Trip Details

Immerse yourself in the lifestyle as you live with and help the locals in an assortment of traditional tasks, including with teaching at the Kindergarten. An in-depth and well-rounded approach to culture, tradition and volunteering, this program submerges you in Chinese village life in a number of tasks and activities chosen to show you various sides of both the modern and historic cultures.

Your work in Fengyan will be devoted to improving the life skills and education of children that live locally for the time that you are there. By being involved with the kindergarten volunteering you can be sure that you will make a valid contribution to both the current occupants of Fengyan, as well as to its future generations. With a diverse and beautiful landscape in the midst of China’s Guanxi Province, Fengyan has incredible potential to be a shining example of environmentalism for nearby communities, whilst also standing out as a safe haven for children. You will be joined by other volunteers during your time and the group will be banded together in an important, memorable and noble journey.

During your time in Fengyan you will acquire a distinct taste for Chinese culture and tradition as you work side by side with the locals in the tasks and activities that form such an integral part of their lives.

Aims & Objectives

  • Give you an authentic and rewarding experience in child-care
  • Provide assistance to the local child care program

Trip Itinerary

The core of the Kindergarten program is to teach. Teaching is a valuable experience, both for you and for your pupils and it can have an incredible impact. By providing the local children essential experience in conversational English you will aid them in becoming truly bilingual, a quality that can lead to real benefits for them in the future years. Decent understanding of the English language makes a huge difference to children’s university and higher education prospects, and it also allows for increased involvement in the global community.

Prior knowledge or experience in the education sector is hugely useful for volunteers on this program, although it is not compulsory. All course material is provided for you, although the local program supervisors are always open to new suggestions that could improve the curriculum in terms of engagement, fun and efficiency. Your typical schedule includes a Monday to Friday week, although this depends on which other tasks you are involved in. If you are teaching, you will be on a standard schedule that includes three 45 minute lessons a day, with time provided during the day where you can observe other lessons and plan your activities.

You can expect to ‘teach’ for for about 10 hours a week. A typical day could look like:

Breakfast
Morning: working as teacher / nurses assistant , to be with the kids. either teaching or play.
Lunch
Afternoon: Preparation for next day’s classes
Dinner

Beyond this, the information needed will be provided to you be your program supervisor.

*Please note that activities and schedules can change at any time based on local conditions and weather conditions *

Trip Accommodation

Guilin is a province in southern China known for its dramatic landscape of limestone karst. In the majestic shadow of its mountains, on the edge of an authentic, rustic village lies our centre – a 260 year old building from the Qing dynasty. Its surroundings invite walking and hiking and offer a stunning view of the hills, as well as of locals farmers hard at work!

Accommodation & Food
This accommodation has western style toilets, a bar with a variety of drinks, snacks, and food all set in a unique Chinese atmosphere.

Available Room Types

  • Standard Room 2-8 people per room
  • Private rooms available on request
  • WIFI in public areas

Food Arrangements
We have our in-house chef busy making food everyday for you! Expect typical Chinese food with rice and noodles in Chinese dishes styles. Vegetarian food is also available upon request. Water,Tea and coffee are available throughout the day.

Support
We have fully trained Chinese coordinators at our centre. They are bilingual (Chinese – including local dialect, and English). They too live as part of the family at the Centre and are there to run scheduled activities whilst also assisting those who want explore the area or undertake self-organised activities. They are there 24/7 to deal with any problems participants may have.

Shops
There is a small local shop which sells snacks on site, but to reach ATMs and bigger shops, it is a 30 minute bus journey into town.

Transportation
Our Centre is about 4 kilometres away from Lian Hua town. It is easy to catch a bus into town during the day – or to cycle. Gongcheng is the largest town nearby and is about 20 kilometers away. Once again there are frequent buses or shared taxis. Frequent buses also go from there to Yangshuo, 42 kilometres away.

Money
There are days where you will not have many opportunities to spend your money but food, drinks and snacks can all be purchased cheaply. Around 100 Yuan a week should be more than enough. You will however need much more if you are looking at ‘extras’, such as self-organised trips during the week (e.g. to the street barbecues in Gongcheng). Take note that the nearest ATM that accepts international bank or credit cards is half an hour away by car so if you have such plans, you should get cash out at the airport upon your arrival, or in Yangshuo while you are there.

Sights & Surroundings
There are so many wonderful sights and places to visit in this area. A guide book can tell you everything you could want to know, but here are a few ideas we recommend:

The Li River

This river spans 80km from Guilin to Yangshuo and is decorated with rolling hills, unique cliffs, caves and comfortable boats and should not be missed. Especially popular among Chinese tourists is a spot close to Yangshuo that is portrayed on the 20 Yuan bill.

Yangshuo
A picturesque city famous for its surrounding hills, rivers and bar streets. Lots of activities offered including rafting, biking, rock climbing, a stunning light show on Li River and much more. Make sure to spend at least one of your weekends here.

Seven Star Park
Famed for its rock formations, the park includes many different attractions including the Flower Bridge, Seven-Star Cave, Camel Hill and even a zoo!

Trip Country Info

China

Capital: Beijing
Language: Standard Chinese
Currency: Renminbi (Yuan) (CNY)
Time zone: CST (UTC +8)

China covers approximately 9.6 million square kilometers making it the 2nd largest country by land area. It is not only the country with the largest population in the world but it is also one of the largest economies laying claim to being the world’s largest exporter and 2nd largest importer of goods.

It is a country of incredible cultural history boasting one of the earliest ancient civilisations dating back to around 2800 BC. Its landscape is equally rich in diversity, ranging from its forest steppes, its deserts in the north and subtropical forests in the south to its 14,500km long stretch of Pacific Ocean coastline. All of this makes China an incredible and exciting place to be, both in what it has to offer today and the story of its past.

China has solidified itself as a contender for global recognition and as a tourist hotspot.  We have a number of  travel experiences in China from volunteering & gap year travel  to Tours and Paid Teaching.

With an assortment of climates and social structures, it is near impossible to experience all of China in a gap year trip. You can invest yourself and discover a whole new culture and still miss out on a dozen other cultures within arm’s reach while travelling in China, and these programs are dedicated to helping you help others while experiencing the different wonders of the country. Combine adventuring through nature with helping those less fortunate, and you have got yourself a stellar journey ahead of you. If you are looking for a gap year holiday in China, conservation work, an exciting road trip in China,  volunteer work with Pandas, teaching or other work & travel in China have a look at our latest experiences below or contact us for more information.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Criminal Background Check

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa