CUC students volunteered for the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. Photograph/ Yan Li
At six O’clock early in the morning, we were on a bus travelling along Chang’an Street. The sun emerged from the east, sending rays through the cracks of clouds. I could feel the fresh, cool and crispy air brushing my cheeks.
It was September 3, the opening day of the 2018 Beijing Summit of FOCAC (the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation). I, along with my CUC schoolmates, had been volunteering for the summit since its preparation. We had just started the second half of our service at Media Center of the 2018 Beijing Summit of FOCAC. It was the first volunteering experience I had as an undergraduate, and in my current list of experiences, this event is one I’ll miss the most.
More than 2,500 volunteers from 32 Beijing universities served various duties including the airport, hotels, conference halls, and tourist spots. I was among one of the 400 volunteers who worked in the media center, responsible for news reporting and publicity. We were participating in a comprehensive task of running the entire building, which required for engineering, language, CS, medical, and journalism students and professionals. Each day we have to get prepared before the building starts to operate at 7 AM and make sure all the work is done before it closes by midnight.
At 6:30 in the morning, the building started to wake. Chefs were serving breakfast at the buffet counter with soft scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, sausage patties, stir-fried noodles and ice-cold orange juice. Huang Zhe (Class of 2019) was among the earliest to arrive. She needed to distribute thousands of pages of documents into packs, which would later be handed out to media representatives. At the break of dawn, the volunteers lined up and worked like an assembly line. Daily statistics showed that more than 1,300 packages were produced.
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