Students head to the countryside

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 August, 2009, 12:00am

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies' 'University Students Summer Social Practice Programme' this year involves 110 teams and 2,970 college students.

The annual programme aims to let students put their knowledge into practical use through serving society - especially communities in poor rural areas.

Students mainly serve as voluntary teachers and conduct surveys on the lives of rural residents.

The Try & Goal Team from the School of English for International Business went to Bo Ai Primary School in Zhongshan to host a summer English camp.

At the opening ceremony, team leader Huang Zongyu said it was a great honour to be able to make a contribution to education in Zhongshan, and he and his team members would do their best.

Try & Goal Team member Zhou Kuizhi said he was looking forward to interacting with the children and planned to teach them some magic tricks.

Besides teaching, the Try & Goal Team is also carrying out research and reporting duties on topics related to local areas in an effort to come up with detailed proposals for solving problems.

The team is investigating the tourism potential of a district called Yangxi in the hope of boosting local revenue. This involves doing interviews on the street, going to government departments to collect materials and coming up with a proposal to help the local tourist industry.

Another section is the news reporting group, which records the team's daily work, highlighting its achievements, as well as the unique culture of the places the team has visited.

Liu Zhijun, secretary of the university's Youth League Committee, said the volunteers would conduct in-depth research into local areas to give help to governments.