On Sunday, 13th of September, at the Punjabi Restaurant Gi2C Group took part in fundraising dinner. With regard to the to the storm that struck Dominica, the Punjabi Restaurant made the initiative to organize an event to be able to raise some funds in order to help the storm victims in giving them food for day to day as well as clothing and shelter for the time being. As we know, there was a strong Tropical storm happened in Dominica where many lives were lost, families broken. This event brought together many supporters and sponsors including Gi2C Group.
I was born in Fujian, China, grew up there until age 17, and then I moved to New York City, US. I think the unique part of New York, for me, is the diversity and open-minded mentality. Since there is a large population of people from all over the world that are living in the city, I can feel a cultural mixing everywhere, and people easily accept other cultures. I was always involved in many city events, such as marathons, volunteering, various festivals, and no matter where I went, I could always find out something new about other cultures. I’m currently 24. I enjoy volunteering very much. I learn, care and share through volunteering. This year from February to May, I participated in an environmental sustainability program, and I gained knowledge about recycling, organic farming and forest protection. I hope I could have more time to continuously volunteer during my...
I was born in Arnaudville, Louisiana, which is a small southern town of about one thousand people near the bottom of the United States. Starting at age 10, I was raised by my grandmother as well as my aunt and uncle. Living out in the rural part of town allowed me to grow up appreciating the peacefulness of the countryside including the beauty of nature. I just had my birthday and am 23 years old. One of the cooler experiences I’ve had was being able to go and walk up on the Skywalk which overlooks the Grand Canyon. A two-inch thick piece of glass is all that keeps you from a couple thousand feet fall to the river below. That first step was one of the more exhilarating moments of my life. From 2011-2012, I studied linguistics with an emphasis in Mandarin Chinese. I chose this area because I felt...
On July 23, The Beijing Professionals hosted its business networking event at Manning Center. This event brought together many supporters including Gi2C Group, organization funders and staff for an exciting evening with a wonderful view of Lianma River. It was a great chance to network with young professionals, exchange contacts and interact with likeminded people passionate about their careers and interested in becoming the “next generation” that will make a difference.
I am from Kerala, India. It is in the southern part of India near the Arabian Sea. My hometown is known for tourism and called “God’s own country”. I went to school in a Christian missionary school, which was 1.5 hours away from my home. However, it was a very supportive school and I was able to participate in numerous science fairs, and even won some of them. My childhood memories were always filled with beautiful places that I used to visit and also spending time working on science fair projects. I am 22 now. In the past 4 years after starting my architecture studies, I was able to design a few buildings on my own. I travel a lot and have been to all the states in India. Some of my trips even lasted 20-30 days. I did my bachelors degree in architecture at a university in Chennai. Architecture...
You’ve just spent a very long time on an airplane and arrived at the Shanghai airport. Welcome to China! Now what? Hopefully, you have someone who picked you up from the airport and brought you to where you’ll be staying. If not, put on your walking shoes and good luck hitchhiking! Just kidding, we know you are more prepared than that. Being the savvy China traveler that you are, you will have already printed out your destination in Chinese to show to the tens of airport taxicabs waiting to escort you to where you’ll be calling home for the duration of your stay in China. You should have plenty of time during your 1-3 month Gi2C internship in Shanghai to get a real feel for the city. Once you’ve unpacked and are over jetlag, there are so many things for you to do and see in Shanghai that you might...
Interning in China can be a great way to get the contacts and experience you need to land a full-time job in China. If you want to live in China for several years and have a successful career, here are the top ten hottest jobs for expats in China. 1. Marketing Chinese companies are in a race to expand and sell to an international market. They need foreigners who speak multiple languages and understand the nuances of international business. To land a marketing job in China, you should be social media savvy and preferably good at design and ad creation. 2. Project or Product Management Do you know how to take an idea and plan and put it into action? Can you manage timelines, deadlines and budgets? Chinese companies doing business with foreign companies need someone on their side to help ensure that their project or product is successful. You...
I am from Huddersfield Town in the Yorkshire & Humberside region of the United Kingdom. What makes Huddersfield so unique is that it is the largest town in the UK; it is a small town where everyone is united and kind to one another. Even though it is a small town, you can find something that fascinates you every day. I am 20 years old and so far there have been many exciting things that I have done in my life but the top of the list would have to be fighting cancer and winning. Currently, I have completed my second year of Architecture/Architecture International. In school, I was always passionate about art and architecture and I have always excelled in the field of art. I was the first in West Yorkshire and possibly the UK to be awarded the Young Creative Entrepreneur title with my own art business. Studying...
