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Rainy season – rain drops keep falling on my head

Hello everybody –  It would be okay for me if you call me “travel-Jenny”.Today, I want to report a bit about my experience in Hainan last weekend. I have been to three different cities in just three travel days. But for now, I will tell you a bit about Haikou and what I explored on my first day there.

Internchina - relaxing with a mango juice Baisahmen park

I am currently travelling a lot through China; so I flew last weekend to Haikou at Hainan. It was the long weekend, where Chinese people celebrated Labour Day. When I first arrived at Haikou airport, it was already after 01:00 a.m. and I was not sure if there is still someone available in my Hostel (Banana Hostel J). I contacted them via email before, but as you might realize after some months in China, sometimes Chinese people ignore or just forget what you have told them. Finally, as I feared, the door to enter the hostel was closed when I arrived there late at night. After I frantically knocked on their door, I tried to gently shout. Fortunately, some minutes later two drunken but friendly boys came across and entered the hostel door so that I could step in. After entering, I tried to tell them my problem and another few minutes later (probably when they decided that they could trust me), I followed them to the second floor where a single room was open. Lucky for me, I did all the necessary things before, so immediately I fell dead-tired into the bed and got a good night’s sleep.

I didn’t really have an idea of what to do in Haikou when I woke up the next day; I just knew that I had a time frame until around 09:30 p.m as I needed to head out to the train station.

InternChina - map of volcano park

In almost every hostel in Banana-hostel they have a lot of information posted on the wall at the reception. After chatting a bit with the staff member there, I decided to drive to the volcano park. This was a very good decision. This Geo-park provides a number of volcanic culture information, garden area, special hand crafts and a bunch of locally flavored food. It is really interesting and a good place to visit. On the way with the bus to the area, you also pass the famous evergreen park in Haikou city.
InternChina - view to downtown Haikou Volcano Tourist Park 火山口公园 - Huǒshān kǒu gōngyuán

While I went back on the last bus 04:00 p.m, it suddenly started to rain heavily. It was unbelievable – aquaplaning even in the main streets and while we drove over the Century Bridge, I saw a lot of cars stopping or vehicles close to leave the carriageway.

InternChina - special crafts

As I had no further ideas of what I could do, I have been not quite flexible in my sightseeing schedule, but also saved the time for doing something either inside or just enjoy a good dinner. When I got off the bus, a Chinese women gave me shelter under the sunshade of her stall.

InternChina - heavy rain in Haikou

After, the rain had stopped in the streets and the pedestrian paths looked like little lakes; my sandals where already totally wet. That’s why I didn’t care about walking around. The atmosphere was suddenly like everything was awakening after this doomsday mood. I really enjoyed the different hustle and bustle of the city and explored an open air fish market. The market itself was roofed, but has been flooded by the rain as well. The fish sellers escaped to the street at the river to sell big and delicious looking pieces of fish.

After my first nice day in Haikou at Hainan, I took the train to Sanya, without a booked hostel/hotel yet. But more about this story and the continuation of my trip. You can read it in my next blog …

Travelling in China can be so easy but also adventurous: Just ask me or other members of our InternChina-team for advise! It is inexpensive and easy to get around here!

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Chengdu Blogs, Cultural, Internship Experience

Is Chengdu more Chinese than Beijing?

Since my arrival in Chengdu, I frequently hear people saying that Chengdu is so different to places like Beijing or Shanghai. I assume that people in other relatively unknown or “hidden” cities in China make such differences between their own city and other bigger and prominent cities in pretty much the same way: they highlight the originality of their own city (like Chengdu, Zhuhai, Qingdao) and downplay the specialty of, for instance, Beijing ( I will focus on people’s view of Beijing from now on because this is the Chinese city I know best). The main difference is that one’s own smaller city is more beautiful, more diverse and just so more “Chinese”. Furthermore, it is believed that Beijing-people can be selfish, self-centered and unfriendly to other Chinese and foreigners (it goes without saying that the opposite is believed to be true for one’s own city).

InternChina - Mao Statue at Tianfu Square Chengdu
InternChina – Mao Statue at Tianfu Square Chengdu

Writing up and reading these perception patterns may already seem exaggerated and so stereotypical. However, this is the condensed perception pattern I gathered from quite a few people over recent weeks. No one would mention such a view right away, but all bits and pieces taken together draw the picture described above. It goes without saying that not everyone thinks this way, but this perception pattern does exist outside Beijing regardless if you are a Chinese or a Foreigner.

