[Remote] English for Disadvantaged Children

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Coordinator | Jian
Coordinator | Jian
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Improve children’s English education in China
Create engaging and meaningful interactions with disadvantaged students in China.
Help children increase their skills, interest and confidence in English to optimise their access to a higher level of education and better work opportunities in the future.
Volunteers will teach English through the internet to left-behind and rural children in rural China between the ages of 7 and 18. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The program provides regular online English lessons to rural and left-behind students in China. Each student attend at least a 12 lessons and are encouraged to enroll in a longer program. The lessons are delivered through a video conference platform by volunteers based all over the world. All volunteers receive training and support from Stepping Stones. We ensure that volunteers are supported with updated and well-tested teaching materials and regular guidance.

The program is organized into two separate and complementary sub-programs, which gives more logistical flexibility and scheduling opportunities to volunteers and beneficiaries: (1) Home Classroom Program (HCR), which consists of volunteers teaching online to 8 students separately located in their own homes; and (2) Videolink Program, which consists of volunteers teaching online to 12-20 students located in a school classroom.

Our online program has experienced a strong expansion in 2020 and 2021 to respond to the challenges posed by the pandemic, and we believe that ensuring its continuity and further development will help us to better fulfil our mission of improving the education of disadvantaged children in China. Our impact evaluations suggest that the program has a positive impact on students' confidence, motivation and skills in English,  especially on their confidence to speak English in class and to increase their English grades. The original and interactive teaching materials and

the low ratio of students per volunteer teacher, which make the lessons more personalized and easier for volunteers to teach, are among the foremost reasons why the program has revealed itself to be very effective in achieving good educational outcomes for students.

Main Requirements

  • Minimum Age: 18 years old. In order to join the program volunteers need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions (i.e., 16 or 17 years old ) if you can provide the permission of your legal guardians.
  • Nationality Restrictions: No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
  • Language Skills: Volunteers need to speak English (fluently). Good oral Chinese skills a plus but not essential.
  • Training: Volunteers must attend the online training session organized by Stepping Stones.
  • Time Commitment2-3 hours per week (including lesson preparation time) and a minimum of one school term (3-4 months) or a minimum of 4 weeks during the summer term. Volunteers are responsible for delivering one or two 30 to 40-minute lesson(s) per week. Teaching schedule is flexible based on volunteers’ and students’ availability. Classes are mainly from Monday to Friday varying in program, either in early morning, lunch time or evenings (China time zone). Some classes are available on the weekend.

Typical day

The program provides regular online English lessons to rural and left-behind students in China. Each volunteer is expected to teach one or two 30 to 40-minutes online lesson per week for a minimum of 10 weeks during the school terms (Fall and Spring semesters) and 4 weeks during the summer term. Volunteers are also expected to spend around 1--2 hours in lesson preparation per week. Volunteers can teach the lesson from their own home anywhere in the world.

A volunteer typical day would be to prepare, review and upload the lesson PPT provided by stepping Stones on our video conference platform (Zhumu or Zoom). Then, after all the students have logged in, the volunteer would teach one or two 30 to 40 minutes lesson. 


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 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 High school level
Required Documents
Valid passport, CV and criminal record certificate/clearance certificate
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

What's Included

Internet Access
Sorry, no 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. Please arrange your own accommodation. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) 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

Our program has 3 terms (Fall, Spring and Summer).
Fall term starts in September-October
Spring term starts in March
Summer term starts in May-June

All volunteers must attend orientation and training sessions, prior to teaching, where the trainers will introduce Stepping Stones, provide specifics about this particular project/school/student situation, prepare the volunteers for various classroom encounters, and offer useful tips for teaching through the Internet.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

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[Remote] English for Disadvantaged Children

Volunteers will teach English through the internet to left-behind and rural children in rural China between the ages of 7 and 18.

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