Volunteer in China

Are you searching for a unique and nominal volunteer opportunity in China? Global Crossroad has exactly what you are looking for!

  • Fairest programs prices; starting at just $450
  • Your program fees go directly to your host family and project
  • Safe and meaningful volunteer work in China
  • Over 20,000 happy volunteers

Experience the mysteries of China first-hand! From Mount Everest to the South China Sea, this is an ancient civilization, which has preserved its treasured antiquities while it rushes headlong into the future.

When you sign up for a China volunteer experience, you will visit museums, pagodas, temples, and natural wonders that will leave you feeling that you are walking through living history. But China never stands still, and neither will you. The people are waiting. The needs are great. The opportunities are limitless.

Global Crossroad makes it affordable for you to take part in a volunteer program in China. We are based in Qingdao, which is described as one of the most livable cities in China; you can make a difference in this distant, fascinating country. China will most certainly make a difference in you! Send for information now, and begin your volunteer opportunity in China today!

Volunteer in China Programs

Global Crossroad offers variety of exceptional volunteering and special programs to meet your volunteering as well as travelling need. Please feel free to choose any program you love and contact us for more information:

Dates and Prices

Dates: Volunteer in China

All volunteer programs in China start every Monday of each month. However, if there is travel constrains, you can start any project on any day.

Price: Volunteer in China

Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality China volunteer trips. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad's volunteer program in China application and registration fee cost US $299.

In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to the country coordinator, who in turn will allocate it to your host family, project and other in-country support we offer to our volunteers. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

Duration Volunteer/English Teaching Program China Panda Conservation (CHENGDU)
  1 Week   $350   $850
  2 Weeks   $450   $1,650
  3 Weeks   $550   $2,450
  4 Weeks   $650   $3,250
  5 Weeks   $750
  6 Weeks   $850 Maximum project duration
  7 Weeks   $950 4 weeks for Panda Project.
  8 Weeks   $1,050
  9 Weeks   $1,150
  10 Weeks   $1,250
  11 Weeks   $1,350
  12 Weeks   $1,450
Program fees cover:
  • Accommodation (volunteers house or host family)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • Airport pick up (arrival)
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

How your fee is allocated?

The volunteering programs in China fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses.

Accommodations and Meals: Volunteer in China

During your volunteer work in China, Global Crossroad's weekly fees include management of volunteers' meal plans and accommodations throughout projects. Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided and will consist of local ingredients and feature traditional cuisine choices.

Our volunteer program in China meal program can accommodate vegetarian needs; however, we are not able to provide for other dietary restrictions. Food and drinks outside of mealtimes are the volunteer's responsibility. In most cases, there are restaurants and markets nearby the homes in which our volunteers stay.

While completing a China volunteer experience, most volunteers will stay in our hostel. This concept is a permanent residence set up especially for international volunteers. There are several bedrooms at our hostel and volunteers will normally share a room with a same gender volunteer.

The kitchen and bathrooms are shared, and there is running water and "western-style" toilets. The neighborhood is very safe and clean. There are many amenities nearby like Internet cafes, grocery stores, restaurants, and mass transit stops.

If there are a large number of volunteers during your volunteering in China timeframe, you may stay with a host family. Volunteers staying with a host family usually have a single bedroom, but may occasionally share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Our host families are chosen carefully and are esteemed community members, who have experience in the realm of hosting international travelers.

Host family residences are in comfortable, clean and safe neighborhoods and rooms are simply furnished and tidy. Staying with a host family can offer the support system to those having a China volunteer experience volunteer experience will crave during their program and it is a great way to learn about a host country's culture and customs.

Unless you are traveling with your husband or wife, opposite gender rooming will not be permitted. You will either have your own private room or will be sharing with a same gender roommate. You can request to room with your travel partner if you are of the same sex.

Free Time Options: Volunteer in China

Global Crossroad's volunteering in China projects are typically based in rural areas outside of the big cities, however access to captivating sites and attractions are within range when you have free time from your specific volunteer program in China.

China is country rich in history and culture. There are countless activities worth experiencing during your volunteer work in China free time. You can check out the Terracotta warriors and horses, the Hanyang Mausoleum, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and or the Shannxi History Museum. And don’t forget about the impressive Great Wall of China!

There are all sorts of tours, temples, and beautiful terrain to experience too. China presents an eclectic mix of foods to try, as well. You won’t have a boring moment when you are free from your chosen volunteer abroad in China project!

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Safety and Field Support

Our number #1 priority is the safety of our volunteers. Global Crossroad is a leading volunteer organization serving thousands of volunteers. We pride ourselves on providing the safest, highest quality, and most professional programs to our volunteers since 2003. Our dedicated team works closely from start to finish with each volunteer (and parents/guardians) to ensure a successful, satisfactory, and safe volunteering experience.

Below is a list of our safety and field support features that will demonstrate the level of support and safety each of you will receive while volunteering abroad.

1. Country Coordinator and Field Staff :

In each country, where we operate, we have a very strong and dedicated team of country coordinators and local staff members to support and take care of you. All of our country coordinators and field staff are highly experienced and responsible individuals. They have been running volunteer abroad program for many years. They have served thousands of volunteers, so they understand your needs and know how to run safe, rewarding, and meaningful volunteer abroad program for you.

