At a glance
- Learn from an experienced language teacher and practice your skills with native speakers.
- Speaking Mandarin is a valuable skill that can help your future career, as China has a significant presence in the global economy.
- You'll live in a shared apartment and have plenty of time to enjoy sightseeing.
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
What will I do during my Mandarin Language Course?
The activities you will be involved in will depend on whether you choose a standalone course, or study while doing a project. Here is what you can expect to do:
- Learn Mandarin from a qualified teacher at a local language centre
- Immerse yourself in Chinese culture by talking with the locals and exploring the sites
- Assist with volunteer or internship work by combining your language course with another project
Here are the focus areas for this project:
You’ll have Mandarin lessons with qualified teachers. Your classes are tailored to suit your skill level. You can ask the teacher to focus on specific topics you’re interested in, and they’ll help you with pronunciation.
You can choose to study full-time, or through an add-on course that you can combine with one of our projects. Our standalone course will provide you with 15 hours of tuition a week. The add-on courses can be taken for 5, 14, or 30 hours of lessons.
Being in China to learn Mandarin gives you the chance to study with a native speaker, and practice with different native speakers from all walks of life. In your free time, we encourage you to speak to as many people as possible to improve your conversation.
You can order your next meal at a Chinese restaurant, have a chat with the local tour guides, or haggle with traders at nearby markets!
Assist with valuable volunteer projects
You can join one of our language add-on courses if you sign up to volunteer or intern on one of our projects in China. You can work at a law firm, shadow doctors in a regional hospital, and more.
This language course will make working with local Mandarin speakers easier. They will also respect the effort you have gone through to communicate with them in their own language.
Where in China will I be studying?
You’ll study Mandarin at a language centre in Shanghai.
With over 25 million people living within its borders, Shanghai is the perfect city to practice your newly acquired skills. There is plenty to do and lots of opportunities to practice during your free time. You can haggle with traders at the local markets, or try and order your food in Mandarin at local restaurants.
The project runs all year round, you can start on any day, and it’s fully supervised. So all you need to do is decide on some dates, complete our application form with a £195 deposit and we’ll take care of the rest.
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.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
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