Volunteer Abroad in Beijing

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Volunteering Abroad in Beijing

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27 Volunteer Abroad Programs in Beijing

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Undertake worthwhile work experience relevant to your studies or future career and take part in this NGO and Community Service Internship in China through Kaya. Your internship will be tailor-made to your interests and the needs of the NGO. You will intern for a small to medium sized organization in Beijing or Shanghai. This is a brilliant opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of Chines...

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Join CrossContinental and volunteer abroad in Beijing. Programs are affordable, available year-round for varying durations, and have flexible start dates. Volunteers can take part in a variety of programs such as Youth Development, Organizational Development, and Disability Issues.

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Explore China for free with Gotoco Gotoco provides university students from all over the world with the chance to volunteer at summer camps across China and earn their TEFL certificate. Teach English, learn Mandarin and get to grips with the local culture all absolutely free of charge. We provide free accommodation and meals at your schools, and even offer free accommodation for a w...

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Volunteer abroad in Beijing with Cultural Homestay International. Volunteers improve Chinese language skills, experience cultural immersion while living with a host family, and teach them English. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and a native English speaker.

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Participants have the chance to enjoy a rewarding opportunity with United Planet in China. Set in the dynamic city of Beijing, individuals may impart their knowledge on young learners in the local community through this summer teaching program. This placement is offered to individuals of any nationality who are at least 16 years of age.

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Have a life-changing volunteer abroad experience in Beijing with Volunteering Solutions. Projects are available in Childcare, Teaching, and Disability Issues. The program is open to participants of any nationality who are at least 16 years old and open to working in a new culture.

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Experience Beijing, China with a volunteer abroad program by Go Abroad China Ltd. Volunteers join GAC on projects assisting local children with special needs, with disabilities, or from poor schools. The program is available in varied durations that start any time, and provides many perks to volunteers including Chinese language classes, accommodations, and visa documentation.

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Volunteer abroad in China through ImmerQi and have a meaningful experience in Beijing. The program allows volunteers to spend nine to 12 weeks working with children who are visually impaired and living in an orphanage. Volunteers can also help out with different activities on a farm. The program accepts volunteers from 20 to 60 years of age who have previous experience with children, good commu...

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If you're thinking about volunteering to teach English abroad and have no teaching experience, don't worry! We provide industry leading TEFL qualifications which are globally recognized. We offer a number of TEFL courses to suit your needs; whether you choose a classroom based TEFL course, an online TEFL course or specialist TEFL certification. A classroom TEFL course will qualify you with ...

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The SPI Study Abroad China Program, based in Guilin, is a four week program that offers cultural immersion, Mandarin intensive language courses at all levels, culture and elective courses, afternoon activities, and travel to some of China’s most important sights. Excursion highlights include Beijing, The Great Wall, and day trips around Guilin. China’s rapid growth and influence on a global sca...

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This program is for students who want to create a world that is safe and just to people worldwide. The program is unique by the inclusion of a language component that will provide immersion in Mandarin on a university campus of 26,000 students in a rural province of China, and includes membership in the World Academy for the Future of Women, a volunteer program designed to produce global lea...

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Star Exchange offers a volunteering opportunity to teach English to a small class for about 20-30 hours per week for at least three months. Language volunteers get a free round-trip ticket for every year of volunteering, USD 150 pocket money per month, USD 460 bonus every three months of stay, free Mandarin Chinese language lessons at least five hours per week, 14 days of paid leave, private ro...

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Changing China China is changing. With all of the political and economic changes China has undergone in the last decades, it is bursting onto the international scene in an unprecedented scale. As China's population soars over a billion people, this formidable giant is a more interesting destination now than ever. Our volunteer vacation program is based on the outskirts of Beijing, the capital ...

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Volunteering Abroad in Beijing

The political capital of an emerging Chinese superpower, Beijing increasingly finds itself at the center of the global stage. With over 20 million inhabitants, today Beijing is the third most populous city in the world and the cultural and educational heart of China. Individuals who choose to volunteer in Beijing will find that the city remains a place defined by both tremendous wealth and widespread poverty. Volunteers from all over the world are thus happily welcomed to lend a hand in China’s rapidly modernizing society, beginning at the center of it all, in Beijing.

