Chinese Student Programs

China, like many other countries in the world, has a history of feudalism, powerful landholder families dominating and directing peasant farmers. This, of course, has been followed by communism, a centrally directed government, run by a committee of powerful people. Although there were communes, where one would think an ethic of support for others would develop, in reality, there was mostly a consciousness for survival of the family. During the past 50 years, it has been said that “volunteerism” in China is synonymous with forced participation for no pay. It is in this climate, that the Center for Intercultural Education began to set up a structure of volunteer programs for university students in Kunming, China.

Over the past several years, students have volunteered to work with existing International organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, World Vision, and Save the Children, as well as to develop their own projects. Today, hundreds of students a year participate in projects of their own design with more projects being developed each year. The projects are run completely by a student volunteer team (named Exidea), with financial and development support from the Center.

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