Volunteer Abroad in China - Teach English in Yantai or Nanning or Mashan

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Cosmic Volunteers

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Be a volunteer teacher in China!

We can place you towns like Yantai, Mashan, and Nanning. You can teach in China at kindergartens and primary schools. The Teach In China program focuses on listening, comprehension and speaking ability. Volunteers need to be fluent in English (but not necessarily native speakers of English). The minimum age for the program in 18. We will arrange for your Chinese Visa. Volunteers can stay from one to ten (10) months.

Students range from 6-12 years of age. Each school has a full-time English teacher. The average class size is about 40 and classes are typically 40 minutes long. The students speak a minimum of English. A typical primary school has 400 students, 11 teachers, the principal and assistant principal. You will teach 3-4 classes per day, at 40 minutes per class, with the option to take on more classes. You have the choice to serve as an assistant teacher or lead a class on your own.

When you are at school but not in class, you can do things like assist the phys-ed teachers with sports activities like basketball and kickball, play games like jump-rope with the students, and of course just talk and spend quality time with the students who are always eager to practice their English and learn about you.

In Mashan, the schools in Mashan are located about 90 minutes by bus from the city of Nanning (pop. 1.5 mil) which has daily flights from Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Hanoi. Our local Coordinator for south China lives in Nanning and is available 24/7 for any emergencies or other support you might need. The culture shock in Mashan is very real with this program. So we only accept into this program volunteers who are extremely independent, resourceful and capable of functioning in a remote rural environment where there are no other English speakers. Potential volunteers will undergo a comprehensive phone interview and complete a written questionnaire before being accepted into the program.

In Yantai, we place volunteers at boarding schools where students range from 6-18 years of age. Students are middle-class, mostly from Yantai, and they live at the schools from Monday-Friday then go home on weekends. One of the typical middle schools in Yantai for volunteers is the Bi-Lingual Experimental School. This boarding school has 1,000 students, ages 7-16, with 100 teachers (10 for English). It is located about 10 minutes by bus from downtown Yantai. Click here to see photos of the school and students.

Volunteers accommodations are at the schools. You will live in a private modest room with your own bathroom, shower, and refrigerator. All bedding and pillows are provided by the school. You also have the option to live with the family of the principal or one of the teachers.

Volunteers have three meals per day, seven days a week. There is a wide range of food including vegetables, beans, rice, fish, chicken, beef, fruit, and and eggs. You can also walk to shops for snacks, instant coffee, and soft drinks.

Teach in China: http://www.cosmicvolunteers.org/volunteer-china

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Education & Literacy International


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Gangcheng E St, Laishan QuYantai ShiYantai, Shandong China


  • Physical Education
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-10 months

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