Volunteer Programs in Beijing

Though China is a burgeoning economic powerhouse, it remains very much a developing country in the daily situation of its most ordinary citizens. In the wake of a recently massive urbanization movement that continues to sweep through the country, millions of Chinese migrant workers have descended upon Beijing from rural areas in search of work. Naturally there are many who have been left behind, and so volunteering opportunities in Beijing provide a variety of placements where volunteers can aid in social work and community building

Healthcare, education, and infrastructural development are all popular areas of volunteer work in Beijing. There are many orphanages, community centers, and homes for the elderly or for individuals with disabilities, which are understaffed and in continued need of extra help. Other volunteer opportunities in Beijing will expose volunteers to a variety of projects throughout the city, including planting gardens, building projects, and working for sustainable solutions.

Individuals do not generally have to speak Chinese to volunteer in Beijing, although you will undoubtedly pick up some useful phrases while volunteering in China. Many volunteer opportunities in Beijing will combine community service projects with some form of language study to help volunteers learn the language. Summers are hot, and combined with Beijing’s poor air quality can make life in the city stifling at times. Still summer volunteering in Beijing, lasting from a weeks to a few months, remains the most popular time for volunteering abroad in Beijing. Many volunteer programs offer placements year round as well, so individuals can choose exactly when they’d like to complete volunteer work in Beijing.

Life in Beijing

One of the most attractive parts of Beijing for foreigners is the epic scale of history which remains a very much a preserved part of city life. From Tiananmen Square to the Imperial City center to the Great Wall only an hour away, Beijing is a fantastic gateway to Chinese cultural history. Beijing also boasts an exciting nightlife, state-of-the-art performance centers, and a plethora of other cultural opportunities for volunteers who are more inclined towards modernity. Needless to say, individuals who volunteer in Beijing will never have to worry about becoming bored.

Life in Beijing will come on quite hectically to the unacclimated international volunteer. The city is densely populated and runs at a fast pace. Do not expect neat orderly lines to form, especially at the more crowded tourist destinations of Beijing. The subway, while cheap and tremendously efficient, can become extremely crowded during rush hour. Quickly though, you will grow accustomed to the chaos, and be navigating through even the busiest marketplaces like a local.

Another element which may come to strongly influence everyday experiences for a volunteer in Beijing is how quickly the city is globalizing. Though the capital city still remains distinctly Chinese in most aspects, the country is rapidly Westernizing in an effort to industrialize its way out of poverty. Volunteers may notice see many familiar eateries, boutiques, and brand names lining the city streets. Friendly locals will also frequently approach you, genuinely interested in your perspective on their country or wanting to practice their English language skills. It is an extremely exciting time to join in the movement through volunteering in Beijing.

Costs & Affordability

The official currency in Beijing is the Chinese Yuan (CNY), which runs at about 6.5 CNY to $1. Beijing is a very affordable city, but be careful because many items, which are considered to be Western luxuries, can be relatively marked up. Also recognizable brands (i.e. Starbucks) tend to be significantly more expensive than other available local options. Meals are cheap and subway rides only cost 2 CNY generally, making transportation throughout the city very affordable. Plane travel is also quite reasonably priced, making the rest of the country easily accessible from Beijing’s international airport.

Accommodations & Visas

While volunteering abroad in Beijing most volunteers will have accommodation arranged by their volunteer program provider. Both homestays and apartment style living are popular options for volunteers in Beijing, each one providing an entirely different “home” environment. Homestays are a nice way to intimately familiarize yourself with Chinese culture by living with a family, and home cooked meals aren’t to bad either. Apartments are generally affordable as well, and offer the opportunity to lead a more independent existence during volunteer work in Beijing. Research the details of your volunteer program in Beijing early on to see what type of housing will be made available.

Since China has a closed government in many respects, obtaining the right visa to volunteer abroad in China can be a bit confusing. If you are going to volunteer in Beijing for less than six months you will likely need an L visa, and if you are volunteering for more than six months you will likely need a Z visa. Most volunteer programs in China will help organize your visa, so have no fear!

Benefits & Challenges

Beijing is an increasingly important global city, but one that also suffers from a variety of social and infrastructural ills, hence the city needs volunteers who can lend their support and help remedy the issues.

Exposing oneself to an entirely different culture is always challenging, but the reward you bring home from volunteering abroad in Beijing will transcend any temporary inconveniences.

Doing good where it is needed is the essence of volunteerism, and by volunteering in Beijing volunteers will have the unique opportunity to discover personal fulfillment in one of the most breathtaking and culturally rich cities on earth.

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