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Teacher in Kindergarten & School

Shanghai, China

Volunteer in local schools and kindergartens in Shanghai to support and help the education of children. Be a part of the change and join hands to improve education level.

The project

Volunteering in the Kindergarten Teaching Program in Shanghai is a great working abroad opportunity for those who are looking to gain international work experience while exploring a new culture. Volunteers who choose to join the teaching project are placed at Kindergartens and, Primary Level and Senior Schools in Shanghai city as well as areas near Shanghai; such as Suzhou, Chong Ming Island and Chang Xing Xiang Island.

What you should expect

Since, the program includes working with children, volunteers need to have a lot of patience and know how to handle children. Volunteers joining this program are either placed in the Kindergarten placement setup or in a local school placement setup. 

It must be noted that the schools are closed during summer vacation from July to August. During this period , alternative placements in the summer camp, kindergarten or disability project are provided to the volunteers. Working for the volunteer programs in Shanghai would give a fantastic opportunity to get immersed in the local culture and also helping in Teaching Projects.

Volunteer work

As a volunteer working in this project, you will be asked to help in a wide range of activities at the schools depending on the age group of children and the needs of the project. Volunteer, typically, will be required to execute the following tasks;

  • Teach a class on your own or work with another volunteer in the class.
  • Assist a teacher in giving lessons Your lessons will be a combination of teaching from the standard text books and teaching lessons of your own design, which can be anything from your hobbies or interests to current affairs and local news as subject matters.
  • Play games with children. Games always go down extremely well too with the children.
  • Focus on improving the students' conversational language, familiarizing them with correct pronunciation and boosting their confidence. They’re often exemplary at grammars of a language but have such little practice in spoken English, German or French that they make many mistakes.

Typical day

Volunteers joining the teaching volunteer program in China, Shanghai are required to follow a basic routine on a daily basis. This covers everything from meals to volunteer work and back. 

A generic daily schedule for volunteers is as follows;

Monday: Arrival (volunteers can also arrive on Wednesdays and follow the same schedule thereafter) + neighborhood tour

Tuesday: Orientation. Orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, covering topic areas; such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behaviour, food, and other suggestion over things to do in Shanghai.

Wed to Friday: Volunteer Work

  • Leave for the placement - 08:30 am
  • Volunteer work - 09:00 am to 05:00 pm (if placed at schools) and 10:00 am to 01:00 pm (if placed at kindergarten)
  • Breakfast - 07:00 am onwards
  • Lunch - 11:30 onwards
  • Dinner - 07:00 pm onwards

Note: Volunteers need to manage their meals on own cost. There are a series of food options available in an around the volunteer accommodation as well as the placement center. 

Weekends: Free to explore the city

The same volunteer work schedule continues for the coming weeks. 

Details on Arrival

Below are the available start dates for this program;

August         16, 21, 23, 28, 30
September 04, 06, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 27
October    09, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
November 01, 06, 08, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
December 04, 06, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

Since, the program start date is also the arrival date, volunteers need to be in Shanghai on the same date as their program start date. For example, if you choose 11th September as your program start date, you need to be in Shanghai on the 11th of September. 

Free-time activities

Volunteers have ample time to do sightseeing considering the fact that they have to put hours of volunteering work every day and weekends are generally free. You can visit local markets in the evening and go on a short trip over the weekend. Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Garden, Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai French Concession, Shanghai Square, People’s Square etc. are some of the places you can visit in Shanghai.


Program Requirements

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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
General at High School level
Required Documents
CV, Insurance, Passport and parental consent(for under 18)
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 and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

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The total cost includes;

  • Pre Departure Info Pack
  • Airport Pickup from Shanghai Airport at scheduled times
  • Orientation upon arrival 
  • Placement in a Volunteer Project
  • 24-hour support by Local staff
  • Accommodation 
  • Food (Monday to Friday) 
  • Insurance (available at an extra cost)

Airport Pickup at Shanghai Pudong International Airport

You will be met by our representative at Shanghai International Airport in Shanghai from where you are transferred to your project location. Volunteers need to arrive on the program start dates only. Pickup from the airport is provided from 8am to 7pm only.


Volunteers will stay in the volunteer's flat after arrival and during induction course. This flat has shared rooms with showers and all basic modern amenities. After completing the induction course, most of the volunteers will move to dorms within the school premises. For those placements who doesn't provide accommodation, volunteers will stay in volunteer's flat till program ends.

Food & Beverages

Three meals will be provided from Monday to Friday. No meals will be provided during Orientation days and on weekends. Volunteers with special food requirements or are allergic to a certain kind of food product should mention the same in their application and it will be taken care of. The accommodation where volunteers stay has a fully functional kitchen as well, so those who love cooking, can do so over the weekends or can go out to some of the recommended eating joints for their meals over the weekends. 

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.
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Shanghai/China between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteering Solutions will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in China.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Volunteering Solutions during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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