On May 8th 2018 more than 30 representatives from CPAZ, CTC & InternChina visited the Pingsha Experimental Primary School to distribute funds raised at the Come Together Charity Music Festival 2017 and provide care packs to a total of 50 disadvantaged students.
The bursary money totalled 82,500 RMB, meaning over 1500 RMB was raised for each child in need!
This is CPAZ’s 12th year in a row working with families to support the education of those in need in Pingsha, and the 5th year that the CTC – Come Together Charity Music Festival has raised money for CPAZ’s mission. The day started when representatives of CTC and CPAZ distributed a total of 82,500 RMB to 50 local children in need.
The bursary for each child was 1,500 RMB, along with a care package which including a backpack and school supplies. Afterwards, representatives split into groups to visit some of the families who receive the bursary.
Come Together Community
Come Together Community (CTC) is made up of a collection of like-minded fellows who care about the community, helping out, and making a difference. The founders of CTC have collectively lived in Zhuhai and China for over 40 years, and consider Zhuhai home.
InternChina is a proud sponsor of CTC, and also one of the official organisers of CTC’s annual charity music festival each year, Come Together. The aim of the NGO is to help people in Zhuhai by uniting the expat and local communities to fundraise for charitable causes and local philanthropies.
Come Together Music Festival
In November 2017, the 6th annual Come Together Charity Music Festival was held. It was an extremely successful event, with a total of 900+ people attending and raising a total of 255,000 RMB. The event has volunteers, bands and sponsor work alongside food and beverage vendors, the schools, the venue and more local groups to raise money for local children in need.
As CTC firmly believes transparency is of utmost importance, you can view all the income and expenses of the Come Together Music Festival 2017 here to see how they got the total amount of 255,000 RMB.
The Charity Promotion Association of Zhuhai (CPAZ) is a registered CSO (Civil Society Organisation) in China. They work to promote social activism and public welfare with the aim of providing compassionate assistance to vulnerable sectors of society. They operate a range of projects with the aim of helping financially destitute, disadvantaged people and particularly young students living as orphans or with single parents.
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On Friday 23rd February we were awarded the Department for International Trade’s “Greater China Education Links Award” for the second year running. When I posted the good news on LinkedIn, the post was pretty popular and I was so happy to see people congratulating us. I also realised that a lot of people probably didn’t realise that we entered these awards or know much about what they represent. I thought I’d do a blog to talk about the awards, explain the basis for our entry and give some much-needed thanks to the people who made it possible.
I think it’s fair to say that the North of England Greater China awards is pretty niche! It just so happens to be our niche! The awards form part of a fantastic annual event held at the Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays, which celebrates the Chinese New Year and brings together organisations in the North of England who work with China. The Northern Powerhouse is rapidly increasing it’s links in Greater China and the achievements of organisations at the forefront of this trend are celebrated at the event, which comprises a welcome reception, dinner and awards ceremony.
The evening is a fantastic way to meet new people with a shared interest in China and meet up with some of our existing partners from institutions such as DIT, CBBC, Manchester China Forum and universities such as UCLan and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Our entry was based on the following key areas in which InternChina has excelled during the Year of the Rooster:
- Growth of our team, adding 6 new members in 2017
- 60% revenue increase year-on-year
- 585 participants placed in China in 2017
- Continuing to deliver programmes for the British Council
- 70% of our UK participants in 2017 came from low-income families as part of our government and university funded programmes
- In 2017 we will delivered a large-scale programme fully funded by Education New Zealand
- During 2018 we will deliver funded programmes for UK universities worth over £250,000
- Raised £2,000 for Zhuhai Autism Society and CPAZ Zhuhai charities
- Developing innovative procedures and best practice related to supporting participants with mental health difficulties
The winners of this year’s awards were:
A special award was presented to Gerry Yeung OBE DL. He received The Recognition Award, for his work in supporting commercial, educational, charitable and cultural links between the North West and China.
After a phenomenally good experience with Cathay Pacific last year, I am very grateful to Keith Harrison and his team for their generous prize again this year. The direct service from Manchester to Hong Kong is a travel geek’s dream – the timings are perfect, the plane on the route is brand new, the service is top-notch and the lounge in Hong Kong is like a 5* hotel.
Unfortunately, only myself and my wife Helen were able to enjoy the awards evening in Manchester, but the way we’re going, we might have to book a table next year and bring some more of our team along! Our awards entry was based upon the hard work and achievements our team have made in China over the past 10 years. I am so proud of our fantastic team who have helped to deliver our programmes in China and build meaningful partnerships in order to fund the experience for young people. I’ll make sure I tag everyone on LinkedIn when I share this blog, cheesy as this will sound… the award belongs to you guys!
