||Programmes start every Monday throughout the
year, so you can choose your start and finish dates.
This is a 1-Week program, but can be done prior to
Minimum age 17.
No qualifications necessary but you should have an
interest in exploring and
Full Price List
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
►Meeting you at the neearest airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Transport to and from your project
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return
transfer to airport.
Who can do
This project is open to all nationalities and all ages
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into the Orient and the
fascinating Chinese culture
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding
of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional
An entry on your CV or résumé that willmake you stand out in the job market.
And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
Discover the rich and dynamic culture of China in a
week of integrated learning and discovery with our English speaking
Chinese co-ordinators. This program takes you beyond politics, away
from the big cities, normal tourist attractions. It takes you into the
traditional lives of the rural communities, understanding their culture
and everyday activities. You'll see beyond hearing about ‘face’ and
‘guanxi’ into a real understanding of what they mean.
You will go to the Confucius temple, not just to look, but to understand
what it meant, how it felt, to be the No 1 scholar in the Emperor’s
examinations and the route through the temple that only you could
travel. Of course you will learn about how to make dumplings, taste oil
tea, and learn the rudiments of the language, practice calligraphy,
learn some of the rituals. But the focus is on developing a deep
understanding of everyday China and its cultural roots.
It is the ideal start point for anyone visiting China. Many
participants come on this program before attending other
programmes. Your schedule will alter depending on weather and
time of year which would relate directly to the local event and
festivities happening at the time of your program. However you
are also able to focus your program depending on your interests
and further volunteering programs you might be following onto.
A typical week in the Cultural Immersion, is as follows:
Monday: Start your day with a typical Chinese
breakfast, followed by Chinese language lessons and a tour
Fengyan village, which will include the Old house. After lunch
you will learn about Chinese philosophy and what is found Taboo.
In the evening you will have the opportunity to visit a local
family for a welcome party and learn how to make oil tea.
Tuesday: Your second Chinese lesson will follow
breakfast and then you will visit Lianhua town where you will
register and you can do some shopping. After lunch you will have
a culture session about Chinese festivals which will lead onto a
late afternoon visit Hongyan village and a climb up one of the
mountains and finishing the day with Bamboo rafting.
Wednesday: Your morning will be spent studying
and participating in Chinese language lessons, Calligraphy and
painting, followed by a Chinese culture session focused on the
History of China.
In the Afternoon you will visit the Confucius and Guangong
temples and walk along the Cha river. You won't just look at the
Confucius temple, you'll understand what it felt like to be the
number one scholar in the Imperial city, to pass the Emperor’s
examinations and the path through the temple that only you were
allowed to walk.
In the evening, if you would like, you can join the
Thursday: Today you are going to learn how to
buy and bargain in Chinese, and then visit the Market of Lianhua
to buy some food and practice what you have learned. The
afternoon will be filled with further culture lesson and an
introduction into Chinese cooking, where you will learn how to
make Dumplings amoung other things.
Friday: This morning not only will you further
improve on your Chinese but also learn different Chinese songs.
Your final lesson for the day will be the art of paper cutting,
which is strong in Chinese culture as paper was originally
invented in the Eastern Han Dynasty in the 2nd Century AD.
Free time will be given in the afternoon for preparation for
Saturday and Sunday: You are able to travel
freely today and visit Yangshuo and Gongcheng, explore the
culture with your newly acquired knowledge in culture and
language, or alternatively you can stay at the center and rest
before your next adventure.
Most evenings are spent learning how to play Chinese games like;
Mah-jong, Chess or watching Chinese films.
There is one rule to this program, if you wish to know something
... Ask. You're encouraged to learn and investigate as much as
you want, as the more you know the greater your experience of
China will be.
May: 3rd, 17th and 31st
Jul: 5th and 19th
Aug: 2th and 16th
Sep: 6th and 20th
Oct: 4th and 18th
Nov: 1th and 15th
Dec: 6th and 20th
You'll stay in a pleasant and cosy house, which is run like a
family, with the volunteers and project coordinators all
contributing by keeping the home neat and tidy.
Rooms are shared with 2-6
other people and include hot and cold water, western style
toilets and fans.
Laundry facilities are available and a bar with a variety of
drinks and food unique to Chinese culture is available.
Wi-fi facilities are available through-out the center, so you
are able to Skype and Facebook friends and family.
Upgrades: Upgrade options are available for couples,
families or those with a slightly larger budget who prefer 4*
hotel luxury. The Western style 4-star hotel will give you your
own room and air conditioning. This option is 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 program.
These will be subject to availability at time of booking.
Please contact us for further details.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided and eaten together at
the center. These will be typical rural Chinese dishes
comprising of rice or noodles mixed in with vegetables and often
a some meat. However we are able to accommodate a vegetarian
diet if informed upon booking.
Got any questions? Please email us:
''It has been a most amazing experience. Not just meeting
and working with the pandas, but learning about the culture and
society of China. The volunteers are friendly and fun to hang
out with, so evenings are pretty great. I think it's fair to say
that I've had a few culture shocks, so much here is different
from my home in Sweden, but I've had a great time discovering
these differences. I definitely want to come back someday!''
"I really do not want to leave!
And I can definitely say this has been one of the best times of
my life! It really has, it has changed my life in so many
different ways I can't explain in words!" Jordan
"The whole trip was amazing and your organisation terrific -
we can learn so much from China!" Judy Machin
There are fully trained Chinese co-ordinators at the Center and
they are bilingual (Chinese – including local dialect, and
English). They too live as part of the family at the Center and
are there to run scheduled activities whilst also assisting
those who want to branch out individually to explore the area
themselves or undertake self-organised activities. They are
there 24/7 to deal with any problems participants may have. They
are an important part of the family.
The Center is about 4 kilometres from Lian Hua town.
It is easy to catch a bus into town during the day – or to
cycle. Gongcheng is the largest town nearby and
is about 20 kilometres away. Once again, there are frequent
buses or shared taxis. Frequent buses also go from there to
Yangshuo, 42 kilometres away.
It’s thought that the word “China" is derived from the name Qui
(Chin; 秦) which translates to Dynasty, with records stating that
it began over 2.24 million years ago. Being the world’s second
largest by land area, it’s no wonder that not only does it have
one of the greatest and richest historical and cultural pasts,
it has also taken the world by storm with its economic and
technological advancements, making it a country that demands
attention and a must see on any travellers list.
Yangshuo; Founded in 590 during the Sui dynasty, it is
renowned for its magnificent landscapes of mountains and rivers,
it’s also a popular tourist country, as its hold many amazing
Guangzhou (Canton): Capital of Guangdong province and
the third biggest city in China, founded in 214 BC. Is a
diversely rich city which has shaped modern China and their
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll
contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on
details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have
access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your
Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you
throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on
your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country
Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on
your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment
Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we
can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.
As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is
different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the
most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in
mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in
all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you
arrive you will be welcomed by a member of the
will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone.
While on your placements, you can also book some
Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.
project can also be combined with any of our other projects in China, or
you could even do a second project in a different country in Asia (or
elsewhere) - thus
doubling your adventure and enjoyment!
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
Some of the highlights of the rest of
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,
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
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you
arrive in your new country, please
Support & Backup:
To read about the excellent
& Backup we provide before you leave and during
please click here.