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Expo volunteer who lives in a Mongolian tent

07-26-2010 15:21 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

"In fact, there is really no reason. True goodness often comes from instinct in our lives and reason often isn’t needed. I thought it would be very meaningful and then I decided to do it. Many people can do it, but few actually do. People who care about me always believe that I am living a hard life volunteering in other provinces, but I am very happy because I am doing what I like and following my dreams," said Chen.

Chen Jianjun (left) and Ms Qiu Yuzhen, working as safety volunteers on the platform bridge. 
Chen Jianjun (left) and Ms Qiu Yuzhen, working as
 safety volunteers on the platform bridge.
 

After less than a month, volunteer Chen Jianjun's handbook became badly worn.
After less than a month, volunteer Chen Jianjun's handbook became badly worn.

When we met Chen on the pedestrian bridge, which is next to the Magnolia Population Cultural Square at the Shanghai Railway Station, he was wearing an orange safety volunteer uniform and watching the traffic jams under the bridge.

If they did not know in advance, perhaps nobody will believe that this short, dark-skinned Inner Mongolian boy who was born in 1986 and came to Shanghai from Inner Mongolia by train over three days and two nights with only a tent, came just to apply to be an Expo volunteer. And before this, he had been working as a volunteer for seven years. After the World Expo is over, he wants to establish a non-governmental volunteer organization in Inner Mongolia and make volunteering his career.


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