Welcome to China, Luke! Tell us a bit about your background. I’m from Audubon, Iowa, USA. I grew up on a farm in rural Western Iowa. I studied in the US and UK and have my MBA. What’s something interesting you've done during your life so far? I have lived on three continents. Which type of company will you be interning at? What are their main services/products? I will be interning at a consulting company that offers market intelligence services. What do you know so far about the kind of work you'll be doing? So far, I know that I will be primarily conducting market research among other things. What are you hoping to get out of your internship? I hope to get enough experience in order for me to switch careers. Why did you decide to do an internship in China of all...
I’m from Auckland, New Zealand. A unique fact about New Zealand is that we have more sheep than people – about 2 per person. I’m 20 years old and something fun I’ve done so far in my life is visit Hobbiton and while I was there, all my friends said I was home (because I’m not the tallest person in the world). I studied in the USA and was an Economics & Music major because both areas interested me. Here in China, I will be a marketing intern at a software company that focuses on cloud services. During my time in China, I hope to build connections, gain experience and become more familiar with Chinese culture and how foreigners work in China. I chose to intern in China because I’ve interned in many different cities in the USA. However, I wanted to come back to China where I’m originally from...
I grew up in Australia, specifically Adelaide which is the wine capital of Australia. One unique thing about Australia is that our holiday season (Xmas and New Year) is always the hottest time of year. I’m currently 26 and something fun I’ve done so far in my life is to be part of the 2012 Olympics in London. I majored in Interior Decoration and Design in school. I chose that degree because I wanted to do something I enjoy and get paid for it. I’m excited to work for a firm that I can learn from and grow with – a firm interested in design and the people they design for. For my China internship, the company I am interning at is focused on retail design. I will be primarily drawing and handling paperwork. What I want most out of my internship is to learn and to have fun. I...
On Thursday, June 11, Gi2C interns in Shanghai attended a lecture about business in China called: "Digital Marketing - The new way into China". The following topics were covered during the event: An overview of China’s economy Analysis and understanding of the digital market What to consider when establishing a business in China Risk areas in China for foreign enterprises Opportunities available in China’s digital market The lecture was delivered by Annia Gonzalez Torres – Business Development Manager at AEXELE. AEXELE is a leading total digital solutions agency in China. The company assists brands targeting Chinese consumers & netizens by developing tailored digital services that includes: consulting and advisory, e-commerce and mobile commerce solutions, as well as digital branding and onlinemarketing campaigns. Annia's background is related to marketing and public relations, however she now specializes in mostly digital marketing and strategy. More information about the speaker is on Annia Gonzalez Torres Linkedin...
To the Chinese Workforce: I have never worked so hard with such tight deadlines in my life. Because of you, I have a different standard for working when I come back to America. I am not at all saying that Americans are lazy, I am just saying that we do not work as hard/much nor get paid as little. To the other foreigners in China: Thank you for making the culture shock a bit easier. I have such a sense of joy being around people of different nationalities. I have gained culture from you all as well. Just to name a few of my favorites, Bahar (Turkey), Racheal (England) , Micheal (American), Vitaly (Ukraininan and I hate you still haha), Winnie (Chinese), Mitch (Austrailian), Matt (English), Victor (Spanish) and AnnaBelle (Dutch) these plus the many more that I have met and became the best of friends the same night....
Born in Avellino, Italy, I moved to Scotland at the age of 19 after completing high school to pursue my ambition of becoming proficient in the English language while living in a country whose history and heritage had always fascinated me. Gi2C comment: Congrats on achieving your goal, Vittorio! Your English is excellent. I am 24 years old and a few years ago, I met a group of people working for a charity that operates in Cuzco. I became involved in their activities, mainly producing crafts to be sold in markets in Italy, the revenues of which went to children in rural areas of the Peruvian Andes. I then decided to travel to Peru and I was able to continue my charity work once I got to Cuzco, where I taught English to schoolchildren every afternoon for a month. Living in Aberdeen, the oil capital of Europe and being exposed...
