Forgotten Heritage – A Chinese conservation project for Australians


InternChina are proud to have partnered with  Western Sydney University and Curtin University to deliver an exciting 4-week heritage-focussed internship project, combined with an introduction to Chinese language & culture. The project is set amongst UNESCO Recognised Sites of historical importance in Kaiping in Guangdong province, China with Funding from Australia’s New Colombo Plan (NCP).


The Destination: Kaiping, Guangdong China

Dates: 23rd November – 22nd December 2019

Application Deadline: 30th June 2019

Duration: 4 weeks

Funding: Participants may be eligible to receive up to $3,000 AUD of travel grants

Format: Students will cooperate with Tangkou community staff, InternChina staff and each other in a 4-week experimental learning project in the Kaiping region of China. The project focuses on conservation, cultural exchange, language study with the goals being to raise awareness of the area to Australians and the continued preservation of Chinese-Australian history.
Students will develop their 4-week project area of focus for the internship in their chosen field and produce/maintain their Personal Development Plan (PDP) with InternChina staff prior to embarking on the Internship.

Language of Instruction: English

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About the Program: Students from different backgrounds will cooperate with the intention of raising awareness of Kaiping’s historical significance to Australians. This unique, immersive experience will consist of language classes, seminars, one-to-one support and guided tours of the local villages/industries.

From the 1800’s, thousands of Chinese nationals from this region emigrated to New South Wales as part of the Gold Rush. Many aging ‘Diaolou’ (watchtowers) and villages, four of which were inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2007, were constructed using money earned in New South Wales and elsewhere. These historic villages represent the initial waves of Chinese émigré to Australia, to where many Australian born Chinese can trace their roots. Some buildings have been restored, yet others stand neglected despite being of great historical significance.
Students will stay in a modern, newly built (November 2017) high quality single-sex, 4 or 8-bed dorm with other interns taking part in this program. The project is located in the rural & historic southern Chinese town of Kaiping in Guangdong province, China. The area is a living museum, surrounded by rice paddies (many of which are still ploughed by oxen) and in a UNESCO-recognised area of historical significance. Facilities in the residence and will be clean, comfortable and modern. All meals will be provided, and students can assist with the cooking process with fresh, organic produce sourced locally as much as they wish.

Bicycles and helmets for exploring the local area will be provided for free. Whilst the setting is beautiful, we are expecting participants to make their own fun in their free time by arranging events (such as musical events), meeting locals, further practicing Chinese and sharing ideas (perhaps over a coffee or beer in the hostel). There are plenty of watchtowers to wander into and discover, some of which have graffiti from soldiers stationed there in World War Two. Students can also contribute to the cooking and daily requirements of supporting the Tangkou Community Project.

To complement the internship, students will receive:

  • Full orientation and presentation about Tangkou and the Community Project
  • Guided bicycle tours to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites with English speaking guide
  • Environmental /Green Farming workshop with lunch followed by fruit and vegetable picking
  • 3 Local industry visits such as the local chocolate factory, soy sauce factory and mushroom farm
  • Full day introduction to Chinese culture to include: Cooking, Tai Qi and tea culture
  • Traditional arts and crafts experiences: wood carving, painting, and opportunities to join village life
  • Full day bike tour of the local diaolous (watchtowers), greenways and national granaries
  • Guided walk in Cangdong Village
  • Seminars on overseas Chinese history, the Diaolou, Southern Chinese Villages & modern changes to traditional Chinese village life will also be provided

Eligibility requirements: This program is supported by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Program.  Students selected for this opportunity will receive a $3000 NCP Mobility Grant. To be eligible you must be:

  • An Australian citizen
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University or Curtin University
  • Be aged 18-28 years
  • Receive academic recognition for the experience
  • Have a keen interest in conservation, marketing, hospitality, history or similar
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$5980 AUD

What’s Incuded in the Program?

  • 4-week internship tailored to area of study/interest
  • All meals
  • 16 hours of Mandarin Chinese tuition
  • Support for students before, during and after the experience
  • China Visa application consultancy & invitation letter
  • Comprehensive travel & health insurance
  • Full orientation for students upon arrival in China
  • Welcome package (incl. local SIM-card, local guide, t-shirt)
  • Accommodation including transfer upon arrival
  • Required police registration for all participants
  • Workshops, Seminars and Tours as detailed in this proposal
  • Cooking, Tai Qi & Dance Classes
  • 24-hour pastoral care from InternChina

What’s not Included in the Program?*

  • Flights
  • Visa application fees
  • Day to day living expenses
  • Any vaccinations/inoculations recommended by your doctor
  • Any other costs incurred that aren’t specifically mentioned as being included in the program

Don’t forget to register with Smart Traveller before you depart. If you wish to find out more about extending the duration of your placement at extra cost, please make a note in the application form. If you have an up to date CV, please attach this at the bottom of the form.
Please complete the internship placement form below and we look forward to hearing from you.

If you have questions or would like to discuss specific internships with us, please email Rosey Ogden – Rosey is based in our Manchester office and will be happy to chat to you about the program by email or on the phone.