In July 2015, an International Friendship Day was held at Victoria University of Wellington. This was organised by the Victoria University International Student Association, and a number of cultural clubs contributing to the event by showcasing their culture through food and performance.
In April 2015, the NZCFS Wellington Branch and AIESEC, the world’s largest student run organisation that sends university students on internships and exchanges around the world, called for applicants who wanted to go on a 6+ week AIESEC exchange to China. Funding to support the exchange for successful applicants was to be provided through the Simon Deng Li Fund.
Tess Pilkington, from the Auckland University of Technology, was selected as one of the winners of the NZCFS-AIESEC China Exchange project. She is currently studying Business Management and Health Science and has previously travelled to China through the Aotea Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2011.
During my time studying at Victoria University of Wellington I volunteered in an environmental awareness project Guangzhou (formally known as Canton) in Guangdong province for two months in 2013. These are some of my experiences during this time, which have shaped my life choices and views on myself and others.