The skyline of Shanghai plays the backdrop to volunteers' experience working in China.

Volunteering in China

Support local communities while experiencing modern and traditional life in China

Volunteer in China with Projects Abroad and help make a difference in one of the most rapidly developing countries in the world. You’ll contribute to ongoing work that supports the development of under-resourced communities.


You can teach English to children at rural schools, or help care for the elderly or those with physical disabilities. You can also choose to protect vulnerable giant pandas through important conservation work. Or, learn about professional business by working at a local and international companies. You can even travel to china to learn Mandarin.


Depending on the project you choose, you’ll be based in Chengdu or Shanghai. We have an office in each city with full-time staff who are available 24/7 to help with anything you need.


There is plenty to see and do in these urban jungles. You can visit buddhist temples and the beautiful city parks, watch an opera, and try delicious Chinese street food at a local market. No trip will be complete without a visit to the Great Wall of China.

Projects available in China

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A group of Business Interns pose for a group photo infront of a reception desk at a law office in China.
Business Internship in China

From $4405

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Gain practical work experience while learning from business professionals in a rapidly developing economy

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 18 can join
  • From 4 weeks
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Journalism Internship in China

From $6185

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Live and work in Shanghai and get practical journalism experience at an English-language magazine

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 18 can join
  • From 8 weeks
A Projects Abroad group attend a workshop during their  Law internships in China.
Law Internship in China

From $4405

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Work with Chinese lawyers, gain work experience, and give your CV an edge with your experience abroad

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 4 weeks
High school students stand outside a local lawfirm on their Law and Business internship in China
Law and Business Internships in China for Teenagers

From $3745

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Live in Chengdu with other teenagers and gain work experience at law firms and local companies

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
While learning Mandarin in China, students use free time to explore local attractions like a Buddhist temple.
Learn Mandarin in China

From $2970

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Study Mandarin with a professional language teacher in modern Shanghai or traditional Chengdu

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
A group of medical interns gather round a surgical table in a hospital at a workshop during their medical placement in China.
Medicine Internship in China

From $3740

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Learn directly from doctors as they treat patients using Western and traditional Chinese medicine

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
A volunteer reads a book to his students during his teaching work experience in China
Volunteer Teaching English in China

From $4205

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Travel to China and get practical classroom experience helping children improve their English

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 4 weeks
During teenage community volunteer work in China, a high school student hugs a young child in the classroom.
Volunteer Work with Children and the Elderly for Teenagers in China

From $3295

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Join teenagers from around the world and work in a group to support children and the elderly at a care centre

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A Projects Abroad volunteer working with children in China listens to young boys reading aloud to improve their reading skills.
Volunteer Work with Children in China

From $3435

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Teach English to children and equip them with the skills they need to succeed when they start school

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 3 weeks

Can't find what you're looking for?

We have the expertise and staff on the ground to create a custom project for you, or simply help you find the best option.


Speak to one of our China experts on:

1 877 921 9666

or email:

to start planning your project

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.

Where we are based in China

Chengdu

Chengdu is often described as a gem yet to be discovered. You can explore traditional tea houses, browse through vendor stalls selling all kinds of homemade crafts. There is plenty to get up to after your work.


Chengdu is a peaceful city with the perfect mix of old and new, rural and urban. If it is the Giant Panda you have come to China to see, you are definitely in the right place!

Shanghai

With its iconic city skyline, bustling city streets, and endless supply of art and entertainment, it’s no surprise Shanghai is one of the most populated cities in the world. There are over 24 million people living in the city, which is buzzing 24/7.

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our China Arrival Procedures page.

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