During teenage community volunteer work in China, a high school student hugs a young child in the classroom.

Volunteer Work with Children for Teenagers in China

Join teenagers from around the world and work in a group to support children at local schools

At a glance

  • Work with kids and teenagers in China and support local staff at primary and high schools.
  • Run English classes, organize educational activities, and participate in small-scale renovation work, like painting classrooms.
  • Live and work in Shanghai with peers your age, and stay in a same-sex dormitory. We’ve organized cultural and social activities to keep you busy, along with an exciting weekend trip.

Start Dates: 

Fixed dates during school break

See Dates

Minimum Duration: 

Two Weeks


This project is only for 15-18 year olds

Is community volunteer work in China for teenagers right for me?

Community volunteer work in China is a good fit for you if you enjoy working with children. Use your energy to support the kids, and get your hands dirty when doing practical renovation work. Best of all, you’ll get to do this while traveling with the safety of a group and constant supervision from Projects Abroad staff.  

This is a great way to add child care experience to your resume, which could help your future career. It will also help you stand out in applications and interviews, as it will show your commitment to helping others. In addition, this experience will give you some independence, and develop your teamwork and communication skills.

You don’t need any experience to join. This project is specifically designed for young people your age, and the local staff will teach you everything you need to know.

This High School Special runs over fixed dates in the summer, and you can pick the dates that best fits your schedule.  We have a set itinerary and extra staff support. This means that from the moment you arrive at the airport in-country, everything is organized for you. 

Volunteers doing teenage community work in China, visit a temple over the weekend.

What will I do on this project?

You’ll work with children and young teens at local primary and high schools. Your main focus will be on teaching classes and encouraging the students. These are some ways you will get involved:

  • Run educational activities for the students
  • Roll up your sleeves and get involved with community work
  • Get to know teenage volunteers from around the world during social activities and weekend trips

Your work will focus on the following areas:

Run educational activities for students at your placement

Your main focus will to be run educational activities for the students. These games should be focused on getting the young ones to learn through play, and encouraging the teens to interact during classes. You can do things like:

  • Play a game of hopscotch to teach numbers
  • Teach hand-eye coordination through a ball game
  • Practice English through role play games and drama classes
  • Encourage teach work through sports

Roll up your sleeves and get involved with community work

Community volunteer work for teenagers in China will also include renovation work at your placement or general chores. Give a drab looking wall a splash of color, help with simple chores like sweeping, or take part in a community clean-up in a public space, like a park. We strongly recommend wearing clothes you don’t mind getting dirty!

Get to know teenage volunteers from the world during social activities and weekend trips

Volunteer work with children for teenagers in China will also give you the opportunity to meet people your age from all over the world! You’ll do things like:

  • Have a Mandarin lesson
  • Visit the fake market
  • Stroll through east Nanjing road shopping street
  • Visit Yuyuan Garden
  • Visit Chenghuang temple
  • Walk around Qibao old town
  • Attend dumpling making class
  • Calligraphy classes

These moments are perfect to strike up a conversation with someone from another part of the world and become friends. 

Where in China will I work?


Our Childcare & Community High School Special is located in Shanghai.

The city is the largest in China by population size with an amazing 24 million people! As a big city, Shanghai is always bustling with activity and people walking through the streets no matter the time of day. You’ll quickly get used to the rapid pace of things, from the way people walk to how quickly your meal is served at one of the many Chinese restaurants.

You'll work with children at a primary school and with the younger teenagers at a local high school. You’ll live with the other volunteers in a shared dormitory at your placement school. When you're not working, we have plenty of social and cultural activities to keep you busy, along with a weekend trip. Through it all, Projects Abroad staff will be by your side. Enjoy the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes of China with us!

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our China Arrival Procedures page.

What are the aims and impact of this project?

The aim of this project is to support staff by helping with the students at a primary school and high school in China.

In China, local staff at our partner placement need extra pairs of hands to give students more care and attention. Many of the students are immigrants and come from families who struggle financially. Their English may be poor but it is up to you to help build their confidence when speaking the language. You'll also help them broaden their world view by sharing your cultural backgrounds and teaching them new skills in sport, art or other interests you may have.

Join this Childcare & Community High School Special for teenagers and help us work towards achieving these goals in China.

A volunteers doing teenage community work in China, plays a game with children on the playground.

Management plans

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

Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.

We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.

Food and accommodation

You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers and interns during your stay in Shanghai. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and interns, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your free time together.

The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your program fees include three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.

Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

When you apply you only pay a $295 deposit, which comes off the total program fees.

Things are changing rapidly these days. If you have ANY questions, please call us at (+1) 619 320 2424 and we’ll fill you in on the latest updates.

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