By the way, I am thinking that those capital-periphery-perceptions do exist basically everywhere, don’t they? As I German, I can definitely approve a somewhat skeptical to straight forward hateful view of the German capital Berlin outside the city itself (alongside a still ongoing very positive image of Berlin amongst younger Germans).  The German  band “Kraftklub” sings “Ich will nicht nach Berlin” [I don’t wanna go to Berlin”] for a reason.

Getting back to Beijing and cities outside the capital, I was thinking about these dichotomy views and images time and again. Is Chengdu “more Chinese” than Beijing? What does “Chineseness” mean in the first place? Is Chengdu more beautiful than Beijing? And what about people living in Beiing (and Chengdu vice versa): Where are more unfriendly people living?

First of all, when sitting together and listening to those images of Beijing, I was always wondering if people in Beijing do exactly the same thing at exactly the same time – going something like “don’t wanna go to Chengdu – people think they are so special there….“. This thought still makes me chuckle.

If other cities than Beijing are “more Chinese”, what is “Chineseness”? I think that most people mean “traditional Chinese” or “not highly developed China” when they refer to “Chineseness”. I could actually agree on that one. Beneath Shanghai, Beijing is the most developed city in China (without delving to deep into what development means – this is too complicated for a blog post).

InternChina - Southwest University for Nationalities Chengdu
InternChina – Southwest University for Nationalities Chengdu

But they are not right, I think, when assuming that boom-and-bust China, hyper-modern-architecture, modern art and all of the things associated with Beijing is less “Chinese” than calligraphy, Taiqi or not properly working toilets without water. Since “Reform and Opening” in 1978, all these phenomena do belong to the same contemporary Chinese culture.

What about the ethnic diversity in Beijing? Based on my personal experience, I completely disagree on this one. The friends I had in Beijing came from all different places in China (and the world). If you really want to get to know ethnically different people in China, Beijing is just as good as any other place.

Answering the questions straight forward (and somewhat unsatisfactory, I am afraid): I think that the real difference between Beijing and places like Chengdu or Zhuhai is their city size, which determines how many arrogant or friendly people living in the city and how many beautiful or not so beautiful places (whatever that is….) you can find there. In a nutshell: I do not see so many differences until now between the cities except for the size and amount of things, people, and places. This means that Beijing is no better and no worse than Chengdu just different.

InternChina - Southwest University for Nationalities Chengdu
InternChina – Southwest University for Nationalities Chengdu

Developing China is so diverse that you just can’t distinguish between cities really – mixing apples with pears as they say. Leaving behind the big differences between Beiing and Chengdu that may only exist in our mindset, I recommend everyone to come to Chendgu and experience the exciting,  city-life in China. Hypermodern architecture alongside old fashioned, traditional Chinese tea houses and warm-hearted Chinese trying to help foreigners whenever they can: this is what Chengdu offers you. Every day. Go and find out yourself! It is so worth it.

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Before your stay, Cultural, How-to Guides, Travel

The Legend of Mulan

I am sure most people have watched Walt Disney’s Mulan (1998), but if anyone has not yet, I recommend it! Not only because it is a great story but also because it became a classic animation. As Mulan’s story is based in China, it is the perfect way to get in the mood for your internship.

Intern China -  Chinese Warrior
Intern China – Chinese Warrior

The Disney’s Story

(c) Disney Mulan

The Huns, led by the ruthless Shan Yu, invade Han China, forcing the Chinese emperor to command a general mobilization. To save her old father from death in the army, Mulan, a young girl secretly takes his place by pretending to be a man. She becomes one of China’s greatest heroines in the process and is helped along with a talking dragon and lucky cricket as companions (Disney style of course). At first, it is difficult as she knows nothing about becoming a warrior. However, her determination and courage eventually give her great recognition. Also, she falls in love with her handsome captain.

InternChina - Hua Mulan
InternChina – Hua Mulan

Derivated from a legendary story

The real story is quite similar; Hua Mulan is a legendary figure from ancient China who was originally described in a Chinese poem known as the Ballad of Mulan (木蘭辭). In the poem, Hua Mulan takes her aged father’s place in the army. She fought for twelve years and gained high merit. After the victory, the emperor offers her a place at his council, without knowing that she is a woman. However, she refused and only ask for a way to return home safely. The emperor gave her a horse and a bagful of wealth, and wished her a safe trip home. In fact, it is one of the first poems in Chinese history to support the notion of gender equality – Go China!

What can we learn from this story?

