Care & Community in China
- Placement location: Shanghai
- Types of placements: Care Centres and Special Needs Centres
- Accommodation: Hostel/Volunteer Apartment
- Age Requirements: 15-18 years old
- Arrival Airport: Shanghai (PVG)
- Local Languages: Mandarin
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 traveling 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, organize 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 organized cultural and social activities to keep you busy, along with an exciting weekend trip. All activities are supervised and organized by Projects Abroad staff.
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 color, 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!