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Volunteers: a different Youth Day in China Pavilion

2015-05-06 expochina2015.org

Volunteers in the China Pavilion pose for a photo. [Photo by Zhang Wei] 

On May 4, Chinese Youth Day, volunteers in the China Pavilion at the Expo Milano spent a holiday quite different from other young people in China.

As the first 12 of 36 foreign-language-student volunteers recruited from the Chinese mainland by the China Pavilion organizing committee and Shanghai Youth Volunteers Association, the volunteers have started their work at the China Pavilion.

A volunteer of the China Pavilion at the Expo Milano 2015 [Photo by Zhang Wei]

Yu Yinglei, a junior English education major from Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), said, “This kind of activity will increase my knowledge and broaden my horizons. I can sense the friendship between the Chinese and Italian people through dedication and hospitality,”she added, “People like the rippling-wheat-shaped China Pavilion very much, and that makes me very proud.”

A volunteer (right) of the China Pavilion at the Expo Milano 2015 [Photo by Zhang Wei] 

Zhou Xueqi, a volunteer who studies English translation at East China Normal University, noticed that foreign visitors are attracted by Chinese agriculture and culture.

“I improved my language ability by explaining Chinese exhibits, and I also have a deeper understanding of our country’s agricultural civilization.”

Volunteering means undertaking. These volunteers interpret the significance of youth through practical action, making themselves envoys to show the image of China and pass on their friendship.

The China Pavilion organizing committee, together with the University of Milan’s Confucius Institute, has also recruited 72 Chinese-learning Italian volunteers.