Going to China is like entering a totally new world. The culture, people, environment, smell, taste and sounds are completely different than the Western world. China is rapidly growing its economical, political, social, and cultural ties to the rest of the world, espeically following the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Cultural Embrace by API offers you a fascinating chance to experience the modern and ancient traditions of the Chinese customs through our "Discover China", a wonderful blend to volunteer, travel, and partake in cultural and adventure travel activities.
Cultural Embrace by API takes you on an unique exploration of Fengyan, a lovely city near Guilin and Yangshuo in Guangxi Province. Fengyan area attracts many local Chinese and foreign visitors. Guilin is known for it's beautiful scenery that many famous Chinese poets and artists reflect upon in their works, and Yangshuo is often referred to as the "Backpackers' Paradise" in China due to it's beautiful natural scenary, comfortable year-round temperature, laid-back, and relaxed atmosphere. We have created a program for you to spend at least two weeks absorbing the local culture, providing community service, and traveling to fascinating sites and locations in China.
Cultural Embrace by API partners with local humanitarian and travel organizations to share knowledge about the people and cultures of China. The initial orientation week will be located in Fengyan, Guangxi. You will learn basic language lessons, Chinese cultural habits and lifestyles, and visit local sites and markets. Then you have the options to volunteer within a local village (teaching English, assisting with farming, environmental conservation projects, etc) or in Szechuan at the giant panda conservation program. Or consider substituting or adding more weeks to trek in Dali, China, or visit Beihai beach. We will tailor your time in China to ensure that you will maximize your time with what you are interested in, with a safe and memorable adventure!
Orientation & Culture Week (Fengyan)
The Orientation Week will take place in our regional center located in Fengyan village, with a group of participants from different parts of the world. During this time we will also engage in the following activities: Basic language lessons, learning about do's & don'ts in China, team building activities, introduction to China and the local culture. Furthermore we will do some local sightseeing, such as visits to the local markets, day trips to nearby towns and visits to ancient temples.
You will have time to meet the local people, taste the delicious foods, and learn about the Chinese customs. During this period, you will also be informed about the program and project details.
Village Experience (Fengyan)
Our Volunteer China Program will give you the chance to make real friends among students, teachers and the local villagers. Located in the heart of Guangxi Province, spend weekly periods in Fengyan with Volunteering options to: Teach/Tutor English and Sports Coach; Farm in the forest with fruit trees (Oct-Dec); Assist with eco/environmental projects to help clean and preserve the environment of the village.
Teaching/Tutoring (Fengyan or Sichuan)
Work with local schools and community centers in the area. Teach and tutor the students in English and other subjects; or be a sports coach and teach the children to improve their team-building skills.
Orphanage Assistance (Fengyan or Sichuan)
Assist a local community center/orphanage filled with children younger than 6 years old. Lend a hand with some chore work, such as: cleaning, washing, or watering the garden; or play, tutor, and be a positive role model to the children.
