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Awarding Ceremony for International Volunteers in Welcoming the New Students Successfully Held
Oct.18th, over 50 international students from more than 20 countries gathered in the international student activity center of Friendship Apartment and participated in the Awarding Ceremony for International Volunteers in Welcoming the New Students in 2016 Autumn Semester held by the international students office, which aimed to honor the volunteers devoted in welcoming the new students in September.
Mr. Lan Hanghang presided over the ceremony, which began with an opening speech from Ms.Zhao, the vice dean of the School of International Education. ” With the increasing reputation of HUST in the global educational arena, we witness the continual growth in the number of international students on campus. A stronger team of volunteers therefore is required to assist the international student office in welcoming the new students from all over the world for sake that they could better adapt to the new environment and life here.” Ms. Zhao introduced further: ”The volunteers team mainly consisted of Chinese students before , but international students added new blood in this team since last semester, whose patient and warm service impress all the new students.”
The ceremony was continued by the speech from Ms. Wang that had reflected the whole process from volunteer recruitment, training and serving the positions at the orientation scene, where they were busy guiding the new to check in the students apartment, filling out the forms needed, maintaining the order, collecting materials for student files, assisting in HUB system online registration , sorting out the material required for residence permit application, and even taking them to hospital for physical examination and so forth. Advantage in language and empathy enabled the international volunteers better understood and supported the new student in need.
In the part and prize-awarding, every volunteers was issued with a certificate of Excellent Volunteer, HUST memorial postcards and Chinese traditional notebook. Afterwards, Hugo Pumacahua Chahuayo from Peru, Sujeewa Vijayanthi Polgampala Aregamalage from Sri Lanka and Mohammad Shari Wardak from Afghanistan as volunteer representatives shared their experiences and feelings in volunteering work, especially in welcoming the new students. Inspired by their stories, the audiences responded with a warm round of applause.
“ I can feel that the officers in ISO are striving to improve their work quality and efficiency all these years and fortunately, they made it. I’m pleased to serve the new students as a volunteer since I was a new student before and I hope I could pay back the people that helped me out then. ”
As one of the highlights in welcoming the new student, the team of volunteers will be remained and continue to expand and their participation in welcoming the new students, which not only displays the exploration and reflection of ISO in their work deployment, but also marks that the international students have deepened their exposure in the life, study and even campus service in HUST.