Volunteer as a teacher in China and work with children in rural areas on the outskirts of Shanghai. You’ll focus on teaching English and helping local teachers. This is a great way to get practical classroom experience and help children at the same time.
In China, you’ll work alongside teachers in kindergartens and schools. You’ll get practical experience putting together lessons and activities to get the children speaking English and learning new words. You’ll also have opportunities to teach extracurricular classes like music, art, and sports.
You’ll be based in Shanghai, one of China’s biggest cities, and live in an apartment with other volunteers. Seize the opportunity to explore a different culture, eat your weight in dumplings, and experience local traditions!
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)
Is teaching in China right for me?
This project is perfect for anyone looking for teaching experience. You’ll get practical experience in a different classroom setting, and work with qualified teachers. If you’re interested in becoming a teacher, this is a fantastic addition to your CV. Plus, it will give you plenty to talk about in a job interview or university application.
Besides gaining teaching work experience in China, this project will also help you develop other skills. These include management and planning, which you can apply to any career you pursue.
Even if you have no experience but are still interested in teaching English, sign up! You’ll receive a full induction from your project supervisor and you won’t be left in the dark when it comes to teaching. Our staff are on hand to give you advice when needed and we run regular workshops for all Teaching volunteers. You can also take a look at our extensive online database for ideas.
Our volunteer Teaching placements in China run throughout the year. You can join at any time from a minimum of four weeks, and stay as long as you like.
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, sport, 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, sport, 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 primary 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.
A typical day on the Teaching Project in China
A typical day starts with making breakfast and a packed lunch in your apartment’s communal kitchen. You’ll then take a train to school from the city centre. Your journey will be around an hour.
Your work day starts at 9am and ends between 4pm and 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Depending on your schedule, you’ll either start lesson planning or head straight into your first class. You’ll teach with the school’s English teacher, helping children with pronunciation and keeping them engaged in the lesson. Classes run for between 35-45 minutes each, and you’ll teach between 10 and 15 classes a week.
Between 12pm and 1.30pm, you’ll take a break for lunch. This is where you can spend time with the teachers and relax. In the afternoon, you’ll assist with extra-curricular classes.
Over the weekend, explore the city with the other volunteers or set out on your own. Sample traditional Chinese dishes and wander through markets in between visiting temples and museums.You can also plan trips to places like the Great Wall of China, an experience you shouldn’t miss!
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The aim of this project is to raise English levels in rural schools and give teachers more support in the classroom.
Many Chinese teachers and parents believe their education system puts unnecessary pressure on children. It involves a lot of memorising and repetition of content, which is tedious for students. This makes it difficult to retain any information and actively learn. In addition, students in rural don’t have the same opportunities to learn from foreign English teachers that students in cities do.
With your help, we can make sure that students in rural areas have the same opportunities to learn and succeed with English. We’ve identified three sustainable goals we hope to achieve with our Teaching Project in China:
- Increase English levels
- Improve classroom support
- Encourage learning through creativity
Help us achieve these goals by volunteering to teach English in China.
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.
All the people, the teachers, the students, everyone, were incredibly nice and the teaching itself has been one of the most joyful experiences of my life.
Volunteer Teaching English in China
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