We will see the most adventurous side of China. Experience the quietness of the Dali Mountains, trek and overnight stay in a temple in the Chicken Foot Mountain (3240 meters high) and observe the harvest of rice, corn and tobacco in the autumn, wheat and bean in the spring. We will also visit the Shang Qing Village in Bin Chuan and do another trek through the mountains into the lake village Shuang Lang. The itinerary will be adapted to the season. (+$460/week)
Study and live at a Tai Qi training school with a local Master located in Yangshuo, Guangxi. Your M-F training will teach you more about posture, hand and foot work, relaxation and power. Please note it takes about 6 months of focused training to be a Tai Qi master. (+ USD 460/week)
Rock Climbing/Outdoor Adventure
An amazing way to experience what Yangshuo, China have to offer. Rock climbing, caving, kayaking, hiking, absailing, zip-lining, and swimming are just a few fun activities combined in weekly program. Recommended for physically fit participants. (+ USD 460/week)
Cycling & Tour
Embrace Yangshuo on wheels! Explore and experience the beauty of the Big Banyan, Moon Hill, the Yulong Bridge, the Li River, Dragon Cave. Also, enjoy a variety of lessons such as paper crafting, calligraphy, TaiQi, and other Chinese cultural activities. (+USD 460)
Volunteers are needed to play a part in safeguarding the future of these cute buddies. The Giant Panda is one of the most delightful and captivating of animals, yet is also one of the most endangered species in the world. The best scientific estimates place the total number of all pandas at only about 1600. The panda is one of the cutest, most magnificent, adorable animals on the earth giving joy to adults and children alike. Volunteers will stay in a hotel within the Panda reserve that is walking distance to your volunteer work station. The hotel is relatively basic and run by the local villagers. Rooms are shared 2-4 people, with an attached bathroom that has 24-hr hot water. (USD 460/week)
Chengdu Culture & Tour
Learn more about the local Chinese culture in Sichuan Province. Explore the beautiful and historical scenic spots, such as: Leshan Giant Buddha, E'Mei Mountains, Huanglongxi Ancient City, etc. (USD 460/week)
1-2 weeks, 2-4 weeks, 5-8 weeks, 9-12 weeks, 3-6 months (High School), 7-12 months (High School)
Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Typical Duration of Program
every Monday, year round
• You must be at least 21-70 years old and in healtht condition.
• Enjoy working and serving others in an underprivileged and struggling environment.
• Open to foreign cultures and living abroad
• Dedication to the full term of commitment
Cost in US$:
- In-country orientation/Training
- In-country staff support
- Medical insurance
- Pre-departure orientation/Training
- Registration fees
- Travel while in host country
- Written materials pre-departure
Program Fees Include:
Cultural Embrace by API Includes:
Guaranteed Volunteer Placement Prior to Departure
Cultural Embrace by API pre-arranges your volunteer project before you leave home to ensure an easy and hassle-free transition into your new life abroad.
Housing and Board
Basic, clean & comfortable accommodations with 2-4 person sharing basis in a volunteer guest house. Limited single rooms are available upon request for additional fee. All meals are cooked at the guest house and are typical Chinese dishes with plenty of vegetarian and rice dish options.
All volunteers to China travel on the tourist visa. Please contact your local China or China Embassy or Consulate to check details, or ask your CE by API coordinator. Please note that any visa fees are the responsibility of the applicant. And, while we can assist you during the process, ultimately it is your responsibility to ensure that you have obtained the appropriate visa for your work experience. Cultural Embrace by API has no control over the visa process and cannot guarantee that your visa application will be accepted.
Arrival Pick-Up and Orientation
Airport pickups are available for weekend arrivals (preferably Sunday mornings). Please anticipate ~3 hours from airport to Fengyang or Chengdu orientation location. A forced overnight in Guilin or Chengdu may be required and basic accommodations will be included with your program fee. Weekday pickups may be arranged for additional fees (~USD 75). You will be met at the airport by our local coordinator who will help you settle into the guest house and introduce you to the project. The first week includes many activities, tours and lessons to help volunteers adjust and feel more comfortable in China.
Medical, Life, and Travel Insurance
Medical and life insurance is provided for all participants during the program term. This insurance coverage includes medical evacuation and repatriation, as well as 24-hour support services for medical and travel issues.
"Cultural Embrace by API" Cultural Kit
Before your departure, we will send you a cultural kit that is filled with useful tips, advice, information, and your insurance card to prepare you for your amazing adventure of living and working abroad.
Cultural Embrace by API provides English-speaking representation in the United States and China prior to, during, and after your placement.
- Building Maintenance
- Building/construction Projects
- Community Development
- Curriculum Planning
- Economic Development
- Fixing Fences
- Pastoral Work
- Popular Education
- Primary Education
- Public Education
- Youth Development
You must be at least 21 years of age.
This Program is open to
American, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African and Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.
Typical Living Arrangements
- Group living
Typically Participants Work
Independently or in Groups
Application Process Involves
- Letters of Reference
- Online Application
- Phone/Video Interview
- Physical Exam/Health Records
- Written Application
Typically The Application Process Time is
2 weeks-1 year