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VOA常速英语新闻:有梦想的人追寻在非洲的志愿者机会(双语)

Cherie207 于2013-03-27发布 l 已有人浏览
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在北京最近的一次培训会议上,医生、信息技术专家、商业人士和其他人士准备同国际发展慈善组织海外志愿服务VSO前往非洲进行一到两年的工作。
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At a recent training session in Beijing, doctors, information technology specialists, business professionals and others prepare for a one-to two-year stint in Africa with international development charity VSO, Voluntary Services Overseas.
在北京最近的一次培训会议上,医生、信息技术专家、商业人士和其他人士准备同国际发展慈善组织海外志愿服务VSO前往非洲进行一到两年的工作。

Zhang Liang, a doctor from China's northeastern province of Liaoning, said, “A friend of mine has a clinic in Africa which was doing really well.
来自中国东北省份辽宁的医生张良说道:“我的一个朋友在非洲的一家诊所非常好。

When he returned to China and we got to know each other, he told me about his experiences there and I was very interested.
当他回到中国,我们彼此熟知,他告诉我关于他在那里的经历,我对此很感兴趣。

I thought that if I had a chance I would least go once.
我想,如果有机会我至少会去一次。

It would be a privilege to try and contribute somehow.
很荣幸能够去尝试并做出些贡献。

When professionals in China volunteer, many do not know if they will get their old jobs back when they return.
当问及中国志愿者中的专业人士们,很多人不知道他们返回后是否会得到原来的工作。

But they say the opportunities abroad make it worth the risk.
但是他们表示国外的机会使冒此风险也是值得的。

Stephanie Wong, a city planner, recently returned from Zambia with VSO.
斯蒂芬妮·王是一位城市规划师,她最近刚刚从赞比亚回来。

She said, "I am personally very interested in working for the general public.
她说道:“我个人非常感兴趣为一般公众工作。

Because planning is very much related to social issues, and I want to experience myself what I can do for the general public as a planner.
因为规划和社会问题密切相关,而且我想体验自己作为规划师能为公众做什么。

While China may be the world's second largest economy, it still has more than 200 million people living off of less than a dollar and 25 cents a day.
尽管中国可能是世界上的第二大经济体,但仍然有超过2亿人过着一天不到1美元25美分的生活。

VSO country director Fanny Chan said that gives Chinese volunteers a unique perspective.
VSO国家主任陈·凡尼表示那为中国的志愿者们提供了一个独特的视角。

"When we talk to the volunteers from China most of them, either through their families or even themselves, have witnessed poverty," said Chan.
“当我们和来自中国的大多数的志愿者们谈话,通过他们的家人甚至自己见证了贫穷,”陈说道。

"And they also know that if people have better access to basic services, to education, can find a way to make a living that can lift people out of poverty.
“他们也知道如果人们有更好的基本服务,教育,能找到一种谋生手段,就可以让人们摆脱贫困。

They know that is possible.
他们知道这是可能的。”

China has been sending medical volunteers to Africa for decades.
几十年间中国一直派遣医疗志愿者们前往非洲。

They are now in 45 countries on the continent.
他们现在服务于非洲大陆的45个国家之中。

China's youth volunteers corps, an effort similar to the United States' Peace Corps, is a path that some choose.
类似于美国和平组织的中国青年志愿者组织是一些人选择的一种方式。

But, said Liu Haifang, deputy director of Peking University's Africa Research Center, students are increasingly turning to other organizations for overseas volunteer work.
但是北京大学非洲研究中心副主任刘海方表示越来越多的学生们转向其他海外志愿工作的组织。

"My impression is that young volunteers are finding their own ways to go abroad.
“我的印象是,年轻的志愿者们寻找他们自己去国外方式。

They are not inclined to say that they represent China," Liu said.
他们不倾向于认为他们代表中国,”刘说道。

"They are not interested in saying who they represent.
“他们不感兴趣表示自己代表谁。

They represent themselves.
他们代表自己。

They have ambitions and dreams that they want to realize.
他们有想要实现的野心和梦想。”

Liu said the trend highlights the changes in how China and its citizens are reaching out to the rest of the world.
刘表示这一趋势展现了中国正在如何变化,而其公民们正在接触世界其他地区。


词汇解释:
1.session n.会议;会期
a formal meeting or series of meetings of an organization such as a parliament or a law court

eg. Several bills were enacted at the end of this session of Parliament.
这届国会结束时,好几个议案制定成为法律。

2.stint n.节约;限制;定额的工作
a fixed or limited period of time spent doing a particular job or activity

eg. Don't stint on the cream!
不要舍不得放奶油!

3.privilege n.特权;荣幸
an advantage that only one person or group of people has, usually because of their position or because they are rich

eg. I had the privilege of meeting the queen.
我有会见王后的特权。

4.opportunity n.机会;时机
an occasion or situation that makes it possible to do something that you want to do or have to do, or the possibility of doing something

eg. You must grasp this opportunity.
你必须抓住机会。

5.represent v.表现;表示
to speak, act, or be present officially for another person or people

eg. Monsters in dreams often represent fears.
怪物在梦里经常表现为恐惧。

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