It is true to say that Disney’s version is different from the legend, but it may also be good to remember that there are many version of the legend itself. These differences do not take off the merit and the bravery of the character.

But…How can we relate to this character? The Hua Mulan story can teach us, interns at InternChina, a great deal actually!
Firstly, we can see that being confident and brave is a prerequisite for success. Self-belief is important when starting a new internship or job and Mulan never stops trying to integrate herself into the group.
Practising is the key to progress.
You may not become a Chinese warrior overnight as it can take time to defeat initial fears, so don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Appearances can also be misleading so we should never judge a book by its cover. Your boss may seem different from you, at the beginning but you actually may have many similarities and work very well in business together.


Lastly, the possibilities are endless! Like Hua Mulan, don’t fit in a box! Show people what you can do at work and impress them. Make friends along the way and most importantly be yourself!

Want to challenge yourself like Mulan? Apply here for a fantastic adventure in China with one of our internships!

(c) Disney Mulan

Sources:
http://www.wallsave.com/wallpaper/2560×1511/kingdom-hearts-walt-disney-screencaps-fa-mulan-characters-image-1884501.html
http://www.disgeek.com/disney-story-origins

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Mountains only one hour from Qingdao

No matter which area you live in China, there will always be fantastic places to explore nearby. This month, I visited Laoshan 嶗山, a beautiful mountain range around one hour from Qingdao, with a group of friends from InternChina. We organised a minibus to take us straight from the main city centre to the outskirts of the mountain area. With a very eager bus driver, we bought our tickets and took the coach up to the mountains followed by a cable car. There were hundreds of Chinese tourists as well as a few western ones; Laoshan is rated highly as one of the best scenic areas in Shandong province.
Already incredibly high up, there was a set of stairs to the highest viewing point. Getting up to the top was the hardest part of the day. If you are not active/ fit (like me) this is quite a task; I almost gave up at one point but the morale and support from my friends pushed me all the way up to the peak. But it’s like anything in life; you have to put the work in to reap the rewards. After an hour of several breaks and my mini heart attacks, we had made it…

InternChina -  The best picnic spot
InternChina – The best picnic spot

What a sight! Mount Lao is the highest coastal mountain in China and the second tallest mountain in Shandong, with the highest peak (Jufeng) reaching 1,132.7 meters. It also has an ancient history, as it is known as one of the birthplaces of Taoism. It is the place where the Complete Perfection School of Taoism was developed. On reflection you can see why this area has such a rich background with its breathtaking views and serenity.

InternChina - Bridge overlooking mountain
InternChina – Bridge overlooking mountain

We were blessed with beautiful weather and the views were spectacular, it really made you realise how big the world is. There was also an amazing wooden bridge overlooking the mountain and all the flowers at the top were in bloom.

InternChina - Chinese flowers in bloom
InternChina – Chinese flowers in bloom

Fortunately, the peak doubled up as the best picnic location you could ask for, but we were careful not to drop any crisps as they would be scattered around 100 meters below. And, after all that climbing – I was extremely careful with my Chinese style Pringles. Walking down the thousands of stairs was at least four times as quick. We got the coach back at around 4pm and we all felt exhausted but happy. My friends and I then had a delicious Chinese meal for dinner and went to bed – a perfect day. It’s great to do an internship with Intern China as these types of activities and events are always organised. If you want to take a trip away to from the city, or want to learn a new skill there is always something for everyone. I recommend anyone who comes to Qingdao or the other cities to go and visit something similar to Mount Lao and enjoy the breathtaking views.

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Cultural, Qingdao Blogs, Travel, Weekend Trips

20 amazing experiences in China

In the back of your lonely planet/rough guide/routard there is always a list of ‘must do’ things to tick off your list when visiting a country. I hate traveling by ticking things off a list, so I tend to ignore the list entirely and follow my nose! However, when you’re planning a trip or sitting on the plan and you need a bit of inspiration as to what’s in store for you, it can be a great way to get some ideas and build up even more excitement about the trip. China has a massive range of landscapes and cultures, from icy outposts near the Russian border in the north, desert in the west to tropical islands in the south. I have come up with a few highlights that I have experienced in China over the years and a few things which my awesome team have done that I haven’t. So here we go, in no particular order:
Food in Qingdao – 青岛菜 – Qingdao is famous for it’s beach, beer and barbecue. But the good food doesn’t stop at barbecue! Qingdao specialties such as clams in garlic and chili sauce or fried squid are particularly good, as well as huge portions of ‘home style food’ (家常菜) for very cheap prices in most local restaurants. Qingdao is also home to a large South Korean community, so I would speculate that Qingdao is also home to some of the best Korean food outside of Korea!

