I love the smell of paint in the morning.
Hey everyone, this will be my account of the paintballing event we held in Qingdao last weekend, I hope you enjoy!
We set the meeting time at a modest 12pm to try and adjust for hangovers, this did not work for everyone. Three people were out of the battle before it even begun, with Qingdao’s nightlife to blame. 😛
After a quick lunch and bus ride to the north of Qingdao, our merry band of 14 arrived in a mountain park to find the paintball arena.
Usually in the west, paintballing is held in the woods in a very cordoned off area with purpose built huts etc. But in Qingdao paintballing is more like a warzone, here an old derelict complex of 2 story buildings was used… Health and safety officials would cry! But it was AWESOME, looking just like a scene from a computer game!
After we got suited , booted and armed with 200 bullets we set off into the fray for the first game – one team would go into the buildings and hide, the second team would attack.
I was heading up the attacking team.
Remembering all the good battle movies, I split my team up so that we could surround our adversaries and swarm through the buildings. Stalking through the rubble I edged closer to the enemy, hugging the walls and feeling very SWAT-like as I swung around corners and cleared areas. All was quiet and I could hear the defending players whispering in the distance. I could smell their fear…
Shots suddenly starting echoing through the complex followed immediately by screams of players being redecorated, I pressed on in a pincer movement looping around the back of the enemy to pounce. I found their stronghold, went prone and crawled in on my belly, firing one shot straight between the eyes of the first person who spotted me, the others still unaware of my presence I dived through an old window, parachute rolled and took out another opponent cracking 3 paintballs into his visor quickly grabbing his gun as it fell blindly from his grasp… Bang Bang, I stood in the doorway behind the rest, rattling off a cloud of bullets with both guns, paint covering the walls leaving man shaped silhouettes. With the smell of emulsion in my nostrils I had taken out 4 more, sparing no one in my wake ……. Ok OK, actually that wasn’t how the first game went down at all…
1 minute into the game I was ducking down below a window, rising up to take out a player with 2 shots to the torso.. then realizing it was one of my own team, amidst my apologies I got shot right in the forehead and was out of the game…
For the rest of the day we rotated through the areas and played capture the flag, 2nd floor assault with shields and a Mexican standoff.
One of the interns was also celebrating his birthday so we organised a rat run for him… he had to sprint from one end of the pitch to the other whilst we all stood in a row like a firing squad but with one bullet each… he was so fast he only got hit by one, lucky!
Battered and bruised we finished the day by going for a big hotpot meal with beer, comparing battle scars and telling tales of heroism and courage.
Thanks for a great day guys! Looking forward to going back again in summer with a new set of interns!
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Happy New Year to everyone reading the blog! 2013 was a huge year for InternChina and I thought I’d take the opportunity to sum up the biggest company events of 2013 with a New Year’s blog post.
After a successful year in 2012 we decided to invest in the continuing growth of IC, in order to carry on improving our programmes and offer more choice to future interns coming to China with IC. The biggest part of this investment was to open a new office in Chengdu. We’ve been up and running in Chengdu since February and have already placed nearly 50 interns. Chengdu is a fantastic place to run programmes and offers something a bit different to Qingdao and Zhuhai. Personally I think Chengdu is the best example of rapid Chinese modernisation, but also manages to maintain a relaxed vibe and the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle with beautiful countryside easily accessible. The Tibetan district is really cool and the wall hanging I bought there is now hanging in my flat in Manchester!
I’m now based in the UK, mainly working on our marketing in Europe and specifically promoting Generation UK, the funding programme which we have become an approved supplier for. The completion of this agreement with the British Council was another major development in 2013 and after a long process of application and vetting, we are now proud to be a part of an amazing funding campaign for UK students. This development really cements our place as one of the leading companies providing internship programmes in China and will help hundreds of British students gain unique insights in Qingdao, Chengdu and Zhuhai over the next year. We were proud to take part in the Experience China Fair in London in 2013, as part of the Generation UK campaign:
Another major development for IC in 2013 was the launch of our new website, which you are viewing right now! Big thanks to Jack Fairhead for all the help with creating the site!
We were also excited to complete 3 significant long-term contracts to supply programmes for new and existing partner universities in 2013. We now run group programmes in all 3 of our destinations.
I have been busy on the road promoting IC and British and German universities in 2013, which was a great way to meet students and market our programmes. We’ve never been able to exhibit at European exhibitions before, but now that I am based in the UK we are able to do this:
We were sad to say goodbye to Rita from the Qingdao office in October, but as we move forward, we have also welcomed some new faces to the team, as you’ll see on our updated About Page.
On another personal note, I got married this year! I’ve put some pictures in the gallery below and as you’ll see there were some Chinese touches and some familiar IC team members present at the wedding! Apart from jetting to the UK for my wedding, IC team members have also been busy travelling to other exotic locations such as Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, the USA, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and many more!
Finally, the highlight of my year in 2013 (apart from getting married, of course!) was our first ever all-IC team get-together in Chengdu. This was the first time we’ve had almost all of IC’s permanent staff (Yifan stayed in Qingdao to look after baby Mia!) in one place, so as you’ll see from the pictures, we made sure we used the opportunity to eat, drink and even do a little bit of work together! I’m looking forward to more good times and progress for IC in 2014!
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Wie finanziere ich mein Auslandspraktikum in China? Diese Frage habe ich mir selbst lange gestellt. Als Student zählt die Universität natürlich immer zu den ersten Ansprechpartnern.
