American Student Serves as Intern in Community in SW China City

July 5, 2018  Editor: Wu Shanshan
American Student Serves as Intern in Community in SW China City
Fu Yan and her classmate eat hotpot in a restaurant in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan Province. [Youth.cn]

 

Two U.S. college students from New York University Shanghai visited the city of Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, last month to serve as interns at a local sub-district office.

One of the two students, Fu Yan, 21, moved to Chengdu with her parents in 2010 and lived there for nearly five years.

She finished her middle school and high school there, and remembers: "I didn't find any difference between me and other girls living in Chengdu no matter in their life or study."

Fu decided to be intern over the summer vacation and serve as a volunteer with her classmate to participate in community-organized activities for residents every Thursday.

As she is good at drawing, she was responsible for drawing courses.

"Although I can speak a little Chinese, I was too nervous to remember some words at my first class," she said.

She likes to communicate with her students and has made many friends. "I have often been invited to homes of the surrounding residents to take meals recently, which helped me experience the real Chengdu life," Fu said with a smile.

In order to help her become familiar with Chengdu, she was also invited by peers in the community to participate in a local football match.

For her, Chengdu is never a strange city. Since it is becoming more international, she has witnessed many changes – for example the emergence of bilingual sign boards, or service staff who can communicate with foreigners in English.

She said many of her friends are interested in Chengdu and will visit it in the future with her as a guide.

(Source: Youth.cn/ Translated and edited by Women of China )

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