Ni Hao and Welcome to China. Help to support the children in this rural kindergarten. Your work will mostly be focused around assisting the kindergarten teachers in teaching the children basic English words and phrases through fun activities like songs and games. You may also be asked to provide assistance to the Care Centre Manager to look after the children.

Your programme will start with a cultural immersion week where you’ll meet the local people, taste the local cuisine and get familiar with Chinese customs. Your mornings will be spent learning how to speak Chinese and understanding cultural customs before adventuring into the local towns and cities. You’ll have opportunities to visit a Confucius temple and a Guangong temple, local fairs, and some amazing natural scenery.

If you can only do one week, you’ll go straight into the Kindergarten and won’t take part in the Cultural Immersion week.


Hi, I'm Jim Morel, Project Coordinator for China, and I'll be working with you to arrange your ultimate experience here, so if you've any questions, please contact me:
+44 (0)1903 502595,
or email: info@travellers
Price: £545 (approx. US$680) for 1 week
£200 (US$250) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 1 week to 12 weeks, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: The project starts every Sunday throughout the year.
Requirements: Minimum age 18, or younger if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
No qualifications or experience required. You will need a fun, outgoing and caring personality and have an intermediate level of English.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Return transfer to Guilin City at the end of your placement.
Transfer to your accommodation
Daily transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to the airport from Guilin City.
Who is this
Programme suitable for?
SOLO travellers or travelling with friends.
GAP YEAR BREAKS from School or University.
GROWN-UP GAPPERS, career breakers and retired.
ANYONE interested in caring for children, teaching.
Also suitable as a summer placement or short break.
Open to all nationalities.


  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!


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Volunteers outside with some of their Kindergarten project children
Volunteers outside with some of their Kindergarten children.



Your programme will start with a cultural immersion week where you’ll meet the local people, taste the local cuisine and get familiar with Chinese customs. Your mornings will be spent learning how to speak Chinese and understanding cultural customs before adventuring into the local towns and cities and exploring the streets while socialising with the locals. You have opportunities to visit a Confucius temple and a Guangong temple, local fairs, and some amazing natural scenery. It is a fun filled week that is dedicated to getting to know China and some of its cultural aspects first hand.

If you are only choosing to do one week on this programme, you’ll go straight into the work element and won’t take part in the Cultural Immersion week.


This project gives you the chance to encourage children to learn and grow creatively. Apart from teaching them language and communication skills, you have a unique opportunity to sow seeds at this tender age from which they stand to benefit for years to come. As you spend time teaching the local children, you will be embraced by and become an important part of the local community.

The Kindergarten offer care and education to children 4/5 years old from the poor villages in and around the area and they will be very excited to see you. The kindergarten is like any other throughout the world; the children prefer to play and have fun more than to be formally “taught” thus making it your responsibility to get them enthusiastic about coming to school and learning.

Your work will mostly be focused around assisting the kindergarten teachers in teaching the children basic English words and phrases through fun activities like songs and games. You may also be asked to provide assistance to the Care Centre Manager to look after the children. By slowly building their confidence in language and communication you will place the foundations for a lifelong love and curiosity of learning, which will help them in many ways in their future. The time spent with the local community and children will prove to be a highly rewarding opportunity for you, knowing just how great your impact was.

You'll work for about 10 hours a week Monday to Friday giving the weekend free to explore. Your morning will be at the kindergarten from 9:30am to approx 11:30 am and your afternoon will be used to prepare your work for the coming days.

Programmes start every Sunday, all year round.

Please note the school will be closed on these days:
February 5th - March 5th: Chinese New Year and public holidays
July 15th- September 1st: Summer holidays (During this time we will have a summer camp for children aged from 8-15 from the villages nearby)
Oct 1 - Oct 7: National Holiday.