Fragt am besten in Eurem Service Center nach dem PROMOS – Programm. Dies sind Gelder des Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienstes (DAAD), welche die Universitäten selbst an ihre Stundenten vergeben können. Daher ist dies eine ziemlich zuverlässige Geldquelle. Für ein Praktikum in China kann man entweder eine einmalige Reisepauschale (950€) oder eine monatliche Entschädigung (300€) bekommen. Je nach den jeweiligen Budgets der Universitäten, kann es sein, dass Du beides bekommst, wahrscheinlicher ist aber eher die Gewährung einer Förderungsart.
Die Bewerbung für PROMOS ist im Vergleich zu sonstigen Verfahren deutscher Bürokratie relativ einfach und auch kurzfristige Bewerbungen für das folgende Semester sind möglich.
Absolviert man nicht nur ein Praktikum, sondern Studiert auch zusätzlich in China kann man sich über PROMOS auch noch für die Erstattung der Studienbeiträge (1250€) beantragen sowie sich für ein Vollstipendium für ein Studium und ein Praktikum beim DAAD bewerben.
Eine weitere Option ist das Auslands BAföG (auch mit PROMOS kombinierbar). Die wichtigsten Informationen findet ihr dazu hier. Auch wenn man in Deutschland nicht BAföG berechtigt ist, sollte man eine Bewerbung für einen Auslandsaufenthalt auf jeden Fall in Betracht ziehen! Denn es kann sehr gut sein, dass Du dafür einen Zuschuss bekommst. Bist Du in Deutschland BAföG berechtigt, bekommst Du auf jeden Fall eine Förderung.
Stipendien von Stiftungen sind auch eine Möglichkeit, eine Finanzierung für Dein Praktikum bei InternChina zu erhalten. Der Stipendienfinder des DAAD kann Dir bei Deiner Suche helfen. Bist Du Stipendiat einer politischen Stiftung, wende Dich bitte an Deinen Ansprechpartner. Die politischen Stiftungen finanzieren in der Regel ebenfalls Auslandspraktika ihrer Stipendiaten.
Die Aufnahme eines Kredites ist zudem möglich. Wer einen Studienkredit von der KfW bezieht, darf diesen allerdings nur weiterhin beziehen, wenn man kein Auslandssemester angemeldet hat. Meldest Du für das Praktikum ein Auslandssemester an und willst weiterhin einen Kredit beziehen, musst Du einen Studienkredit einer privaten Bank beantragen.
Wieso nicht auch mal als Student arbeiten? Klingt vielleicht anfangs komisch, aber sich rechtzeitig einen Studentenjob zu suchen und das Geld zu sparen, ist tatsächlich eine gute Möglichkeit, nach China zu kommen. Mit dem, was du in Europa in ein paar Wochen verdienen kannst, kannst du in China schon ein paar Monate lang leben: Eine Busfahrt 10Cent, ein Abendessen mit Freunden 3€, ein Praktikum in China mit InternChina: unbezahlbar!
Anbei findet Ihr noch eine Auflistung weiterer Ansprechpartner:
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
Postfach 20 04 04
Tel.: (0228) 882-0
Fax: (0228) 882-444
Landmark Tower 2, Unit 1718,
8 North Dongsanhuan Road,
100004 Beijing, VR China
Tel.: +86 010/6590 6656
Fax: +86 010/6590 6393
Julu Lu 628 (3. Stock)
DAAD Information Centre Hong Kong & Macau
Room 1126, 11/F,
Academic & Administration Building,
Hong Kong Baptist University,
Tel: +852 3411 5326 / 3411 2142
Fax: +852 3411 2749
DAAD Information Center Guangzhou
Xin Gang Xi Lu 135
Sun Yat-sen University
School of Foreign Languages, Room 601 (DAAD)
Tel: 020 – 8411 321 3/4
Fax: 020 – 3402 2240
AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V.
Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
Telefon 0228 82096-0
Telefax 0228 82096-103
Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
Jägerstraße 22 / 23
IASTE – International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience
Room H, 11th Floor, Hengji Mansion
No.99 East Huaihai Rd. Shanghai, China
T: +86 21-33080657
F: +86 21-53828332
China Scholarship Council
Address:Level 13, Building A3 No.9 Chegongzhuang Avenue Beijing, P.R.C
Tel. 030/ 269 35- 6
Fon: (030) 285 34-0
Fax: (030) 285 34-109
Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit e.V.
Regionalbüro Berlin-Brandenburg Truman-Haus
Tel.: 0331 7019197
If you are a British student looking to come and undertake an internship placement in China then finding funding is not as easy as in some other countries. I have been looking into how best to go about it and have come up with a few possibilities:
1) Ask your university – Some universities will provide you with financial support for your internship placement. At universities where a work placement is compulsory, the university often pays the mediation fee for you. You won’t know if you don’t ask!
2) Scholarships – There are also a few travel scholarships around, again often related to universities. The best overview of such scholarships is available here: http://www.csc.edu.cn/laihua/scholarshipen.aspx. You may have to apply, expressing how your trip will be a benefit to your future studies (you will have a very strong application if it is to carry out a work experience placement in China!). Again, these are often advertised through university channels.
3) Confucious Scholarship – Although this is a scholarship to come and study in China, it is definitely worth a look if you are a student here! Main catch is you have to have done an HSK exam, so try and do one nice and early to give you time for your application.
4) Trust funds – Look online and in your local newspaper for funds to support young locals. Although quite hard to find, they can be great if you do apply to one for some money – could help you with part of the trip.
5) Get a job! With a couple of weeks of holiday work in England, you could happily live in China for months.
Remember, once you get out to China living costs are very low. Pints are 20p instead of £2, a big dinner out is £3, a taxi is £1, a bus is 10p. Set up costs may seem quite high, but once you are here you will get on fine with very little money!