What will I do on the Teaching Project?
As a Teaching volunteer, you'll be based in a kindergarten or school and work alongside teachers. You'll get involved in work such as:
- Teach English to children and make classroom learning fun
- Assist teachers with extracurricular activities such as music, sports, and art
- Work with teachers to prepare lessons with clear goals
At your volunteer Teaching placement in China, your work will focus on the following areas:
Improve the English levels of school children
Your main role is teaching English in a kindergarten or school. You’ll help students get to grips with the basics through pronunciation exercises and spelling bees. Encourage them to speak by playing fun games and singing songs.
It’s also helpful to make resources like flashcards and posters to help teach English. These things are a wonderful addition to the school, and can be used by teachers for years to come.
Help local teachers with after school classes
Your teaching experience doesn’t have to end when regular classes finish. You can get further involved at the school and help teachers with extra-curricular activities. Depending on your skills and interests, you can run music, sports, and art classes. These classes are a huge benefit to the kids, and give them a safe space to be creative and active. Teachers will also appreciate having an extra pair of helping hands!
Take the time to prepare lessons
Every lesson needs a clear plan and a goal. Knowing how and what you need to teach every day will give you confidence. It also ensures that the students get the most out of having you in the classroom. Planning is an important skill, and this experience will be a valuable addition to your skill set. We'll help you do this by providing workshops and access to example lesson plans.
Where will I be working in China?
You’ll live in the Chinese city of Shanghai. Among the neon skylights and high-rise buildings, this city is constantly teeming with people going about their day-to-day lives.
You’ll experience a more traditional setting when you’re at your Teaching placement on the outskirts of Shanghai. In this rural area, you’ll work at kindergartens and elementary or secondary schools.
The people living in these areas don’t have the same access to education that people in cities do. By working with our partner schools, we’re helping students get the education they need to be more be successful later in life.
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.
Leisure activities and free time
China is a vast country so it’s no surprise that it offers a wide variety of different tourist activities. While you’re volunteering, there will be plenty for you to do in the evenings and over the weekends.
What’s extraordinary about China is the contrasts of ancient and modern, rural and urban. You’ll find gleaming skyscrapers, like the Oriental Pearl Tower, only a short distance from the tranquil Yuyuan Garden.
There’s plenty to explore in the city, but it’s also worth taking a trip to the countryside. There you can trek along the breathtaking silk route or visit a Buddhist monastery.
A trip to China wouldn’t be complete without touring the country’s many natural wonders and World Heritage Sites. This includes the Great Wall of China, the Yangtze River, and the Terracotta Army.
With plenty of other volunteers in China, you’ll have the opportunity to travel with others and explore as a group. Or, if you prefer, you’re welcome to do your sightseeing independently.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. 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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