Some volunteers pose for a photo after being honored at an awards ceremony organized by Shekou Management and Service Center for Expats at Tencent’s office building in Nanshan District on Wednesday. At the ceremony, 10 best volunteers — five expats and five Chinese nationals — and 90 other expat and Chinese volunteers were honored for their contributions to Shekou communities in 2021, ahead of International Volunteer Day that falls on Sunday.
Shekou awarded its 10 best volunteers — five expats and five Chinese nationals — for their contributions to Shekou communities in 2021 on Wednesday, ahead of International Volunteer Day which falls on Sunday.
During the awards ceremony organized by Shekou Management and Service Center for Expats at Tencent’s office building in Nanshan District, the center also honored 90 expat and Chinese volunteers that served the communities over the past year.
The center expressed its appreciation to the international volunteer team and encouraged more volunteer services.
Through visiting Tencent, the volunteers knew not only about Shenzhen’s innovative spirit but were also inspired to contribute more to society.
“It’s a great opportunity visiting Tencent, and I would like to help shoot and make videos for volunteer events,” said Timurs Askerovs from Latvia.
Volunteers also expressed their expectations for volunteer services in the coming year.
Nora Carstens from Mexico shared her idea and said, “I want to offer volunteer services on safety as I’m certified as a Situation Awareness Specialist (SAS). I hope I can help the community and residents be more aware of safety and be equipped with such knowledge.”
Shekou International Volunteer Team was established in 2017 and formally registered as the first district-level international volunteer team in Nanshan District in 2020. The team has more than 250 members from different countries and regions with highly competitive language skills. More than 93 percent of the volunteers speak fluent English, around 25 percent speak French, about 7 percent speak Japanese and more than 44 percent speak Korean, Spanish, Greek, Indian or other languages.
Shekou, an international community gathering residents from 106 countries, advocates volunteer services to make a better community. Its volunteer team has been engaged in a wide range of services such as cultural exchange, epidemic prevention, legal popularization, community environment improvement and charity. The volunteers contributed a lot to the fight against the pandemic, provided strong support for large events and helped improve public signs’ translations.