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Free Summer Volunteering Opportunities in China

Join 4 to 8 Weeks of China summer volunteer camp absolutely free!
  • Spend the summer teaching English to eager Chinese students
  • Improve your resume and polish your teaching skills
  • Join a life changing volunteer program
  • A totally free volunteer abroad experience
  • Learn Chinese Mandarin Free

Are you interested in finding the best volunteer abroad program? Do the high costs of programs steer you away from pursuing your dream of volunteering abroad? What if you could find a free summer volunteering abroad program in China? IFRE VOLUNTEERS is here to make your dreams come true!

China is a wonderful place to volunteer, travel around, and learn. Though it becomes more and more modern each day, it is still heavily rich in its traditions and culture. When you work on a free summer volunteer project in China, you’ll have the opportunity to see everything China has to offer, from the old and new, rich and poor, modern and ancient. This is certainly a unique opportunity of a lifetime.

When you volunteer on a free summer English program in China, you become a part of the change that you see in the lives of the students you teach, spend time with, and share your passions with. IFRE VOLUNTEERS is here to offer you an incredible free summer volunteer opportunity in China. Come join our summer teaching camp, share your love and passion for working with children, and make your summer one for the books.

Summer Volunteer Program Itinerary (sample)

Day 1: Arrival for Summer Volunteering Program In Shanghai

When you arrive at Pu-dong International Airport in Shanghai, you will be met at the exit by an IFRE VOLUNTEERS staff member and taken to the hostel in Shanghai.

Day 2: Orientation & Training

The second day begins with a quick orientation on the summer camp’s goals, the local culture, the general dos and don’ts of China, a basic introduction to Mandarin, and anything else you need to know. Then you’re free to ask any questions you might have.

A brief training on teaching English to Chinese children between the ages of 3 and 10 will follow orientation. This will be an intensive English program. The camp mostly focuses on improving understanding and conversational English. You’ll find that Chinese students are very eager to learn and excited to practice their newfound knowledge of the English language. The training will focus on how to achieve the goals of the summer camp and teach English to these eager students.

Following the training you will be assigned to a school where you will volunteer in your free summer English camp in China.

Day 3: Sightseeing through Shanghai and nearby cities

The third day will be spent exploring the city of Shanghai, and adventuring around the most popular tourist attractions. You will visit Cheng-Huang-Miao, the city God temple bazaar, and Jing’an Temple, an important Buddhist temple.

You will also take a cruise down the Huangpu River and enjoy the night view of the Bund; one of Shanghai’s most historic landmarks. You will get a glimpse of China, particularly its culture, People, and architecture.

Day 4-31: Teaching in Kindergartens in Shanghai and nearby Cities 

The heart of the free summer camp in China is spent teaching English to eager Chinese learners. You will get to choose between a one-month or two-month program, for young student starting in kindergarten through fifth grade. You will use your skills and teaching experience to help smart and enthusiastic Chinese kids learn English. Although you will have access to books and teaching materials provided to you in the camp, feel free to bring any materials from home that you think would be beneficial for your students.

You will generally have anywhere between 5 and 20 kids in the class, and teach 30 to 45 minutes per session. Most classrooms will be equipped with teaching aids like computers, projectors, and sometimes even display screens. The class will be furnished and have air-conditioning.

You’ll start each day with breakfast and coffee, and then go to the school at 9 AM. You will start teaching at 9:30 AM, after preparing your lesson. Your classes will last for around 45 minutes and you will have a 15-minute break in between each class.

You will have an hour and a half lunch break after your morning session, where you will be served a delicious Chinese meal. You will have enough time to eat, relax, read, or even take a quick nap. The afternoon session of the camp starts at 2 PM and lasts until 5:15 PM, with 15-minute breaks in between each class. At 5:30 PM, the day ends.

Teaching Monday through Friday, the standard workweek for the free summer volunteer program in China consists of 30 to 40 hours.