Gi2C Group is holding a contest to build a bridge between cultures, share information and unite interns from all over the world. Contest participants share pictures and write blogs about their experiences in China. The "Gi2C Share Contest" is open to current interns who are presently in China. Each season, current Gi2C interns will have a chance to win the USD$1000 prize. After starting out the contest as a monthly event and announcing their May winner, Arion Franklin, Gi2C stated this week that the contest duration will change from monthly to a seasonal format. “Many interns who are coming for a one-month summer internship arrive in the middle of the month so they were unable to enter a monthly contest,” said Gi2C Brand Manager, Lucy Tokairin. “We changed the duration time to seasons (summer, fall, winter, spring) to allow all of our interns a longer timeframe to join the contest.”...
My hometown is Bratislava, Slovakia. Bratislava is the capital of a small country in the middle of Europe with rich history and customs. People there are friendly and caring. I’m 25 and have been involved in sports my whole life. I played basketball for 10 years and also took karate. I’m now playing a sport called floorball. I studied international finance management in Slovakia and Germany. I just graduated in February of this year. I chose to study this area because I wanted to know about finance and management and this major was a great opportunity to study both. My Gi2C arranged China internship is working for a company that focuses on finance, tax, accounting, financial counseling and auditing. The company’s service portfolio is huge, but I should be concentrating on primarily taxes and accounting. I’m looking forward to learning other areas during my internship as well. I want to get...
Beijing is one of the greatest places to live if you’re into food. The authentic Chinese food in Beijing is delicious and extremely diverse, and you also have a multitude of international restaurants to choose from as well! If you’ve just arrived in Beijing for your Gi2C internship and live relatively close to the second and third ring roads on the east side of downtown Beijing, you will want to experience the following five eateries for yourself: 1. Makye Ame Tibetan Restaurant 玛吉阿米 － 团结湖 Makye Ame has excellent Tibetan food as well as dinner entertainment. The restaurant is very hard to find so make sure you find it on a map first and have the address in Chinese with you to show local residents if you get lost. Dinner for two is not cheap at around 500rmb (US$80) for four dishes but the Tibetan dancing and singing, which...
China is a shopper’s paradise in terms of cheap pricing overall, but some basic necessities that you use back home may be unnecessarily expensive or impossible to find in the Middle Kingdom. If you’re on your way to China in the near future, don’t forget these items: 1. First aid Pack prescriptions and basic medicine such as aspirin, stomach medicine, anti-histamines, vitamins and other over-the-counter remedies. There are lots of pharmacies in China but almost none of them carry products in English or have staff who speak English. Stores like Watsons might have some vitamins and other imported items, but they’ll be super expensive. 2. Contact lenses, solution and extra eyeglasses You should be able to find these items in China eventually, but the product details may be unreadable in Chinese and you don’t want to take any chances of damaging the window to your soul. 3. Hair...
Pablo Recio Gracia, Managing Director, EIBENS Beijing Consulting On Thursday, May 28th, Gi2C Group and EIBENS Beijing Consulting will welcome current foreign interns in China to join a business lecture at Gi2C HQ. The Gi2C guest speaker this upcoming Thursday will be Pablo Recio Gracia, an expert in the Food & Beverage industry, with a special focus on consulting for imports, distribution processes and trade barriers. Pablo's background: A Bachelor in Business from the University of Granada and a Masters in Quality Management and Business Internationalization Pablo has been living and working in China since 2005, and in his career, he has successfully supervised more than 50 interns. His experience includes working for public agencies including ICEX (Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade) and Extenda (Trade Promotion Agency of Andalusia) as well as private companies such as GoldMillenium Group. Currently, he is Managing Director of a new enterprise called EIBENS Beijing Consulting. Pablo will be sharing his professional expertise and personal experiences....
I am from York in the north of England. York is unusual in the UK because it is incredibly ancient. It is of strategic importance because it is halfway between London and Scotland. It has a castle with complete walls all the way around the city that are 2000 years old. I’m 24 years old and something cool I have done in my life so far is to live in South Africa and train elephants. I went to school in London and studied microbiology and business management. Science is fascinating to me as I’m a very curious person. I will be interning at a finance company that focuses on wealth management. I excited to learn more about Asia business culture. China was my go-to internship destination because it is a superpower and will become even more relevant. China is big and busy. That’s the best way to describe it. I...