Hospitality Internship

Chengdu City - China

Only 360€ per week!

Be part of a hospitality internship program where you will work at a local hotel/hostel assisting guests with diverse hospitality related concerns!

You will have the chance to gain a hands on experience within the tourism industry that will add to your existing skill-set and beneficial to your field of study through practical work. This unique program is designed to guide you during your internship, but will also introduce you into the local culture and customs of China.

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Program Description

Our hospitality internships are located in several cities in China.

It’s a practice-based program, you will work at local Hotels/Hostels. You will assist in arriving: Greeting, help to check in, show amenities and water locations, settle into rooms, serve guests at meal times, and answer questions relating to their stay, set up any necessary equipment and seating for hotel activities, etc.

As an intern, you will have the opportunity to grow and learn the Hospitality industry through hands-on exposure to day-to-day operational tasks within your assigned department. You will be responsible for providing excellent guest service and learning to utilize leadership skills taught on the job. This opportunity is open for those who wish to develop their skills and spend some time learning about another culture.

This internship collaborates directly with local hotels or hostels. A minimum of 25 hours should be allocated for the internship per week.

Our internship provides study-affiliated and international work experience, practical skills training, knowledge accumulation and teamwork skills while at the same time making a worthwhile contribution to the community and organization.

Your work will be coordinated by an English-speaking local coordinator with an established background. The coordinator will guide, supervise and assess you. Moreover, the coordinator will help out with the language/culture barriers that may exist among local partners.

Cultural Introduction

Not only will we guide you during your internship, but we will also introduce you into the local culture and customs. After all, you will be spending quite some time here and it is important to know about your surroundings!

During the first week, you will take part in an introduction/culture program where you will learn about the local culture, language and customs through activities such as cooking lessons, local handicraft making and excursions to iconic places.

Our programs are designed to immerse you as much as possible with local people and culture and to encourage cultural exchange between teammates to let you fully integrate you in your new surroundings.

What we offer

  • Guaranteed internship placement with assigned project and a professional work environment
  • Guaranteed English language speaking person in the working environment plus a local language when applicable
  • Learning filled and meaningful internship/work assignments that are relevant to the intern’s field of study
  • A predefined professional role
  • Pre-internship personal learning goal and competency assessment
  • Guidance, Supervision and on the job training
  • Guaranteed 25+ working hours per week (4 or 5 days a week, depending on the requirements of the intern’s educational institution)
  • Frequent (bi-weekly/monthly) feedback and progress sessions with the hosting company/organization
  • A proper (physical) workplace for the intern
  • Welcome and pick-up at the airport
  • Accommodation close to workplace, comfortable environment.
  • A mandatory introduction week consisting of an intro into the local culture and customs as well as an introduction into the internship placement (academic)
  • Meals provided (Depends on the location of the placement)
  • 24-hour local support.
  • 20 years of organizational experience worldwide

Aims & Objectives

  • Serve the needs of the intern as well as those of the host
  • Help you gain as much experience as possible in your field of study through practical work
  • Help you create work that will be valuable and beneficial to the organization as well as the local community

Schedule

Monday to Friday

The schedule of the internship depends on the exact fulfillment of your role and other team members when applicable. Generally, you will work from Monday to Friday for at least 25 – 30 hours a week. However, from time to time, you might be asked to work during the weekend.

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Advanced

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: On Signup

Resume copy required: On Signup

Required qualification: Related background

Additional Requirements

  • An established background in an affiliated field of study
  • Proof of qualifications (if applicable) and CV/Resume and a copy of your passport sent by email to the local team at least two weeks before beginning the program
  • Motivation letter including learning goals, expectations and specific placement requests from the intern
  • Internship requirements from the educational institution (if applicable)

Additional Equipment

  • Laptop

Location

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province of China and also one among the three most populous cities in Western China. Chengdu is one of the most important economic, financial, commercial, cultural, transportation and communication centers in Western China.

Chengdu also had the reputation of being ranked among one of the most livable cities in China, with bustling streets, new magnificent buildings, historical towns, beautiful monasteries.

About the Accommodation

Your room will be in a hostel located in the center of Chengdu city. It features colourful accommodation and offers a tour desk, a garden, a shared lounge, a bar and a restaurant.

There is also a desk, electric kettle, hairdryer and the bathroom comes with free toiletries and slippers.

Food Arrangements

Your meals will typically be Chinese dishes common of the local area, comprising mainly rice, noodles and vegetables with some meat.

Facilities

Transportation

The accommodation is just a 10-minute walk away from airport shuttle bus station and only a 5-minute walk from Huaxiba Subway Station (line 1).

Shops

The hostel is located in the city and so all amenities are located within walking distance. Shops are open from 10:00 to 22:00 in Chengdu city, Monday to Sunday.

Money

If heading to the Panda reserve, remember Chengdu might be your last chance to withdraw money, as the nearest ATM that accepts international bank or credit cards is an hour away by car from the Panda Base.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Like any major city, Chengdu has a lot to offer in terms of things to do and see. Although a guidebook can tell you everything you would need to know, here are a few ideas we recommend:

Jinli Street

This is a commercial pedestrian street described as being representative of the city. Here you will find plenty of shops and street food

Wuhou Temple

Located near to Jinli street, this temple complex provides the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle found so close.

