Care & Community in China
- Placement location: Chengdu
- Types of placements: Care Centres and Special Needs Centres
- Accommodation: Hostel/Volunteer Apartment
- Age Requirements: 16-19 years old
- Arrival Airport: Chengdu (CTU)
- Local Languages: Mandarin
Volunteers who are eager to work with children in the rapidly changing country of China can help with care and community projects to benefit our partner care centres for disabled and disadvantaged children in Chengdu. Chengdu is a city that manages to be both modernizing and traditionally Chinese at the same time, and is known for its Sichuanese people and their relaxed approach to life.
Daily tasks include playing games with the children and helping them with basic education. The group also helps out by doing hands-on activities like renovating, painting, and decorating.
Volunteers offer a valuable contribution and help the local staff. You will also add to the children’s quality of life, not only through the development of their social skills, but also through exposing them to new cultures and ideas and improving their daily environment.
Living arrangements are either hostel accommodation with other volunteers, or in a volunteer apartment.
Your weekend will be spent visiting the panda sanctuary for which Chengdu is famous. You'll also get the opportunity to visit the Du Jiang Yan water project, the Leshan Giant Buddha, or explore more of the city sites that Chengdu has to offer.
Over the week, we became attached to the children, in particular to the ones who came every day of the week. Despite their disabilities, they were willing to do everything with a smile and I found it very rewarding to work with the youngsters as it gave me not only memories for life, but also built up my communication and empathy skills. Read more...