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Volunteer English Teaching in China

Share your passion for education in China

Volunteer English teaching in China focuses on teaching conversational English to Chinese students. IFRE presently works with Chinese public schools; most of them are located in rural parts and serve the kids of farmers and lower class people. Non-native English speakers can also join this project.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

No qualification is needed to join the volunteer teaching project in China. However, volunteers should have enough knowledge of English to effectively teach it's basics to Chinese students. Non-native speakers can also join this project if they speak, read and write English. No salary or benefits will be offered to volunteer English teachers in the China project.

Volunteer Responsibilities

In China, there is growing demand for an English education. With the economic growth, the importance of English education is also growing. Many of the schools in China have established an 'English corner.' This is a place specially designed for teaching and learning English. These schools are very eager to get native English teachers. Unfortunately, only private, expensive schools in city areas attract native English teachers. Most of the resource poor schools remain in quest for quality teachers for their English classes and especially for native English speakers.

Therefore, as a volunteer English teacher in China, you will teach English at these resource poor and rural schools. Free room and food may possibly be arranged as these schools do not offer extra salary like private schools.

Room/Food/Daily Life

We offer a "home base" in Xi'an, China. Our home base is located in a beautiful area of Xi'an city. This community is very safe, clean and accessible to local transportation. 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 where 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.

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.


  • Please provide a typical Day Schedule for this project.

    There’s no typical day schedule for this project. It’s open most of the year, but not during the Chinese Lunar New Year.

  • Where do I stay? How far is the project from the accommodation? How do I commute every day?

    IFRE will arrange accommodations at our Home Base or with a host family in the vicinity of the school you will be volunteer teaching at, preferably within walking distance. If further then walking distance, there will be a school shuttle, public bus, taxi or other means of transportation to allow you to get commute to and from your placement.

  • What is the name of the school I would be placed?

    We work with a number of schools in the area. Volunteers will learn the name of their school when receiving their placement details.

  • What is the age range of the students in the school?

    The age range depends on what school you teach in, which we will inquire if you have a preference. Our volunteer teachers work with students from kindergarten age through adults.

  • How many students are in the school? How many of them are in each class?

    This depends on the school in which you are placed. There are one-on-one classes, as well as classes with up to 50 students. On average there are 20 students in a class.

  • Will I be handling the classes on my own or will there be someone assisting me while teaching?

    Some schools have teaching assistants to help with translation if required.

  • Do they have teaching curriculum?

    This will depend on which school you are placed in as some schools have a designated curriculum and lesson plans, where as other schools may require you to create your own. In many cases, you will be teaching English lessons orally.

  • How many hours a day do I need to teach?

    Normally around 4 to 5 hours a day.

  • Do I need to bring teaching materials? Or does the school have teaching materials which I can use?

    Most schools will provide volunteers with all the teaching materials necessary to teach the students.

  • Is teaching available all-round the year? When will it close for how long?

    Teaching is available all year round in training schools. Public schools have up to 2 months off in the summer and a month-long winter holiday in February.

  • Any important information you want to share about this project.

    While we strive to provide the most accurate information possible, shifting field conditions may cause alterations in placements.

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