CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

We at ImmerQi believe it’s very important that organizations like ourselves use their reach, ability and resources to give something back to a community that has provided not only a culturally rich, diverse and interesting place to live, but amazing life-changing opportunities to participants who otherwise may not have been able to experience life abroad.

Every member of the ImmerQi cares deeply about their corporate social responsibilities and this becomes evident when you look at all of the excellent initiatives ImmerQi staff have developed and contributed towards.

ImmerQi is pleased to have been formally recognised for its CSR and give back initatives – we are the three time consecutive winner in the Education category at the JCI Socially Responsible Company Awards for 2012-2014.

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM CHINA

An example of one staff member’s initiative is ImmerQi’s very own Volunteer Program China (VPC), which has long and short term options. The long term program gives participants the opportunity to volunteer in an foster home for visually impaired children. Volunteers get stuck in with really meaningful tasks, providing serviced learning and working in specialized areas.

ImmerQi not only supports this wonderful organization by providing them with enthusiastic volunteers, but also by frequently donating substantial sums of money and holding company visits, during which the staff help out with some manual labour tasks around the farm. ImmerQi considers it an honor to be able to work with such a fantastically generous charity.

The short term program involves providing volunteers with community service placements and them giving back to local organizations, ranging from centers for adults with learning disabilities to homes for poverty stricken children. Whatever the length or program, all aspects of VPC are aimed at helping those who so desperately need our assistance.

TEACH AND TRAVEL CHINA

ImmerQi’s other programs are not without their CSR contributions. The Teach and Travel China program (TTC) is not just about providing foreigners with international teaching experience, but also about giving students in local communities the chance to learn a skill that will help them enormously in their future endeavors – the English language.

We send our interns to the furthest corners of the country in this mutually beneficial program, to teach students who otherwise may not have the opportunity to learn English from a foreigner. Our teacher interns are gaining invaluable social and life skills that will help further them in their future endeavors, including independence, confidence and responsibility.

CHINA INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The China Internship Program (CIP) also contributes to the local community by working with organizations across several industries, including NGO’s. ImmerQi has provided several interns, who perhaps are interested in both business and volunteering, with positions within organizations in Beijing, some of which are charities.

Interns who join CIP are not only helping Chinese organizations to become more internationalized, but improving their own outlook by gaining precious international work and life experience!

OUR CSR MISSION

To set in place ImmerQi CSR initiatives, policies and a yearly action plan so that the direction of our corporate responsiveness is clear, our involvement is complete and the momentum of our practices are maintained.

IMMERQI CSR VALUES

ImmerQi strives to implement and abide by the following values in order to promote; ethics, economic development, environmental, societal and community awareness through its staff, program participants and partners within China and overseas.

1. Promote, market and provide quality products and services

2. Provide information that is truthful and useful to our clients

3. Provide a family-friendly work environment

4. Engage in responsible human-resource management

5. Engage in open and flexible communication with employees

6. Invest in employee training & development

7. Engage in fair trading practices with partners, suppliers and customers

8. Demonstrate a commitment to the environment

9. Support and build awareness of local community needs

10. Demonstrate a commitment to sustainable development

11. Strive to have a positive impact on society

12. Understand and Obey governmental laws and regulations

13. Commitment to internationalised education & cultural immersion

14. Commitment to staff and program participant health and safety

15. Promote and build positive relationships within the ImmerQi team

2014 EVENTS

Volunteer Training Workshop – October 2014

‘Look With Your Heart’ awareness campaign – October 2014

Huiling Independent Living Workshop: Baking – September 2014

Huiling Independent Living Workshop: Fruit Kebabs – June 2014

Temple of Heaven field trip – July 2014

Huiling Charity Walkathon – May 2014

2nd Annual Tree Planting Event – March 2014

2013 EVENTS

Christmas Box Donation – December 2013

ImmerQi‘s 21st Birthday – October 2013

3rd Annual Corn Harvesting – October 2013

Color Run Beijing – August 10th 2013

Clothes Drive – July 2013

ImmerQi attend Comedy Charity Event – June 29th 2013

A Trip to the Zoo – June 27th 2013

Huiling Charity Marathon – 18th May 2013

Recycling Bottles for Charity – 16th May 2013

Sun Village tree planting for Arbor month – 6th April 2013

Attended seminar on NGO landscape in China by China Development Brief – Febraury 2013

Responsible Travel presentation to 2013 TTC Winter intake – January 2013

2012 EVENTS

Foster Home Christmas Concert – 19th December 2012

Roots and shoots donation – sponsoring a toy train! – 3rd December 2012

Movember – November 2012

Team Building Day at the Foster Home – 22nd October 2012

ImmerQi sponsors a community football team – 16th October 2012

Raising funds for the Foster Home – 23rd September 2012

ImmerQi wins JCI Socially Responsible Company Award – 16th September 2012

ImmerQi became a member of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) – 20th August 2012

Introducing Responsible Travel to Teach and Travel China interns – August 2012

ImmerQi at the Charity Auction – April 9th 2012

First Volunteer Program China Participant Arrives – May 17th 2012

BE PREPARED

You are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, delving into a world of unknown wonders and opportunities. It’s important to plan and prepare yourself for the adventure ahead. This article has been written to inform you of how to prepare yourself beyond packing your suitcase. This blog is all about homesickness, something all travellers experience, and how to overcome it.

STAY IN CONTACT

ImmerQi offers all of its program participants 24/7 support throughout the entirety of their trip. However, ImmerQi aren’t the only ones you should be keeping regular contact with. Be sure to keep your friends and family back home up to date with your most recent adventures; this article tells you how!

BE RESPONSIBLE

ImmerQi program participants aren’t just travellers, they are encouraged to become integrated and contributive members of their new community. This article is all about how you can do your part to support ongoing recyclying initiatives in China. Another piece has been written for your reference regarding other ways you can be a responsible member of your new society. Be sure to travel responsibly, support local small businesses and respect the laws and regulations of the country you are visiting.

GET STUCK IN!

Participants are strongly advised to fully immerse themselves in whatever community they find themselves in. A real adventure begins when you start communicating with the locals and engaging in traditional activities.  Here is an article about how to find things to do in your new surroundings. Also, Chinese social media websites are a great way to meet new friends!

BE SAFE

China is a very safe place to be, but it’s still worth acknowlodging the precautions and procedures relevant to your health and well-being. This brief article has some information and a list of contact numbers you might require in case of an emergency. Another useful article goes into more depth about general safety in China, from crime to food and water safety.

UNDERSTAND YOUR SURROUNDINGS

China’s culture is unique, changing and developing faster than any other yet still managing to retain aspects of the traditional culture many of us recognize and are familiar with. Everthing is different in China, from business ettiquette to dining faux pas, it’s definitely worth doing a little research into conduct and behaviour before your trip. This article covers a few things regarding taboo subjects in China. The concepts of ‘Face’ (MianZi – 面子) and ‘Relationships’ (GuanXi – 关系) are very important in China; this article is all about how to avoid damaging friendships.

Traditional Chinese holidays and festivals are great fun; have a read of this article to better understand what they are all about and when they occur!