What will I do on this project?
Your main role is to support children at kindergartens, schools, or special needs centres. Here are the activities you’ll get involved with:
- Play educational games that teach important early childhood development skills and encourage learning
- Improve literacy and English language skills through regular classes
- Encourage body movement through classes and sport
Play games that teach important early childhood development skills and encourage learning
It’s important for all of our Childcare volunteers to make learning fun by playing educational games and doing outdoor activities. This is a great way to get kids engaged, and they’re more likely to retain what they learn if they’re having fun. Through these activities, you’ll help children learn about the world around them. It also gives them a better understanding of their own abilities.
Each activity has an educational angle. Working with arts and crafts helps them differentiate between colours and shapes. Completing a puzzle improves their problem solving skills. Playing ball games improves their hand-eye coordination. Do some research into the activities you do and use your imagination to make it entertaining!
Improve literacy and English language skills through regular classes
Teaching English is a big part of your role at this project. Start by getting an understanding of their current English level and slowly building up from there. Teach them basic English words, phrases, and introduce a few grammar rules if you think they’re ready.
Through English teaching, you’ll also be able to help improve literacy. We recommend reading stories with small groups, and helping with easy reading and writing exercises.
Encourage body movement through classes and sport
Physical activity is important for learning certain skills during early childhood years. You’ll teach fundamental movement skills to help children participate in games, sports, and other physical activities. These include:
- Locomotor skills (running, jumping, hopping, and skipping)
- Ball skills (catching, throwing, and kicking)
This work is critical at the special needs centres we work with. You’ll support the efforts of a local physiotherapist. You’ll do this by helping children to do basic stretches and movements which may be more difficult for them. Our aim here is to improve muscle strength and muscle memory, to ultimately improve their quality of life.
Where in China will I be working?
You’ll never forget arriving in Shanghai and being greeted by skyscrapers, high-rise buildings, and dazzling city lights. Shanghai is one of the most populated cities in the world, with more than 24 million people. Although the city is a constant hive of activity, there are still rural areas on the outskirts that are more traditional.
In Shanghai, you’ll work at a local kindergarten or at a special needs care centre. The placements are usually quite busy, so caregivers and teachers will appreciate extra support.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
China is a vast country so it’s no surprise that it offers a wide variety of different tourist activities. While you’re volunteering, there will be plenty for you to do in the evenings and over the weekends.
What’s extraordinary about China is the contrasts of ancient and modern, rural and urban. You’ll find gleaming skyscrapers, like the Oriental Pearl Tower, only a short distance from the tranquil Yuyuan Garden.
There’s plenty to explore in the city, but it’s also worth taking a trip to the countryside. There you can trek along the breathtaking silk route or visit a Buddhist monastery.
A trip to China wouldn’t be complete without touring the country’s many natural wonders and World Heritage Sites. This includes the Great Wall of China, the Yangtze River, and the Terracotta Army.
With plenty of other volunteers in China, you’ll have the opportunity to travel with others and explore as a group. Or, if you prefer, you’re welcome to do your sightseeing independently.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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