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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Top 10 Things to Do in Xi'an

Top 10 attractions in Xi'an, China

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?
  • Global Crossroad has offered volunteer in China program (including internship) since 2003. We are able to place volunteers on the 1st or 3rd Monday of any month, year round. We recommend applying at least two months in advance, as there is an ever-increasing volume of applications. If your application must be expedited for quicker placement, please contact our office for more information.

  • What happens once I submit my documents and application to volunteer in China?
  • Once Global Crossroad receives and reviews your completed application, it is then forwarded to our In-Country Coordinator in China who will then finalize a personal assignment as per your qualifications, experience and requests. Your finalized placement details are forwarded to you upon completion.

  • How long does it take to process my application to volunteer in China?
  • The application process may take up to 2-4 weeks � occasionally longer given the time of year and influx of applications to your chosen country. However, in the event that an applicant requires quicker placement due to time constraints, we request you contact Global Crossroad's offices prior to submitting an application.

  • What documents do I need to submit with my application to volunteer in China?
  • The only initial documentation required is our completed application form, which can be found online(http://www.globalcrossroad.com/apply). We reserve the right to request further information or documentation; however, in most situations information contained in the application is sufficient. Applicants have the option to either submit their application online or download the application from the website and submit the completed form to Global Crossroad's USA-based offices by either mail or fax.

  • Are there any necessary requirements to participate in volunteer in China projects?
  • The only qualifications are:

    • An Open-Mind, A Willingness To Teach Others As Well A Passion For Helping Those In Need.
    • Enthusiasm For Living Abroad, Meeting New People And Embracing Varied Cultures.
    • Be In Good Mental And Physical Health.

Visa Information

  • What are the Visa procedures?
  • Securing a tourist visa is the volunteer's responsibility and Global Crossroad requires all volunteers to obtain a tourist visa before departing for China. Please call our office or contact your nearest China embassy to learn more about visa, visa fees and visa extensions. Much information can be learned online by searching out China's embassy or consulate.

Placement Information

Arrival and Departure Information

  • Who will arrange my flight to China?
  • International flight coordination and payment of international airfare is a volunteer's responsibility.

  • At which airport should I arrive?
  • Xi'an, China (Xi'an Xianyang International Airport). Please do not book travel until your placement is complete.

  • If my assignment begins on Monday, when should I arrive in China?
  • Please arrive the day before your assignment begins. If you wish to arrive earlier, your accommodation and meals will be your responsibility. Please review our the personal placement information package we will forward to you.

  • Will someone pick me from the airport? If so, how will I know who they are and where they are?
  • You will be greeted up at the airport, but you must send your travel itinerary to our China in-country Coordinator and to us at Global Crossroad's offices before your arrival in China. You will be met by a local staff member or our in-country coordinator. They will be holding a sign with your name, awaiting your arrival outside of the airport.

    If you miss our representative due to flight delay or confusion, please call the in-country coordinator number provided in your placement details. This rarely happens, but be prepared by keeping this important information with you as you travel. Make sure you look carefully for your pick-up representative, as it is normally busy outside of the airport.

  • What should I do if my flight is delayed?
    • Try to call our China in-country coordinator from the airport to notify him/her of the possible delayed arrival time.
    • Check your placement instructions pertaining to details of hotels that have been recommended for late arrival if your flight will after midnight.
    • Call/email our China in-country Coordinator once you arrive so that s/he can orchestrate a new pick-up time.
  • How can I get to my accommodations from the airport, if I did not connect with Global Crossroad's local representative in the airport?
  • In the event that your arrival time is changed/delayed, requiring you to stay overnight in a hotel (or if you failed to meet Global Crossroad's representative at the airport), you should hire a taxi at the airport. Request the taxi deliver you to the hotel designated in your placement details/pre-departure information. Remember to request a receipt from the driver.

    IMPORTANT: Ensure that you have contacted Global Crossroad's in-country coordinator BEFORE boarding a taxi. Participants are advised to contact Global Crossroad's China In-Country Coordinator the next day and let him/her know their whereabouts.

  • What do I need prior to departure from my home country?
    • Please Make Sure That You Pack All Your Necessary Documents: Passport, Copy Of Passport And At Least One Other Form Of Picture ID.
    • Please Bring Your Volunteer Assignment Placement Details.
    • Prepare Financially To Cover Unforeseen Expenses Up To $50-100 USD/Week For Extra Expenses And Travel To Your Project Each Day.
    • Prepare Your Mind And Spirit For The Experience To Which You Have Committed. Culture Shock Affects Everyone And It May Be So Strong That You Want To Quit The Week After Arrival. Take Precautions: Read About Your County/City, Study The Culture And Language(S) And Learn About Food And Customs.
  • If I want to arrive earlier than when my assignment begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations?
  • You can arrive up to a week early for your assignment; however, you are responsible for making and paying for these arrangements (including accommodations and food), and must still meet the in-country coordinator at the airport on the designated date.

