Internship Introduction Week in China

Chengdu, China

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15 people
7 days
Code: 546
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This program is the first step towards your successful stay. It is mandatory for all those who wish to join China’s Internship program (booked separately)

Whilst 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 to many.

Of all Asian countries, it is perhaps the least understood. 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.

You will learn how to make dumplings, taste oil tea, and learn the rudiments of the language, practice calligraphy, as well as some of the rituals. Through a range of activities: learning sessions, visits, sightseeing and hands-on practical cooking/craft sessions, you will gain a deeper appreciation for what China gave, and continues to give, to the world.

But we also focus on developing a practical understanding of everyday China, beyond its cultural roots. It is the ideal start point for anyone visiting China.

There is only one rule: if you want to know anything – ask!

Please note this trip may require you to purchase a cultural experience week with it. Click Here to find the relevant cultural experience week based on the country where this trip operates in.

During 2017

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Feb 6th

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Dec 4th

Aims & Objectives
  • Give you a real insight into authentic Chinese culture
  • Help you learn phrases to help you understand the people you will be engaging with
  • Prepare you with the cultural training necessary for your internship
Schedule
Monday

Morning

General introduction: We kick things off with a meeting where we introduce staff and colleagues, explaining program descriptions, basic do’s and don’ts and discuss some general rules. We’ll also look at signing any required agreements and registrations.

Afternoon

City tour: We will show you around your new neighborhood...supermarket, good restaurants, the metro route, shopping malls, cafés and more!

Night

We will have a welcome party for all of our interns to get together and enjoy. A good time for you to make new friends and share useful tips and experiences.

Tuesday

Morning

Chinese lessons: Our coordinator will teach you some basic “survival” Chinese words and phrases that you can use on a daily basis. Time to take notes!

Afternoon

Sightseeing time! We’ll visit People’s park, Tianfu Square, and Kuan-Zhai Alley, places that are a must-go when you come to Chengdu. You can try some local snacks and get a feeling of Chinese life.

Night

Embrace the new food culture! We will take you to the famous Hot Pot where you can try the most authentic hot pot meals while our coordinator explains the unique food culture in Chengdu, a huge part of the people’s daily life here.

Wednesday

Morning

After two days in China, you will definitely discover some differences to your own culture, maybe and some things that you don’t understand. Today we’ll give you a general lesson about the cultural differences and the reason behind it to help you understand the culture better.

Also we will find time to to explore and try out some Chinese traditional art forms, such as calligraphy and color painting!

Afternoon

More Chinese language lessons: Today we will teach you some basic Chinese phrases often used in the office, sure to help you adapt to your internship more easily. You’ll also be introduced to your Chinese learning partner (usually a University student), who is their to help you with your language difficulties throughout your whole internship.

Night

Time to relax with a Chinese game night! We will teach you some popular Chinese games, like Mahjong and Chinese Poker...local favourites!

Thursday

Morning

Training course: An introduction and some team building games surrounding Chinese Courtesy, which will come in handy for your upcoming internship where you will have a lot of Chinese Colleges and also helpful if you want to make more local friends.

Afternoon

Sight seeing: After two days of training and learning. We will take you to relax at the Eastern Music Park, a creative art zone. Here is where you can visit some art galleries, bookstores and a really nice cafe.

Night

Karaoke Night! We will take you to the most popular hang out place in China—Karaoke aka KTV!

Friday

Morning

Our coordinator will take you to the company where you’ll be having your internship for you to meet your new company. You will meet the company representative that’s assigned for you. They will help to settle you in, handle your further introductions and arrange your work schedule.

Afternoon

After you visit your placement, we will get together to share your thoughts with the group on how and to others how you see China before and after you come, and your expectations on this internship experience.

And after the presentation, we will go to the local market to prepare for a homemade Barbecue.

Night

Enjoy a delicious barbecue we’ll cook together and let’s watch a cozy home movie afterwards!

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements
Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                No

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

You must meet the requirements for the Internship Program in China (see separately).

You must meet the requirements for the Internship Program in China (see separately).

Additional Equipment
  • Good shoes for the mountain walks

Accommodation, food, airport pick-up (if required), full support in-country, pre-departure advice and project transport.

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