English Teaching Volunteer Projects in China
- 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
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers, 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
Voluntary English teaching in China as a Projects Abroad volunteer will offer great opportunities to hundreds of Chinese students and give you a unique new perspective on this incredible country.
Whether you are volunteering in China 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.
Volunteering in China will ensure that you gain invaluable teaching work experience and see the improvement in your many students. The focus is on conversational English, so you do not need any formal qualifications or TEFL training.
As China increasingly embraces the West, the desire to learn English has never been greater.
Teach English Language in schools with Projects Abroad
Many families move from rural villages all across China to be nearer cities such as Shanghai or Chengdu. These families are often from very poor backgrounds, and move nearer the cities in order to try and gain more opportunities.
Projects Abroad collaborates with primary and secondary schools in towns on the outskirts of Shanghai and Chengdu – normally about 1 hour away from the city centre. Day to day life here varies greatly from the hustle and bustle of life in the city. Volunteering here you’ll receive a unique experience, working in a more relaxed pace of life and experiencing China’s generous hospitality.
Projects Abroad teaching volunteers are needed in these towns to improve the conversational skills of school students. As China increasingly embraces the West, the desire to learn English has never been greater. Working at these schools you’ll be providing the children with the incredible opportunity of practicing their spoken English – 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.
During the summer months and in February when the schools are on holiday, we arrange summer classes for local students.
Volunteering on a Teaching Project in China
With competition for jobs high and few opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, you will be popular with both the students and your Chinese colleagues. Basing lessons on topics within the local curriculum, you can use role-plays, debates and games to encourage the students to speak and develop their vocabulary. The students will want to learn from you about Western culture so having a native 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 always welcome new ideas and hope that you will take time to prepare and structure your lessons. Being prepared will help give you confidence and ensure that you and your students get the most out of your time teaching in China.
Volunteers taking part in our teaching programme in China will also be given the opportunity to take part in our exciting new Global Shark Campaign, which is taking place in 18 countries in 4 continents. As education is so important in conservation we are calling for the help of our teaching volunteers! This help will involve implementing our special shark conservation curriculum to children of a wide range of ages in schools around the world. This curriculum aims to raise the awareness of the importance of sharks and reverse the negative connotations associated with these animals. The teaching methods range from art activities for the younger children to conservation debates for the older students!
Whatever skills and talents you have, volunteer work in China will give you the opportunity to put them to good use. Be imaginative with your teaching to make learning fun and enjoyable for the students. The increased exposure to conversational English will enable the students to advance their language skills and brighten their futures in a big way.
"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."