Trip Details

You will be playing the role of teaching assistant inside a college.For this, you do not need to prepare a lot of teaching materials before hand, we prefer you to be spontaneous and creative throughout the day!
The students here are always keen to improve their English and welcome foreigners into their culture and to show you their way of life. You will regularly attend the classes and have maximum interaction with the students throughout the day. You will be able to spend your free time during the evenings and weekends with the friends you will make throughout your stay.
At the end of your program, you will receive a certificate highlighting your achievements during your English teaching program.
How does it work?
Each participant will have an English speaking language partner (or ‘buddy’) selected from Cunjin College students. This ‘buddy’ will be responsible for looking after the participant 24/7. Beyond the program, this is often a great chance to develop life-long friends.

How can you contribute?
You will not only participate in (English speaking) lectures – if you wish, you can deliver a lecture relevant to your own area of study or expertise.

Other Activities?

  • Learn how to make pottery/ Chinese traditional knitting
  • Learn Taichi as a Chinese Martial Art.
  • Learn how to make dumplings professionally
  • And more!

Aims & Objectives

  • Give you insight into the Chinese culture
  • Improve the English abilities of this university’s second language speakers

Trip Itinerary

Monday
This will be your introduction day at the college. In the morning, you will be introduced to the college and you will be shown around. The afternoon will consist of you getting a feel of the classroom and determining your level of input regarding English teaching. This can range from being a classroom assistant to being the lead teacher of a class.

Tuesday to Friday
You will become fully involved with the regular activities at the college! Your schedule will look a lot like your buddy’s schedule.

Weekends
On weekends you have the option to learn about how your students’ lives at home, and you may want to stay at your buddy’s home for the weekend. Or, you may choose to learn about Zhanjiang through a guided tour with your buddy! Otherwise your weekends are free time for yourself or any other activities you may enjoy.

**Please note; This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.**

Trip Accommodation

Zhanjiang is a charming city located in the southern coast of China’s mainland in the province of GuangDong, with a total land area of 12471 square kilometers and a population of more than 7 million. Thanks to its natural scenery, temperate weather, tree-lined beaches, well developed public transportation, and clean environment, Zhanjiang was voted recently as the “most livable city in China.”

It is a new city that combines history and modern rapid development. Located in a subtropical zone, Zhanjiang has unique light, heat, water and green plant resources. It is famous for producing tropical and subtropical high-quality fruits, including mango, orange, litchi, longan, star fruit, pineapple, papaya and pitaya…it is also a haven for seafood lovers due to its strong fishing industry.

Accommodation & Food

You will live in the student dormitory in Guangdong Ocean University Cunjin College or its nearby dorm halls. You can expect that outside in public areas your wifi signal will be good, like in the office and halls, but many prefer to buy a network card at shops for internet access from your dormitory room. Please expect to use squatting toilets during our stay here (a natural, healthier alternative!).

Food Arrangements
Three typical Chinese meals a day are provided and served at the dining hall. For dinner, we usually offer noodles and fried rice which foreign students seem to enjoy. A vegetarian option is also available. Three meals on weekdays and Two meals on weekends.

Facilities
This accommodation is a holistic facility perfect for those involved in teaching. It comprises classrooms, comfortable dormitories, canteens, a supermarket and even playgrounds.

It is only a 30 minute drive to Zhanjiang airport, and 20-30 minutes drive to Zhanjiang train station.

  • ATM/Bank: Within the city
  • Clinic: Within the Campus
  • Supermarket: Within the Campus
  • Hospital: 15-minute drive away

Sights & Surroundings
Popular places to visit include:

  • 45 minutes flight to Guangzhou/Hongkong
  • 5-6 hours bus transfer to Guangzhou
  • 3-4 hours transfer to Sanya,Hainan Province

Please ask your coordinator for help in organising visits to these or any other places.

Transportation
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Donghai Island
  • Road Trip

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

No requirements have been provided.

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