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From 1 week to 12 weeks, subject to visa requirements.
||All year round - you choose your start and finish
dates! Projects begin every Monday.
Minimum age 17.
No qualifications necessary but you should be
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
►Meeting you at the nearest 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
gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers,
career breakers, anyone interested in conservation and
caring for animals and working with wildlife overseas.
Good if you want to learn about rescue and
rehabilitation of wildlife and marine wildlife voluntary work, projects abroad or
Also available as a summer placement in China or a short break activity.
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into the Orient and the
fascinating Chinese culture
The enormous satisfaction of helping an endangered species.
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding
of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional
An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head
and shoulders above most others in the job market.
And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
Get hands-on experience working with one of the most
ancient and amazing creatures alive today – sea turtles. The immediate
goal is to revive populations on and near Hainan, raising sea turtles in
preparation for release.
conduct all aspects of sea turtle husbandry - such as feeding
sea turtles, cleaning nets, and assisting in medical treatments.
You'll also get the opportunity to
work with local children and adults in community outreach and
education programs to build awareness about the importance of
sea turtle conservation.
This is also an opportunity to
experience Chinese culture and interact with Chinese people at a
grass-roots level. On a daily basis, we are out talking to local
people, discussing the sea turtle's plight and also trying to
understand the locals' point of view.
The sea turtle reserve is located
in a beautiful town next to the sea, it has the one and only
natural sea turtle breeding place in China. It also happens to
be the biggest marginal sea in China. The turtle reserve in
China has a variety of turtles from 6 different species! You
will learn a lot about these cool little creatures as you
observe and take part in their lives.
• Morning: Take a bus from Shengzhen to Huidong turtle reserve. Here you’ll receive an introduction about the work assignment.
• Afternoon: Visit the turtle museum, observe different species and their living habit.
• Evening: Ice-breaker and team activities.
• Morning: Visit the turtle base and let local workers show you around. You'll begin preparing food for the turtles and assist in their feeding.
• Afternoon: Take part in the cleaning of the Turtle pool.
• Evening: Sharing time - My first day with Turtles.
• Morning: We will enjoy the sunrise in Shilong Bay. We will do Shilong Bay cleaning on the way.
• Afternoon: Walk to Qian'ao beach and Visit Guangkou local market . Prepare BQQ ingredients.
• Evening: Barbecue Night!
• Morning: A visit to the Double-moon bay platform.
• Afternoon: Working with Sea Turtle keeper to do some cleaning or feeding etc.
• Evening: Sharing time - Turtles and Us , Movie Night.
• Morning: Preparing food for the turtles and feeding.
• Afternoon: Cleaning the Turtle pool.
• Evening: Final meeting, Transfer to Shenzhen
• Morning: Departure from Shenzhen to be made by 11am.
Schedule: during the
Generally, the volunteers are free to do their own
thing. No program activities are scheduled (unless stated
**Please note; This schedule can
be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local
conditions and unforeseen circumstances.**
Your accommodation will be in a
hostel in Huidong close to the turtle reserve. Rooms are
equipped with both fans and AC, allowing you to adjust to the
weather of that day.
Your meals will typically be Chinese dishes common of the local
area, comprising mainly rice, noodles and vegetables with some
meat. There's nothing like real Chinese food in China!
Got any questions? Please email us:
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 programme (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
REQUIREMENTS AND NOTES:
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our
will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn
about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how
to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.
should I bring?
The climate on Huidong is often hot and humid. As well,
the people here in Huidong are very laid back and informal, so
no formal clothing is required or recommended. When you arrive
you'll be provided with a lime green Sea Turtles volunteer
T-shirt, and this is what you'll wear on 'business' occasions.
Working with turtles, it
would be safe to say it's sometimes messy and you will
frequently get wet. Lightweight, quick drying shorts, t-shirts
and tank tops are all very recommended. Lightweight pants and a
long sleeve T-shirt would be a good idea for late nights at the
hospital to reduce mosquito bites. Definitely bring a rain
jacket and a pair of slip-on sandals.
China is still a developing country in a period of transition. The
living standard falls short of what we are used to in
the West. The Chinese culture and heritage is totally
different to Anglo-Saxon or Western cultures. However, the people are very friendly. China is a non-English speaking environment and
it would benefit youi to try to learn a few basic Chinese words before
starting your programme. This will help you to get involved in the daily
life of the local people.
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:
HUIDONG: Huidong is a coastal area that many from neighbouring towns use as a nice getaway to relax along its beaches. It is a county of southeastern Guangdong province, China, with some of South China Sea coast in the south of the county. It is under the administration of Huizhou City and should not be confused with the Huidong County in the Sichuan Province.
SIGHTS AND SURROUNDINGS:
Huidong has a lot to offer in terms of things to do and see. Although a guidebook can tell you everything you would need to know, here are a few ideas we recommend:
Xunliao Bay: This is a bay where you can enjoy sunshine and beach here. Here you will also find plenty of seafood.
Thean Hou Temple: Located near the Xunliao Bay, you will enjoy some local custom here and learn more about an ancient religion.
Pinghai Old Town: Here you can learn and explore the ancient history of Huidong Harbor.
To read more about Hainan Island, please visit:
HIGHLIGHTS IN CHINA:
In our opinion, 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
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