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CHINA

CULTURAL IMMERSION ACTIVITIES AND ASSIST DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN IN A KINDERGARTEN IN CHINA

Start your volunteering adventure with a fun-filled week of cultural activities that will immerse you in Chinese culture and give you an in-depth insight into this fascinating country. Then follow this with some much-needed assistance working with disadvantaged local children in a Kindergarten and Orphanage.

The Chinese Culture Immersion week is designed to ease you into the lifestyle and pace of China. At the same time, the week is packed with sightseeing, cultural training and fun activities. You'll learn some language, meet the local people, and visit temples and fairs in the local region.

Your second and subsequent weeks will focus on assisting at the Kindergarten. The children are about 4/5 years old and are mainly from the poor villages in and around the area. The kindergarten is informal and the children will want to play with you more than be ‘taught’ in a formal sense. If you can start to get them enthused about coming to school, and perhaps give them a few very basic English phrases such as simple greetings, you will have done a great job - and hopefully an enjoyable one too!

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

  • Price:
    £895 (approx. US$1,120) for 2 weeks
    £1,180 (approx. US$1,480) for 3 weeks
    £1,410 (approx. US$1,765) for 4 weeks
    £225 (US$285) for each additional week.
    Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
  • Duration: 2 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
  • Start Dates: Every Monday, all year round – you choose your start and finish dates
  • Requirements: Minimum age 17, unless accompanied by parent or guardian.
  • What's included:
    Arranging your Programme
    Full pre-departure support and assistance
    Payment Protection insurance
    Meeting you at the nearest Airport
    Accommodation
    Food
    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 airport.
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CULTURAL IMMERSION ACTIVITIES WEEK:

This fun-filled culture week is designed to ease your group into the lifestyle and pace of China. It gives you the opportunity to integrate into the rich cultural life of China. You'll meet the local people, taste the local cuisine and get familiar with Chinese customs.

You'll get to know your town and everything required to make your stay comfortable. 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.

ASSISTING AT A LOCAL KINDERGARTEN FOR DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN PROGRAMME:

During your second and subsequent weeks, you'll focus on helping at a local kindergarten. The children are about 4/5 years old and are mainly from the poor villages in and around the area. You will be one of the first westerners they have met! The kindergarten, like kindergartens throughout the world is informal, and the children will want to play with you more than be ‘taught’ in a formal sense. If you can start to get them enthused about coming to school, and perhaps give them a few very basic English phrases such as simple greetings, you will have done a great job - and hopefully an enjoyable one too!

As a volunteer in the Kindergarten program, you may like to provide assistance to the Care Centre Manager in 2 key ways:

The first is to help look after the children (taking and collecting them from school, playing games and helping them do their homework).

Secondly, you may like to provide general assistance to the Care Centre Manager with daily chores (such as cleaning the Centre and watering the garden).

Your programme once you are at the orphanage/day care centre will typically be as shown under the Itineraries section, although please note this is subject to change depending on what is happening at the centre at the time of your visit.

Most of the children stay at the orphanage 7 days a week although some go home at weekends. Activities are therefore full-time. Should you wish to take a day off or ’weekend break’, please ask the Care Centre Manager. It is preferable to take any time off on a Monday and Tuesday rather than a Saturday/Sunday.

You don't need any qualifications for this project and you’ll experience the best of the region, history and spirituality that China has to offer… and that's saying something!

CULTURAL IMMERSION WEEK ITINERARY

  • 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.
  • Note: The schedule can be change depend on the weather and local conditions.

KINDERGARTEN: WEEKLY SAMPLE ITINERARY

    • Mornings (from 6 am):
    • Help prepare the children for school and deliver them safely to the school gates, followed by general chores in the Care Centre (gardening, cleaning).
    • Afternoons/Evenings (from 3pm-9pm):
    • Collect the children from school and play with them, help them do their homework and teach them English. Ensure they are showered and in bed by 9pm.
  • Note: The schedule can be changed and/or amended depending local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

ACCOMMODATION

You'll stay in a pleasant and cosy house, which is run like a family, with the volunteers and project coordinators all contributing by keeping the home neat and tidy. Rooms are shared with 2-6 other people and include hot and cold water, western style toilets and fans. Laundry facilities are available and a bar with a variety of drinks and food unique to Chinese culture is available. Wi-fi facilities are available through-out the centre, so you are able to Skype and Facebook friends and family.

Upgrades: Upgrade options are available for couples, families or those with a slightly larger budget who prefer 4* hotel luxury. The Western style 4-star hotel will give you your own room and air conditioning. This option is 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.

FOOD:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided and eaten together at the centre. These will be typical rural Chinese dishes comprising of rice or noodles mixed in with vegetables and often a some meat. However we are able to accommodate a vegetarian diet if informed upon booking.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten overseas volunteering holiday into Asia and the wonderful Chinese culture!
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

OBJECTIVES FOR YOU

  • Under Construction!

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  • The aim of this program is to support the children in this rural kindergarten. You have the power to enlarge their horizons, enthusing them about school and even teaching them some basic english, a skill that will be invaluable as they grow into adulthood.
  • Giving the children a safe place to stay that they otherwise certainly wouldn't have and their families wouldn't be able to afford.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
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.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

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.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

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REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

JUDY MACHIN
Swedish

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