2017 Shanghai International Youth Interactive Friendship Camp held its first public election for the "Friendship Ambassadors" on April 15, 2017. More than 100 students between the ages of 14 to 18 competed to qualify for 15 places for Chinese campers. It's the second year that the friendship camp has had a citywide audition.
The audition took the form of a one-to-one English interview and judged contestants in the following areas: English proficiency, appearance & manner, talent show and comprehensive qualities, among which, English was of prime importance.
Shi Maoting is a Grade-10 student from Shanghai No.1 High School. He said that, "I like to take part in cross-cultural events and I want to make more foreign friends".
Students also displayed various talents and skills in the audition, such as singing, dancing, instrument playing, calligraphy, essay reciting and magic.
The second-round selection for the "Friendship Ambassadors" will be held in May.
Founded in 2005, the Shanghai International Youth Interactive Friendship Camp is sponsored by the Shanghai People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the Shanghai Youth Federation and is organized by Shanghai Youth and Children's Activity Centre.
During the camp last year, almost 130 young people from 22 countries experienced Chinese Tie-dye arts, Hanfu culture (traditional clothes in Han Dynasty) and a homestay titled “Being a ‘One-day’ Shanghainese”. They also took part in a variety of activities like the “Theme Show on Nations” and “I Love Shanghai: International Youth Orienteering Competition”. Besides, they visited some landmarks in the city, such as Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, Chenghuang Temple, Huangpu River, Disneyland and Shanghai Natural History Museum.