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Volunteer in China - It Will Change You Forever...

  • World's most affordable fees guaranteed
  • Pay your program fees directly to your host families and projects
  • Experienced local staffs to attend to your every need
  • Flexible schedule that leaves evenings and weekends free for fun, travel and exploration

Go beyond your boundaries, travel the world and serve the global community! Helping Abroad invites you to experience the world while truly making a difference in the lives of others. As a volunteer and traveler in China you will have the chance to uniquely experience an ancient civilization dating back more than 4000 years. Helping Abroad is now offering volunteer and travel opportunities in Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan province and a vital economic center for China. As the home of the giant panda, Mount Qingcheng, Du Fu thatched cottage, Jinsha Ruins, Golden Sun Bird, Sanxingdui Museum, ancient fortress wall, Chaolang Lake, the Jinli historical district, teahouses, numerous pagodas and temples, volunteers will find endless tourist opportunities. For outdoor enthusiasts, Chengdu is also bordered by biological reserves for outdoor activities such as hiking.

Helping Abroad is collaborating with orphanages, school and nonprofit organizations to enhance the quality of life for local Chinese and allow each volunteer in China to fully experience the country while enriching the lives of others and participating in meaningful and rewarding community service. Whether you choose to teach English in school, work in an orphanage, work with special-needs children or help out in the panda conservation project, you will undoubtedly have the experience of a lifetime. Contact us now for more information! The sooner we hear from you, the sooner you can begin your journey to one of the most powerful countries in the world abundant with history and colorful culture.

Program Fee

Helping Abroad volunteers Program starts every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.

Are you looking for a safe and affordable volunteer abroad experience? Do you want to see the fees you pay, being utilized towards the welfare of the project and host families? Helping abroad, a 501 c 3, offer volunteer programs at unbeatable, low prices. At Helping Abroad, we maintain a level of transparency of funds, especially for volunteers who want to know where and how the fee they pay are being channelized. The volunteer fee is paid directly to the families that host volunteers and the project that volunteers work on. The program fee is divided as registration fee ( $299) and weekly fee. The registration fee is used to cover our expenses like advertisement and office expenses. The weekly fee is divided between room/local food (3 times a day, 50-70%) and project donation/ support to local project staff (30-50%) and local coordination fee (10%). The allocation may differ according to location and project type. Therefore, our coordinator will explain these issues before you pay the fees. Please find the breakdown of the cost in a weekly basis below:

Weeks Orphanage, English Teaching Program Panda Conservation
  1 Week  $350   $850
  2 Weeks   $450   $1,650
  3 Weeks   $550   $2,450
  4 Weeks   $650   $3,250
  5 Weeks   $750
  6 Weeks   $850       Maximum project duration



     - 4 weeks for Panda Project.
  7 Weeks   $950
  8 Weeks   $1,050
  9 Weeks   $1,150
  10 Weeks   $1,250
  11 Weeks   $1,350
  12 Weeks   $1,450
Additional Fee
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day
Included in Fee
  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals a day
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Donation to project
  • In-country office expenses
  • Field support
  • Project coordination
  • Emergency support
  • Airport welcome
Not Included in Fee
  • International flights
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Immunizations
  • Personal food and beverages
  • Entertainment
  • Local transportation
  • Laundry
  • Communication (telephone, internet)
  • Personal items

Volunteer Programs

Teaching English in Schools (Qingdao)

Teaching in China

The importance of English is now a worldwide trend and the demand for the language is China is at its highest. In many cases internationally, English fluency has a direct relationship with employment success due to international tourism, trade and relations. Unfortunately, income levels increase wage gaps as poorer children are left without the opportunity to learn English. Those who speak only Chinese are at a great disadvantage for their future. For this reason, Helping Abroad is currently partnering with educational agencies and local schools to provide volunteers to expand educational opportunities. Many schools lack funding and qualified teachers to adequately teach the language and their students fall behind. Volunteer teaching English in China and provide your students with an opportunity to study a subject that will enhance their future. As your students grow, you will also experience daily life in China and its vibrant culture.

Educational Requirements and Project Skills

No specific qualifications or prior experiences are required to volunteer in an orphanage in the teaching English project in China. You're expected to have a solid knowledge of English to communicate with the project staff and teach local people. You should have qualities such as love & passion for children, genuine interest, patience, compassion, endurance and so on. You should also be flexible and have the desire to learn and serve people of a new culture and religion.

Your Responsibilities as a Volunteer

As a volunteer teaching English in China, your experience will be valuable for both you and your students. Depending on skills and interests, volunteers teaching English in China work in an orphanage, public school, university or with local nonprofit organizations. Daily activities may include:

  • Teaching basic English
  • Aiding local teachers with lessons and activities
  • Teaching other subjects such as math or science
  • Organizing extracurricular activities such as music, dancing, sports, art, games, etc.
  • Teaching life skills such as basic business, painting, sewing, cooking, etc.
  • Teaching basic health and sanitation
  • Fundraising for educational programs
  • Assisting with local curriculum development
  • Maintaining the schools
  • Playing with the children
  • Assisting school/organization staff with local projects

Please Note:The teaching schedule is very flexible. You will receive direction from local school/organization staff. You’re expected to work 3 to 4 hours a day from Monday to Friday. You will have enough time to go on holidays and explore China’s tourism.

Panda Conservation Project (Chengdu)

Panda Conservation Project in China is currently unavailable for volunteers. We will notify you once the project resumes. Helping Abroad is sorry for your inconvenience.

