Volunteer work oils smooth-running expo
To ensure her services at the expo would be professional, Li did background research about the companies beforehand and talked to the exhibitors in the travel, consulting and information technology sectors.
“I’m so happy when my translation helps foreign companies and their potential customers strike deals, and when company representatives tell me I am their hero,” she said.
Li said the expo experience has given her a deeper understanding of global commerce.
Ni Zhongtian, a third-year exhibition design student from Shanghai University of Engineering Science, works as a guide at desks near the north entrance to the complex.
He said visitors ask for directions and seek help with document and banking, among other requests.
His volunteer work meshes nicely with his university major.
“I have been able to witness the entire process of setting up booths and pavilions before the expo opened and have learned a lot about the application of new technologies in staging exhibitions,” he said.
In fact, a part of his coursework this semester is focused on the design planning that went into this expo.
Ni said the event has been running smoothly and he is proud of the small part he plays in its success. Even small glitches haven’t diminished enthusiasm.
“The digital indoor map embedded in the official app doesn’t work sometimes, but visitors, including foreigners, are keen to try it,” he said.
Li Liang (left), a Chinese volunteer, works as an interpreter between exhibitors and buyers. — Zheng Yukai
Two volunteers take a quick 40 winks during long shifts at the expo. — Dong Jun