About the local hosting organizationGreen Lion
About the volunteer workWhilst it has the longest written history in the world, and despite its staggering economic performance and entry onto the world stage as heralded by the Beijing Olympics, China remains an enigma. Of all Asian countries, it is one of the least understood. This program will help you to understand their culture and everyday activities and it is the ideal starting point for anyone visiting China. This program takes you beyond the headlines that appear in the Western press, away from politics, away from the big cities and the normal tourist attractions. During Culture week, you will learn about Chinese culture, get an insight into the language and even learn how to make dumplings! You will visit Huguang Lake Global Geopark, Cunjin Park, Zhanjiang's beach and its Chinese University. Moreover, you will get to meet people, learn the basics of the language, and get a first hand understanding of the Chinese way of life. It is a programme developed and delivered by Chinese people after careful research into what westerners really want to know. You will be with both Chinese and Westerners; discussing cultural differences not in just an academic sense but in a practical reality! There is only one rule: if you want to know anything - just ask!
Local accommodationAbout the Accommodation You will live in the student dormitory in Guangdong Ocean University Cunjin College or its nearby dorm halls. You can expect that outside in public areas your wifi signal will be good, like in the office and halls, but many prefer to buy a network card at shops for internet access from your dormitory room. Please expect to use squatting toilets during our stay here (a natural, healthier alternative!). Food Arrangements Three typical Chinese meals a day are provided and served at the dining hall. For dinner, we usually offer noodles and fried rice which foreign students seem to enjoy. A vegetarian option is also available.
About the project locationZhanjiang is a charming city located in the southern coast of China's mainland in the province of GuangDong, with a total land area of 12471 square kilometers and a population of more than 7 million. Thanks to its natural scenery, temperate weather, tree-lined beaches, well developed public transportation, and clean environment, Zhanjiang was voted recently as the 'most livable city in China.' It is a new city that combines history and modern rapid development. Located in a subtropical zone, Zhanjiang has unique light, heat, water and green plant resources. It is famous for producing tropical and subtropical high-quality fruits, including mango, orange, litchi, longan, star fruit, pineapple, papaya and pitaya...it is also a haven for seafood lovers due to its strong fishing industry. Sights & Surroundings Popular places to visit include: 45 minutes flight to Guangzhou/Hongkong 5-6 hours bus transfer to Guangzhou 3-4 hours transfer to Sanya,Hainan Province Please ask your coordinator for help in organizing visits to these or any other places.
Extra info about the projectOpen all year, starting on Mondays, every week, Culture week mandatory to start the programme: 245 €.