University student shares his experience as a Beijing Winter Olympics volunteer with families on the island of Taiwan
Published: Feb 03, 2022 12:43 PM
Yao Zhongyu photo:Web

Yao Zhongyu photo:Web

A volunteer for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games from Beihang University in Beijing sent Lunar New Year wishes to his uncles on the island of Taiwan through a video, in which he said that he feels honored to participate in the Winter Olympics as a volunteer and that multiple COVID-19 prevention and control measures will guarantee his safety.

Yao Zhongyu, a student of Beihang University from Taiwan Province, told his uncles in a video posted online that he would not be able to spend the Spring Festival with his parents as he volunteered for the Beijing Winter Olympics this year, but there was no need to worry about him because the school provided a lot of protection. He hopes he can come back to Taiwan to visit his uncles and welcomes them to visit him on the Chinese mainland.

"Beijing is such a big stage and I have missed out on many of the big events that have taken place in the past. It is an honorable and meaningful opportunity to participate as a volunteer in such an international event," Yao said. 

In order to be selected, Yan had passed the College English Test before he signed up as a volunteer, attended the Red Cross rescue training organized by the university and obtained a corresponding certificate.

"My parents think the Beijing 2022 is a very important event and it's an honor for me to be a part of it and they are very proud of me." 
Yao will be a volunteer in the Yanqing competition zone in the suburban area of Beijing.

There are around 200,000 volunteers for urban work for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games in 16 service stations around the Olympic venues, 149 urban volunteer service stations, nine venues for ice and snow sports and 507 key communities, said the Beijing Municipality on Wednesday during a press conference.

According to Yao, the mainland has done a good job in epidemic prevention and control, and Beijing has many policies to support students from Taiwan to start businesses and find jobs, which gives opportunities and hope. He plans to pursue his career in the mainland after completing his studies.

Yao's grandfather is from Xuzhou, East China's Jiangsu Province, and his grandmother is from Yilan, Taiwan Province. He was born on the island of Taiwan and moved to Xuzhou with his parents when he was in primary school, the reported.

His grandparents and aunt's family are also living in the mainland, while his two uncles and nephews now live in Taoyuan in Taiwan. Therefore, the whole family traveled frequently across the Straits before the COVID-19 epidemic broke out.

Global Times