Saturday and Sunday – Free time:

You will have free days on Saturday and Sunday. This is the time to travel and explore the surrounding areas. China is a wonderful place to adventure through, rich in history and culture, and filled with many traditions. Modernizing fast, there are countless ways to see it unfold before your very eyes. Use this time to see the country and be welcomed by friendly faces.

Free Chinese Leaning Opportunity in summer camp- The need to learn and speak Chinese is an increasingly popular global demand. If you are interested in learning or expanding your existing knowledge, we can arrange 1 to 2 hours of study a day. You can study after the workday is over or during your lunch break. Make sure to let the camp organizer know if you are interested in taking lessons.

Tips for your summer teaching in China

Using songs: Songs are a great way for young learners to retain the English language. You can bring your own CDs from home or download something on the line when you arrive in China for your free volunteer opportunity. These kinds of things can easily be accessed on domestic Internet.

Using Games: Every kid loves fun games! Use alphabet flashcards and colorful games to help kids retain their knowledge. Stick letters to a wall and start fun competitions to see who can touch the proper letter first. Keep encouraging kids to get it right and soon you’ll have a class of English speakers.

More Games online: You can also use as many free ESL games you can find online. This peaks the interest of the kids and keeps them motivated to learn.

A Typical Day for the Summer English Camp

Morning Session

7:00- 8:30 – wake up at 7:00 and get ready for coffee and a delicious Chinese Breakfast
9:00- 9:30- arrive at camp, go over materials, and prep for class.
9:30-10:15 – start teaching, sharing, and learning 
10:15-10:30 – short break time to prepare for the next class
10:30-11:15 – teach English, and share your passion with students
11:15-11:30 short break time to prepare for the next class
11:30-12:15 Teach English to students eagerly looking for you

Afternoon session

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break – eat a delicious lunch, chat with local teachers, students, camp organizers, or rest and relax
14:00:14:30- Return to the camp, get ready for the next class 
14:30-15:15 Teaching
15:30-16:15 Teaching
16:30-17:15 Teaching
There will be a 15 minutes break in each class
17:30 free time

Skills & Qualification

  • This program is open only to native English speakers (citizens of US, UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland and other English speaking countries with English as a mother language).
  • There are NO teaching or academic qualifications needed to volunteer for free in China. We welcome college/university students who want to be future teachers or are eager to teach young children in China.
  • This is also a wonderful opportunity for retired teachers who want to share their experience and explore the world.
  • Ages 16-60 Years

Prices and Dates

We currently offer 4-week and 8-week free summer English camps in China, depending on your needs and availability as a volunteer.

Date (4 weeks program): July 1 - July 31, 2018

Date (8 weeks program): July 1 - August 30, 2018

Program Fee:

The program is absolutely free with the following benefits

  • Airport pick-up and drop off
  • Accommodation (hostel or house, depending on location)
  • Food (Breakfast & Dinner at Hostel, Lunch Stipends provided at school)     
  • One day of Shanghai sightseeing program (including Entrance fees and permits) 

Program Does Not Cover

  • Visa
  • Airfare
  • Insurance (Insurance is mandatory to join the program. It costs $3.69 per day)
  • Any room/food expenses before and/or after the start of the program
  • Personal expenses, like soft drinks and food

Even though the program is 100% free, you still you need to pay $299 to apply (or to secure the position). We require this application fee to make sure that the application is legitimate. We will refund the $299 once you complete the program. No application will be considered serious or legitimate until we receive the application with the deposit.


Our free English camps in China are located in Shanghai, and a few nearby cities. Depending on the number of teachers, we may be running camps in other cities, so please expect to be flexible in your location and destination.

Most Frequently Asked Questions:


How do I apply for the program?

Simply fill out the application form to volunteer in a free China program. Though the program is 100% free, you’ll need to pay $299 to apply, in order to make sure that the application is legitimate. Don’t worry; we will refund you the $299 once you complete the program in China. We will not consider the application to be legitimate until we receive the deposit.

What happens when I apply?

