Co-op in China
August 16, 2018

Two young woman, smiling, taking a selfie

Meet Doris and Shannon!

Hi everyone! Our names are Doris Zhang (Chinese international student in Business – Marketing) and Shannon Nicol (domestic Canadian student in Business Administration – Human Resources).

For our summer co-op in 2018, we travelled to China for six weeks on behalf of the #GoAbroadSquad and the Segal International Centre. This project was created to enhance partnerships with Georgian College and create potential job opportunities for alumni. Additionally, this co-op allows students to share their student experiences and engage with international students and local communities. 

We started our trip in Hong Kong, and over six weeks we travelled to 13 cities: Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Foshan, Nanning, Xi’an, Baoji, Beijing, Jinan, Dongying, Louynag, Shenyang and Dalian. In each city, we gave multiple presentations about our student experiences at Georgian, life in Canada and life in Barrie. Our audiences included high school students, college/university students, agencies and parents. We were able to interact with students before or after presentations. Some of the activities included performances, dinners, attending classes, learning about tea art and hanging out! We were also fortunate enough to travel to major attractions across the country such as the Forbidden City, Great Wall of China and Terracotta Exhibit. 

This co-op was beneficial and insightful for both of us in a number of ways. It gave us the opportunity to travel and work with those from another culture, learn about the Chinese educational system and communicate with those who speak a different language from ours. We learned that language is typically the largest barrier for anyone when travelling, studying or working abroad, and in order to overcome this barrier you must practice and repeat. Culture is different in terms of what perspectives people have about the world around them, so it’s important to have an open mind and be open to learning about new cultures and traditions. 

This project was incredible – it allowed two students who may have never met to travel and work together for six weeks abroad and we hope other students have this same opportunity in the future!

Shannon and Doris standing in front of a wall of plaques in China
Three women standing in front of a Chinese garden
Shannon and Doris standing in front of a Chinese landmark.
Shannon and Doris at a flight attendant training school in China
Shannon and Doris with a group of students in China
Shannon and Doris at a school in China
Shannon and Doris learning to make tea
Shannon and Doris at Sino American Class
Shannon at a radio station in China
Shannon standing in front of a Chinese temple
Shannon and Doris posing with a Georgian in-country representative
Doris on a bridge over a river in China
Shannon and Doris with a group of students in China
Shannon and Doris at a TV station in China
Shannon and Doris outside a Chinese school
Shannon and Doris giving a presentation in China
Doris standing in a Chinese garden
Doris standing in front of a terracotta warrior statue
Shannon at the Great Wall of China
Doris on the Great Wall of China