China is an exciting country to visit, but to have the chance to work and stay for an extended period is something else. The rapid economic and social change provide endless opportunities for the gap year traveller. China can be a confusing place so it makes sense to take advantage of these established and tailor made projects, where you will receive full support and an introduction to the incredible country of China.
Explore and protect the Malaysian Rainforest
Gap Year Provider: Raleigh International, Borneo
Join a Raleigh expedition to Borneo and spend 5, 7 or 10 weeks living deep in the Malaysian Rainforest. You and your team of global volunteers will be working to protect it for future generations. You'll also volunteer in a rural community and trek across stunning landscapes.
25 day Adventure Hong Kong to China
Gap Year Provider: TRU Experience Travel, Asia
This jam-packed tour takes you camping on the Great Wall, bamboo rafting in Yangshuo, and hiking on Hong Kong’s famed Victoria peak. Visit the adorable pandas in Chengdu, see the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, and learn some awesome kungfu moves.
Learn a Language Abroad
Argentina, Bolivia, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Peru, Romania, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Togo, Vietnam
Why not learn new languages in a diverse community in the developing world? With help from our teachers you will improve your speaking, reading and writing skills through one-on-one tuition and group sessions. There will also be plenty of opportunity to practice your new skills with your host family
Teaching Jobs Abroad
South Africa, Tanzania, Nepal, Romania, Brazil, Chile, China, Thailand
The demand for English teachers around the world is astronomical, take China, where there are 350 million people learning the language at any given time. Combine teaching and TEFL courses or volunteer in sports or childcare projects to create a rewarding adventure and experience!
Australia, Canada, Thailand, China, Romania, New Zealand
Chose from instructing, hospitality and support roles in one of our Canadian ski resorts. Experience the Aussie Outback or the cosmopolitan city of Sydney or Auckland. We offer the chance to earn money teaching in China or Thailand.Travel, gain experience, get to know the locals and enhance your CV!
Teaching Jobs Abroad
The demand for English teachers around the world is astronomical, take China, where there are 350 million people learning the language at any given time. Combine gain valuable experience teaching and a qualification with our TEFL courses.
Looking for something else? We have plenty more gap year ideas to inspire you.
Popular Chinese Destinations:
Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Hong Kong
Quick China Facts:
Population - 1.4 billion
Languages - Mandarin and Cantonese
Take advice from your trip provider. China work visas are more complicated than most.
Medical Work Experience projects in China working at clinics, hospitals and medical centres. Gain a valuable experience working in a country where Western and traditional Chinese medicine combine to create a very unique approach to health care.
There are lots of opportunities to get involved with conservation projects in China. Some of the more popular include working with animals, not least the world's favourite endangered creature, the Giant Panda.
A country with well over a billion people is always going to have its fair share of social problems. There are plenty of opportunities to work with China's orphans, street children, children with learning and physical disabilities, and adults.
If you are looking to do volunteer work overseas, take a look at the many placements and gap years available in China. There are companies who specialise in a variety of volunteering jobs in China, as well as companies who specialise in key areas, who offer such opportunities in China and worldwide. Volunteers are usually required to work in the more disadvantaged parts of society, those being marginalised by the economic boom.
Volunteering in China offers the opportunity to experience an exciting, unique and diverse culture from within, contributing to the development of the world's most populated country, which is also becoming a major player on the world's stage. By volunteering as an English Teacher in China, you will be able to directly help improve the English language skills of young people, giving them a better chance to succeed in later life, as the ability to speak English will open up so many more opportunities for them. To see students improve because of your hard work and dedication can be one of the most rewarding experiences, and the challenge along the way will also give you skills for later life.
As a place to visit China offers so much to see: The Great Wall of China, The Silk Road, The Terracotta Army in Xian and The Forbidden City in Beijing to name but a few! But as a volunteer in China you will see so much more than the average tourist. You will be welcomed in by your volunteering hosts and made to feel at home in your new community. Teachers are highly respected in China, and you will find your students to be enthusiastic and appreciative of everything you do. It is also a great way to get an insight into the Chinese culture, and to bring about cultural exchange as your students and hosts will be very interested in your home culture and way of life as well.
Having the opportunity to volunteer in China will give you the chance to make so many friends, with both your Chinese colleagues and students (if you are a volunteer teacher). Making friends will give you the chance to see even more of China; they will introduce you to their family, take you out to karaoke bars and to dinner, and will make you feel included so you never feel lonely or homesick.
China is very cheap to live and travel in and easy to get around, so make the most of being there and see all you can. It is a place of outstanding natural beauty and you will see some things in China that you would never expect to see.