Tiger Leaping Gorge – 虎跳峡 – One of my favourite places in all of China. This beautiful valley trek in Yunnan province is a stunning experience. Look out for a blog about this place from our Chengdu office manager Paul very soon!

InternChina - Tiger Leaping Gorge
InternChina – Tiger Leaping Gorge

Yunnan & Sichuan Provinces – 云南省和四川省 – Some of China’s most stunning countryside can be found in these two south-western provinces. Check out the recent blogs about trips which our interns did from our Chengdu office: http://internchina.com/trip-to-jiuzhai-valley/ and http://internchina.com/trip-to-conch-gully-%E6%B5%B7%E8%9E%BA%E6%B2%9F/.

Yangshuo – 阳朔 – Floating down the river on a bamboo raft or mountain biking in between the hump-shaped hills are two of the coolest activities in this beautiful rural town, which is a perfect weekend trip from Zhuhai. Check out the blog about our interns’ last trip there: http://internchina.com/trip-to-yangshuo-2/.

InternChina - Yangshuo
InternChina – Yangshuo

Island trips around Zhuhai – 珠海附近的岛屿 – Whilst I was living in Zhuhai we went on several island trips, which are always lots of fun. Check out one of our interns’ blogs about her island trip here: http://internchina.com/island-trip-to-wailingding-island/.

Fujian ‘Tulou’ – 福建土楼 – A cool weekend trip from Zhuhai to see these ancient buildings and swim in the rivers alongside them.

InternChina - Fujian Tulou
InternChina – Fujian Tulou

Shopping – 买东西 – Bargaining your way to a suitcase full of random items to bring back home, my family were pretty sick of getting strange Chinese gifts for Christmas every year whilst I was living in China!

Beijing Tourism – 在北京旅游 – Beijing is simply incredible. It’s so vast that it’s impossible to see all the sights in a day, but a weekend trip from Qingdao will allow you to see the great wall, tiananmen square, the forbidden city, summer palace and temple of heaven. You’ll definitely want to try the duck whilst you’re there too!

InternChina - InternChina interns at the Forbidden City in Beijing
InternChina – InternChina interns at the Forbidden City in Beijing

Shanghai Nightlife – 上海的夜生活 – Shanghai may not be the best place to see traditional Chinese culture, but it’s a great place to party!

The giant pandas – 大熊猫 – A picture is worth a thousand words:

InternChina - Giant Panda
InternChina – Giant Panda

Xi’An – 西安 – One of the biggest tourist destinations outside of Beijing, and for good reason; Xi’An is a beautiful ancient city, full of history and home to the famous Terracotta Army, the scale of which has to be seen to be believed.

Chinese Hospitality – 中国招待 – I’ll never forget the welcomes I’ve received and amazing meals I’ve been cooked when introducing interns to their host families in Qingdao and Zhuhai. Chinese people are often shy, but once you break the ice they are some of the most welcoming and hospitable people in the world.

Hong Kong & Macau – 港澳 – Both are a stones throw from Zhuhai and are 2 of the most unique and fascinating cities I’ve ever been to. Hong Kong is one of my favourite places in the world. Tropical islands, pristine beaches and one of the largest mega-cities on earth, all rolled into a tiny area and it all somehow just works effortlessly.

InternChina - Hong Kong
InternChina – Hong Kong

Haerbin Ice Festival – 哈尔滨冰雕节 – I’ve never had a warm enough coat to brave this frozen spectacle, but many friends in Qingdao ventured up there and reported a brilliant experience, although so cold that the water in your eyes begins to freeze!!

Shanghai’s satellites – 上海的卫星城 – There are some great small-ish towns to visit within shouting distance of Shanghai: Hangzhou, Suzhou, Ningbo and Xiaoxing are all worth a visit in my book.

InternChina - West Lake in Hangzhou
InternChina – West Lake in Hangzhou

Tibet – 西藏自治区 – One place I have never managed to get to, but you might be able to if you intern in Chengdu. Beautiful landscapes, monasteries and mountains to explore.

Zhang Jia Jie – 张家界 – This epic piece of countryside was the backdrop to the film Avatar. I never made it there but am eager to make the journey up there from Zhuhai one day after reading our interns’ blog about their trip: http://internchina.com/internchina-trip-to-zhangjiajie-national-forest-park/.

