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English Teaching Volunteering Projects in China

Project Overview
  • Placement locations: Chengdu, Shanghai
  • Types of schools: Primary, Secondary
  • Age of students: 6 - 15
  • Class sizes: 30 - 50
  • Role: Teacher or teaching assistant (English)
  • Extra-curricular roles: Music, Sports
  • Accommodation: Shared volunteer apartments
  • Price: From Loading...
  • What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
  • What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
  • Length of placement: From 4 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

No Prior Teaching Experience Required

You can volunteer on a Teaching project in China and help provide opportunities to hundreds of Chinese students. This will give you a unique new perspective on this incredible country. The focus is on conversational English, so you do not need any formal qualifications or TEFL training.

Whether you are volunteering during your gap year, career break or on an extended holiday, you will have an important role to play teaching in one of our partner schools and you will be fully supported by our local staff.

Teaching Placements in China

Projects Abroad collaborates with primary and secondary schools in towns on the outskirts of Shanghai and Chengdu, normally about one hour away from the city centre. Day to day life here varies greatly from the hustle and bustle of life in the city, which will give you a unique perspective of China’s generous hospitality and laid-back pace.

As China increasingly embraces the West, the desire to learn English has never been greater. Many families move from rural villages to be nearer cities such as Shanghai or Chengdu. These families are often from poor backgrounds, and move nearer the cities to seek new opportunities.

Working at these schools you’ll be providing the children with the incredible opportunity of practicing their spoken English. This is something which previously would just be available to more wealthy families in the city.

Traditional values are still important in China so teachers are well respected and you will find the students excited to learn. Class sizes vary between forty and fifty students and you will be teaching students aged from 6 to 15 years.

Lesson Planning and Extracurricular Activities

A Teaching volunteer stands with his class in China

You will be encouraged to plan a variety of lessons for your students. Basing lessons on topics within the local curriculum, you can use role-play, debates and games to encourage the students to speak and develop their vocabulary. The students will want to learn about Western culture so having an English speaker in their classes is a real advantage for them.

We have plenty of suggestions for games and activities that will help to stimulate the students' minds and sustain their enthusiasm. We welcome new ideas and offer guidance on preparing and structuring your lessons, which is the key for you getting the most out of your experience.

Put your talents to good use and be imaginative with your teaching to make learning fun and enjoyable for the students.

Summer Classes During School Holidays

During the summer months and in February when the schools are on holiday, we arrange summer classes for local students.

You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our China Teaching Management Plan.

"It was also great to see the kids outside of school – some took me ice-skating, I visited a few kids’ houses and family restaurants, went to the park and had extra after school lessons. The children were the highlight for me as they were all so welcoming and enthusiastic (so were the teachers) in both schools. I really feel as if they’ve made progress during the past five months. The excited cheers I’m greeted with at the beginning of every class will stay my fondest memory."

Alexandra Knott

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China Teaching Management Plan

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