New group of student volunteers arrives in Xinjiang

By Zhou Yuanyuan ( chinadaily.com.cn )

Updated: 2013-07-26

The first group of volunteers - consisting of 227 university students from Shandong province - who will serve in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, arrived in the capital city Urumqi on July 25, as part of the country's plan for university students to volunteer in its Western region, Xinjiang Daily reported.

According to the region's Youth League Committee, Xinjiang is set to welcome a total of 1,439 volunteers from 405 Chinese universities this year, marking the largest number of volunteers since the plan was launched in 2003.

The volunteers will serve in 14 programs - covering the fields of education, health care, agriculture, legal aid, youth work and social management - in 14 cities and autonomous prefectures of the region.

A total of 8,226 volunteers have worked for the region's social development since the plan was launched, and 2,166 of these students - more than one fourth of the total - have chosen to settle in Xinjiang.

Edited by Niva Whyman