Do volunteer work with children and the elderly in China for teenagers and support the work of local staff at your placement. You’ll focus on encouraging children to learn through play, and be an extra pair of helping hands for staff. You’ll also spend time with elderly people, going for walks or doing activities. This is a great way to help people while travelling and gaining practical experience at the same time.
You’ll work in care centres that support young children or seniors. Many of the centres we work with are understaffed, and your help can make a big difference in what we can do for each person. You’ll do educational activities and play games with the kids, and do light renovation work, like painting a classroom. You’ll also help with exercise activities for the seniors.
You’ll live and work in Chengdu with teenagers your age, and stay together in a hostel or in shared apartments. When you’re not working, we’ve organised cultural and social activities to keep you busy, along with an exciting weekend trip. All activities are supervised and organised by Projects Abroad staff.
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.
Fixed dates during school break
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
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
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
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
Organized weekend tourism trips
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this project?
You’ll work with the elderly and with children in a care centre. Your main focus will be on encouraging kids to learn through play, and assisting older citizens during activities. These are some ways you will get involved:
- Run educational games for children at your placement to encourage learning through play
- Roll up your sleeves and get involved with community work
- Assist seniors during activities and be an extra pair of hands
- 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 games for children at your placement to encourage learning through play
Your main focus will to be run educational games and activities for the children. These games should be focused on getting the young ones to learn through play. You can do things like:
- Play a game of hopscotch to teach numbers
- Teach children fun gestures as they sing an English song
- Teach hand-eye coordination through a ball game
The educational activities you do will vary if you work with special needs children.
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 colour, 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!
Assist seniors during activities and be an extra pair of hands
At your placement, you’ll take part in volunteer work with the elderly. You’ll encourage seniors to take part in physical activities like going for a walk or doing stretching exercises. You may be asked to wash and comb someone’s hair or simply play a game like draughts. This is important work, as local staff have their hands full, and need help giving the elderly the extra care and companionship they need.
Get to know teenage volunteers from the world during social activities and weekend trips
Volunteer work with children and the elderly 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 a panda sanctuary
- See the Leshan Giant Buddha
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 Chengdu.
The city has a population of around 14 million people and was voted as one of the most liveable cities in China. Chengdu is more traditional than cities like Shanghai, so this is a great chance to learn more about the traditions and culture.
You will work in a care centre that caters to different groups of people. You’ll live in a hostel or shared apartments with your group. When you are 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!
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.
I had a brilliant time in Chengdu and the outcome was very rewarding. The feeling of being able to freely explore somewhere so unlike home yet so comfortable at the same time is something I won’t forget, and has me itching for my next adventure
Volunteer Work with Children and the Elderly for Teenagers in China
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