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Why Volunteer?

Volunteering and studying a foreign language with China Your Way can help you get into college and/or graduate school.  Below are just a few examples of the sorts of questions you can expect from college applications and interviewers.  China Your Way offers an invaluable asset to your life experiences that will set you apart from other applicants.    

 
The following excerpts appear on the 2011 Undergraduate Common Application, the most widely accepted college application format, used by over 150 of America’s top colleges
Please list your principal extracurricular, volunteer, and work activities in their order of importance to you.
Use the space available to provide details of your activities and accomplishments.
 
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences in the space below or on an attached sheet (150 words or fewer).
 
Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
 
Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
 
The following was taken Harvard University’s application supplement.
Please list the cities and countries where you have lived, with years of residence in each.
Which languages other than English can you speak, read or write?
 
Volunteering is a great way to practice teamwork and leadership. Our volunteer activities allow our students to lead by persuasion, show innovation, and cooperate. These are qualities that will not only help you get into college, but also help you in your career path.
 
Just as volunteering allows you to feel a part of a community, volunteering abroad allows you to feel part of a global community, and to learn global citizenship.  These lessons will hold great importance for tomorrow's leaders.  One of China Your Way’s main objectives is to expose scholars to the true culture of modern China.  We do this by providing homestays and enriching activities that force our students to connect with their surrounding community. 
 
Volunteering just plain feels good.  Fundamentally, it is about working together -- donating your time, energy, and skills for a common cause. The energy and sense of fulfillment you feel after volunteering can even be carried over to other situations in your life and sometimes help to relieve tensions and foster new perspectives on old situations.

 

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