Planting Seeds of Friendship in China
By Katy Smithy, Work and Travel Business Development Specialist
For those who have never gone to China, drop whatever you are doing right now and book your flight.
Maybe it was the beautiful scenery or the great people, but our Job Fair in China last month was such an incredible experience all around. We not only had a chance to travel to three very different cities within the country, we had an opportunity to see them in a different way. We interviewed hundreds of stellar participants, visited one of the largest Buddhas in the world, sang tons of karaoke, ate more good food then I can possibly explain, and even made time to do a volunteer project.
I’ve personally never volunteered while traveling internationally, and I think it was one of my favorite parts of the trip. As you all probably know, our Greenheart Club encourages all of our stakeholders to get involved in their community. One thing that you might not know is that starting this year all of our International Job Fairs now include a volunteer component as well. This allows our host organizations, sending agency, and participants (both alumni and future participants) to get to know each other in a very different way… by working together to give back.
For this Job Fair, we planted trees at Huashang College of Guangdong University of Finance and Economics. It was great to see everyone roll up their sleeves and get dirty. The only thing we needed was more trees! We had so many volunteers that we probably could have planted a forest. After the
event, all of the volunteers had dinner and bonded in a different way. We talked about traveling, our home countries and cultural experiences. It was heartwarming to see everyone connecting on such a personal (and fun!) level. At our core, that is what CCI Greenheart is all about… cultural exchange and understanding.