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Volunteer in China with International Volunteer HQ

Volunteer in China

Volunteer in China with International Volunteer HQ and join a range of volunteer work in China, including Teaching English, Special Needs Care or a special Summer Outreach project. Volunteers are based in Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi Province in central China. With low volunteer program fees and top rated volunteer projects, you will not find a more affordable and trustworthy volunteer travel organisation in China.

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At a glance…

  • Available year-round
  • Teaching English, Special Needs Care and Summer Outreach Teaching projects available
  • Projects based in and around the ancient Chinese city of Xi’an
  • Accommodation in volunteer apartment or homestay
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Program fees from US$310 (approximately £260) for 1 week
  • Between 10 and 30 volunteers start in China each month
My volunteer experience in China was the best 8 weeks of my life. Be prepared to step outside your comfort zone and I can assure you that it is rewarding beyond words.
IVHQ Volunteer - Alicia Crossley
Alicia Crossley
Nationality: Australia
Age: 19
Destination: China

Volunteer opportunities in China

Special Needs Care in Xi'an
Volunteer on the Special Needs Care project with IVHQ in China

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Awesome variety of volunteer tasks

Help in under-resourced disability care sectors, providing care and attention to children and adults with a range of special needs.

Suited to:
Qualified volunteers Teachers College students Solo travelers Mature volunteers

Special Needs Care in

Special education for children with disabilities is considered too expensive for many families in China, but community and government centres offer programs for those who are unable to receive an education through the mainstream school system. However, these centres are commonly understaffed and underfunded, meaning volunteer assistance is crucial to their efforts to deliver quality care.

Special Needs Care volunteer in China with IVHQ

Volunteers are needed to assist in these centers, helping a small team of local staff to care for children, teenagers and adults with a range of physical and mental disabilities. The most valuable contribution you can make is providing compassion and support, and you’ll also help with with daily operations such as preparing food, serving meals, cleaning and arranging activities.

This project is well suited to volunteers who are kind and caring by nature, and willing to provide support wherever their help is most needed. Specialist disability care is relatively new in China, so if you have experience in this area you can be a great benefit to the local staff.

Please note, staff at these placements often don’t speak English, so you’re encouraged to download a mobile translation app on your smartphone. You can do this with the guidance of the local team when you arrive. The local team will also do their best to place at least two volunteers together, providing you with an additional level of support. If you speak Chinese/Mandarin, you may be placed independently.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $310 for 1 week
  • Volunteer in {% tt terms.centers %} for disabled children and adults
  • Help to provide focused care and attention, assist with routine tasks such as feeding, cleaning and arranging activities
  • Suited to caring and compassionate volunteers
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
China at a glance
  • Based in the city of Xi’an in central China
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer apartment or homestay
  • Between 10 and 30 volunteers start in China each month
Also available in China
Our project options
Special Needs Care Volunteer Program in Xi'an - China Summer Outreach in Xi'an - China Teaching English Volunteer Program in Xi'an - China
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Summer Outreach Teaching in Xi'an
Volunteer on the Summer Outreach Teaching project in China with IVHQ

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Hands-on volunteer experience

Assist in summer holiday programs between July-August, playing a lead role as an English teacher for students aged between 10-18.

Suited to:
Teachers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Mature volunteers Gap year

Summer Outreach Teaching in

Summer Outreach programs aim to maintain lessons for students in the school holiday period, and are commonly run by few staff for many students. As a volunteer, you’ll help to increase the standard of education on offer, particularly as in English classes, in the summer holidays of July to August. As these classes are run in the holidays, they are less bound by a school curriculum, and you’re able to be flexible and creative in lesson plans and teaching style.

Outreach programs typically operate with students aged between 10-18, with up to 30-40 students per class. As a volunteer English teacher, you’ll help to run the class, taking responsibility for planning and implementing lessons. Most students have only a basic understanding so you can expect to be teaching simple words and phrases, with a focus on teaching correct pronunciation.

Summer Outreach Teaching volunteer in China with IVHQ

This project is well suited to volunteers who have a lot of initiative and confidence, as you need to be self-directed in planning your lessons and be able to thrive to an environment where English is not widely spoken. If you have experience in teaching English and a passion for immersing yourself in different cultures, you will enjoy this project.

Programs are based in villages up to two hours from Xi’an. You’ll be accommodated in either a homestay with a local family or in a dormitory with other teachers.

You aren’t required to have teaching experience to participate on this project, however you need to be fluent in English and confident in leading a classroom. We encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognised TEFL certification at a discounted rate.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $310 for 1 week
  • Help to teach English on summer holiday programs for students aged between 10-18
  • Lead classes of up to 40 students, teaching basic language and pronunciation
  • Volunteer as the lead teacher, playing a central role in planning lessons
  • Ability to be creative and flexible in teaching
  • Suited to volunteers interested in education and teaching English
  • Available in summer holidays between July-August
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
China at a glance
  • Based in the city of Xi’an in central China
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer apartment or homestay
  • Between 10 and 30 volunteers start in China each month
Also available in China
Our project options
Special Needs Care Volunteer Program in Xi'an - China Summer Outreach in Xi'an - China Teaching English Volunteer Program in Xi'an - China
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Asia
Bali Cambodia China India Laos Nepal Philippines Sri Lanka Thailand Vietnam All Asia
Teaching English in Xi'an
Volunteer on the Teaching English project in China with IVHQ

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Supported volunteer experience

Bring a valued perspective as a fluent English speaker to help with lessons in government-owned schools. Teach alone, in pairs or as an assistant to a local teacher, with classes for students aged between 3-21.

Suited to:
Teachers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Mature volunteers Gap year

Teaching English in

English is not commonly spoken in China, which means those who do know the language are at a distinct advantage when it comes to jobs in international industries and in cultural understanding. Volunteers play a big role in teaching English, as Xi’an is not a common place for fluent English-speaking teachers to spend their time.

As a volunteer English teacher, you’ll be based in government-owned schools, helping to teach the language to students aged between 3-21 years old. You can teach classes independently, with a fellow volunteer or as an assistant to a local teacher. Most often your students will be early in their English studies, so you’ll be focusing on basic words and phrases.

Teaching volunteer in China with IVHQ

Teaching English placements are typically based in Weinan, an hour away from Xi’an, however, there are some opportunities closer to the city.

If you’re someone who has great deal of enthusiasm, an open mind, and a patient nature, you will be well suited to Teaching English in China. It is also important to be self-directed and creative, as you will need to take initiative in identifying where you can add the most value at your placement.

As you will be volunteering with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, you don’t need to be a qualified teacher. However, we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognised TEFL certification at a discounted rate.

Please note, during July and August schools have their summer break, so volunteers in this time will work on educational outreach projects in nearby communities.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $310 for 1 week
  • Help to teach English to local students
  • Volunteer in government-owned schools for students aged between 3-21
  • Lead the classroom, volunteer in pairs or assist a local teacher
  • Suited to volunteers interested in education and teaching English
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
China at a glance
  • Based in the city of Xi’an in central China
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer apartment or homestay
  • Between 10 and 30 volunteers start in China each month
Also available in China
Our project options
Special Needs Care Volunteer Program in Xi'an - China Summer Outreach in Xi'an - China Teaching English Volunteer Program in Xi'an - China
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Asia
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  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organisation in China to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in China will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organisations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travellers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore China with your new-found friends.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!