A. J. (Alipu) & Liu Shuang
All the way from China, A. J. and Liu Shuang joined Ricefield through British Council’s Global Xchange programme. During the 2 months they worked with Ricefield, they have contributed greatly to cataloguing Ricefield Library on-line and organising Ricefield’s cultural products. They also produced a video introducing the lives and workplaces of the 16 volunteers from China and Britain.
As part of the British Council’s Global Xchange programme, I volunteered in Ricefield for 2 months from October to December 2010 along with another volunteer from China. The staff in Ricefield has been greatly helpful and supportive helping us to overcome the language issues and encouraged us to work on something creative and meaningful. After discussing, we decided to produce a video about how Global Xchange volunteers lived and worked in Britain, and Ricefield agreed to arrange cameras, laptops and other equipment required for this task. We produced a 15min video introducing the lives and workplaces of the 16 volunteers from China and Britain. However there were issues with equipment and time towards the end of the project and our commitment to other activities in the programme has also taken more time than we thought, so the video was not finished during the time when we were in Ricefield. Besides the video, we also worked on setting up Ricefield Library’s on-line catalogue and organising the cultural merchandise from China.
I have learnt a lot in the 2 months working for Ricefield with the help and support from the staff. I also built a great relationship with everyone in Ricefield through this unforgettable experience. I would like to thank Ricefield again for giving me the opportunity to learn and experience so much.