Gustavus Adolphus College‘s website describes what happened when senior history major Keenan Madson arrived for an internship this summer to work with historians and engineers at Chime-long Paradise, the largest amusement park in China:
Upon arriving at Chime-long, Madson was handed a theatrical candy cane-striped costume and told to greet park attendants at the entrance. Another American college student was handed a safari costume and was told he would be working at the park’s zoo. … The American interns found out that they were misidentified as hospitality students.
The misunderstanding never got resolved.
Madson told Marketplace:
“I’ve essentially been in China homeless for a month, living day to day not knowing what I am doing. So I’ve definitely learned a lot more about myself and what I can take.”