Our In-country staff is responsible for a number of things. Below are some of the main services that they will provide:

  • Airport pick-up and transfer to host family or work site
  • Management of room and food in host family/hostel
  • Orientation of local country, culture, host family, safety, and related issues
  • Introduction to your host family and project staff
  • Periodic follow up visits or calls (1-2 week intervals) to ensure everything is going smoothly
  • Advice for solving any issues, problems, or concerns
2. Airport Greeting

We are dedicated to keeping you save and comfortable from your point of your arrival until your point of departure. We will always receive our volunteers at the airport and transfer them safely. Depending upon the country in which you choose to volunteer, our coordinator, local staff, or a professional transfer company employee will greet you at the airport.

3. Orientation and safety discussion

Regardless of where you join the Global Crossroad volunteer program, our program starts with an in depth discussion on safety, history, cultural people, religion, life, and do’s and don’ts. Depending upon the country, these orientation programs range from a few hours to three days. During orientation, we explain the different aspect of safety and general guidelines to help keep yourself safe while volunteering abroad.

4. Safe Host Family and Accommodation

While volunteering abroad, the majority of the time you will reside with a local host family, hostel, or similar accommodation. We always carefully select the host families and other forms of accommodations to make sure that you will be safe and comfortable. In all destinations, we have selected host families who are socially respected and responsible. Most of our host families have hosted international volunteers before, so they completely understand your needs. Your host family will always take care of you and keep you safe.

Similarly, all of our volunteer houses and hostels are located in very safe locations. These hostels are always guarded by security guards or supervised by the local staff very frequently to make sure that you are safe and secure. Also you will be staying with other volunteers from all over the world. You will never be alone.

5. Comprehensive Insurance and Evacuation Plan

While volunteering abroad, you will be covered by international insurance. This protects you in case something unforeseen happens. It is mandatory that all volunteers obtain a travel insurance policy when volunteering abroad. Global Crossroad offers one of the most comprehensive insurance packages from a third party. Our insurance policy provides excellent protection in the event that a health-related issue occurs, an accident, or other unpredictable incidences.

6. Placement with Other Volunteers

Global Crossroad is happy to place you with other volunteers (depending on availability) if this is something that would make you feel safer.

Any international travel requires caution and awareness; volunteering abroad is no exception. We suggest that all volunteers consult their own government advisory office before making the decision to participate in any overseas volunteering opportunities. International travel presents risks, especially with the modern day threat of international terrorism.

The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings and advisories in many countries for American travelers. These travel advisories and warnings frequently change, as situations in each country transform.

These links provide valuable travel information:

It is also wise to consult the Center for Disease Control for health related information and issues that might come up during your time volunteering abroad. Check out www.cdc.gov for possible health risks. One must also keep in mind that the sanitary conditions in developing countries are likely very different from those in your home country. It is also strongly advised that you do not drink the tap water and do not eat food from street vendors.

Most Frequently Asked Questions: – Volunteer in China

General Information

  • When should I apply for a volunteer in China program?
  • What happens once I submit my documents and application to volunteer in China?
  • How long does it take to process my application to volunteer in China?
  • What documents do I need to submit with my application to volunteer in China?
  • Are there any necessary requirements to participate in volunteer in China projects?

Visa Information

  • What are the Visa procedures?

Placement Information

Arrival and Departure Information

  • Who will arrange my flight to China?
  • At which airport should I arrive?
  • If my assignment begins on Monday, when should I arrive in China?
  • Will someone pick me from the airport? If so, how will I know who they are and where they are?
  • What should I do if my flight is delayed?
  • How can I get to my accommodations from the airport, if I did not connect with Global Crossroad's local representative in the airport?
  • What do I need prior to departure from my home country?
  • If I want to arrive earlier than when my assignment begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations?
  • When should I depart from China?
  • From which airport shall I depart?
  • Who will bring me to the airport for my departure?

Living Accomodation Information

  • Who manages the volunteer in China projects?
  • Who will arrange my accommodations and what are they?
  • Are single rooms available?
  • If I arrive with my friend, or girlfriend/boyfriend, can we stay together?
  • Will there be other foreign volunteers/interns at my placement?
  • What are the bathroom facilities like?
  • What are the laundry arrangements?
  • Will have an opportunity to do laundry while completing my volunteer work in China?
  • Can I use appliances if I bring them from my home country?
  • Can you accommodate special diets?
  • Is the running tap water safe for drink?
  • Are there hot and cold-water facilities available?
  • Will bottled water be provided?

Health and Safety


  • Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
  • What is the local currency, and how do I know the exchange rate?
  • Where should I exchange my money?
  • How much money should I bring with me for my volunteer opportunity in China?
  • Is it safe to carry cash with me?


  • How do I contact with Global Crossroad's local coordinator?
  • How do I contact my family and friends once I arrive in China?
  • How can my family members contact me?
  • Can I bring my telephone from my home country?

Additional Information

  • How do I contact with Global Crossroad's local coordinator?
  • Is there a special dress code that I should follow while volunteering in China?
  • How do I respect the people of China?
  • Materials to Bring for any of the China Volunteer Trips

NOTE: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is generic information and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly. Participants should consult Global Crossroad or travel advisors to verify this information.

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