Volunteer in China Affordable, Exciting, Life-Changing China Volunteer Experiences!
Have you imagined yourself taking in the amazing culture of a country completely unlike any other? And are you also the kind of person who enjoys helping others? When you volunteer in China, not only will your dreams come true, but your life will change, as well as the people you’re helping!
Land of mystery and amazing options for varied travel, China is today, in every sense, adapting and transforming to a fresh new face, one that honors its rich past while it embraces a vast, new world full of hope and modernity. And you can be a part of this fascinating transformation! IFRE offers many volunteer programs based in one of China’s most popular tourist destinations. You’ll witness stark contrasts between the new and the old, the rich and the poor, a study in the age-old concept of Yin and Yang. The colorful, rewarding opportunity of a lifetime awaits those who volunteer in China with IFRE.
Join us and find your own personal enlightenment experience! Write us an email today for all the fascinating details.
Start Dates: Our programs start every Monday, although we allow for flexibility due to travel constraints.
IFRE is a 501(c)3 organization, so your program fee will be tax deductible. IFRE Volunteers is proud to offer an extensive assortment of programs at very reasonable prices (and may rank “best priced and best value” among the many volunteer abroad organizations in the USA/Europe/New Zealand).Our programs are now more affordable than ever. We are proud to focus on the humanitarian aspect of our business, not the profit. We work very hard and smart to keep costs down, especially for you the volunteer, as we know the value of your donated time and efforts. We remain devoted to maintaining both the quality of the program and the safety of all volunteers involved. Below is a brief summary of the program fee and services that IFRE Volunteers offers.
IFRE fees comprise of two separate fees. An application fee of $349 USD (covers advertising, staff/office expenses, etc.) and a nominal weekly program fee (covers room/board, insurance, field support, etc).
Volunteer Program Fee ($US)
Maximum project duration - 4 weeks for Panda Project.
Additional costs for volunteers: International flights, visa, daily personal expenses on beverages/entertainment, daily transportation, laundry, telephone, immunizations.
Arrangement of Room/Food/Supervision
We offer a “home base” in Qingdao, China. Our home base is located in a beautiful area of Qingdao. This area /community is very safe, clean and accessible to local transport. Residing within this community are many business families, high ranked government officials and people with a high social status. It’s near to the supermarket and the shopping mall and you can easily walk to the local bus station if you choose to go into town. The nearby internet café, restaurant, police station and supermarket are just 1-3 km away. Our home base accommodations offer volunteers a wonderful place to rest and relax after a day’s work or weekend travel. This is the ideal setting for individuals looking for a “home away from home” and the perfect arrangement for sharing your daily experiences with fellow volunteers, or local staff. Volunteers joining Panda Conservation Project will stay in local economy hotel.
Dependent on the season and flow of volunteers, you may be placed with a local host family or with the family of our in-country coordinator. Our host family homes provide similar amenities as our home base, but you will also have your own room. Staying with a host family offers a valuable chance to learn more about Chinese people and their culture. When selecting home base or host families, we were primarily focused on the safety and comfort of our volunteers. In all China volunteer projects, breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided throughout the duration of the project. We offer 3 meals a day of local cuisine (Chinese food). Typically, volunteers eat breakfast and dinner at the home base and have lunch at their project. We offer fresh, nutritious and safe local foods to our volunteers to eat. We also work extremely hard to maintain our facilities in a positive condition.
Most of our volunteer projects in china are within 5-30 minutes away our home base in local bus. China has very strong and reliable system of local bus so you will be traveling to/from in local bus each day. Volunteers at our Panda Conservation project will stay at a modest economy hotel, close to the Conservation Center. We have a strong partnership with this hotel and they treat our international volunteers with kind respect and offer a very safe environment. Internet is available at this hotel. Breakfast - lunch - dinner is provided at a nearby restaurant, which offers very delicious Chinese food. In China, our in-country staff provides highly effective field support. Whether you stay in our home base or with a host family, our coordinators visit you regularly (even day or within 2-7 days) to ensure a successful and happy volunteer experience
Volunteer Program Free Time
Volunteers have free time for the duration of their volunteer project on weekends and during evenings. While IFRE does not arrange activities during this time off, our local staff, members and coordinators can provide priceless assistance in making appropriate arrangements for travel in China. It’s the time for self discovery and learning. It’s time to explore this foreign culture and exotic land. It’s definitely time for cultural exploration and sightseeing when in China! Our IFRE local coordinators/staff are available to give you free advice, travel tips and helps to book your travel.
IFRE offers volunteer programs in many exciting cities like Qingdao, Ya’an near Chengdu and Xi’an. In Qingdao, the city steeped in Chinese history, you will discover a modern, clean and one of the most livable cities in China. Xi’an is one of the oldest city in China and the city still contains many treasures of the past including the Bell Tower, the City Wall and the Museum of Terracotta Warrior. Ya’an near Chengdu is a fascinating place to visit. Not only is it home to the panda conservation project, it is a frontier town from where caravans traveled the Erlang Mountains on their way to Tibet, Nepal and even India.
The mission of IFRE Volunteers is to offer the most affordable as well as the highest quality volunteer and humanitarian abroad experiences - enabling us to make a contribution for all of humanity in its quest to make the world a better place. Through our volunteer and humanitarian trips abroad, we aim to spread love and compassion worldwide while improving the lives of destitute children and less-fortunate communities. We at IFRE also seek sustainable solutions in the fields of education, healthcare, conservation efforts and development issues through international volunteering.