Getting up at 5 a.m., walking some 20,000 steps, providing services 10 hours a day – all these numbers add up to the daily routine of Huang Qianyi, a volunteer serving for the fourth time at the World Expo. import from China.

As a veteran exhibition volunteer, Huang, a graduate of Shanghai University of Engineering Sciences, provides advice and guidance to the Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center, the event venue this year.

“The CIIE has witnessed my growth all the time, and I have a deep connection with it,” Huang said.

She has provided volunteer services in different positions such as consultation, orientation and welcoming guests.

“I applied to volunteer at the CIIE at the very beginning because it interests me,” Huang said. “Interest has turned into love, and I have accumulated a lot of experience as a CIIE volunteer service now.”

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Huang Qianyi serves visitors to the 5th CIIE on Sunday.

Huang often fell asleep in the shuttle on his way back to his university after a hard day’s work. It arrives at the exhibition and congress center at 8 a.m. and leaves at 6:30 p.m.

“But I’m still full of expectations for my morning shift,” she said. “I am happy to help guests from all over the world and I am moved when they express their sincere gratitude.”

“The memories of CIIE are so colorful and vivid, which inspired me to continue my service this year, and my story with her continues.”

Huang said being a CIIE volunteer requires a kind of devotional spirit and enthusiasm, as well as hard work and flexibility to handle different kinds of situations.

“We also need to update our knowledge base continuously and improve foreign language skills,” she added.

Gaohar Nur, a 19-year-old student from Shanghai Jiaotong University in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, who speaks multiple languages ​​such as English and Kazakh, provides multilingual services to CIIE customers.

She spent a lot of time training to familiarize herself with the different venues, routes and their locations before the event started.

“When I saw the recruitment poster in September, I did not hesitate for a second to apply,” she says. “I’m curious about the exhibition because I only learned about it on television and I want to contribute to it.”

When she first came to the Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center, she thought it was grand.

“Because of the reports, I know the emblematic buildings of the center, but still it took me a long time to remember all the places and routes, which are complicated,” she said.

She has previously volunteered for COVID-19 prevention and control.

“I want to learn international culture and interact with others during the event, and most importantly, make contributions to the big event,” she said.

Young volunteers mobilize to make the CIIE a success

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Gaohar Nur guides visitors on Sundays.

The “link” with the CIIE began in 2018 for Kang Xinli, a student at Shanghai University and a 2nd year volunteer for the expo.

Memories resurfaced.

“I was a high school student at the time and looked forward to being a volunteer serving the expo when I watched TV about the event,” Kang recalled.

She applied immediately when she saw the college recruitment poster.

“I thought it was a ‘one-door’ opportunity when I read the recruitment notice,” she said.

She volunteered for the Hongqiao International Economic Forum last year and is working for the pavilion warranty and technical service team this year.

“I want to progress year by year and grow with exposure,” Kang said.

“I feel like I’m in front of the whole world and I want to show the world the behavior of the younger generation in China,” she added.

Young volunteers mobilize to make the CIIE a success

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A birthday party for volunteers of the 5th CIIE on Sunday.

These young volunteers serving the CIIE have become a shining backdrop to the event, the Youth League Shanghai said.

A total of 3,591 “little leaves,” who are students from 40 local universities and colleges, serve at the 5th CIIE.

Among them, 11 percent served the previous CIIE, with three volunteers never missing any of the last four CIIEs, according to Youth League Shanghai.

There was a significant increase in volunteers born after 2000 for this year’s CIIE, accounting for 89 percent of the total.

CIIE volunteers are nicknamed the “little leaves” after the clover-shaped National Exhibition and Convention Center.

They underwent training and exercises before the start of their service.

Wang Wenxiang, a graduate of Shanghai Normal University, began his work in July as a long-term management volunteer for the expo.

He walked five or six times around all the sites before each “patrol” with other volunteers.

“There are some changes, including the layout of catering facilities, and I need to mark them carefully,” Wang explained. “Precision is a basic requirement.”

Young volunteers mobilize to make the CIIE a success

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“Little leaves” is a bright decoration of CIIE.

Zhu Kaiming from Tongji University is a volunteer service veteran. He has been serving the event since the fourth year.

“Walking into the hall, I have both familiar and new feelings, and the ‘five’ patterns on the central plaza and on the promotion posters all remind me that the 5th CIIE is coming,” he said. he declares.

Like last year, Zhu is responsible for welcoming guests.

“Devotion gives me a sense of pleasure, which is more stressed since I became a ‘little leaf,'” he said. “I want every guest to be satisfied.”

Li Xinjie, a volunteer from Shanghai Polytechnic University, found the center too big.

“It’s very different when you’re walking,” she said.

She carefully jotted down the requirements in a notebook one by one and tried to keep each location in mind to avoid getting lost.

“I am very proud and happy to be a CIIE volunteer,” she said.

Young volunteers mobilize to make the CIIE a success

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The “little leaves” provide service at the expo on Sundays.

Huang Kailing, a teacher from the Youth League of Tongji University, said that “the CIIE encourages university volunteers, who tell the story of China and promote the spirit of volunteerism at the same time via the big stage. of the exhibition”.

A total of 546 university students have participated in the exhibition over the past four years, and more than 120 of them have submitted applications to become members of the Chinese Communist Party.

Nearly 22,000 volunteers have served the past four exhibitions, according to Youth League Shanghai.

They provided a range of voluntary services including on-site advice and consultation, reception of guests, registration and exhibition management, press releases, transport, statistics, medical care and disaster relief. emergency, as well as the prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some have provided multilingual services to foreign customers.

University students have been active candidates, with around 40 universities involved in recruiting and organizing volunteers for the exhibition each year.

The “little leaves” demonstrate the volunteer spirit of dedication, brotherhood, mutual help and progress, and greatly contributed to the success of the exhibition, said the Youth League Shanghai.