnerable sectors of society.  They operate a range of projects with the aim of helping financially destitute, disadvantaged people and particularly young students living as orphans or with single parents.

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Chengdu Blogs, Internship Experience

Visiting Yunqiao Village with our NGO Partner Company

When I was asked by one of our NGO partner companies here in Chengdu to join them on a company trip to Yunqiao village accompanying one of our participants, I became very excited. This NGO are a non-profit Community Service Organisation approved by the Chengdu Civil Affairs. Their mission is to “improve ecosystems by working directly with communities to achieve sustainable development and the construction of an ecological civilization” – the organisation offer internship opportunity CDNGO06.

Rosa & Erika visiting an NGO

I was accompanying InternChina participant Rosa on the trip to Yunqiao Village, during the entirety of the trip I was discussing with Rosa about her stay in China and her internship with the NGO. Rosa has been here for about 6 weeks and is half way through her programme; her official role at the company is Ecological Marketing Associate.

Rosa’s Internship

Rosa is in charge of writing promotional material and placing volunteer activities on record but she has been involved with a lot more than this, she has actually managed entire visits to Yunqiao. Rosa has also been responsible for applying for grant schemes which has included the creation of projects and allocating budget.

I was happy to hear how much she enjoys her internship, before coming to China she didn’t expect to be as involved in the day to day projects. She has been very impressed with her colleagues’ passion, especially with the Yunqiao Project that she also tries to put her heart and soul into it.

On the day of the company trip I was very nervous as I didn’t know what to expect as well as being a representative for InternChina. Little did I know, how important this day was for the company itself.

My day started around 6 am wondering what the trip would be like, obviously it wasn’t a normal workday. I was informed that 50 students from Baruch College in New York would be joining us, so I was getting prepared to meet the students and talk to them about InternChina and its work as well as gathering my business cards to go.

With my breakfast in hand I headed out to meet Rosa at the hotel where the students were staying. There I met Alina, the students’ coordinator and two of Rosa’s Chinese colleagues at the NGO. After making final arrangements and assisting all the students into the buses, we headed out towards the North West of the city at around 8:15 am.

Two hours later we arrived at a small village named Yunqiao (äș‘æĄ„) in the Pidu District. After arriving we met the Project Manager and he informed us about their work, especially in the area. One of the companies projects is the rehabilitation and protection of Chengdu’s Yunqiao Wetlands Water Resource Protected Area.

YunQiao Village

But what is so special about this area? Yunqiao is located between the confluence of two of Chengdu’s most important rivers: the Botiao and Xuyan rivers. Botiao is one of the four “mother rivers” of Chengdu city. Along with Xuyan river, they both are the major source of drinking water for the city.

Map of the Yunqiao Wetlands

The “Magical Earth” project is an initiative to protect native plants and animal habitats in the Yuanqiao Wetlands. One of the major problems in the area is the alligator weed (Alternanthera philoxeroides) which is a non-native species; alligator weed is considered a major threat to ecosystems because of its negative effects to both aquatic and terrestrial environments.

Through the joint efforts of government departments, community organisations, scientific research institutions and entrepreneurs, the recovery and management of Yunqiao wetlands has been gradually and successfully implemented.

Even though the initiative is very important for the village itself, unfortunately only a few villagers volunteer. But several international companies not only provide volunteers, they also provide donations.

What We Saw

This day was a day to celebrate. After the Project Manager explained to us the importance of the wetlands, we witnessed the signing of an agreement between Rosa’s Internship Host Company, the local government and the head of the village. This agreement recognizes Yunqiao village as a natural protectorate, which gives the area an official status of a natural reserve.

NGO Representative, Local Government Representative & Head of the Village

We were able to see the wetlands ourselves and get our hands dirty by pulling out some alligator weed. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t in our favor. This made it difficult for us to stay longer and for me to explore the area a little more.

The overall experience was very rewarding. Sometimes we take for granted what nature can give us and this trip has been a eye-opening experience. Therefore, I am happy I was able to meet very passionate people within the company who are willing to give that extra push for the environment.

Yunqiao Trip group photograph

 

Especial thanks to our partner company and Rosa for providing us the diagrams of the area.

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Internship Experience

Dalian Welcomes Rama

Hello, my name is Ramatoulaye Mbacke, from Senegal in West Africa. I joined the InternChina Dalian team last Monday for a marketing internship.

About Me

I am a bachelor student in International Business Management at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics. I have been in China for 4 years now and I am very familiar with its language and culture. Since August 2014, I had so many great experiences in this country. I have only lived in Dalian though I visited many other cities.

