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Event / Project details

Project start
22 Jul 2013
Event / Project end

Event / Project duration
This project is ongoing

Event / Project ID
2626

Event / Project Name
KINDERGARTEN PROJECT IN YANGZHOU
Event / Project City
YANGZHOU
Event / Project Country
China
Preferred skills
No qualifications or knowledge of Mandarin necessary, but a little basic Mandarin will make your placement much more enjoyable. You do need a good dose of enthusiasm and lots of energy!
Number of volunteers

Minimum age
17
Event / Project types
Child welfare and Education

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Brief overview

 

KINDERGARTEN PROJECT IN YANGZHOU

If you have a passion for the energy of little ones, join us at the Lucky Kids Kindergarten where you'll use games and activities to teach the children English in an informal, interactive setting. If you have skills in Arts & Crafts or Music you can also use these very effectively on this project.

►SUMMARY FACTFILE        

Start Dates

All year round except during school holidays (see list below) - you choose your start and finish dates!

Duration

From 4 weeks (minimum) up to a year, subject to visa requirements.

Requirements

No qualifications or knowledge of Mandarin necessary, but a little basic Mandarin will make your placement much more enjoyable. You do need a good dose of enthusiasm and lots of energy!

Price

£,095 for 4 weeks, ranging to £1,995 for 16 weeks.  

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What's included

►Accommodation ►Food ►Meeting you at Shanghai Airport ►Transfer to your accommodation ►Transport to and from your project ►Full pre-departure support ►Local in-country team support and backup ►24-hr emergency support ►Free T-Shirt.

What's not included

Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (the cost of your visa will be reimbursed to you on arrival if you are staying on the project for 4 months or longer), Return transfer to airport.

Who can do this Project?

All projects are open to all nationalities.

Unless otherwise stated, you need to be aged between 17 and 70+

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The name says it all really… you’ll be working at the Yangzhou Lucky Kids Kindergarten with young Chinese children. Lucky Kids Kindergarten is located in a large and colourful building and you can feel the fun atmosphere as soon as you walk into the entrance hall. Whether you want to work in early years education, or if you'd just rather teach English at a more basic level, this project is the one for you. You'll be teaching and caring for younger children from ages 3-6, so bring a big smile and your creativity...

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into the Orient and Chinese culture.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market

And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

WORK CONTENT

Your work will mostly focus around teaching the children some basic English through games, songs, stories and other fun activities. You may also be asked to help out in caring for the children (ie accompanying them to the toilet, helping them get ready for nap time etc) and playing with the children when they do sports, games and activities such as colouring or playing in the ball pit. However, your main role is that of an English teacher. For more details about this project, please see below.

This is a lovely project which you'll thoroughly enjoy. The walls at the Kindergarten are covered in drawings, paintings and murals done by and for the children and each room is filled with equipment to assist the children’s learning.

“I was in China last Sept teaching Kindergarten Children. I really loved this project and the country and I hope to revisit this year. I have done 2 of your projects now, and I can’t get enough of them. Maybe you will see me again soon!!!”  Victoria Allen

The Kindergarten requires volunteers to assist work from 9:30am – 4:30pm Monday-Friday. Your weekends and evenings will be free and this will allow some time for relaxing, travelling and sightseeing. If you would like more time to travel during or after your teaching, either let Travellers know before you leave, or speak to Tim, our Yangzhou Organiser, and she will try to arrange it with the Kindergarten; we cannot guarantee that this will be possible, but we will be as flexible as circumstances allow.

You'll usually teach lessons of your own design, giving you lots of freedom although you’ll usually have a Chinese teacher present in the classroom with you to assist you. The Kindergarten has stressed that playing games is the most important thing to do, although you do need to be careful with safety as the children are so young and get over-excited very easily! If you play an instrument and wish to bring it with you to play to the children, please do so. The Kindergarten is also interested in having volunteers who can work on arts & crafts with the kids.

Approximately 200 children attend, and there will be around 25 children in each group. The children are aged between 3-6 but you will mostly be working with the older age ranges. There are already 4 English teachers at the school so your lessons will compliment theirs.

You don’t need any language skills to take part in the project, but as the children are so young and don’t have very good command of English yet, it would be of benefit to you to know as much as possible. Take lessons or use a tape and book before you leave, or speak to your Project Co-Ordinator if you’d like to take some Mandarin Lessons before or during your project.

Holidays are as follows:

  • The whole of August
  • May Holiday Week : 1-7th May
  • October Holiday Week : 1-7th October

New Year: The date for Chinese New Year changes every year, and there will usually be a 2 week holiday around this time

You are welcome to take part in a project over these periods and spend the holiday travelling.

National Holidays in China

All projects will break for Chinese National Holidays. The main events are:

  • Chinese New Year - usually sometime in late January or early February. All projects will break for 1 or 2 weeks for New Year
  • May Holiday – usually the first week of May. Most projects break for 3-7 days
  • October Holiday – usually the first week of October. Most projects break for 3-7 days

There are also a number of shorter holidays throughout the year where some projects will be closed. You are very welcome to join a project during holiday time, however you will not be able to work if your project is closed. Teaching Projects run all year round, including during the summer holidays. However they will still close for the holidays mentioned above.

ACCOMMODATION, FOOD & TRAVEL

Your accommodation will either be on school campus or in a local hostel.

On School Campus: You will usually share a building with other volunteers and Chinese teachers. You will usually have your own room and bathroom, although sometimes you may have to share a room with another volunteer. All rooms are clean and comfortable and some may have air conditioning, internet access, a washing machine and a TV!

In a local Hostel: If you stay in a hotel or hostel, you will most likely share your room with another Travellers volunteer. You'll usually have access to all the modern facilities you'd expect: internet access, a kitchen, TV, common room with DVDs, a security locker and a bar & restaurant on premises. The hostel and hotel that we use are both located in lively areas, where you will have the chance to meet other backpackers and travellers.

All your food is provided, and you'll be given a budget to eat out in the many delicious local eateries around the hotel! Tim, our Yangzhou Organiser, often takes volunteers out for group dinners to introduce them to the best local cuisine in the area!

In a rented flat: If you stay at the flat, you will usually share the flat with other volunteers and you usually have your own room, although sometimes you may have to share a room with another volunteer. The accommodation is comfortable, fully furnished with a ‘western-style’ bathroom, and has all the modern facilities you'll need. There are cooking facilities for you to use if you want to eat in the flat. The flat is close to the city centre and supermarkets, cinemas and other entertainment facilities are within a 10 minute walk.

TRAVEL:

To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

WHAT IS REQUIRED OF YOU

China is still a developing country in a period of transition. The living standard falls short of what we are used to in the West. The Chinese culture and heritage is totally different to Anglo-Saxon or Western cultures and this must be borne in mind. 

However, the people are very friendly and will help you all they can, and, of course, our China Organiser will look after you during your placement.

Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated and required in China and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

China is a non-English speaking environment and we strongly advise that you try to learn a few basic Chinese words before starting your programme. This will help you to get involved in the daily life of the local people.

 

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