English Teacher for 'Left-behind' Children

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Volunteer and help neglected children receive proper education
Discover the interesting Chinese culture and explore all different types of delicious local food
Benefit from well-structured transportation systems to travel to Chinese hotspots
Enjoy your time either in peaceful rural areas or explore big cities
Get the opportunity to interact with local teachers and learn different ways to teach large classes
Volunteers will teach English for four weeks at a school in rural China.
This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 20+

Stepping Stones (founded in 2006) is a non-profit organization registered in Shanghai, China with the mission to improve the education and general welfare of disadvantaged children in China.

 Stepping Stones organizes Rural Individual Volunteering placements where volunteers teach for a minimum of four weeks at a Stepping Stones partner school in rural China. Volunteers bear their own international transport, visa and meal costs, are responsible for their own health and safety and should have their own health insurance. Thanks to sponsor support, Stepping Stones is able to cover domestic transport and local accommodation costs. Orientation, teacher training, project briefing and logistics arrangements for the placement will be provided by Stepping Stones.


  • To bring outside support to neglected students;
  • To encourage English learning among students in remote rural areas.

Key Information:

  • Minimum of four weeks (classes Monday to Friday)
  • During school term time (October-January, February-June) or summer holidays
  • Teaching 3-4 (40 min) English lessons during weekdays (large class sizes, usually around 40-60 students per class)
  • Rural school or community center


Migrant, ‘left-behind,’ and/or rural children 

Location options:

Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Henan, Hunan, Gansu, Guizhou, Sichuan, Jiangxi.

Provided by Stepping Stones:

  • Accommodation and domestic transportation costs
  • Online Orientation
  • Placement Briefing
  • Teacher Training
  • Access to teaching resources (example lesson plans, flashcards, game ideas, etc.)
  • Liaison with partner school or organization


  • 20 to 55 years old
  • Individually arrange and pay for visa, insurance, meals, any international transport, etc.
  • Speak English well and confidently
  • Teaching or volunteer experience preferred

Get involved:

For more information and questions regarding this program, please send us a message! We look forward to having you volunteer with us!

Typical day

Volunteers in this program normally stay at a local hotel not too far from the rural school. They have their own room with wifi and AC/heating. 

Everyday you will be responsible for preparing for their lessons and teaching lessons. 

All our volunteers are well looked after by the local staff (teachers and principals) and they have lots of opportunity to interact with the local English teachers. 

You will also have spare time on the weekends or around class time to do other activities with the students (sports, music, art, etc.), explore the local area, travel to tourist sites, practice your Mandarin, try new food, etc.

Free-time activities

China is an extremely diverse country with different terrain and activities. All our partner rural schools and community centers are not too far from some tourist sites and natural areas. You will have the opportunity to try delicious local Chinese food. Transportation in China is easy and you should be able to arrange day trips or weekend trips to cities nearby or other rural areas. 



In order to join the program you need to be at least 20 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at level
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Enjoy working with children, Up to take on a challenge to teach large classes of students, Interest in teaching English, desire to see China.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 16:00

What's Included

Usually around a 10-20 min walk, bike or drive to the school where you will teach.

The rooms normally include: wifi, simple toiletries, kettle, towels. 

Accommodation will be basic, but clean.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) in Shanghai. We assist you to find cheap flights to China.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for China provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in China you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for China.

Dates & Fees

Details on arrival

Volunteering dates are flexible and vary based on individual availability. As long as you can teach during the months mentioned in our bio and for the four weeks, we should be able to find a rural placement for you!

Volunteers will need to arrange their own transport to a major city in China. Once accepted as a volunteer for this project and in China, volunteers will receive a briefing and training session about their placement. Stepping Stones will take care of making all accommodation and local transport arrangements for you. 

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 4 weeks

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