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English Teaching and Rural School Development

China is developing at incredible pace, however, there are many rural areas in regions such as Yunnan and Guangxi where schools are still struggling to provide basic education....

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Cerebral Palsy and Autism Centre for Children - Internship

If you have a passion for service or just skills you want to put in action and the curiosity for China, outside it's big cities, then the Karstaway program at The Bright

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Multimedia Internship with Sustainable Development NGOs

This program administered by Karstaway brings forth a unique opportunity to develop media skills and create a professional portfolio while helping reputable NGOs and sustainable...

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Wetlands and Islet Conservation Internship

An exciting new conservation opportunity has arisen to protect and conserve the Wetlands and Islets of Xiamen. Working with Xiamen Mangrove Conservation Network, participants...

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Fundraising and Events Coordinator Internship

Working for The Bright Connection Centre for children with cerebral palsy and autism, you will have the opportunity to raise awareness in the local community, arrange fundraising...

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Outdoor Education

Experiential education is swiftly becoming an essential part of the global curriculum, vital in teaching young people important skills such as teamwork, self-confidence and...

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Chinese language and Adventure

This exciting, ground breaking new program allows you to learn Chinese in a more engaging and memorable way. Programs are based in the stunning town of Yangshuo, where...

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Ski Camp Assistant Internship

This program is perfect for anyone looking to develop skills whilst having the adventure of a lifetime. Spend your first month in the spectacular town of Yangshuo in

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Chinese Snub Nose Monkey Conservation and Adventure

High in the mountains of Shangri-la in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of China, there is an incredible research station and reserve for the endangered Yunnan snub nose...

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Adventure Chinese

If you are looking for a language program that deeply immerses you in the environment and the culture and sees language as something which should be learned through experience,...

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Karstaway Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • The Adventure

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

Surfing and outdoor adventure

I started my program in Yangshuo, where I studied Chinese in the mornings and learned how to lead kids through outdoor activities in the afternoons. I got on well with all the other outdoor ed interns and we became a really solid team over the month. I then travelled to Riyuewan in Hainan for my internship. I was working on a surf camp with Chinese kids on a beautiful quiet beach. It was great to go out into practice everything learned in Yangshuo and I’m seriously considering becoming a surf instructor now and getting more into outdoor education in the future.

Program: Outdoor Education

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • The Campus

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

This. Is. Awesome.

Had an amazing first month in Yangshou with the whole Karstaway team. For the English speakers, we had Chinese lessons every weekday morning from 9-12 (and English for the Chinese speakers) which was a huge asset throughout our stay in Yangshou as well as during our internship in Sanya. Every afternoon was full of great adventures that expanded your circle of comfort, or gave you the adrenaline rush some of us are craving for from time to time. For those rainy days or times we needed to focus on our upcoming projects, Karstaway helped facilitate projected goals based on our ideas surrounding our personal aspirations, as well as benefits for the projects and the people involved with them. In total we had two groups who went to two very different places. By the end of our first month together, we were all very sad to say good-bye, but were excited to hear about the projects each team was working on, and what outcome we all had by the end of it. Definitely a highlight of the whole Karstaway program. It added a great balance between work and play while letting us truly enjoy the natural beauty of Yangshou, China.

Program: Chinese language and Adventure

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

Great experience to strengthen your professional and personal abilities

Had a great experience at the Bright Connection for the 2 months that we were here. Worked with both the staff and the children to focus on developmental milestones and incorporate age appropriate activities into their week day therapy sessions. We made great bonds with all of the wonderful and life-loving children here. Karstaway was able to allow us the movement and flexibility to use our skills from home as well as the skills we learnt while being here, to create a program that was suitable for the staff and children here at the centre. We were able to speak with the staff through the Chinese that we had learnt in Yangshou, as well as through a translator that was available throughout our stay. Highly recommended for people who are looking to bring their professional expertise to the program and teachable skills for the staff. They are very open and welcoming to ideas and suggestions to expand their work here.

Program: Cerebral Palsy and Autism Centre for Children - Internship

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • The Campus

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health and Safety

    8

A unique learning experience

This program is for those who want to really experience something different. It's for those who are willing to grow as a person outside of their comfort zones.
It's really a lot of fun and I learned a lot about china and myself. It was a lot of hard work but I feel like I made a difference.

Program: Chinese language and Adventure

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Internship Placement

    9

A grounding and liberating experience I'll never forget

The liberation and learning I gained from the program was incredible!
As a university paramedic student I got more understanding of people’s innate nature to care and help each other then ever gained in the lecture theatres. By removing myself from all the bureaucracy that surrounds us I was able to work and help a team in caring for disabled youths and really see a benefit in not only the children, but the full time carers who work tirelessly and live with the children they support. It was a truly humbling experience that grounded me as a person and coming back I was better able to understand peoples' needs and provide better care for them. Along with being able to speak a bit of Chinese, that I practice back in Aus, it was an extremely valuable, fun and liberating experience that I’d recommend to everyone.

Program: Cerebral Palsy and Autism Centre for Children - Internship

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