Stu­dent vol­un­teers seize op­por­tu­nity to shine

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By CAO CHEN in Shang­hai caochen@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Stu­dent vol­un­teer Ge Xuezheng is look­ing for­ward to see­ing all his hard work pay off at the first China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo in Shang­hai.

The 21-year-old se­nior, who ma­jors in Ara­bic at Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies Univer­sity, was among the first 16 vol­un­teers re­cruited on Sept 12 to help pre­pare for the expo. Although the work has been de­mand­ing, Ge said he is happy to play a part in the event.

Be­fore the event, Ge reg­u­larly worked from 9 am to 10 pm with only a two-hour break. He was as­signed to a five-strong team tasked with print­ing more than 600,000 ID cards for ex­hibitors, traders and venue em­ploy­ees.

“I may be one of the first vol­un­teers in my univer­sity’s his­tory to do such in­tense ‘as­sem­bly line’ work, rather than lan­guage-re­lated du­ties,” he said. “But I con­sider this a rare chance to steel my­self and be part of one of the most im­por­tant na­tional events.”

Over 5,200 stu­dent vol­un­teers from uni­ver­si­ties in Shang­hai and the prov­inces of Jiangsu, Zhe­jiang and An­hui have been trained to pro­vide ser­vices at the expo, rang­ing from of­fer­ing direc­tions, emer­gency man­age­ment to trans­la­tions, ac­cord­ing to the Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Youth League of China.

Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies Univer­sity, which of­fers 33 lan­guage cour­ses in­clud­ing English and Rus­sian, pro­vided 350 vol­un­teers.

Ou Yit­ing, 22, who ma­jors in Ja­panese, vol­un­teered to work in the me­dia and cul­tural af­fairs di­vi­sion of Shang­hai’s For­eign Af­fairs Of­fice. Her main tasks in­volve col­lect­ing pub­lic feed­back and pro­vid­ing trans­la­tion ser­vices. “I trans­late news on the expo in Ja­panese, as well as in­for­ma­tion re­lated to Shang­hai, such as in­tro­duc­tions to ex­hibits and city at­trac­tions, into Chi­nese,” she said.

“I’ve come to un­der­stand that the expo is not merely an ex­hi­bi­tion about im­ported goods and ser­vices, but rather an im­por­tant ac­tion demon­strat­ing China’s em­brac­ing of greater open­ness.”

Zhuang Xiaolin, deputy sec­re­tary of the univer­sity’s Com­mu­nist Youth League com­mit­tee, said the col­lege or­ga­nized train­ing for vol­un­teers in Septem­ber, with ses­sions fo­cus­ing on in­ter­na­tional eti­quette, econ­omy and trade, and in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions.

In 2010, Liao Wenqi, the com­mit­tee’s sec­re­tary, was a vol­un­teer in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer at the Shang­hai World Expo. He said he be­lieves CIIE will show the world how Chi­nese peo­ple have pro­gressed in the past eight years.

“The 2010 expo showed the world a gen­er­a­tion of open­minded Chi­nese who were ready to em­brace the world. CIIE is show­ing the world what China’s global cit­i­zens are like to­day,” he said. Yu Ruyue con­trib­uted to this story.

GAO ERQIANG / CHINA DAILY

A vol­un­teer gives a par­tic­i­pant direc­tions at the expo.

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