Volunteer with children in China and spend your days supporting children at kindergartens, schools, or special needs centres. You’ll assist with their development and encourage learning. This is a great opportunity for you to get practical childcare experience. Best of all, the work you do is part of our long-term efforts to help children in China.
Our main goal in China is to give children at our partner placements a strong foundation for their education. With your help, children get more encouragement and support, and become more confident. You’ll do this by teaching English, doing fun activities, and playing educational games.
You’ll live and work in one of two locations, and stay in shared accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers and interns. In your free time, make a beeline for the traditional markets and explore the spectacular neon city skyline.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this project?
Your main role is to support children at kindergartens, schools, or special needs centres. Here are the activities you’ll get involved with:
- Play educational games that teach important early childhood development skills and encourage learning
- Improve literacy and English language skills through regular classes
- Encourage body movement through classes and sport
Play games that teach important early childhood development skills and encourage learning
It’s important for all of our Childcare volunteers to make learning fun by playing educational games and doing outdoor activities. This is a great way to get kids engaged, and they’re more likely to retain what they learn if they’re having fun. Through these activities, you’ll help children learn about the world around them. It also gives them a better understanding of their own abilities.
Each activity has an educational angle. Working with arts and crafts helps them differentiate between colours and shapes. Completing a puzzle improves their problem solving skills. Playing ball games improves their hand-eye coordination. Do some research into the activities you do and use your imagination to make it entertaining!
Improve literacy and English language skills through regular classes
Teaching English is a big part of your role at this project. Start by getting an understanding of their current English level and slowly building up from there. Teach them basic English words, phrases, and introduce a few grammar rules if you think they’re ready.
Through English teaching, you’ll also be able to help improve literacy. We recommend reading stories with small groups, and helping with easy reading and writing exercises.
Encourage body movement through classes and sport
Physical activity is important for learning certain skills during early childhood years. You’ll teach fundamental movement skills to help children participate in games, sports, and other physical activities. These include:
- Locomotor skills (running, jumping, hopping, and skipping)
- Ball skills (catching, throwing, and kicking)
This work is critical at the special needs centres we work with. You’ll support the efforts of a local physiotherapist. You’ll do this by helping children to do basic stretches and movements which may be more difficult for them. Our aim here is to improve muscle strength and muscle memory, to ultimately improve their quality of life.
Where in China will I be working?
As a volunteer with children in China, you’ll work in Shanghai or Chengdu.
Chengdu has been voted as one of the top cities to live in, and it’s both modern and traditionally Chinese at the same time. You’ll often find international businesses on the same street as small tea houses.
As a volunteer in Chengdu, you’ll work at a kindergarten, primary school, or a local family service centre.
You’ll never forget arriving in Shanghai and being greeted by skyscrapers, high-rise buildings, and dazzling city lights. Shanghai is one of the most populated cities in the world, with more than 24 million people. Although the city is a constant hive of activity, there are still rural areas on the outskirts that are more traditional.
In Shanghai, you’ll work at a local kindergarten or at a special needs care centre. The placements are usually quite busy, so caregivers and teachers will appreciate extra support.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Seeing children who, despite their mental and physical disabilities, were still able to smile and laugh. Knowing that in some small way or another I played a part in bringing that about, was definitely one of the highest points of my experience in Shanghai.
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