Dive into a semester full of unexpected adventure. This country’s home to classics like the Great Wall and visiting pandas … But it’s also one stuffed with surprises. China is full of the prettiest and most diverse mountains you’ve ever seen, sunny beaches, and delicious dishes, too. See thousands of years of history unfold in front of you at ancient sites, then turn the corner and step into sleek and modern cities (hello Shanghai Disneyland!). There’s a lot to see in China, that’s for sure.
We think it’s time you explore a country that deserves more than a short visit!
China is for our travelers ready for adventure. You want mountain adventures, with misty hikes to towering peaks? How about camping overnight on the Great Wall of China? Travel to Yangshuo, a jungly paradise full of mango smoothies and bike rides to whimsical “Dr. Seuss Mountains”. Get all of that and more in this country. Come home with stories about the incredible surprises you didn’t know China was hiding, plus a few stories about the randomly funny and disorienting things that just come with living half-way across the world.
If you’re ready to laugh off all the adventurous, “just China things” that just sort of happen when you’re hopping on a bus, renting bikes, hiking trails, exploring parks, and walking around your city, then you’re ready for a typical day in China …
Glimpse a day in China
HELP TEACH ENGLISH TO KIDS IN CHINA
In this Exchange Program, you’ll be making a difference by helping children learn English, up to 20 hours per week. No experience is needed, we provide training on our teaching method!
Volunteering and Costs
Volunteers live in eastern and mid-western provinces in China.
—Spring: Depart up to about 4 weeks after the end of the Chinese New Year (often in February or occasionally early March) – return home the third week of June. The Chinese New Year varies each year, check projected dates here.
—Summer: Currently no summer program available
—Fall: Depart end of August — return middle of December, just in time for Christmas
—6-30 volunteers in a group
—Single males/females and married couples
—18-about 25ish years old
—Volunteers from the U.S.
—No experience needed!
There is so much to see and do here that we have many volunteers who come back for more! We have a feeling you’ll be surprised by all the things you didn’t know you could do in this country. Everything from feeding monkeys while you hike through towering mountains, floating down a river soaking up the sun on a bamboo raft, bicycling around ancient cities, and shopping till you drop at some of the biggest markets in the world. There’s something for everyone in China.
Beijing — Go camping on the Great Wall, and explore sites like Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. You’ll also want to shop your way through some of the biggest markets in the world.
Yangshuo — Ride bikes along windy roads surrounded by fields to the mud caves, float on wooden rafts down the river next to the Dr. Seuss Mountains, and climb Moon Hill. Oh, and don’t leave without having at least five fresh mango smoothies. Then, head on over to nearby towns like Guilin for famous views of the rice terraces and Xing Ping for one of our most favorite view points.
Huangshan — Also known as Yellow Mountains (and a favorite trip to take). Climb the endless stairs to the top of a mountain with breathtaking views. Besides some impressive mountains, Huangshan is home to nearby ancient towns that look like they came straight from a postcard.
Zhangjiajie — Hike through the beautiful Avatar and Tianmen mountains. Either way, you’re set! Here you can walk on a glass walkway clinging to the side of a mountain 4,000 ft. up, or take the world’s longest cable car ride. Come view the incredible mountains that inspired the movie Avatar, and take a ride in the highest outdoor elevator in the world.
Chengdu — Visit a world famous panda reservation center and even get the chance to hold a baby cub. Next, catch a bullet train to nearby Leshan to see the biggest buddha you’ve ever encountered.
Xi’an — Home to sites like the Terracotta Warriors, the Great Mosque, and biking around the huge city wall. Lastly, end your vacation with the water show at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. All in all, we love Xi’an.
Shanghai — Shop at huge markets then explore traditional looking canals and streets. (Unless you’d rather spend a day at Disneyland Shanghai, of course). Before leaving, snap a photo at the famous skyline, the “Bund”.
Sanya — You didn’t think you’d find beaches in China, much less ones as pretty as Sanya. Lay on the beaches of this sunny island. Come have fish suck on your toes at the spa and dance the night away listening to live bands. It’s an unexpected island get-away.
Jiuzhaigou — Explore this national park to get views of crystal turquoise blue lakes. They are unreal. After, explore Tibetan villages with prayer flags as the backdrop. Head to nearby Huanglong to stroll along cascading blue pools down the mountainside.
I feel like I was served more than I was able to serve ...
“I left to get away from school, stress, and people, to clear my head, to travel, be around kids and to serve. I feel like I was served more than I was able to serve. Chinese people are some of the kindest, most charitable, silliest, most peaceful people I’ve ever been around! I can’t tell you how many times people saw we were confused or lost and helped us either with their limited English, hand gestures or with a translator app. Most of all, the love my kids showed me was exactly what I needed. I will always refer to them as “my kids”. I didn’t change China but man did China change me.”