InternChina - Zhang Jia Jie
InternChina – Zhang Jia Jie

Xinjiang province – 新疆维吾尔自治区 – My lovely colleague Sunny made me very jealous with her recent trip to Xinjiang. Her blog is here: http://internchina.com/my-trip-in-xinjiang-sinkiang/. Xinjiang is a great place to discover some of China’s cultural and ethnic diversity.

Inner Mongolia – 内蒙古 – I have really wanted to go here ever since reading this awesome blog by my amazing former colleague Philippe: http://internchina.com/inner-mongolia-trip-30th-of-september-to-the-6th-of-october-part-i/

Chinese public transport – 公共交通 – None of these trips would be possible without experiencing Chinese buses and trains, which are an experience in themselves!!

InternChina - Bus in Zhuhai
InternChina – Bus in Zhuhai

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Before your stay, Qingdao Blogs, Qingdao InternChina Events, Things To Do in Qingdao

New in Qingdao

Ni Hao everyone.My name is Hyacinth. I am the new intern at InternChina -Qingdao office. I live just outside of Oxford in the UK, and study at the University of Southampton. My choice of a six month internship before my final year was to get a feel of the Chinese culture, learn new skills and most importantly, to meet new people.

InternChina - Me and a Hyacinth
InternChina – Me and a Hyacinth

I arrived on Saturday night on an overcrowded flight which luckily happened to get me upgraded to comfortable seats and free wine! Afterwards, I was very welcomed by the InternChina staff at the airport. My apartment is spacious and clean and I was given a handbook, water, and Oreo Cookies to settle in for the first few days which was perfect.

InternChina - Air China Flight
InternChina – Air China Flight

Moving anywhere different is a culture shock. However, with InternChina, my first week has gone very smoothly. I never feel alone, and the team is always there to sort out any initial issues. The food so far has been amazing; I have been recommended to some great places where you can share beautifully prepared plates which are so much better than the take away places in Britain. The price is even better, with some meals costing only 30RMB (around €3). The food selection is so diverse and there are dishes here for everyone. InternChina arranges weekly dinners at restaurants so you can constantly meet new people. If you are feeling nostalgic, there is no end of McDonalds, KFC, Starbucks and many other places to remind you of home.

InternChina - Thursday Group Meal
InternChina – Thursday Group Meal

Qingdao as a city has many things to offer; Firstly, it’s a coastal city and I have a great view from the InternChina office window. I am looking forward to visiting the local beer factory, the sandy beaches and all the beautiful monuments. The weather is a major advantage and it hopefully should get warmer every week into summer. I also plan to visit Shanghai and Beijing during the time I am here.

InternChina - View from Qingdao
InternChina – View from Qingdao

Here are my top tips for arrival for anyone who is arriving to Qingdao:
• Bring one adapter when you arrive to charge your phone and laptop.
• Make sure your phone is unlocked, the team gives you a SIM card, so then you can be all set to go!
• Take favorite snacks such as crisps, chocolate and tea
• Pack a picture of a friend or family member

I am looking forward to writing more blogs during the next six months and experience many new adventures.

Apply now for an internship in Qingdao, Zhuhai or Chengdu to visit and explore other places in China as I plan to do.

Qingdao Blogs, Qingdao InternChina Events, Things To Do in Qingdao

Paintballing in Qingdao

I love the smell of paint in the morning.
Hey everyone, this will be my account of the paintballing event we held in Qingdao last weekend, I hope you enjoy!

We set the meeting time at a modest 12pm to try and adjust for hangovers, this did not work for everyone. Three people were out of the battle before it even begun, with Qingdao’s nightlife to blame. 😛

After a quick lunch and bus ride to the north of Qingdao, our merry band of 14 arrived in a mountain park to find the paintball arena.

InternChina - 'Blood' stained clothing heightened our nerves of what was to come!
InternChina – ‘Blood’ stained clothing heightened our nerves of what was to come!

Usually in the west, paintballing is held in the woods in a very cordoned off area with purpose built huts etc. But in Qingdao paintballing is more like a warzone, here an old derelict complex of 2 story buildings was used… Health and safety officials would cry! But it was AWESOME, looking just like a scene from a computer game!

InternChina - Call of InternChina: Qingdao Warfare
InternChina – Call of InternChina: Qingdao Warfare

After we got suited , booted and armed with 200 bullets we set off into the fray for the first game – one team would go into the buildings and hide, the second team would attack.
I was heading up the attacking team.