Mount Qingcheng

One of the most famous Taoist mountains in China at the top of which you will find Laojun Pavilion.

Bullet Train

Keep in mind that with the new High Speed Train service operating between Chengdu and Guilin, you can now make the trip that was once a 24hr journey in just 8 hours! China’s newest high speed trains, also known as bullet or fast trains, can reach 300 km/h (186 mph), or a top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph). That means you have many new options, for combining programs in a variety of locations. The route, along this super fast and technologically-advanced train, couples a comfortable ride adventure with breathtaking scenery, in a way that should not be missed. So… All aboard!

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name: People’s Republic of China

Population: 1.37 billion

Capital: Beijing

Language: Standard Chinese

Currency: Renminbi (Yuan) (CNY)

Time zone: CST (UTC +8)

Country Information

China covers approximately 9.6 million square kilometers making it the 2nd largest country by land area. It is not only the country with the largest population in the world but it is also one of the largest economies laying claim to being the world’s largest exporter and 2nd largest importer of goods.

It is a country of incredible cultural history boasting one of the earliest ancient civilisations dating back to around 2800 BC. Its landscape is equally rich in diversity, ranging from its forest steppes, its deserts in the north and subtropical forests in the south to its 14,500km long stretch of Pacific Ocean coastline. All of this makes China an incredible and exciting place to be, both in what it has to offer today and the story of its past.

Climate

Due to the vast expanse of land that China covers both in terms of longitude and latitude, the climate varies greatly from place to place. Generally, the climate pattern in China is characterised by dry seasons and wet monsoons. The rainy seasons mainly span from May to september but this pattern is less consistent in the some areas such as the dry northwest.

The difference in season causes a pronounced disparity in temperatures between winter and summer. Whilst the summer offers warm temperatures almost everywhere, the winter can cause temperatures to drop significantly, especially in the northern areas of China.

The Monsoon

The southern provinces start to experience the monsoons first, starting in April and May. The winds start to blow north in June meaning that northern provinces receive the rains around July and August, and the rains start to come to an end in September and are generally completely over in October. The northwest of China is the only area that avoids the monsoon climate.

Culture

China is one of four great ancient civilizations with 3,600 years of written history, and its culture both past and present is incredibly profound. Whilst Chinese cultural identity has many common, unifying elements, it is a country that represents 56 ethnic minority groups, the largest of which is the Han Chinese (900 million people), with other groups including the Tibetans, Mongols, Naxi etc. The significance of this is that each group to an extent creates their own culture and so within the vast expanse of China, depending on where you are, cultural variety is plentiful and there to be explored!

The country is currently ruled by The Chinese Communist Party. It is officially atheist, but is slowly and surely becoming more tolerant towards the practice of religion. The five official religions in China are Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism. Due to the fact that it is only in recent years that tolerance of religion has made any progress, the practice of other religions is not formally recognised, although are often tolerated especially in the case of ancient Chinese beliefs. Currently about a quarter of the population practice Taoism, Confucianism and other traditional religions.

Gastronomy

There are 8 different styles of traditional Chinese cuisine, and traditional food can be found everywhere in China. Other styles adopted into Chinese cuisine and that might be found in China include Singaporean, Malaysian, Indonesian, Indian and American cuisine.

The staple foods used in Chinese cooking include exactly what you would expect: rice, noodles, and vegetables with sauces and seasonings.

The attitude regarding food in China is generally “waste not, want not” meaning that it not just uses a wide variety of both plants and animals, but every part of these plants and animals are used in some way. For westerners this might mean that there are a few things on the menu that you may not be used to and might want to avoid.

Due to the scale of the country, it isn't surprising that each area of China has a unique style of cooking and the ingredients very much depend on the natural agricultural produce of the specific region. For example the south of China uses far more rice than the north, where wheat is its main ingredient, a reason why noodles and dumplings are much more common. Southern food is also typically more spicy than that of the north.

Common Chinese dishes include: Sweet and Sour Pork, Gong Bao Chicken, Ma Po Tofu, Wontons, Dumplings, Chow Mein, Peking Roasted Duck and Spring Rolls

Transportation

Like its economy, China’s transportation network has rapidly expanded over recent years and now houses the longest road network in the world as well as the busiest train network

Air

Although the most expensive means of transportation, it is by far the most convenient and can save a lot of time travelling the longer distances across China.

The main ports of air travel are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong although all major cities within the country host domestic flights.

Rail

This is the primary mode of transportation in China and most major cities have their own metro systems. As well as its standard vast rail network, China boasts over 7000 km of high-speed rail.

Bus

For local travel, buses are a very affordable way of getting around and a good alternative mode of transport where metro is not available.

Taxi

Taxis are generally cheap and easy to find. Meters are generally used in towns and cities. If your driver does not want to use a meter, common for longer trips out of town, be sure to negotiate a price before the journey.

Other Alternatives

Motor pedicabs, pedicabs and motorbikes can all be found in China and are a cheap way of getting around. We recommend you set a price before using this form of transport.

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