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!
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.
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.
Meet the team in China
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