Vol­un­teers help vis­i­tors to get the most from the con­fer­ence

China Daily (Canada) - - PEOPLE - By SHI XIAOFENG in­Wuzhen, Zhe­jiang shixf@chi­nadaily.com.cn

More than 1,000 vol­un­teers are work­ing at the thirdWorld In­ter­net Con­fer­ence in Wuzhen, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, which con­tin­ues through Fri­day.

Nearly 6,300 stu­dents from 15 uni­ver­si­ties in Zhe­jiang prov­ince sub­mit­ted their ap­pli­ca­tions within two weeks after the formal call for vol­un­teers in Septem­ber.

“We se­lected 1,072 vol­un­teers — 129 of them will work at the venue, and the rest will be dis­patched to the re­cep­tion cen­ter, the news cen­ter, the air­port and ho­tels,” says Lu Ningn­ing, vol­un­teer-ser­vice li­ai­son of the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee.

Ac­cord­ing to Lu, all vol­un­teers must be able to speak at least one for­eign lan­guage.

They can pro­vide mul­ti­lin­gual ser­vices for 10 for­eign lan­guages in to­tal: English, Ger­man, Ja­panese, Por­tuguese, Rus­sian, Span­ish, Ital­ian, Turk­ish, Korean and French.

All vol­un­teers have taken classes aboutWIC­knowl­edge, trans­porta­tion routes in­Wuzhen and eti­quette.

“I learned a lot through the train­ing,” says Yang Ning, a sopho­more in Zhe­jiang Univer­sity of Me­dia and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

Yang ma­jored in public re­la­tions and worked as a vol­un­teer in the photo cen­ter to serve re­porters at the G20 Sum­mit held two months ago in Hangzhou, about 90 kilo­me­ters fromWuzhen.

“The Hangzhou sum­mit was an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence,” he says.

He reg­is­tered im­me­di­ately through ac­count no­tice.

Wang Yanni is a senior in Zhe­jiang Univer­sity, ma­jor­ing in in­ter­pre­ta­tion and trans­la­tion. “I am so ex­cited,” she says. She failed to win a vol­un­teer spot in the third round of re­cruit­ment last year.

“But this year, I was re­cruited in the first round,” she says.

“The con­fer­ence gath­ers a lot of in­ter­net-in­dus­try elites. I read some of their sto­ries. I may have the chance to meet them face to face,” Wang says. the of­fi­cial WeChat when he saw the

It is the sec­ond time for Jin Xiany­ing to join the vol­un­teer team.

Jin is in the same univer­sity asWang and is a ju­nior ma­jor­ing in Chi­nese lan­guage and lit­er­a­ture. The Jilin na­tive from North­east China can speak Korean and English.

She says her ex­pe­ri­ence last year was “un­ex­pected”.

“Many peo­ple ap­plied, so I fol­lowed,” says Jin, who saw the re­cruit­ing an­nounce­ment in a lo­cal on­line-chat group.

“I just wanted to give it a try. I didn’t think I could pass all the tests.”

But Jin had an ad­van­tage: She was the only ap­pli­cant for the Korean-lan­guage ser­vice va­cancy.

She worked as an one-onone VIP ser­vice vol­un­teer.

“Con­fi­den­tial­ity is the prime re­quire­ment. The ex­pe­ri­ence widened my vi­sion. So I ap­plied again this year with­out any hes­i­ta­tion.”

This time, Jin­had­to­com­pete with other ap­pli­cants.

“More young peo­ple are will­ing to serve so­ci­ety and help oth­ers. So I had to do a lot of prepa­ra­tion.”

The con­fer­ence gath­ers a lot of in­ter­net-in­dus­try elites. I may have the chance to meet them face to face.”

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