Hi all, 大家好! My name is James and I’m currently interning in the Chengdu branch of InternChina. Having been on an internship through InternChina in Qingdao I knew I had to return to China. What better way than to work for the company that made my last experience here so enjoyable?
Having experienced the beaches, sunshine and delicious seafood on offer in Qingdao I fancied a different experience this time choosing to head to Chengdu.
Chengdu is one of the largest cities in China with a population of over 14 million. Whilst this may seem daunting, the friendly locals and laidback lifestyle quickly distract from the vastness of this huge metropolis. The city itself is located in the west of China, in Sichuan province, far away from the much-industrialised eastern coast. This allows you access to some fantastic scenery and countryside only a short trip outside of the city. Located near the Tibetan Plateau there is easy access to skiing in the winter and outdoor activities all year round.
The local food in Chengdu is internationally famed for its MaLa麻辣 (spicy and numbing) flavour with many dishes having this delicious spicy kick. The most famous dish being Hot Pot served in a large dish of bubbling spicy broth filled with your choice of vegetables and meats. This dish is to die for! The local delicacies don’t end there with a variety of different noodle dishes to please any palate. Including TianShuiMian 甜水面 (sweet water noodles) and DanDanMian 担担面 (peddler’s noodles) to name a few.
What to see in Chengdu?
With the city of Chengdu spreading far and wide there is so much to feast your eyes on. With towering mega structures like the West Pearl Tower 四川广播电视塔, at over 300m tall. Stunning architecture as seen at DongMen Bridge 东门桥, the postcard picture perfect iconic image of Chengdu. Chengdu is even home to the largest building in the world the New Century Global Centre. There is so much beauty in the structures around the city. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle there are also many parks dotted around including People’s park. Here you can join the locals and relax enjoying a cup of hot tea in one of the cities many teahouses.
Overall the city of Chengdu has an unbelievable amount to offer whether you’re coming for the food, the sights or to escape don’t hesitate.
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I have some great news to share on the blog: InternChina has recently hired 4 amazing people, who have joined our teams in China and the UK over the past few weeks.
These new recruits represent a big step forward for InternChina and I’m sure it will be an exciting period ahead. The new recruits are, in no particular order; Rosey Ogden, Coral Simpson, Dominic (Dom) Hughes and Liam Dempsey. We conducted a competitive application process over the past few months and received some outstanding applications for the roles. I really think we have chosen 4 wonderful people, who will bring fresh ideas, enthusiasm and experience to our team.
Three of our new recruits will be taking on Branch Management roles in China:
We have one new recruit in our Manchester office…
I’m sure Rosey, Coral, Dom and Liam will be blogging and posting on our social media channels over the coming weeks and months!
I’m happy to say that our current branch managers in Qingdao, Chengdu and Zhuhai are all staying with IC and moving into exciting new roles within our growing organisation:
Clare Harding will be our new Europe Partnerships Manager, starting in October 2017. Clare will be responsible for university partnerships, promotion and bookings for mainland Europe. Clare will be based in our Manchester office.
Paul Bailey will be working on partnership development, based in Zhuhai. He’ll be focussed primarily on our partnerships with universities and government in Australia, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific, but also generating new partnerships worldwide, including Chinese university partnerships, supporting me with North American partners and supporting Clare with EU partners.
Paul Yeandle will take on the regal title of China General Manager! Paul will be responsible for overseeing the bookings process in China, programme continuity & innovation, China team management & development, monitoring & improving the participant experience, Chinese university partnership development and the overall mastery of our internal processes. Paul will remain in Chengdu.
Goodbye Deutschland, Folge 1: Shanghai
Juli 2016, 17:15 Uhr, Frankfurt: Jetzt heißt es erst einmal tschüss Deutschland – und ni hao China! Gemeinsam, teilweise noch im Halbschlaf, erreichten wir 10 Stunden später den Flughafen in Shanghai. Für Jetlag oder Schlaf war keine Zeit – nachdem wir unser Gepäck im Hotel abgeladen hatten, ging es direkt los zum Pearl Tower. Von hier aus hat man eine super Aussicht über die gesamte Stadt – aber auch auf ziemlich viel Smog. Schon am ersten Tag stellten wir fest, dass unsere Gruppe ein sehr beliebtes Fotomotiv der chinesischen Touristen war. Während der Großteil von uns anfangs noch etwas bescheiden mit der Aufmerksamkeit unserer chinesischen Fans umging, hatten andere wiederum viel Freude daran, näheren Kontakt zu den Groupies herzustellen.
