English speakers and Chinese elders made meaningful bonds through the art of dumpling-making. Groups communicated through creative charades, laughter, and a wide array of facial expressions.

By: Adriana Kusnirova, Senior Partner Relations Manager, Work and Travel

How do you crank out 2,000 “jiǎozi” or dumplings in just under three hours? You combine 21 energetic students, a curious CCI Greenheart staff member, an eager-to-learn host organization, seven partner staff members, and 50 experienced Chinese elders in a large room, and voila!

Many will agree that the best way to bridge cultures is through food and that’s just how this diverse group of volunteers bonded last week in Changchun, China. English speakers and Chinese elders made meaningful bonds through the art of dumpling-making. Groups communicated through creative charades, laughter, and a wide array of facial expressions.

If you are traveling to a new country that speaks a language different from your own, don’t let language barriers prevent you from volunteering! Go out and interact with people from another culture while traveling. You won’t regret it and you may even get a short cooking class out of it! 

Want options for volunteering while in the United States?  Visit the Greenheart Club to join our network of global leaders.