  • When should I depart from China?
  • We ask that participants depart from China on the Saturday following the completion of their assignment.

  • From which airport shall I depart?
  • All China volunteers should depart from Xi'an, China (Xi'an Xianyang International Airport) unless you receive other instructions in your placement details.

  • Who will bring me to the airport for my departure?
  • GC does not offer airport drop-off services. You will need to arrange a taxi or bus ride to the airport following your assignment's completion. This is a simple process and our China in-country coordinator or your host family will normally be very happy to assist you with the arrangements.

Living Accomodation Information

  • Who manages the volunteer in China projects?
  • Global Crossroad's in-country Coordinator in China is responsible for researching appropriate volunteer projects as per the qualifications, skills and interests of the applicants.

  • Who will arrange my accommodations and what are they?
  • Global Crossroad's weekly fees include management of volunteers' meal plans and accommodations throughout projects and travel options. Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided and will consist of local ingredients and feature traditional cuisine choices for China. Our 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.

    In China, most volunteers stay in our homebase. This concept is a permanent residence set up especially for international volunteers. There are several bedrooms at our homebase and volunteers will normally share a room with a same gender volunteer. There are community rooms and a television. The environment is very relaxed and social and a great place to unwind after a busy day. 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 caf�s, grocery stores, restaurants and mass transit stops.

    If there are a large number of volunteers during your timeframe or your project is far from the homebase, 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 a volunteer will crave during their program and it is a great way to learn about a host country's culture and customs.

    A unique and important part of Global Crossroad's successful volunteer abroad programs is our volunteer support in-country. We put safety and comfort first as we deliver enriching and consistent experiences for our international travelers. Our support is multi-faceted while volunteers are in China and our staff is in contact with our volunteers on a regular basis either with face-to-face visits or via phone/email. Key support comes from our country coordinator and in-country field staff. These individuals are employed by our company and committed to ensuring your experience the best it can be. Your chosen project staff and host family offers support as well, and they are familiar with working with international volunteers and accustomed to answering questions and providing guidance. Volunteers also have access to our country coordinator's mobile number for emergencies. With longer assignments, our field staff visits regularly (every 2-4 weeks) to ensure the experience is meeting your expectations. Sometimes an assignment may be too far to visit physically, so staff members will touch-base via phone/email. You are also welcome to stop in the offices at any time. You are never alone.

    Specific details regarding accommodations, food and contact details for our local coordinator will be provided in personalized volunteer placement documentation prior to arrival.

  • Are single rooms available?
  • In many situations yes, but please contact our office regarding your situation, since it may depend upon individual accommodation availability and time-of-year circumstances. Please be reminded that volunteers of different genders are often not permitted to stay in the same room, unless they are a married couple.

  • If I arrive with my friend, or girlfriend/boyfriend, can we stay together?
  • In many situations yes, but please contact our office regarding your situation, since it may depend upon individual accommodation availability and time-of-year circumstances. Please be reminded that volunteers of different genders are often not permitted to stay in the same room, unless they are a married couple.

  • Will there be other foreign volunteers/interns at my placement?
  • Yes, more often than not, but this depends on the exact assignment and accommodation placement. If you want to travel with a companion or group, we allow and encourage this option. You may be placed with different host families, but these residences will generally be located close (within one to two miles) to each other. Please be reminded that volunteers of different genders will normally not be allowed to stay in the same room, unless they are a married couple.

  • What are the bathroom facilities like?
  • Bathroom facilities depend up on the location and project. Most of our host families have running water and western (or modern)-style toilets. However, in a few projects/accommodations there are varying toilet and bathroom situations.

  • What are the laundry arrangements?
  • In most cases, laundry will be washed by hand. It is the responsibility of volunteers.

  • Will have an opportunity to do laundry while completing my volunteer work in China?
  • It is your own responsibility to do your laundry. In most instances though, you will need to wash your clothes by hand.

  • Can I use appliances if I bring them from my home country?
  • Yes, but you will need an electrical converter. Information for different countries can be found on the Internet, for example http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity . Your local small appliance specialty or travel retailer can advise you on plugs and voltage converters.

  • Can you accommodate special diets?
  • Global Crossroad can provide both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. However, we cannot accommodate special dietary needs (i.e. diabetics). If you require a special menu, you will need to be responsible for your own meals.

  • Is the running tap water safe for drink?
  • In most developing countries, tap water is not safe to drink. We recommend that you purchase bottled water for your consumption, but make sure that the cap's seal is not broken! You can also request that your host family boil water for you each day for you to consume.