Volunteers outside with some of their Kindergarten project children
Some Volunteers playing ball outside in the playground.
Volunteers on a walk with some of the children
Volunteers on a walk with some of the children.
Volunteers in class with some of the children
Volunteers in class with the children. Very colourful classroom but very cold from the looks of their thick jackets!
A child braiding one of the Volunteer's hair
This volunteer is thoroughly enjoying having her hair braided by one of the children!


Accommodation will be in shared bedrooms of 2-8 people. Rooms in the centre are equipped with fans, hot and cold water and Western style toilets. There is a washing machine for laundry and a bar with a variety of drinks, snacks and food in a unique Chinese atmosphere. The house runs as a ‘family’ so you'll help to clean up after yourself and to play your part in keeping the accommodation neat and tidy!

Wi-Fi / Internet: Wi-fi facilities are available throughout the centre, so you are able to Skype and Facebook friends and family.

Upgraded accommodation options are available for couples, families or those with a slightly larger budget who prefer 4* hotel luxury. This option is also particularly attractive to older participants who have a larger budget that they prefer to spend on their ‘home comforts’. Please note that the cost of this is additional to the cost of the programme. These will be subject to availability at time of booking. Please contact us for further details.

You will be provided with three meals a day during the week - breakfast, lunch and dinner whilst at the centre. Weekends will be two meals a day – breakfast and dinner. These will be Chinese dishes typical of the local area, comprising mainly rice, noodles and vegetables with a little meat. This can seem to lack the variety of food within the West, but it is typical of the village.

Please let us know if you are a vegetarian so that we can cater for you.

Relaxing in the lounge in the accommodation.


Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.


Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

There are fully trained Chinese co-ordinators at the Centre and they are bilingual (Chinese – including local dialect, and English). They too live as part of the family at the Centre and are there to run scheduled activities whilst also assisting those who want to branch out individually to explore the area themselves or undertake self-organised activities. They are there 24/7 to deal with any problems participants may have. They are an important part of the family.



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One of the joys of travelling to China is getting to try all their amazing food!
Volunteers showing off the caligraphy skills they've gained.


Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

1-Week China Cultural Immersion Programme

1 week of cultural integration into the rich life of China,
Price: £275
, including food and accommodation

Ni Hao and Welcome to China. In this fun-filled 1-week Culture Immersion Programme you'll meet the local people, taste the local cuisine and get familiar with Chinese customs. Your mornings will be spent learning how to speak Chinese and understanding cultural customs before adventuring into the local towns and cities and exploring the streets while socialising with the locals. You have opportunities to visit a Confucius temple and a Guangong temple, local fairs, and some amazing natural scenery sites in groups or individually during free time.

A typical week in the Cultural Immersion Programme is:

  • Monday: Start your day with a typical Chinese breakfast, followed by Chinese language lessons and a tour of Fengyan village, which will include the Old house. After lunch you will learn about Chinese philosophy and what is found Taboo. In the evening you will have the opportunity to visit a local family for a welcome party and learn how to make oil tea.
  • Tuesday: Your second Chinese lesson will follow breakfast and then you will visit Lianhua town where you will register and you can do some shopping. After lunch you will have a culture session about Chinese festivals which will lead onto a late afternoon visit Hongyan village and a climb up one of the mountains and finishing the day with Bamboo rafting.
  • Wednesday: Your morning will be spent studying and participating in Chinese language lessons, Calligraphy and painting, followed by a Chinese culture session focused on the History of China. In the Afternoon you will visit the Confucius and Guangong temples and walk along the Cha river. You won't just look at the Confucius temple, you'll understand what it felt like to be the number one scholar in the Imperial city, to pass the Emperor’s examinations and the path through the temple that only you were allowed to walk. In the evening if you would like, you can join the Gongcheng BBQ.
  • Thursday: Today you are going to learn how to buy and bargain in Chinese, and then visit the Market of Lianhua to buy some food and practice what you have learned. The afternoon will be filled with further culture lesson and an introduction into Chinese cooking, where you will learn how to make Dumplings amoung other things.
  • Friday: This morning not only will you further improve on your Chinese but also learn different Chinese songs. Your final lesson for the day will be the art of paper cutting, which is strong in Chinese culture as paper was originally invented in the Eastern Han Dynasty in the 2nd Century AD. Free time will be given in the afternoon for preparation for your weekend.
  • Saturday and Sunday: You are able to travel freely today and visit Yangshuo and Gongcheng, explore the culture with your newly acquired knowledge in culture and language, or alternatively you can stay at the centre and rest before your next adventure.

