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CARE WITH YOUNG CHILDREN IN A KINDERGARTEN IN FENGYAN
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Volunteering, gap year and career break in China

Help to support the children in this rural kindergarten. You'll encourage them to learn from a young age and grow creatively, as well as enthusing them about school and even teaching them some basic English, a skill that will be invaluable as they grow up.

The kindergarten, like kindergartens throughout the world, is informal and the children will want to play with you more than be ‘taught’ in a formal sense. If you can start to get them enthused about coming to school, and perhaps give them a few very basic English phrases such as simple greetings, you will have done a great and enjoyable job! 


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PRICES Please see the Prices Page - prices for all projects and all lengths are listed and you can also choose which currency you'd like to see them in.
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates.
Programmes start every Monday.
Duration From 1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
Requirements Minimum age 18, no qualifications necessary (just a good dose of enthusiasm).
What's included
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Payment Protection Insurance
  • Meeting you at the airport
  • Accommodation
  • Food (excluding arrival day)
  • local in-country team support and backup
  • 24-hr emergency support.
  • Return transfer to Guilin City at the end of your placement
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cost of Visas (if a visa is required)
  • Airport return transfer
Who can do this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities.

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WORK CONTENT:

Beyond the big cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, are the rural communities in China. These are often poor, existing on subsistence farming to earn a living. Fengyan is one such community. It is a small but well preserved village in Guangxi province in the South of China, 42kms from Yangshuo and 104 kms from the city of Guilin. It typifies the traditional rural way of life in China. The people are hardworking – it is not unusual for the farmers to go to their fields at 6.30 a.m. and not return until 7.00 p.m. as they seek to provide food and money for their families.

All of our community projects are agreed with the village elders. Their concern is to improve the village for the benefit of the villagers. You can make a real difference by doing this – and at the same time experience the warmth of Chinese friendship.

This project gives you the chance to encourage children to learn and grow creatively. Apart from teaching them language and communication skills, you have a unique opportunity to sow seeds at this tender age from which they stand to benefit for years to come.

As you spend time teaching the local children, you will be embraced by and become an important part of the local community.

The Kindergarten offer care and education to children 4/5 years old from the poor villages in and around the area and they will be very excited to see you. The kindergarten is like any other throughout the world; the children prefer to play and have fun more than to be formally “taught” thus making it your responsibility to get them enthusiastic about coming to school and learning.

Your work will mostly be focused around assisting the kindergarten teachers in teaching the children basic English words and phrases through fun activities like songs and games. You may also be asked to provide assistance to the Care Centre Manager look after the children.

By slowly building their confidence in language and communication you will place the foundations for a lifelong love and curiosity of learning, which will help them in many ways in their future. The time spent with the local community and children will prove to be a highly rewarding opportunity for you, knowing just how great your impact was.

You'll work for about 10 hours a week Monday to Friday giving the weekend free to explore. Your morning will be at the kindergarten from 9:30am to approx 11:30 am and your afternoon will be used to prepare your work for the coming days.

Programmes start every Sunday, all year round.

Please note the school will be closed on these days:

June 9 - Dragon Boat Festival

Sep 15 - Mid-Autumn Festival 

Oct 1 - Oct 3 - National Day Holiday

July 15th - September 1st - Chinese school holidays (Summer Camp period).

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ACCOMMODATION AND FACILITIES

Accommodation will be in shared bedrooms of 2-8 people. Rooms in the centre are equipped with fans, hot and cold water and Western style toilets.

Wifi is also available in the center.

There is a washing machine for laundry and a bar with a variety of drinks, snacks and food in a unique Chinese atmosphere. The house runs as a ‘family’ so you'll help to clean up after yourself and to play your part in keeping the accommodation neat and tidy!

Upgraded accommodation options are available for couples, families or those with a slightly larger budget who prefer 4* hotel luxury. This option is also particularly attractive to older participants who have a larger budget that they prefer to spend on their ‘home comforts’. Please note that the cost of this is additional to the cost of the programme. These will be subject to availability at time of booking. Please contact us for further details.

FOOD: You'll be provided with three meals a day during the week - breakfast, lunch and dinner whilst at the centre. Weekends will be two meals a day – breakfast and dinner.

These will be Chinese dishes typical of the local area, comprising mainly rice, noodles and vegetables with a little meat. This can seem to lack the variety of food within the West, but it is typical of the village.

Please let us know if you are a vegetarian so that we can cater for you.

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LOCATION | TRAVEL | SIGHTSEEING:

Some of the highlights of the country are:

The Army of Terracotta Warriors outside Xi’an - 6000 soldiers and horses that were originally designed to guard the tomb of an ancient Emperor. 2000 years old, these warriors were discovered by accident in the 1970s by peasants digging a well! Every figure differs in facial features and expression, and they make for an amazing sight!

Tropical Xishuangbanna - China's very own South-East Asia complete with sunshine, Thai style temples, Dai minority dancing and water splashing festivals! Here you can explore tribal villages on the border with Burma, or trek through the rainforest.

Northern China, along the path of the ruins of the Great Wall, also has many sights, and a slightly rough-around-the-edges charm. Here, you can visit the Gobi desert & climb enormous sand dunes in Gansu Province or explore ancient grottoes and caverns full of religious art & Buddha statues at Dunhuang or Datong.

You can even spend a night camping out under the stars in a yurt on the epic grasslands of Inner Mongolia. Here you might find yourself taking part in traditional Mongolian wrestling or drinking the local spirit (hopefully not at the same time!)

China's big cities - The economic and cultural and centres of this blossoming nation can be found in its 3 big cities - Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. These cities are practically alive with energy and each deserve a visit during your time in China. They represent the glitz and glamour of China's future and everything that's hip in China's new youth, with the rich history of Chinese culture running strongly through them.

The far North-West - Xinjiang Province in the far North-West of China next to the borders with Mongolia & Kazakhstan is a multicultural melting pot of Han Chinese, Uyghurs (the local Muslim people) and Kazakhs. Here you can visit Tian Chi, a lake halfway up a mountain inhabited by nomadic Kazakh people or take part in local grape making in the desert around Turpan

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