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Want to volunteer at the Palace Museum? Keen interest in traditional culture important

(People's Daily Online)    15:17, January 16, 2018

Applicants interested in traditional Chinese culture who can pass a series of evaluations can be approved to be volunteers at China’s Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, which has a history of nearly 600 years, Beijing Morning Post reported.

The museum recruited 50 volunteers in 2017, and plans to recruit at least 30 volunteers every year. Applicants must pass a series of evaluations, have deep interest in traditional Chinese culture, and have time to do voluntary work, a director at the museum noted.

The volunteers, made up of various ages and professions, must pass a written examination on Chinese history and be interviewed, attend pre-job training, and make presentations before serving visitors, Wang Qianghui, a volunteer at the museum said, adding that the most difficult thing is to stick to the voluntary work.

Nearly 3,000 volunteers have served 600,000 visitors for 130,000 hours at the museum since the volunteer team was established in December 2004, Shan Jixiang, director of the museum introduced, adding that there were 220 volunteers in 2017, most of whom have done voluntary work for at least 72 hours per year.

In addition, the director disclosed that the museum is also seeking ways to recruit volunteers to help with ancient buildings renovation, cultural relic preservation, consultation, and reception.

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