Do volunteer work with children in China for teenagers and support the work of local staff at your placement. You’ll focus on encouraging children to learn through play, and be an extra pair of helping hands for staff. This is a great way to help people while travelling and gaining practical experience at the same time.
You’ll work with children and young teens in primary and high schools. Many of the schools we work with are understaffed, and your help can make a big difference in what we can do for each person. You’ll run English classes, organise educational activities and play sports with the students. When you aren't in the classroom, you'll do light renovation work, like painting a classroom, or help clean up the surrounding areas.
You’ll live and work in Shanghai with teenagers your age, and stay together in a same-sex dormitory at your placement. When you’re not working, we’ve organised cultural and social activities to keep you busy, along with an exciting weekend trip. All activities are supervised and organised by Projects Abroad staff.
Please note this calculator is for pricing information only. You will need to choose your final dates and duration on our application form.
When you apply you only pay £195, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01273 007 230 to see if we can offer a discount.
High School Specials - Hassle-free, pre-planned trips for 15-18 year olds that help you step out of your comfort zone
China > Childcare & Community Work
Fixed dates during school holidays
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
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
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised 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
Organised weekend tourism trips
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this project?
You’ll work with children and young teens at local primary and high schools. Your main focus will be on teaching classes and encouraging the students. These are some ways you will get involved:
- Run educational activities for the students
- Roll up your sleeves and get involved with community work
- Get to know teenage volunteers from around the world during social activities and weekend trips
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Run educational activities for students at your placement
Your main focus will to be run educational activities for the students. These games should be focused on getting the young ones to learn through play, and encouraging the teens to interact during classes. You can do things like:
- Play a game of hopscotch to teach numbers
- Teach hand-eye coordination through a ball game
- Practice English through role play games and drama classes
- Encourage teach work through sports
Roll up your sleeves and get involved with community work
Community volunteer work for teenagers in China will also include renovation work at your placement or general chores. Give a drab looking wall a splash of colour, help with simple chores like sweeping, or take part in a community clean-up in a public space, like a park. We strongly recommend wearing clothes you don’t mind getting dirty!
Get to know teenage volunteers from the world during social activities and weekend trips
Volunteer work with children for teenagers in China will also give you the opportunity to meet people your age from all over the world! You’ll do things like:
- Have a Mandarin lesson
- Visit the fake market
- Stroll through east Nanjing road shopping street
- Visit Yuyuan Garden
- Visit Chenghuang temple
- Walk around Qibao old town
- Attend dumpling making class
- Calligraphy classes
These moments are perfect to strike up a conversation with someone from another part of the world and become friends.
Where in China will I work?
Our Childcare & Community High School Special is located in Shanghai.
The city is the largest in China by population size with an amazing 24 million people! As a big city, Shanghai is always bustling with activity and people walking through the streets no matter the time of day. You’ll quickly get used to the rapid pace of things, from the way people walk to how quickly your meal is served at one of the many Chinese restaurants.
You will work with children at a primary school and with the younger teenagers at a local high school. You’ll live with the other volunteers in a shared dormitory at your placement school. When you are not working, we have plenty of social and cultural activities to keep you busy, along with a weekend trip. Through it all, Projects Abroad staff will be by your side. Enjoy the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of China with us!
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
The feeling of being able to explore somewhere so unlike home yet so comfortable at the same time is something I won’t forget, and has me itching for my next adventure
Volunteer Work with Children for Teenagers in China
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