NMMU students chosen for Chinese tourism project

2016-05-25 06:00
NMMU students (from left) Sibusiso Makaringe, Qapela Ngcobo, Bafana Nogcansi and Sandile Mjamba were selected by the Chinese government to participate in the Jinhua Homestay Project. Photo: SUPPLIED

NMMU students (from left) Sibusiso Makaringe, Qapela Ngcobo, Bafana Nogcansi and Sandile Mjamba were selected by the Chinese government to participate in the Jinhua Homestay Project. Photo: SUPPLIED

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FOUR Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University students have been granted the opportunity of a life-time, in the form of an educational trip to China with students from across the globe – which will be televised daily on Chinese national television.

The four are final-year Economics student Sibusiso Makaringe, Psychology honours student Qapela Ngcobo, third-year Public Administration and Sociology student Bafana Nogcansi, and final-year Development Studies student Sandile Mjamba. They are the only South African students to have been selected by the People’s Government of China to participate in its “Jinhua Homestay Project”.

The students will take part in this initiative from June 22 to July 12, together with 36 other students from 25 different countries.

During their three-week stay in one of the historical villages in the city of Jinhua, the students will be living in the home of a Chinese family, about to open a “home-stay” business, which will see them accommodating tourists in their own homes.

The four are currently raising money to fund their return trip from Port Elizabeth to China as the programme only covers their expenses when they arrive in China.

“This is such a huge opportunity – we cannot miss this trip. But funding is a major concern right now; we need to have our flights booked by the end of May,” said Nogcansi.

The “Jinhua Homestay Project” is aimed at creating tourism opportunities and socio-economic sustainable mechanisms for the rural areas of China.

The students will participate in various activities in the historical village, guided by villagers offering a unique perspective of the traditions of the village.

The students were chosen based on an application process which required them to write a 600-word essay and submit testimonials. – REPORTER

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