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Volunteer in China

Explore International Volunteer HQ’s unique China volunteer abroad program. Choose from a wide range of trusted China volunteer projects, including Teaching English, Special Needs Care or a special Summer Outreach project. Volunteer work in China is based in Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi Province. With affordable Program Fees and top rated volunteer projects trusted by over 140,000 travellers, IVHQ is the best volunteer organisation in China.

  • 3 meaningful project options available year-round
  • Program Fees from £272 for 1 week
  • Includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in volunteer apartment or local homestay

  • Projects based in and around the ancient Chinese city of Xi’an

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Key information

Fully hosted experience from £272
Volunteer from 1 - 24 weeks
Ages 18+ and families
Based in the ancient city Xi'an
Projects align with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Impact driven projects run by locals
B Corporation certified organization
Discover rich history & landscapes

Volunteer opportunities in China

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from £272

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in special needs programs in and near Xi’an
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

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

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from £272

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in villages in northern China
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

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

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from £272

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in Xi’an or Weinan
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

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.

What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

David Shen
12 Jul 2024

Coming to Xi'an, I gained a newfound perspective and was introduced to a completely different lifestyle. Interacting, teaching, and taking care of people with mental disabilities was a lot more challenging than I anticipated, but I developed patience, and eventually, a lot of the students learned the alphabet, numerous greetings, body language, and essential English vocabulary.

The first day felt especially challenging to both my dad and me, as we both felt a bit overwhelmed after our first full day there. However, after the first week, the next two weeks flew by. Patience is something that I developed during this experience and I was also enlightened on how hard/challenging life is for people. I became very close with one of the kids there, who had Down Syndrome, but was only around two weeks older than me. Although we are around the same age, our lives are entirely different, and there are numerous privileges that I took for granted that my friend hasn't experienced. I've become a lot more grateful and appreciative of everything that I have and after living in an area for three weeks and interacting with people who have mental disabilities, I've become a lot less ignorant about how challenging some people's lives can be.

Although I may be more privileged financially and educationally than the people, I don't value myself above these people and I believe that each and every person deserves the same opportunities I do. This is the biggest piece of advice I would give to people hesitant about joining this program because embracing and living with these people without looking at them through a partially inferior lens will help you appreciate every moment of the experience.

Ziyi Shen
09 Jul 2024

Some things I've gained from this experience is the love and support everybody at my placement showed me. They've mentored me and shared their wisdom with me; showing me a different perspective of the world that has well rounded my character.

Paul Lehoczky
08 May 2024

I feel I gained some perspective towards the world. I've always been a sort of "home town" guy. So it was really interesting and exciting to go somewhere vastly different from my own country. And to interact with the society I was in, in a way other than a pure tourist.

Cornelius Riordan
20 Mar 2024

I gained a better perspective of the world, different cultures, perhaps a little about human nature and maybe myself. Volunteering with IVHQ has the added benefit of bringing you away from the overtly "touristy" areas which you would normally find yourself in on a normal holiday. Particularly in China, the difference between rural and urban is immense, and this is a great opportunity to not only make a difference, or to see the world, but to get a more full view of the culture you're immersing yourself in.

Valerie Lau
09 Feb 2024

It's been a humbling experience. The people made me remember that it only takes so little to make them happy. I'm looking forward to returning. Go with no expectations and you will be enriched. We embarked on the journey thinking we will teach them something but at the end of the day, I believed I received more. Expect minimal material comfort and leave the cosmopolitan and developed country mindset behind and you will enjoy it.

Tracy Xu
30 May 2023

IVHQ is so reliable, they have wonderful local support team! I saw how my child grows to be more responsible and independent - it was a great memory for my daughter and I to share.


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