  • Are there hot and cold-water facilities available?
  • Specifics pertaining to availability of hot water will be included in participants' placement details.

  • Will bottled water be provided?
  • No, the purchase of bottled water is a volunteer's responsibility.

Health and Safety

Money

  • Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
  • Major cities have ATM machines, although not all will accept international cards. You can withdraw cash from most international banks from ATM machines, but $2-4 USD surcharges apply for each transaction.

    MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus/Maestro and American Express cards are usually only accepted at the more expensive restaurants and hotels. Use caution when paying by credit card, as there is potential for fraud.

    Ensure that you have notified your home bank of your intent to travel to China. This will provide you the necessary information and alleviate any confusion at your home bank regarding international transactions, which can result in a cautionary freeze on your account in some cases.

  • What is the local currency, and how do I know the exchange rate?
  • The official local currency in China is the Renminbi (RMB), which means, ‘The People’s Exchange.” You can find exchange rate information at currency websites like www.xe.com, or by looking in a newspaper like the Wall Street Journal.

  • Where should I exchange my money?
  • Money exchanges by cash or traveler's checks can be made at various bank branches found throughout China - primarily in the major cities. Remember, you may have to present your passport whenever you change currency or traveler checks.

  • How much money should I bring with me for my volunteer opportunity in China?
  • Global Crossroad manages food and rooms for our volunteers throughout the assignment; therefore, you will not need more money to pay for these expenses. However, if you plan to take part in activities outside of our organization or buy some souvenirs, you will need to bring extra money. On a side note, you must also remember the fee for visas, which can range from US $50-100 depending on the length of stay. There may also be an airport tax that you pay upon your departure from China. You will want to determine the amount of extra money you bring based on these factors.

  • Is it safe to carry cash with me?
  • Carrying cash is not always safe; therefore, do not carry a large surplus of cash with you. It is advised that you carry cash in a money belt with some additional stashed in your wallet.

Communication

  • How do I contact with Global Crossroad's local coordinator?
  • The contact details of our China in-country Coordinator will be given in final placement sheet. You can contact him by email or telephone; we suggest all volunteers talk with country coordinator before they arrive.

  • How do I contact my family and friends once I arrive in China?
  • International Direct Dialing from China is available in cities. Phone cards are widely available and calls can be made from post offices, hotels and phone booths on the streets. In hotels, local calls are generally charged at a nominal fee. Internet cafes are available in most towns, although they can sometimes be noisy as they are a popular spot for the youth to play online games. You can use any type of communication to call back home.

  • How can my family members contact me?
  • Communication options depend on where you are placed. Most placements will have access to a post office, so mail and postcards are an option. If you are in a city placement, there are many places to make international phone calls or access the internet. These details will be provided prior to your departure to China, so you can share communication options with your family and friends before you depart.

  • Can I bring my telephone from my home country?
  • Yes, but it may or may not work. You will want to contact your mobile phone provider to make sure that your phone will work while you are in China, but remember that roaming will apply and those charges can be very, very expensive. To avoid them, you may be able to buy a local SIM card to use in your phone. Research and confirm this information before traveling.

Additional Information

  • How do I contact with Global Crossroad's local coordinator?
  • The contact details of our China in-country Coordinator will be given in final placement sheet. You can contact him by email or telephone; we suggest all volunteers talk with country coordinator before they arrive.

  • Is there a special dress code that I should follow while volunteering in China?
  • Volunteers should dress conservatively when at their assignments. Jeans and a t-shirt are acceptable. No short-shorts and tank tops please. Remember to consider the regional religious beliefs of China which may be extremely conservative and revealing clothing is unacceptable - shorts and skirts must be at least knee-length and no one should show their shoulders.

  • How do I respect the people of China?
  • Be inclusive and show respect of their culture.

    China’s culture is rich in customs and traditions. People of China enjoy sharing their customs and traditions with foreigners so feel free to take part with them. You can go with your host family on outings if they ask you to or invite them along with you to go on an outing. Simply helping your family do household chores will be another bonding experience that you can enjoy.

  • Materials to Bring for any of the China Volunteer Trips
  • Materials to Bring for any of the China Volunteer Trips

    • Backpack
    • Comfortable Walking Shoes Or Hiking Boots
    • Sandals
    • 2 Pairs Of Pants (Lightweight)
    • 2 T-Shirts
    • 3 Short-Sleeved Shirts
    • 2 Long-Sleeved Shirt
    • 3 Pairs Of Shorts And Bathing Suit
    • Lightweight Jacket Or Rain Jacket, Depending On Season
    • Layer For Warmth, Evenings May Be Cool Regardless Of Season
    • Hat Or Cap
    • Towel And Personal Bath Kit
    • SPF/Sun Protection, Sunglasses
    • Camera
    • Insect Net
    • Bedding (If Noted In Placement Document)

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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