Remembering all the good battle movies, I split my team up so that we could surround our adversaries and swarm through the buildings. Stalking through the rubble I edged closer to the enemy, hugging the walls and feeling very SWAT-like as I swung around corners and cleared areas. All was quiet and I could hear the defending players whispering in the distance. I could smell their fear…

Shots suddenly starting echoing through the complex followed immediately by screams of players being redecorated, I pressed on in a pincer movement looping around the back of the enemy to pounce. I found their stronghold, went prone and crawled in on my belly, firing one shot straight between the eyes of the first person who spotted me, the others still unaware of my presence I dived through an old window, parachute rolled and took out another opponent cracking 3 paintballs into his visor quickly grabbing his gun as it fell blindly from his grasp… Bang Bang, I stood in the doorway behind the rest, rattling off a cloud of bullets with both guns, paint covering the walls leaving man shaped silhouettes. With the smell of emulsion in my nostrils I had taken out 4 more, sparing no one in my wake ……. Ok OK, actually that wasn’t how the first game went down at all…
1 minute into the game I was ducking down below a window, rising up to take out a player with 2 shots to the torso.. then realizing it was one of my own team, amidst my apologies I got shot right in the forehead and was out of the game…

InternChina - Headshot
InternChina – Headshot

For the rest of the day we rotated through the areas and played capture the flag, 2nd floor assault with shields and a Mexican standoff.
One of the interns was also celebrating his birthday so we organised a rat run for him… he had to sprint from one end of the pitch to the other whilst we all stood in a row like a firing squad but with one bullet each… he was so fast he only got hit by one, lucky!

InternChina - Birthday Firing Squad
InternChina – Birthday Firing Squad

Battered and bruised we finished the day by going for a big hotpot meal with beer, comparing battle scars and telling tales of heroism and courage.

Thanks for a great day guys! Looking forward to going back again in summer with a new set of interns!

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InternChina News

InternChina company update – looking back on 2013

Happy New Year to everyone reading the blog! 2013 was a huge year for InternChina and I thought I’d take the opportunity to sum up the biggest company events of 2013 with a New Year’s blog post.
After a successful year in 2012 we decided to invest in the continuing growth of IC, in order to carry on improving our programmes and offer more choice to future interns coming to China with IC.  The biggest part of this investment was to open a new office in Chengdu. We’ve been up and running in Chengdu since February and have already placed nearly 50 interns. Chengdu is a fantastic place to run programmes and offers something a bit different to Qingdao and Zhuhai. Personally I think Chengdu is the best example of rapid Chinese modernisation, but also manages to maintain a relaxed vibe and the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle with beautiful countryside easily accessible. The Tibetan district is really cool and the wall hanging I bought there is now hanging in my flat in Manchester!

InternChina - Tibetan Wall Hanging
InternChina – Tibetan Wall Hanging

I’m now based in the UK, mainly working on our marketing in Europe and specifically promoting Generation UK, the funding programme which we have become an approved supplier for. The completion of this agreement with the British Council was another major development in 2013 and after a long process of application and vetting, we are now proud to be a part of an amazing funding campaign for UK students. This development really cements our place as one of the leading companies providing internship programmes in China and will help hundreds of British students gain unique insights in Qingdao, Chengdu and Zhuhai over the next year. We were proud to take part in the Experience China Fair in London in 2013, as part of the Generation UK campaign:

InternChina - Generation UK Event London
InternChina – Generation UK Event London

Another major development for IC in 2013 was the launch of our new website, which you are viewing right now! Big thanks to Jack Fairhead for all the help with creating the site!

We were also excited to complete 3 significant long-term contracts to supply programmes for new and existing partner universities in 2013. We now run group programmes in all 3 of our destinations.

I have been busy on the road promoting IC and British and German universities in 2013, which was a great way to meet students and market our programmes. We’ve never been able to exhibit at European exhibitions before, but now that I am based in the UK we are able to do this:

InternChina - IC Exhibition Stand at UCLan
InternChina – IC Exhibition Stand at UCLan

We were sad to say goodbye to Rita from the Qingdao office in October, but as we move forward, we have also welcomed some new faces to the team, as you’ll see on our updated About Page.

On another personal note, I got married this year! I’ve put some pictures in the gallery below and as you’ll see there were some Chinese touches and some familiar IC team members present at the wedding! Apart from jetting to the UK for my wedding, IC team members have also been busy travelling to other exotic locations such as Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, the USA, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and many more!