Your application will immediately be forwarded to our country coordinator in China, who will assess your application thoroughly. They may ask for additional materials such as a resume or a photo to help the screening process.

Is there a selection process? When do I get a notice of acceptance?

We want to make sure that we have the right candidates for the camp, so your application will go through a screening process. We have some expectations and requirements when it comes to our teachers, to ensure we are giving the best possible lessons. We may also set up Skype interviews as part of the selection process. You will receive an acceptance letter from our China coordinator within seven days of submitting your application.

When should I apply for this program?

We highly recommend applying at least two months in advance to ensure you have enough time to get ready for your free volunteer experience in China. You should prepare your airfare, Visa, vaccinations, among other preparations needed. Because these all require time, apply with as much advance notice as possible.

What is the age limit required for volunteers?

The program is designed for native English speakers between the ages of 16 and 60 years old.

Can I apply if I don’t know any Chinese?

You don’t have to speak Mandarin in order to join the program. We do offer free Mandarin lessons if you want to learn.

Do we get a certificate after the camp? 

If you want to pursue a career as a teacher then you are more than welcome to have a certificate from this experience. We will send you a certificate for joining the volunteer in the China for free program with the official letterhead of IFRE VOLUNTEERS. Just let us know when you apply that you will want a certificate and we will give it to you while you are in China.

What type of visa should I apply?

Because the free summer camp teaching program in China is volunteer-based and not a paid teaching program, you do not need a work visa. You should apply for a tourist visa since you are also going to be traveling around. We do not issue visas, so please get your tourist visa from your home country embassy. If you do need a letter of invitation, let us know.

Do I need travel insurance? Who provides health insurance?

In order to stay protected during your international travel, it is important to secure travel insurance. We do not accept anyone into the program unless they’re carrying it. You can buy insurance of your choice but we do also offer insurance in partnering with one of the world’s leading travel insurance providers, at $3.69 a day.

If I have to arrive late, do you offer free airport picking-up? 

We do offer airport pick up and drop off for every volunteer. We will even pick you up if you arrive late into the night. Make sure to send us your flight information so we know when to get you. Our staff member will be waiting by the exit, holding a sign with your name on it. If for some reason you do not see them, just give us a call. You can find our number in the information e-book you receive when you are accepted into the program.

Is program safe? 

IFRE VOLUNTEERS has been running safe volunteer programs in China for years. With not a single incident on record, we ensure that our free volunteer programs in China are incredibly safe. We make sure to only run our camps with establish schools, equipped with all modern facilities and run thorough background-checks on staff. We also have a local coordinator who manages the camps. It is their job to stay with you during the entire camp and make sure that things run smoothly. We also check to make sure that our hostels and accommodations are very safe.

Is there Internet in China? How do I contact home during the program?

You will have access to all modern forms of communication, especially Skype and WhatsApp. Internet can be found all over, so you should be able to contact home whenever you feel like it.

What kind of room will I stay in?

You will be staying in a hostel close to the school, and either share a room with a fellow volunteer or have one to yourself. All our rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, hot water 24 hours a day, cable TV, free Wi-Fi, access to phones, and security guards on watch at all times.

What about pocket money? Can we bring dollars?

Although your free summer volunteer program in China covers most of your expenses, like room and food, you may still want to bring extra money when you travel on weekends or for any other personal expense. Bring at least $100 to cover outside expenses.

What qualifications do I need to apply to free summer volunteer camp in China?

The only qualifications needed to apply for the free summer volunteer camp in China are the ability to speak English clearly and the desire to teach kids. You should also have a clean record and be aged 16 through 60.

Do I need to submit any documents?

You should submit a copy of your passport and a recent photo with your resume.

Is there any screening process? How long does it take to make final decision?

After a screening process, the final decision will be sent no more than seven days after your application for the free volunteer opportunity in China. Sometimes we will arrange a Skype interview to help further the decision.

How far advance do I need to apply? 

 Before June 20th, 2017.

Once accepted, what preparation do I need to do before coming to China?