Most evenings are spent learning how to play Chinese games like; Mah-jong, Chess or watching Chinese films.

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Help to conserve Pandas in China

Price: £850, including food and accommodation.

Get up close and personal, with both baby pandas who weigh only 100 grams at birth and gradually develop to 60lbs in their second year of life to their far larger parents that weigh a massive 250-350 lbs. In the last 2 years the volunteer work at the panda base has contributed to the doubling of the panda population – which is an amazing achievement. The work you'll be able to do will vary depending on what is required at the time upi're there, so flexibility is essential. During your placement your daily activities will include:

  • Cleaning of the Giant Panda enclosures, and the nursery.
  • Preparing the food and feeding the Giant Pandas. 99% of their diet is bamboo, however the balance usually consists of rice gruel, high fibre biscuits, carrots, apples and sweet potatoes.
  • You may also be asked to conduct some research into their habits and health, in order to expand the knowledge of how best to care for these highly endangered species.

If you're interested in animal conservation, this represents a real opportunity to learn about the Giant Panda, something that is unique to China. A typical programme is as follows, but this will vary from week to week and season to season.

Pick up from Chengdu airport.
You will be collected from Chengdu airport by one of our English speaking co-ordinators who will transfer you to the city where you will stay for two nights.
After a morning's rest, you can take a tour the city of Chengdu including local markets, parks and the famous ancient pedestrian street of Kuan-zhai Alley. Visit the Business quarter. Later, join us at the welcome dinner in one of the City’s restaurants.
Transfer to the Panda Reserve (3 hours by bus). Lunch at the Panda base.
Afternoon briefing and introduction to the work you will be doing.
Also registration (where you will be issued with your uniform, volunteer card etc).
Guided tour of the Panda base and meet the panda keepers whom you will be assisting.
Dinner at the hostel restaurant.
Wednesday – Friday:
For the next 3 days you will work as an assistant to the Panda Keeper. General duties will include cleaning, preparing food, chopping and carrying bamboo.
8:00 am transfer to Chengdu City/airport (arriving Chengdu airport at approximately 11.00 a.m) for your departure. Afternoon flights are recommended.

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Immerse yourself in Chinese Culture
Immerse yourself in Chinese Culture.
Help to conserve Pandas in China
Help to conserve these Pandas in China is unforgettable.
A big grin! A child in the local dress.

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The Centre is about 4 kilometres away from Lian Hua town. It is easy to catch a bus into town during the day – or to cycle. Gongcheng is the largest town nearby and is about 20 kilometres away. Once again there are frequent buses or shared taxis. Frequent buses also go from there to Yangshuo, 42 kilometres away. There are many things to do and places to visit/see around Fengyan – both nearby and a little further afield.


  • Mountain climbing in Fengyan (especially good at sunset!)
  • Swimming in the village pond (great for cooling down in the hot summers!)
  • Shi Jiang – a short 10 minute cycle ride through to the next town of Shi Jian, to see the small waterfall, river bridge and a taste of rural village life.
  • Lian Hua – 15 minutes cycle ride from the centre for shopping and the local market
  • Hongyan village – (approx 25 mins cycle ride from Fengyan), through Lian Hua and turn right at the Police station to the village of Hongyuan. Go for bamboo rafting. You may even be lucky enough to see a local Yao evening performance. Many houses in this village also serve as hotels, so if you’re looking to put someone up, rooms are clean and reasonably priced.
  • Gongcheng - meat barbecues on the river, shopping and sight-seeing (temples), also hosts a local KTV! Good for shopping and has a much bigger range of food/clothing and electronic items than Lian Hua. The central bus station has regular buses going to Yangshuo and taxis that’ll take you back to Fengyan.