Panda Conservation in China

Volunteer in China in the Panda Conservation Project in Chengdu, known to be the “home of the giant panda!” The grandiose panda is a celebrated symbol of modern China and your efforts can help save this sacred animal. A variety of factors contribute to the fact that the giant panda is endangered and it is estimated that the current population of giant pandas living in the wild barely hits 1,000. Helping Abroad is working hard to collaborate with a wildlife conservation center in the Chengdu to monitor, study and take care for the endangered specie. Each volunteer working in the Panda Conservation Project will have the incredible opportunity to work directly hands on with the pandas and ensure that their futures are prosperous and healthy. At the same time, volunteers also have the opportunity to work with other endangered species native to China, such as golden monkeys and the crested ibis. If you are an animal lover, this is the perfect project to have field experience with special animals while exploring a beautiful and fascinating country.

Educational Requirements and Project Skills

No specific qualifications or prior experiences are required to volunteer in the panda conservation project in China. You're expected to have a solid knowledge of English to communicate with the project staff and local people. You should have qualities such as love & passion for animals and a genuine interest, patience and compassion for pandas. You should also be flexible and have the desire to learn and serve people and animals in a new culture and religion.

Your Responsibilities as a Volunteer

As a volunteer working in the Panda Conservation Project in China, you will have a variety of daily activities depending on your skills and interests and the needs of the local organization. Example activities may include:

  • Providing daily maintenance to animals
  • Feeding animals
  • Providing drinking water
  • Keeping animal habitats clean
  • Bathing the animals
  • Observing animals and collecting data
  • Maintaining conservation center
  • Assisting local staff with landscaping, gardening, etc.
  • Helping local staff with tourism and directing tours
  • Supporting administrations tasks
  • Assisting with web design, brochures and marketing
  • Teaching English to local staff

Please Note:The volunteer schedule is very flexible. You will receive direction from local staff. You’re expected to work 3 to 4 hours a day from Monday to Friday. You will have enough time to go on holidays and explore China’s tourism.

Major FAQ's

  • Who will meet me in airport? What should I do if I am delayed or miss my flight? When should I arrive?
  • Please book your flight to in the international airports of where you will be volunteering (e.g. Xi’an, Chengdu, Qingdao or other cities). These airports are the pick-up point for all Helping Abroad volunteers in China. The major international airports in China are located in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong and you may have to arrive in these for a connection flight to other cities. The Helping Abroad country coordinator will be waiting for you at the “Arrival” gate.  Please look for a person with both the Helping Abroad’s company logo and your name on a sign card. In case your contact person is not there, please contact the Helping Abroad office and we will immediately follow up on your contact person whereabouts. Coordinators’ contact details are available in the pre-departure handbook.  If your flight is delayed, immediately contact Helping Abroad so we can make adjustments to your program.  Helping Abroad will be responsible for creating the necessary changes in your program.

    The program fee covers expenses from the first day of the program to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program and/or stay beyond the last day of the program, you will be responsible for these expenses.

  • What are the visa requirements to volunteer in China?
  • Volunteers must acquire a tourist visa in their home country prior to departure for China.

  • What do I need to know about health and safety in China?
  • Volunteers should be aware of all health and safety information before traveling to China. You can read about health and safety in China on the website listed below:

  • What immunizations/vaccinations are recommended before arriving to China?
  • We strongly recommend that volunteers obtain vaccinations before arriving in China. You can speak with your health-care provider to determine which vaccinations you will need. Please read CDC recommendations about vaccinations and preventive medicine: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/china

  • What is the local currency and exchange rate?
  • The Chinese currency is the RMB, also known as the Yuan. You can exchange money when you arrive at the international airport and ATM machines are also widely available. ATM cards are the best way to get money and Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted in some larger cities. It is a good idea to carry a credit card for large purchases and emergencies. Make sure you notify your bank that you will be out of the country and give them your expected arrival/departure dates. This will prevent your account from being locked and you will be advised about any fraudulent charges.

    Please visit XE, a privately held online foreign exchange tool for rates. XE.com

  • How can I communicate with my family/friends while I am abroad? Is there internet access?
  • If you have an unlocked cell phone that contains a SIM card, we recommend that you bring it because you can buy a Chinese SIM card upon arrival. Phones are important to have for safety and communication with family and Helping Abroad staff. Internet cafes are widely available in larger cities, but less available in rural towns. You will have placement details in your pre-departure packet.

  • How is the climate in China?
  • China is a very large country with a wide-range of climate and temperatures. For more information regarding the climate and weather, please visit: ACCU Weather (http://www.accuweather.com/)

  • What should I bring?
  • You can purchase basic necessities in China at reasonable prices, but we suggest bringing the following:

    • An unlocked mobile phone (you can use it after buying a Chinese card)
    • Camera
    • Sleeping bag
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Insect repellent
    • Sunscreen
    • Books about China
    • Map of China
    • Toiletries
    • First aid kit
    • Flash light
    • Electricity adapter/converter
    • Sun glasses
    • Good shoes (for work and travel)
    • Towel

  • Should I bring gifts for my host family?
  • You are not required to bring a gift but it is common courtesy as a token of appreciation for hosting you. If you are working in orphanages or schools, you can bring items such as school supplies and games. Remember that many children will desire what you bring, so you may want to bring a large amount of one item (pencils, pens, notebooks, games, art supplies, etc).