China Gap Year


A China gap year placement with Project Trust is an opportunity to gain an insight into the realities of day-to-day life in a country of huge geo-political importance.

Volunteer in China

There has been a big push over the last decade to improve the levels of English within schools across China. Through the Chinese Education Institute Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) our China gap year Volunteers work in schools to help improve the level of English amongst students.

Project Trust Volunteers work in schools right across China, from the North West to the North East. The projects are generally in urban environments but the landscapes and climates vary drastically, from desert to mountains to lush greenery.

China Gap Year Volunteer

Briony, China Gap Year Volunteer

Why volunteer in China?

Contributing to the provision of English teaching in a school will give you the satisfaction of seeing your students improve over the course of the year. Seeing your students build their confidence in English and helping to equip them for exams is an extremely fulfilling experience.

Your gap year in China will give you the opportunity to learn Mandarin. As China’s global influence increases the importance of the language will continue to grow. An in-depth cultural understanding of China will also be increasingly useful, making your year spent living there a high-value experience.

Because of China’s size it incorporates almost every landscape and climate imaginable, meaning there is something for everyone when travelling. Rural, urban, warm, cold, mountains, coastline – China has it all. During your holidays you’ll have the chance to experience everything China can offer you, and China Volunteers’ train journeys to get around the country (often more than 24 hours long) are the stuff of Project Trust legend.

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China Gap Year highlights…

  • China does festivals like nowhere else and you will be part of some incredible ones through your year; Harbin Ice Festival is well worth the tip but no matter where you are, Chinese New Year will be a memorable experience.

  • Get to grips with the culture of banqueting where you will find yourself very much the centre of attention.

  • Visit the ‘floating mountains’ in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, they are said to have inspired the scenery in Avatar and absolutely live up to the hype.

  • Xinjiang province offers a very different side to China, Kashgar is a great place to visit but for an unusual experience you try camel trekking in the Gobi desert.

  • The list of landmarks to visit goes much further than the Great Wall and will give you plenty of options when you are planning where to explore during your holidays; The Summer Palace, The Terracotta Army, The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, The Leshan Giant Buddha, Mogao Caves, the list goes on and on.

“Many things in life seem pre-determined: Project Trust gives you an escape and a chance to really go on an adventure.”

Aidan, China Gap Year Volunteer

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