InternChina - Chinese Lion at Jamie & Helens wedding
InternChina – Chinese Lion at Jamie & Helens wedding

Finally, the highlight of my year in 2013 (apart from getting married, of course!) was our first ever all-IC team get-together in Chengdu. This was the first time we’ve had almost all of IC’s permanent staff (Yifan stayed in Qingdao to look after baby Mia!) in one place, so as you’ll see from the pictures, we made sure we used the opportunity to eat, drink and even do a little bit of work together! I’m looking forward to more good times and progress for IC in 2014!

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Before your stay, Internship Experience, Job Market in China

Stipendium, Auslandsbafög, Studentenkredit: Wie finanziere ich ein Praktikum in China?

Source: http://zpolitics.com/student-loans-have-we-hit-the-wall/

Wie finanziere ich mein Auslandspraktikum in China? Diese Frage habe ich mir selbst lange gestellt. Als Student zählt die Universität natürlich immer zu den ersten Ansprechpartnern.

Fragt am besten in Eurem Service Center nach dem PROMOS – Programm. Dies sind Gelder des Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienstes (DAAD), welche die Universitäten selbst an ihre Stundenten vergeben können. Daher ist dies eine ziemlich zuverlässige Geldquelle. Für ein Praktikum in China kann man entweder eine einmalige Reisepauschale (950€) oder eine monatliche Entschädigung (300€) bekommen. Je nach den jeweiligen Budgets der Universitäten, kann es sein, dass Du beides bekommst, wahrscheinlicher ist aber eher die Gewährung einer Förderungsart.

Die Bewerbung für PROMOS ist im Vergleich zu sonstigen Verfahren deutscher Bürokratie relativ einfach und auch kurzfristige  Bewerbungen für das folgende Semester sind möglich.

Absolviert man nicht nur ein Praktikum, sondern Studiert auch zusätzlich in China kann man sich über PROMOS auch noch für die Erstattung der Studienbeiträge (1250€) beantragen sowie sich für ein Vollstipendium für ein Studium und ein Praktikum beim DAAD bewerben.

Eine weitere Option ist das Auslands BAföG (auch mit PROMOS kombinierbar). Die wichtigsten Informationen findet ihr dazu hier. Auch wenn man in Deutschland nicht BAföG berechtigt ist, sollte man eine Bewerbung für einen Auslandsaufenthalt auf jeden Fall in Betracht ziehen! Denn es kann sehr gut sein, dass Du dafür einen Zuschuss bekommst. Bist Du in Deutschland BAföG berechtigt, bekommst Du auf jeden Fall eine Förderung.

Stipendien von Stiftungen sind auch eine Möglichkeit, eine Finanzierung für Dein Praktikum bei InternChina zu erhalten. Der Stipendienfinder des DAAD kann Dir bei Deiner Suche helfen. Bist Du Stipendiat einer politischen Stiftung, wende Dich bitte an Deinen Ansprechpartner. Die politischen Stiftungen finanzieren in der Regel ebenfalls Auslandspraktika ihrer Stipendiaten.

Die Aufnahme eines Kredites ist zudem möglich. Wer einen Studienkredit von der KfW bezieht, darf diesen allerdings nur weiterhin beziehen, wenn man kein Auslandssemester angemeldet hat. Meldest Du für das Praktikum ein Auslandssemester an und willst weiterhin einen Kredit beziehen, musst Du einen Studienkredit einer privaten Bank beantragen.

Wieso nicht auch mal als Student arbeiten? Klingt vielleicht anfangs komisch, aber sich rechtzeitig einen Studentenjob zu suchen und das Geld zu sparen, ist tatsächlich eine gute Möglichkeit, nach China zu kommen. Mit dem, was du in Europa in ein paar Wochen verdienen kannst, kannst du in China schon ein paar Monate lang leben: Eine Busfahrt 10Cent, ein Abendessen mit Freunden 3€, ein Praktikum in China mit InternChina: unbezahlbar!

Looking to come to China, but are on a budget? There are many funding options available in different countries for abroad experiences! Apply now or send us an email for more information.