  • Pingle Hot Springs Resort – approximately 50 minutes by minivan from Fengyan, Pingle is a small town with its own hotel and hot spring complex, including outdoor and indoor pools. Stay in reasonably priced ‘bungalow’ accommodation (available on a shared basis – approximately 7 people per bungalow).
  • Yangshuo town – a picturesque westernized town with shops, bars, restaurants, bamboo rafting, rock climbing, kayaking, hiking and cycling (approximately 1 hour by bus from Gongcheng or 1.5 hours from Fengyan)
  • Xing Ping – a beautiful small town on the river with a small selection of shops, and restaurants, and famous for its scenery which features on the back of the 20 Yuan note. Cormorant fishing, drifting (similar to white water rafting), mountain climbing and cycling are popular here. (Approximately 2 hours from Fengyan (and 50 minutes by bus from Yanghsuo central bus station on West Street)
  • Longsheng Rice Terraces – unique scenery formed by amazing rice terrace fields which stretch for miles and make different formations in the landscape. Popular hiking territory. (Approx 6 hours by taxi from Fengyan or 2 hours by bus from Guilin)
  • Guilin – popular nearby city on the river, good for shopping and the park/Elephant mountain and about 30 mins by taxi to the international airport. (Approx. 2 hours by bus from Gongcheng).
  • Liu Zhou City – a medium sized city with plenty of shopping and famous for its spicy noodles and evening light show on the river. (Approx 3 hours by bus from Gongcheng via Yangshuo).
Volunteers came to this beautiful waterfall on their explorations.
China is full of colour and this beautiful statue of Buddha is just one example.
Phil Perkes in China
Phil Perkes, Travellers co-founder, and Fergus Kane discovering some of the must-see sights on an inspection trip to China.

Volunteering with Children in a Kindergarten

What was your most memorable moment?
So many....I think the excitement and involvement of the children when given two enormous pictures of London sights to colour. Divided into a group of girls and a group of boys although the teacher thought they would struggle and said they had never worked as a group, they really engaged with it, discussing all the images and producing some excellent and imaginitive work.

What do you think was your most biggest achievement?
The children knew me by name (difficult for Chinese kids to remember) and really enjoyed the new endeavours I brought to the classroom.

What positive impact do you think you had on the Project?
Enabling them to use their imaginations, which doesn't seem to be at all encouraged. Understandably, control and learning is prioritised and imaginative tasks are somewhat neglected.

This is a placement in a rural village which might not suit everyone but I loved it. A village populated with old people, children and a lot of hens and their chickens. One of the buildings still displays a slogan from the Cultural Revolution.

The children in the two kindergartens are mainly from rural areas and their horizons are fairly narrow so it is a good opportunity to bring the wider world to their doorstep. Like children everywhere, they crave novelty and it is wonderful to bring them something that is not electronically delivered.

I really do not want to leave! And I can definitely say this has been one of the best times of my life! It really has, it has changed my life in so many different ways I can't explain in words! Jordan Scott

It has been a most amazing experience. Not just meeting and working with the pandas, but learning about the culture and society of China. The volunteers are friendly and fun to hang out with, so evenings are pretty great. I think it's fair to say that I've had a few culture shocks, so much here is different from my home in Sweden, but I've had a great time discovering these differences. I definitely want to come back someday Lynn, Sweden

The whole trip was amazing and your organisation terrific - we can learn so much from China! Judy Machin

Volunteer sitting with his kindergarten class
Getting down and dusty with the kindergarten class!

PHOTO GALLERY: Volunteering with Children in a Kindergarten