The helping hands of CIIE: day three through the lens of Shanghai Daily

Some 6,300 volunteers are serving the ongoing China International Import Expo, many of them are students from local universities and colleges.

Some 6,300 volunteers are serving the ongoing China International Import Expo, with over 4,000 based inside the convention center. About one-fifth of them also served at last year’s expo. 

The majority of the volunteers are Chinese students from local universities and colleges; while the rest are recruited from other provinces. There are also overseas students who are studying in Shanghai.

The helping hands of CIIE: day three through the lens of Shanghai Daily
Dong Jun / SHINE

Whenever representatives need assistance, they are warmly attended by well-trained volunteers. 

The helping hands of CIIE: day three through the lens of Shanghai Daily
Dong Jun / SHINE

Some volunteers are overseas students who are studying in Shanghai.

The helping hands of CIIE: day three through the lens of Shanghai Daily
Dong Jun / SHINE

About 150 volunteers are able to talk to foreign guests who don't speak English or Chinese. Five students from southern Yunnan Province are able to provide service in Thai, Burmese, Lao and Cambodian.

The helping hands of CIIE: day three through the lens of Shanghai Daily
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Volunteers not only need to be familiar with the venue, they also receive trainings in CIIE knowledge, service regulation, garbage sorting, emergency response, as well as basic culture of Belt and Road countries. 

The helping hands of CIIE: day three through the lens of Shanghai Daily
Ma Xuefeng / SHINE

The Shanghai Youth League was in charge of volunteer recruitment and the majority of the volunteers are Chinese students from local universities and colleges.

The helping hands of CIIE: day three through the lens of Shanghai Daily
Dong Jun / SHINE

A volunteer works at the ice and snow experience center. 

The helping hands of CIIE: day three through the lens of Shanghai Daily
Ma Xuefeng / SHINE

A volunteer takes a nap during break time. Many volunteers take early morning shuttles at 7am to get to the convention center. 

The helping hands of CIIE: day three through the lens of Shanghai Daily
Ma Xuefeng / SHINE

A volunteer takes a nap during break time. Many volunteers take early morning shuttles at 7am to get to the convention center. 

The helping hands of CIIE: day three through the lens of Shanghai Daily
Dong Jun / SHINE

Volunteers working at the left-luggage office need to deal with more than 1,000  pieces everyday. 

The helping hands of CIIE: day three through the lens of Shanghai Daily
Ma Xuefeng / SHINE

After a long day of work, some volunteers have a quick bite at a resting area. Work usually ends at 5:30pm or 6:30pm.

The helping hands of CIIE: day three through the lens of Shanghai Daily
Dong Jun / SHINE

Don’t forget to reward those young volunteers with smiles and encouragement.

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