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Qindan (Dani) Nie
Undergraduate Student in Business and Volunteer
Qindan Nie is a Junior student, from China, majoring in Supply Chain Management and Marketing. She is an active volunteer for EASC; doing such things as leading hands-on activities in Chinese crafts at a center for individuals with developmental disabilities; giving a calligraphy performance at a local middle school for their Chinese New Year celebration; teaching children and community members Chinese at the world language table at the Lotus Blossom World Bazaar, an annual educational art event; and teaching local scouts about Chinese culture at IU’s Mathers Museum. She says, “I’m interested in the community events in Bloomington and want to explore and get more involved with the local life. That’s why I love being a volunteer.”
The center has an active volunteer program, with opportunities for East Asian nationals and others with an interest in East Asia to help with outreach programs to K-12 students.
Volunteer opportunities include:
- Visits to local elementary schools to help with our Exploring East Asia through Stories program by:
- telling part of the story in the language of your country,
- helping with a craft or other hands-on activity, or
- answering questions about your country.
- Visits to area retirement centers to provide programs on daily life and culture, current events, and food.
- Interacting with students and teachers in other cities via Video Distance Learning (VDL) on topics such as language, New Year’s celebrations, and music.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
1. East Asian Cultural Immersion Project at the University Elementary School (January to mid-March 2014)
Date: January to mid- March 2014. UES teachers are willing to work with the volunteers’ schedules to plan the class activities.
Location: University Elementary School, 1111 N Russell Rd, Bloomington, IN
Audience: 50-75 students of a grade level at UES. Grades range from Kindergarten to 6th grade.
Description: The EASC is seeking volunteers for the East Asian Cultural Immersion Project at the University Elementary School (UES), here in Bloomington. This project aims to expose K-6 students to East Asian art, music, martial arts, and literature. This would be a great opportunity for you to share your East Asian cultural knowledge and experiences with the community in a fun, relaxing, and educational environment. Some activity ideas include traditional book making, origami, martial arts, teaching traditional folk songs, calligraphy, and storytelling. We have lots of materials, ideas and artifacts that might be useful, such as storytelling books from China, Japan, and Korea which you are more than welcome to use. If you are interested in seeing what we have, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time for us to meet.
What to expect: Based on your interest, you may choose to teach or engage in an activity for 50-75 students. Each music class is 35 minutes long (meets twice a week) and each art class is 70 minutes long (meets once a week). You are more than welcome to volunteer for more than one class; however you are not required to do so. Note: Teachers will help facilitate the class.
If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above events, please contact the East Asian Studies Center at email@example.com.