The Best Volunteer Opportunities in China

China is a wondrous destination for many different kinds of travelers. Some are more interested in culinary experiences and other people go to China to see the ruins. Others make their way to the Middle Kingdom to experience the amazing festivals and sacred traditions. No matter what you love about travel, you can find it in China.

Increasingly, travelers are looking for ways to give back during their trips abroad. If you would like to make volunteering a part of your next trip to China, there are many exciting ways to do so from working with Giant Pandas to giving caring for children with mental and physical disabilities. Below I have given the details of some of the most epic volunteer adventures in China so you can get the most out of your trip.

Teach English or Give Special Needs Care in Xi’an

The Terracotta Warriors are amazing, but there is so much more to the fascinating city of Xi’an. It is the oldest of the Four Ancient Capitals of China and is bursting with enchanting architecture. The city is so fascinating that you will be missing out on a great deal if you only plan to stay for a couple of days. One of the best ways to enjoy an extended stay in Xi’an is giving back through an unforgettable volunteering experience.

International Volunteer HQ offers amazing volunteer experiences at affordable prices at locations around the world. But one of their most popular opportunities is in Xi’an where you can teach English as a second language to students who are eager to learn. There are simply not enough competent teachers to inform the children who are excited to learn the language in order to boost their conversational skills and bring more to the table as they search for meaningful and stable work in the future.

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If teaching English doesn’t seem like the most ideal way to volunteer there is a fantastic opportunity to help handicapped children who are in desperate need of care. Unfortunately, the government cannot provide special education for many poor children with mental and physical disabilities; often they are forced to stay home. The International Volunteer HQ program offers an exciting opportunity for these youngsters who would normally be left behind. Volunteers work with a small staff in outreach centers to aid children, and some adults, who are in desperate need of care. The duties range from cooking and serving meals to organizing games. The positive impact can last a lifetime.

Also check out this video for the 5 things to do in Xi’an!

Learn Journalism While Exploring Shanghai

Have you ever wanted to get into the newspaper business, but didn’t know where to start? Perhaps the best starting point is a volunteer vacation in Shanghai. The bustling city is a great backdrop for anyone looking to explore Chinese culture. For an aspiring journalist, it offers the kind of non-stop action that could offer valuable insights that could translate into future employment.

China can always use the efforts of people who are hoping to contribute to fair and professional journalistic practices. You won’t be standing on the sidelines and watching other journalists do their jobs, but you will be immersed in the job. You may conduct an interview one day and then have your article published the next. In the words of Richard Fisher, who went through the program and found that it exceeded his expectations: “The responsibility I was given at my journalism placement was completely unexpected. The opportunities I had in Shanghai have helped my career immensely.” Projects Abroad offers exciting journalism opportunities in both Shanghai and Chengdu.

Help Care for Giant Pandas Near Chengdu

The giant panda is one of the most recognizable symbols in China. These regal animals have been endangered for years. But thanks to increased funding and conservation efforts, their numbers are finally on the rise. One of the most important ways giant pandas have been protected is through panda reserves, the number of which has tripled in the past couple of decades.  Some of these reserves offer the opportunity to volunteer such as the Dujiangyan Base of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP). Located a little bit outside Chengdu, this is an excellent place to have an unforgettable experience helping these gentle creatures. You can read about a travel blogger who shared her experience with the pandas here.

There are also excursions for those volunteers who would like to spend a week or more volunteering with pandas. GoEco runs a very popular program for those who want to immerse themselves in the world of the giant panda, while contributing to a brighter future for the species.


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Also check out this video for the 5 things to do in Chengdu!

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Loren Mayshark

Loren Mayshark is an American published author and travel writer who has traveled extensively in S.E. Asia and studied Chinese art, religion, philosophy, and history while earning a BA in World History from Manhattanville College.

He has written for The Permaculture Research Institute and Uisio among other prominent outlets.

He is the author of Death: An Exploration (2016). For more visit his official website:
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