The skyline of Shanghai plays the backdrop to volunteers' experience working in China.

Volunteering in China

Support local communities while experiencing modern and traditional life in China

Volunteer in China with Projects Abroad and help make a difference in one of the most rapidly developing countries in the world. You’ll contribute to ongoing work that supports the development of disadvantaged communities.

You can teach English to children at rural schools, or help care for the elderly or disabled. You can also learn directly from business professionals at local and international companies, or use this opportunity to learn Mandarin.

You’ll be based in Shanghai with full-time staff, who you can call 24/7 if you need help.

There is plenty to see and do in these urban jungles. You can visit the many Buddhist temples and the pristine city parks. Or watch the opera, and try Chinese street food at the many local markets. Of course, no trip is complete without a visit to the Great Wall of China.

Projects available in China

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During teenage community volunteer work in China, a high school student hugs a young child in the classroom.
Volunteer Work with Children for Teenagers in China
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  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
  • From £1,670
A group of Business Interns pose for a group photo infront of a reception desk at a law office in China.
Business Internship in China
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 4 weeks
  • From £2,280
While learning Mandarin in China, students use free time to explore local attractions like a Buddhist temple.
Learn Mandarin in China
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From £1,495
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We have the expertise and staff on the ground to create a custom project for you, or simply help you find the best option.

Speak to one of our China experts on:

01273 007 230


to start planning your project

Where we are based in China


With its iconic city skyline, bustling city streets, and endless supply of art and entertainment, is comes as no surprise that Shanghai is one of the most populated cities in the world. With over 24 million people living within its borders, the city is constantly teeming with people as they go about their day between the many high-rise buildings and skyscrapers.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our China Arrival Procedures page.

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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.

Our accreditations