Nanjing, China: THIRTEEN THOUSAND AND FIVE HUNDRED students from various Universities in Nanjing have come together to volunteer for the 2nd Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China. All of them dressed in the volunteer’s attire, very distinct, each assigned with specific jobs to provide any kind of service and a warm hospitality for all of us out here.
Having been trained for almost a month for this big event, these youngsters are now indeed showcasing an impressive performance. They are there to help you find your way in the Athletes’ village; they bring refreshments for you as you sit at the competition venues, any time you need a car to go watch a sport event, the volunteers at the Transport department would help you, and most importantly, those at the entrances who do the security checks are very much appreciated.
Talking to Xiuoke Ye, Xiaging Qui and Youmei Zheng yesterday, they said that they felt “happy and honored” to be helping as volunteers. They meet people from different countries every day which is again, another exciting memory for them. “At times, I feel like a tourist guide to the foreigners and I really feel proud to talk about my beautiful city to them,” said Ye, who is currently on summer holidays from his university in London.
They do face challenges at times and for some, language barrier is a problem but they are learning communication skills with time and trying to make things convenient for the foreign participants. Nevertheless, their enthusiastic contribution counts more.
Most of these young volunteers work for at least eight hours every day, without taking any day off or even without getting paid the enthusiasm and the interest they have while they are doing their job has inspired me so much.
I volunteer a lot back at home, and I know how much hard work really has to go in so I would like to thank all of the volunteers for making things convenient and easy for us.
By Lilly Yangchen
OCA Young Reporter, Bhutan