Die zweite Erkenntnisse des ersten Tages: es ist verdammt heiß in China! Falls ihr also vorhabt im Sommer nach China zu kommen, braucht ihr wirklich keine lange Hose. „Aber was, wenn es abends abkühlt?“ Es kühlt nicht ab. Niemals. Zwar haben zwei Mutige unter uns am ersten Tag noch versucht, eine lange Hose zu tragen, nach zwei Minuten bei gefühlten 40° wurden die dann allerdings ganz schnell in die letzte Ecke des Kleiderschranks verbannt.
Unsere Wegbegleiter für die nächsten 2 Wochen (liebe Grüße an dieser Stelle an Amber, Jack und Dave) brachten ein abwechslungsreiches Programm für uns mit. Dabei war der Kulturschock in Shanghai gar nicht so groß wie erwartet. Abgesehen von ziemlich vielen Chinesen ist die Stadt (zumindest auf den ersten Blick) gar nicht so „typisch chinesisch“, wie man es sich vielleicht vorstellt. Es gibt viele Hochhäuser, die Innenstadt ist sehr modernund beherbergt eine Shopping Mall nach der anderen. Besonders die Nanjing Road ließ das Herz des ein oder anderen Shopaholics höher schlagen. Perfekt zur „Abkühlung“ nach einem langen, anstrengenden Shopping Tag ist übrigens die Captain’s Bar. Hier hat man von einer gemütlichen Dachterrasse eine unschlagbare Aussicht auf den Bund (Adresse: 37 Fuzhou Lu, in der Nähe der Sichuan Zhong Lu). Neben Shoppingcentern und Hochhäusern gibt es aber auch in Shanghai und Umgebung Orte und Sehenswürdigkeiten, die etwas mehr von China und der alten Tradition preisgeben.
Unter anderem Zhou Zhuang: Liebevoll auch als das kleine Venedig Chinas bezeichnet. Die Wasserstadt ist nur gute zwei Stunden von Shanghai entfernt. Einen Tagesausflug ist der Ort auf jeden Fall wert, hier gibt es viele kunsthandwerkliche Stände, Häuser, Tempel und sogar ein kleines Theater.. und viele Mücken, das Mückenspray ist ein guter, wenn nicht sogar dein bester Freund und Begleiter in China!
Für Kunstliebhaber und Bummler aus Leidenschaft ist Tianzifang der perfekte place to be. In den labyrinthartigen Gassen gibt es Boutiquen, Bars, Restaurants, Kunstgalerien und Souvenirs überall. Wer jetzt auch noch gerne verhandelt, sollte am besten sofort einen Flug nach Shanghai buchen und sich auf den Weg zur Taikang Road Lane 210 ((平原坊) 泰康路274弄) machen!
Schneller als erwartet war unsere erste Woche in Shanghai dann auch schon vorbei und es ging weiter nach Beijing. Was wir dort erlebt haben, erfahrt ihr in der nächsten Folge von Goodbye Deutschland..
My name is Mai, I’m majoring in Economics and Culture of China at University of Hamburg in Germany and I’ve just arrived a week ago in beautiful Chengdu.
I’ve been to China a few times already, my first time in China I visited Beijing for a two-week school exchange in 2010 and then four years later, I attended the Nankai University in Tianjin for a Summer School Programme. This is now my third time in China, I’m here for a three month internship in the InternChina Office in Chengdu.
Although my major is Chinese related, I have always been interested in other Asian cultures, as well. Therefore, I decided to spend a year abroad in Seoul, South Korea engrossing myself into as many asian cultures and environments as possible.
After my studies abroad, I’m now back in China to experience what it’s like to do business in China whilst collecting a few more practical skills, particularly within the field of Marketing since I’m intending to do my Master’s degree in Marketing or Business Development Studies.
What I really like about Chengdu is that it differs from the other cities I’ve visited so far in China: Chengdu is a well-developed and yet impulsive city that still seems to have preserved the tradition very well – it’s a city between modernity and tradition that makes my stay here both very interesting and challenging.
I’m sure that there are three exciting months coming ahead with the great people I’m surrounded by as well as good and spicy Sichuan food!
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Hello, I’m Harriet and I’ve just arrived from rainy old London to intern at the InternChina Chengdu Office for 3 months!