You should make sure you have a valid passport with at least six months left on it. You should also purchase a round-trip flight based on your volunteer time, and gather the money needed for personal expenses.

When do I need to arrive? How many days in advance?

You should arrive by July 1, 2017. You are welcome to arrive earlier we will not offer free accommodation.

Where I will be flying to?

You will be arriving in Shanghai. Depending on the needs of the schools and the number of volunteers, we may be running camps in other cities, and in some cases you will need to fly into another airport. No worries, we will let you know far in advance.

Who will receive me at the airport?

And IFRE Volunteer staff member will meet you at the airport exit, holding a sign with your name on it.

Where will I live?

You will be staying in a hostel near your school.

Is this share or private accommodation?

In most cases, shared. But we will offer private if requested.

Most accommodations will be shared, unless otherwise requested.

What kind of food will be served? When?

Breakfast (6:00-8:00 am) and Dinner (6:00 – 7:00 pm) will be offered at the hotel dining area. Lunch stipends will be offered at the school.

Is there Internet (wifi) or how can I get wifi and how much it cost?

Yes, there will be free wifi at the hotel and work areas.

Will there be any weekend activities for the teachers?

 When you are not volunteering with a free China teaching program, you are more than welcome to explore China, take free Mandarin lessons, and go on the provided sightseeing tours.

Where will it be run?

Shanghai and nearby cities, but might also include Beijing, Shenzhen, Qingdao, etc.

How many students will be there in the camp?

20-100 students.

How many teachers will be there in camp?

10-30 teachers.

What will the daily schedule look like?

Sample Work Day

Morning Session

6:00- 8:00 Breakfast
9:00-Arrive at School
9:30-10:15 Teaching
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:15 Teaching
11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-12:15 Teaching

Afternoon session

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break (outside coffee shop, sightseeing, etc.)
14:00-Back to School
14:30-15:15 Teaching
15:30-16:15 Teaching
16:30-17:15 Teaching
17:30 Free time

  • Monday – Friday camp 5 hours and Free time in between
  • Saturday- Free day with 1-2 hour free mandarin lessons, if requested, this is also available on daily basis 
  • Sunday – Free day with 1-2 hours free mandarin lessons, if requested, this is also available on daily basis

What can I Do in my free time?

Sightseeing, leaning mandarin, exploring China, getting to know the locals, making friends with your fellow volunteers, etc.

Any important points that I need to know

Volunteers teaching in the free summer camps in China should expect to be flexible, as this is nothing like teaching in a regular school. The summer camps are intensives and specialize on conversational skills. Teacher should be eager and willing to try different methods to make the most progress with their students. You should love children and be ready to have an experience unlike any other!

Benefits of working in English summer camps

A free volunteering abroad opportunity

Our summer volunteer English camps in China are 100% free opportunities. Unlike other programs that can charge up to $3000 for two weeks, we offer you our programs free of charge. We take care of your room, food, and activities. This is the best opportunity for someone who wants to travel and volunteer but doesn’t want to pay a ginormous fee.

You will have the opportunity to share your love and Passion

Your free volunteer program in China is the perfect opportunity to teach young students who are eager to learn English. You can share your love and passion and change the lives around you. If you love working with kids, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

It acts as a stepping-stone for future work in China

If you dream of becoming a teacher, especially in English, then the summer camps are perfect practice grounds. We offer a great jumping off point for beginners. This is also a great way to know whether or not this is what you want to do for your career.

The camps help you to expose your career

This is the perfect opportunity to work on your skills. Our summer English camps in China offer you the chance to help you establish your career as a teacher. When your volunteer experience is over you can even get a permanent job at the school.

They offer the best time to interact with students and Chinese teachers

You will have the chance to meet and interact with Chinese students, their parents, and your fellow teachers when you join a summer English camp in China volunteer opportunity. These meetings will help exchange the ideas and give you many opportunities to learn about Chinese culture, traditions, and so much more. It’s a great way to know more about China.

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