On December 2nd, five young students from University of Auckland (UA) began their two-month internship at GPHL’s Wanglaoji.
Interns from University of Auckland attend the meeting.
At the meeting, Wanglaoji representatives and teachers from the University of Auckland introduced the interns to Wanglaoji’s brand, Chinese culture, and Cantonese cuisine. The interns seemed impressed by both the look and feel of Guangzhou as well as the delicious local cuisine, saying they found the city friendly.
In May, during the Tripartite Economic Summit, GPHL’s subsidiary Wanglaoji and the University of Auckland set up the Wang Lao Ji Auspicious Culture Ambassador Scholarship to support outstanding students’ undertaking an internship at Wanglaoji.
Representatives of University of Auckland and Wanglaoji Health Industry Co., Ltd. Sign an agreement.
On December 3rd and 4th, the director of Wang Lao Ji Herbal Tea Museum showed interns around the Shennong Caotang Museum and Wang Lao Ji Herbal Tea Museum. The interns took this opportunity to explore China’a age-old medicine and unique herbal tea culture.
Interns from University of Auckland report to work.
“Everyone is very welcoming and friendly. It seems like everyone gets along and enjoys working together. It is nice to have our whole 8 weeks internship planned out”, said Mikaylie, a Marketing and International Business major.
Mikaylie Viner makes a speech.
Darwin, an Urban Planning major in his first year regards this as a special experience, “The visit to the Chinese Medicine Garden was a really rewarding and insightful learning experience for me. One of the main points that I got from the tour was that medicine comes from food and that both have similar functions as they benefit humans. Overall, I think the tour was a really important way for me to learn more about the brand.”
Darwin Chen takes pictures of plants.
Sabrina, a Marketing and Management major, said, “I found it fascinating finding out how much background and cultural information that can come from one brand and product. The knowledge especially about Chinese medicine and the biological perspective is very interesting to learn about.”
Interns from University of Auckland learn from museum docent.
According to their schedules, over the following two months, the interns will participate in different projects, such as expansion of Wanglaoji products’ overseas markets, overseas museum design and Wanglaoji’s Spring Festival advertising. Meanwhile, they will develop a better understanding of Chinese culture around Spring Festival, and discuss how to better promote herbal tea culture overseas from the perspective of young foreign consumers.
Author: Michelle Wang
Editors: Simon, Monica