Living in Dalian for 4 Years 

I’ve had tough times in the beginning because I come from a very different culture than China’s. But for the most part, it has been an absolutely wonderful experience. I mean China is great and so is Dalian. This city is full of surprises, activities, great food, nice places and amazing people. I got to love this city and I would definitely stay for a masters degree.

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InternChina – Skiing at Dalian Linhai Ski Area

Experience with InternChina

This year is my last and I am going to graduate in June, so I decided to use my classroom knowledge into the real world; that’s how I got in touch with InternChina. The team found an internship for me at Felpa Group, a Pakistani trading company in downtown Dalian as a marketing intern. I learned a lot and developed research, creativity and communication skills. That was the first internship I had outside of my country so I was a bit overwhelmed but with the constant help and support from Colin and InternChina, I got through my fears.

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InternChina – Internship with FELPA Group

After that great experience, I wanted more, so now I am on my second internship at the InternChina Dalian office and I’m loving it. It’s a really great experience and I recommend everyone to join us! Thanks IC <3.

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Internship Experience

My InternChina Experience

Leaving Chengdu!

Since the first day I arrived in Chengdu I have loved every moment. From my first ride on an ofo to my last. From sweating through my first hotpot to a little brow mop at my last. Chengdu has shown me a completely new way of life, laid back, relaxed, slow paced. When you think of China you think of the crazy hustle and bustle of giant cities. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Chengdu despite being the biggest city I’ve ever been to is also the most relaxed.

IC New Years Dinner

My initial fears of relentless spice and unbearable huajiao, have ended in me wondering if I’ll ever find a comparable flavour back home. The range of delicious food that can be found here in Chengdu will be one of the things I miss the most.

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Alongside getting to know this fantastic city I have also made some fantastic friends! The InternChina family welcomed me with open arms. The office environment is nothing but great fun on a daily basis with great team spirit. As well, all the interns I’ve met in my 3 months have been fantastic in both helping me get to know the city and sharing great stories and experiences together.

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My internship has allowed me to pass on the great experience I had previously on my internship in 2015 with the interns I’ve met here in Chengdu. Organising great activities and some extracurricular events have helped me form truly great friendships.

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The skills I’ve learnt during my internship are so varied and extensive there is no doubt that I will be able to use them later on in life. From the daily tasks I’ve completed to meetings and marketing, I’ve gained a wide range of transferable skills.

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InternChina has given me a platform from which I can only excel. This has truly been an unforgettable experience that I’m sure I will tell stories about for the rest of my life!

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Chengdu Blogs

Adventure at Mount Qing Cheng é’ćŸŽć±±

In Chengdu this weekend we took a short trip out the city to explore Qing Cheng Shan. This mountain has 2 different area’s. The front mountain, a more touristy location and the back mountain, for serious hikers! We headed for the back mountain!

Beautiful Valley

After arriving on the train we took a short bus ride to the start of the trail for the back mountain. Upon entering the back mountain area you immediately enter Tai’an Ancient Town. This area is full of old-style buildings serving tea, meals and snacks. The contrast between the old style buildings and bright neon lights was quite a spectacle.

Ascent

We then crossed a river on a very wobbly bridge and started our ascent. The climb is not for the weak with thousands upon thousands of stairs leading the way to the top of the mountain. The scenery is stunning with waterfalls and rainforest like jungle surrounding the pathway. After about 2 hours of climbing, we reached an impassable lake. Luckily there was a boat to take us across. In similar fashion to a Venetian gondola, we were punted across the water to carry on our climb.

After a further two hours of climbing, we reached the top and the White Cloud Shrine. At the shrine were Buddhist monks offering to engrave your name on a medal to commemorate your ascent. As well as many people burning incense and offerings. We spent an hour here relaxing and enjoying our lunch.

IC at White Cloud Shrine

Descent

It was at this point we planned our route back down. We looked at the map and chose the red route. Little did we know that red meant treachery and difficulty. This way down was a test. Steep steps. Wobbly wooden planks. A challenge. Our descent was nervy and exhilarating.

Steep Steps down Mount Qing Cheng

After we reached the end of the red path we headed into a jungle-like valley with beautiful waterfalls and scenery. This area featured planked walkways hanging onto the sides of the valley. This area was truly beautiful. The constant sound of waterfalls and the overhanging shrubbery created a peaceful atmosphere.

Upon our return to Tai’an Ancient Town, we enjoyed some tea by the river and a game of cards. Before we knew it it was time to return to the hustle and bustle of Chengdu.

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