New Intern China staff member: Kenny Qing
Hello! My name is Kenny, I’m 21 years old, I am an administration management major and the new Customer Relations Manager in Chengdu.
Joining the Intern China team was quite a coincidence, and actually it was quite lucky! I love travelling and thus I am a member of a couch-surfing website for travellers on a budget. Coincidentally, Jamie – our British manager and a lovely guy – is also a member and posted something interesting on the website, so I decided to check it out. I visited the Intern China website and immediately realised it’s just what I was looking for. The team is very young and lovely, there are no tedious rules and everybody is an equal. I loved it, so I decided to join.
As I mentioned, I have a passion for travelling. When I was 17 years old, I decided to expand my horizon and went to Thailand. It was awesome! Thailand is a Buddhist country, and their happiness indicators are so much higher than in other countries. Personally, I think it’s all about their faith.
People in Thailand were really nice and always smiling to you. I actually lived with a local family (mum, big brother and younger sister). Their English wasn’t very good but I knew a little bit of Thai language, such as “sàwǎdìkàp” (hello), “kàokūnkàp” (thank you), and a very important one: “home nam youtinai?” (where is the toilet?).
During the day, my Thai mum taught me how to cook Thai food. She couldn’t speak English and I could not speak Thai, but it didn’t matter – we communicated with hand gestures and body language and made it work. At night the big brother came home and he always took me out with his friends. His English was wonderful and we had lots of fun playing guitar, singing Thai songs and drinking Thai vodka.
All in all, I made great memories: I learned a lot of precious things, such as how to be more independent and how to handle obstacles in my path, all of which will be very useful to take on the challenges in my new role at Intern China!