Six weeks on-site training on guiding tourists around Dunhuang’s historical sites.
HONG KONG – To promote deeper appreciation of Chinese culture among local youths, Youth Square is conducting a six-week “Dunhuang Youth Internship Programme” with cultural immersion in Dunhuang. The programme encourages youths to explore the cultural gems of Dunhuang and the Application is now open.
The internship programme is organised by the Home and Youth Affairs Bureau in conjunction with Youth Square and fully supported by Dunhuang Academy. It will be held from 18 June 2023 to 29 July 2023 and there are 16 Dunhuang internship positions available for local university students. The six-week training programme delves into areas such as Dunhuang’s humanities, geography, and other specific subjects. Interns will also get to do fieldwork to polish up their explanation skills and work together as a group on a creative project to promote Dunhuang. They will have a chance to personally experience and understand Dunhuang’s conservation efforts for rock caves, murals, and the environment. By this opportunity, interns can interact with Dunhuang researchers and learn from professional guides on how to better introduce the facts and details about places of interest to tourists and develop themselves into bona fide Mogao Caves guides.
Home and Youth Affairs Bureau sponsors the expenses for round trip air tickets, accommodations, insurance, and exchange activities for youths taking part in this programme. Full-time students between the ages of 18 to 30 currently attending a Hong Kong university who are interested in Dunhuang’s art and culture should register for selection with a multimedia creative work based on the theme, “Promoting Dunhuang’s Culture”. Application will be open until 19 April 2023.
Since 2016, Youth Square has launched a series of “Discover Dunhuang” activities, including exhibitions, tour guide training, art creation, sharing sessions, and many others in order to increase awareness among the younger generation about Dunhuang’s cultural and conservation efforts. Besides these avenues, youths who have proven to be interested in Dunhuang are selected as “Dunhuang Art and Cultural Ambassadors” and get to personally travel there to interact with the locals. Youth Square has successfully organized three “Art and Culture Learning Trips” and led 60 young and aspiring Dunhuang Art and Cultural Ambassadors to Dunhuang for visits. Through close contact with researchers from Dunhuang Research Academy and other young tour guides, these ambassadors have learned more about Dunhuang’s history, arts, and culture through invaluable hands-on experience. The “Dunhuang Youth Internship Programme” was first introduced in 2018 with the goal of encouraging youths to experience the culture and conservation of the long-established Silk Road up-close from its starting point both in times past and the present – Dunhuang.
Aiming for promoting the precious Dunhuang heritage, one of the most important World Cultural Heritage properties to local youth, Youth Square will organise a six-week “Dunhuang Youth Internship Programme 2023” again this year. Starting from now, the eligible youngsters are able to experience the charm of Dunhuang culture by applying the internship programme.
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