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Newsletters from China

Up until November 2014 our staff in China regularly put together a newsletter, sent to volunteers working in China at the time, those signed up to join a project in China, and to previous volunteers. The newsletters contain information about the country and our projects, stories written by volunteers, advice on what to expect when volunteering abroad in China, and much more. These destination newsletters are now replaced by a country blog, within If you're considering volunteer work abroad in China the newsletters and the blog are a great way to gain more information.

739KB China Newsletter - November 2014
I arrived in Shanghai at the end of September and it has been a fun, varied, sociable and interesting experience so far – although my Mandarin remains basic to say the least! Landing at dawn on a Sunday, I was initially unsure what to expect. Thankfully, I was met by Ari from Projects Abroad at the airport and quickly transitioned from new arrival to short term resident.

721KB China Newsletter - October 2014
During the month of August 2014, Clelia Salafia left her hometown of Vespolate in Italy and jetted off to China. The purpose of her trip was to have a difference from a normal outing, or vacation, to this vast and somewhat uncanny land. Actually it was far from it as Clelia came to China to join the Projects Abroad animal care programme and she spent six weeks caring for the endangered panda bears.

746KB China Newsletter - September 2014
In March this year, I found out that my 10 year old daughter Mila and I had a 3 week holiday to spend togetherin June/July. My husband and my son had already booked their kite surfing camp a while ago so I had tocome up with something as equally exciting.

892KB China Newsletter - August 2014
Now to say that the story of Ann Cope, our business volunteer from the USA, was interesting would be a huge understatement. First of all Ann, is an extremely successful business lady; she has an undergraduate degree in Business Management and Psychology.

2,18MB China Newsletter - July 2014
Ipek’s main duty while at her placement is to help out with the international side of the business. This includes, proof-reading documents, checking if current contracts are void, contacting international clients through emails and analyzing business contracts and debts for international partners. ‘It is funny because I am currently liaising with a new partner firm in Watford which is just around the corner from my home back in the UK.’

834KB China Newsletter - June 2014
Julius Winter (19), from the Netherlands, is a sports volunteer who has been teaching football to children at Sport for Life, in Shanghai, for two and half months. He has recently finished high-school at Het Amsterdam Lyceum and like many of our volunteers; he is on his gap year. When I asked him why he decided to become a volunteer, he said; “honestly, it was a deal with my parents".

1,50MB China Newsletter - May 2014
When embarking on my travels I was unsure of what to expect, both from the country and myself. As a person, my self confidence is fairly low and so deciding to go travelling in my gap year to China was a big step in changing who I am.

1,31MB China Newsletter - April 2014
My name is Alex and I am from Chicago, Illinois. I made the decision to do an internship and am very happy with the placement that Projects Abroad has provided me with. Working in the High tech area of Chengdu is very nice, as the city is so big and is only growing.

1,82MB China Newsletter - March 2014
My time in Shanghai has been phenomenal. It is difficult to put experiences down in words, but here are some of the key parts for me.

1,57MB China Newsletter - February 2014
Welcome to February’s edition of the Projects Abroad Shanghai newsletter. February has been a strange month weather-wise. It started with bright sunshine, 25 degrees, and turned extremely cold! Nevertheless, we have been keeping warm from our many adventures and get-togethers. We have welcomed 12 new volunteers this month, all from different countries across the globe!

1,51MB China Newsletter - November 2013
Spending the holiday with family and friends, or preparing for university are all great ways to spend a gap year. However, for a select few like Susanna Ackroyd, a gap year is a time of self-discovery, meaningful work and adventure.

1,69MB China Newsletter - October 2013
It's not a secret that by deciding to go to a foreign country people contribute themselves to a major leap of faith. We can't help ourselves but to imagine what will happen to us in this totally new environment.

1,77MB China Newsletter - September 2013
For those of you, who aren't teaching, don't get down as there's another cause to celebrate. That's right, the mid-autumn festival falls on the 19th September and it's time to get eating those moon cakes. The day of mid-autumn festival is basically the point when the moon is at its fullest and roundest.

1,71MB China Newsletter - August 2013
Joyce Chou, a 21-year-old university student who is very interested in community service and international development, decided to take time out during her holiday to volunteer in China through Projects Abroad for two months.

2,56MB China Newsletter - July 2013
My overall opinion is positive, when I had the idea to come to Shanghai it was mostly because I wanted to get some experience from my vacation, and that’s exactly what I did. I would only recommend this job for the people who want to work hard, because compared to other placements this is a tough one. The thing I liked most was that when I look back I know that I helped building this firm, and that's a great feeling.

1,70MB China Newsletter - June 2013
Twenty-year-old Yurika Oshio, an English major from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, decided to take time out during her spring break. Being interested in the Chinese language, culture and economics, she decided to volunteer in China at Projects Abroad's Business Project for one month.

2,19MB China Newsletter - May 2013
Projects Abroad China has recently formed links with Hyeia organic farm, an organic fruit and vegetable production enterprise to offer placements to future Business volunteers in Chengdu. Volunteers can get involved in to filed of event management, public relation marketing research etc.

2,08MB China Newsletter - April 2013
“Don’t be afraid of new things, you’re here to learn!” It’s the inevitable advice. You’ve heard it a hundred times before. You don’t need to hear it again; you already decided to keep an open mind. It’s the key to travelling. Heck, it IS travelling.

2,58MB China Newsletter - March 2013
Center by introducing systems in England. This also included creating child-friendly classroom displays. With the arrival of the Chinese New Year celebrations, Rupinder has been working on the New Year performance as her main task for the last week of the project. "We have kindergarten performance based on the arrival of the spring festival and the elder children have been working on Shakespeare play based on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’."

1,97MB China Newsletter - February 2013
My placement was a journalism internship at the business magazine China Business Focus (CBF). It has a Chinese language version for the local market as well as an English version that is largely aimed at an Australian audience.

1,91MB China Newsletter - January 2013
During my time in Shanghai I have participated in both a Medical and Teaching placement. I spent one month in each placement and started with my Medical placement at the Ruijin hospital.

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