27 students from Hubei University of Technology (HBUT) and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), who left for Thailand last May to work as volunteer Chinese language teacher and cultural ambassador, had successfully completed their teaching assignments and returned with honor.
The 2011 annual report of volunteer experience in Thailand, which was organized by the National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (NOCFL) and the Hubei Provincial Department of Education, was held at HBUT, March 16, 2012. Ms. Li Man, NOCFL official, Mr. Liu Ligang, director of the Foreign Cooperation and Exchange Office, Hubei Provincial Department of Education, Mr. Shi Wei, coordinator of the Volunteer Chinese Teacher Program, Hubei Provincial Department of Education, and Mr. Qiu Yong, deputy director of HUST International Office, were invited to the report.
HBUT Vice-president Li Dongsheng delivered a welcome speech to the volunteers and made great remarks upon their noble ideals and outstanding qualities, hoping that an increasing number of HBUT students could participate in the volunteer program so as to facilitate the popularity of the Chinese language as well as the essence of Chinese culture.
Volunteer representatives, namely Song Dan, Chen Yun from HUST and Zhou Nian, Zhang Yan from HBUT, respectively shared their personal impressions of Thailand from different perspectives, such as the marvelous natural sceneries and unique social conventions in Thailand, living and working experiences in Thailand, the cute Thai students and the practical pedagogy etc. The audience consisting of more than 300 HBUT students and faculty members were deeply impressed and touched by the volunteers’ genuine feelings conveyed through their personal stories.
Later, excellent volunteers were recognized and awarded outstanding titles for hard work and remarkable contributions. Director Liu Ligang concluded the report by expressing his gratitude to the volunteers for their efforts and hoped that the volunteers could keep their social relations in Thailand and continue to fulfill the role of cultural ambassador despite having returned to China.
HBUT began to select and send volunteer Chinese teachers out of the would-be graduates majoring in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language in 2010. HBUT leaders and the Foreign Languages School have been attaching great importance to the volunteer program and endeavoring to continuously improve the program quality. So far, up to 40 HBUT students have been selected and sent to Thailand as volunteer Chinese Teachers.