Although it’s not my first time in China, as I have spent some time working in Shanghai in the past and studied at Beijing Normal University, it wasn’t until I was lucky enough travel to Chengdu last year for the Generation UK 2 week program, that I realised how special a city Chengdu really is. I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep away for long…
I graduated last summer from SOAS in Chinese and Economics and began to work at a business consultancy. It was interesting and I definitely learnt a lot, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was missing out on being somewhere really exciting.
Chengdu isn’t like many other cities; in the early noughties western regions of China started to receive funding as a part of the ‘Develop the West’ initiative, and the effects can really be felt in Chengdu – as China’s Eastern coast slows, Chengdu buzzes with high levels of growth and this can be seen everywhere; new buildings seem spring up overnight and exciting start-ups flock to the high-tech zone. But that’s not the only thing that makes Chengdu special.
Despite the booming economy, the pace of life here remains relaxed, everyone is pretty chilled out. The food – which is hot and spicy and tingles with Sichuan pepper, was almost enough alone to persuade me to come back!
So when I landed on Sunday night, and was met by Cassie from the airport who took me to my apartment in a really bustling part of Chengdu, and we tucked into a big feast of yúxiāngqiézi (fish flavour aubergine) and huíguōròu (twice cooked pork) I couldn’t help but feel very lucky! I’m really excited to start my internship at InternChina, I know I have a lot to learn from the great team here.
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I don’t know about you, but for me a new year always means a new opportunity to get a fresh start. It gives one a chance to look back at the past 365 days and to reevaluate whether life is going in the right direction.
Especially when it comes to career goals it can even kick-start the motivation again. But in case you don’t know how to make sure your new year is off to a great start, here some tips for you:
Set realistic and trackable goals
In order to set goals you first have to figure out what it is you want to accomplish in the long-run. Once you have done that, you can start breaking your long-term goal into smaller, easier to achieve goals. This does not only enable you to track your progress throughout the entire year – or even years – but also helps to stay motivated.
And here I can speak from experience. I tend to set myself pretty big goals and while trying to accomplish them I often feel I’m moving on the same spot, that my progress is not going fast enough. Big mistake!
So how to break these goals down?
There does not seem to be THE ultimate strategy but depending on whether you’re a free spirit or tend to be super organized, it makes sense to write down an agenda with quarterly goals, monthly goals or even weekly if that’s what drives you forward. Set yourself deadlines so you have dates to focus on and don’t get sluggish after that rush of motivation that pumped through your body at the beginning of the year has worn off. Don’t wait for miracles to happen.
How can such a to-do list look like?
Here is an example from my last exam phase. Exams always come with a surprise, it’s just like Christmas. You technically know you have to have presents for your family and friends on the eve of the 24th of December (or 25th for our British friends) but I could bet most of us rush every year in the shops – maybe even on Christmas day itself – to find some last minute presents.
So exams: the closer you come to exams week, and you still haven’t started studying for them, the more you feel like this is going to be an impossible mountain of information to climb.
You may even downgrade your goal from writing an excellent test to a simple pass… Don’t panic! Break your ultimate goal of “writing good grades” into smaller ones, such as Monday: Chapter 1-3, Tuesday: Chapter 4-6 etc. and you will be able to go motivated through the pile of presentations and books and eventually you will be able to accomplish your goal!
I am just not that kind of person!
All of this may sound like nothing you can see yourself doing. Maybe you think you are too lazy, to unorganized, or you simply don’t want to live off such an agenda, and want to be more flexible and free than that. Well fair enough, you cannot be blamed for that. However, you probably have some sort of goals in your life you find hard to achieve, may they be of a private or career-oriented nature. In that case, write yourself some sticky-notes so you don’t get off track – even without a detailed agenda.
Give yourself a break! No matter what you are trying to achieve, passing your exams, writing a thesis or even starting a business, make sure to reward yourself for small accomplishments. It is impossible to power through from the early morning to the late evening on a daily basis. Have a conscious break! Have a coffee, meet or call a friend, go for a short walk to get some fresh air or anything else that could distract your thoughts for a little while and gives your mind a chance to relax.
Try something new!
If you don’t feel like you have the energy to go through an entire process of finding new goals, breaking them down, working hard every day to achieve them, then try something new! Maybe you just need a change. Explore a new country, do an internship abroad, volunteer, educate yourself about possibilities so start off entirely new! Don’t get stuck in a life you don’t feel comfortable with.
Stay flexible and be open to adapt!
A last tip for a great start of the new year is to be flexible and open-minded for changes in your environment. This is definitely easier said than done. But I’m sure if you made it all the way through this blog and you are ready to pursue new goals, you are fully prepared what 2016 has in store for you!
In case all of this wasn’t motivational speech enough, check out what Shia LaBeouf has to say:
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