Back in town! My internship in Qingdao
My name is Camille, and I am the new intern in the InternChina Qingdao office. I’ve been here for a couple of days and will stay for a five months internship. This is not my first time in China, I started learning Chinese five years ago and quickly realized that the best way to succeed was immerse myself in the country (as it is for most of the languages). I started my Chinese adventure with a one semester exchange program in Shanghai, and, as it is the case for a lot of foreigners, the magic happened! The life and culture in China is so different that everyday you discover new things and by the time you leave, you have lots of stories about pretty much everything you’ve done and everywhere you’ve been. After an unforgettable semester, I decided to take a gap year in China after graduating from my Bachelor to improve my Chinese a little bit more. I got a one year scholarship at Qingdao University, and here I was, ready for an amazing journey!
After one semester in Shanghai, I was expecting Qingdao to be a lot less developed, and have very few foreigners (which was very scary to me). However, I was wrong about both! Qingdao is a very modern city, with an important port activity which has led to fast economic development. Moreover, Qingdao is actually a very attractive city for foreigners! Between sea and mountains, life here is very pleasant. However, there are not so many foreigners as in cities like Shanghai, which is perfect for improving your Chinese, or any other alternative way you can find to communicate with Chinese people…
There is a lot of reasons why I love China. First it has given me the opportunity to meet all kinds of people, both locals and foreigners, who I probably wouldn’t have the chance to make friends with anywhere else. China also gives you the opportunity to travel and experience many different places ; all while staying in the same country! Take Beijing and Shanghai for example, the two most famous cities in China are actually very different to each other and anyone who has visited both usually has a preference for one or the other. The food is definitely another reason I enjoy Chinese life! Different from one province to another, most of the foreigners are fond of traditional Chinese dishes and snacks, even if their stomach doesn’t always agree…
The main problem when you are willing to do an internship in China is the visa. That is why I wasn’t sure I could come back this year. But with InternChina’s help, this step had been largely simplified and here I am again, ready for a new adventure, one more time in Qingdao but this time for an internship, which I’m very excited about!
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