Anbei findet Ihr noch eine Auflistung weiterer Ansprechpartner:

 

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)


Kennedyallee 50

53175 Bonn

Postfach 20 04 04

53134 Bonn

Tel.: (0228) 882-0

Fax: (0228) 882-444

E-Mail: postmaster@daad.de

DAAD Peking

Außenstelle Peking

Landmark Tower 2, Unit 1718,

8 North Dongsanhuan Road,

Chaoyang District,

100004 Beijing, VR China

Tel.: +86 010/6590 6656

Fax: +86 010/6590 6393

Mail: postmaster[at]daad.org.cn

Homepage: www.daad.org.cn

DAAD-Informationszentrum Shanghai                                                                                 

Julu Lu 628 (3. Stock)

200040 Shanghai                                                                                          

  Tel.: 0086-21-32220316-103

Email: shanghai@daad.org.cn

DAAD Information Centre Hong Kong & Macau

Room 1126, 11/F,

Academic & Administration Building,

Hong Kong Baptist University,

Kowloon Tong,

Hong Kong

Tel: +852 3411 5326 / 3411 2142

Fax: +852 3411 2749

Email: daadhk@hkbu.edu.hk

 

DAAD Information Center Guangzhou                                                                         

Xin Gang Xi Lu 135

Sun Yat-sen University

School of Foreign Languages, Room 601 (DAAD)

Guangzhou, 510275

Tel: 020 – 8411 321 3/4

Fax: 020 – 3402 2240

E-Mail: info@daad-guangzhou.cn

AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V.

AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V.

Postfach 50 01 42

22701 Hamburg

Deutschland / Germany

Geschäftsstelle (für Besucher und Kuriere):

Friedensallee 48

22765 Hamburg

Geschäftszeiten: montags bis freitags 10:00 – 16:00 Uhr

Telefon: 040 399222-0

Fax: 040 399222-99

E-Mail: info@afs.de

Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes                                                                               

Ahrstraße 41

53175 Bonn

Telefon 0228 82096-0

Telefax 0228 82096-103

info@studienstiftung.de

Berliner Büro

Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

Jägerstraße 22 / 23

10117 Berlin

 

IASTE – International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience

China

Room H, 11th Floor, Hengji Mansion

No.99 East Huaihai Rd. Shanghai, China

200021 Shanghai

T: +86 21-33080657

F: +86 21-53828332

china@iaeste.org

www.iaeste-china.org

 

China Scholarship Council

Address:Level 13, Building A3 No.9 Chegongzhuang Avenue Beijing, P.R.C

Postcode:100044 Telephone:+86-10-66093900

 

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.

Klingelhöferstraße 23

10785 Berlin                                                                                                                                       

Tel.: 030/26996-0

E-Mail: zentrale-berlin@kas.de

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung e.V.                                                                                       

Berliner Haus

Hiroshimastraße 17

D-10785 Berlin

Tel. 030/ 269 35- 6

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung e.V.


Schumannstr. 8, 10117 Berlin

Fon: (030) 285 34-0

Fax: (030) 285 34-109

E-Mail: info@boell.de

Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit e.V.

Regionalbüro Berlin-Brandenburg                                                                                    Truman-Haus                                                                                                                  

Karl-Marx-Straße 2                                                                                                                        

14482 Potsdam                                                                                                                             

Tel.: 0331 7019197

 

Before your stay, How-to Guides, InternChina News, Internship Experience

How to finance your Internship

If you are a British student looking to come and undertake an internship placement in China then finding funding is not as easy as in some other countries. I have been looking into how best to go about it and have come up with a few possibilities:

1) Ask your university – Some universities will provide you with financial support for your internship placement. At universities where a work placement is compulsory, the university often pays the mediation fee for you. You won’t know if you don’t ask!

2) Scholarships – There are also a few travel scholarships around, again often related to universities. The best overview of such scholarships is available here: http://www.csc.edu.cn/laihua/scholarshipen.aspx. You may have to apply, expressing how your trip will be a benefit to your future studies (you will have a very strong application if it is to carry out a work experience placement in China!). Again, these are often advertised through university channels.

3) Confucious Scholarship – Although this is a scholarship to come and study in China, it is definitely worth a look if you are a student here! Main catch is you have to have done an HSK exam, so try and do one nice and early to give you time for your application.

4) Trust funds – Look online and in your local newspaper for funds to support young locals. Although quite hard to find, they can be great if you do apply to one for some money – could help you with part of the trip.

5) Get a job! With a couple of weeks of holiday work in England, you could happily live in China for months.

Remember, once you get out to China living costs are very low. Pints are 20p instead of £2, a big dinner out is £3, a taxi is £1, a bus is 10p. Set up costs may seem quite high, but once you are here you will get on fine with very little money!

If you are interested in coming to China and do an internship, then apply now via email info@internchina.com or through our website www.internchina.com.


by James

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