: Volunteer Abroad FAQs
While you are still making up your mind, you might have a lot of questions regarding various aspects of our programs, planning the trip and how the overall experience will be. We have tried to address a lot of your generic queries below.
What kind of a visa do I need for volunteering overseas in China?
If you plan on staying for 3 months or less you can get an L (tourist) visa. If you want to stay longer you would have to get it renewed.
2. What kind of voluntary work can I do?
We partner with local organizations in Kunming, where international volunteers are placed. They help teach basic English skills to homeless children and children from severely economically disadvantaged families. We now have programs in the field of education, community service as well as development and empowerment of women. Your duties are to assist the residents of these welfare centers with daily tasks, teach the beneficiaries, play with them and provide them with your company.
3. Do I pay to volunteer?
Volunteering is a free service. Through our international volunteer opportunities, you can broaden the horizons of children from severely disadvantaged backgrounds. It is an opportunity by virtue of which you can give back to this community.
4. Are there specific start dates for volunteering?
No, you can begin year round. You should let us know what program you want to do at least 2 weeks before you come so that we can make arrangements accordingly.
5. For how long can I volunteer?
You can volunteer as long as you like. However that depends on the volunteering opportunities of that particular non-profit organization. However, if you are serious about volunteering overseas in China, you are required to participate in our programs for at least a month.
6. How can I decide what program is right for me?
We will introduce you to various overseas volunteer programs that we can offer you. You can gather a lot of information about our programs from our website. We cannot guarantee that you will be allotted to the program that you chose. However we try our best to cater to your needs. The placement will depend both on your preference, the preference of other individuals who are associated with that particular welfare institution, and the demand for volunteers there.
7. What if I donít like the place I volunteer at?
We initially let you choose your field of voluntary work. We try our best to place you in the field of your choice. If you happen to dislike a particular placement or organization, we will immediately try solving the problem and arrange for you to volunteer in an alternative non-profit organization. After all, you will be volunteering overseas on your own terms. We will never pressure you into doing something about which you are reluctant.
8. Can I intern, or study Chinese, while volunteering overseas in China?
You can learn Chinese in the mornings and volunteer in the afternoons. Interning can consume a lot of your time but it is possible to intern for a few hours every week.
9. Can I choose the number of hours I will volunteer?
This is contingent upon the schedule of the volunteer, the organization she is associated with and the time of the year.
10. Will I be the only foreign volunteer at the institution?
Again this will depend on the organization that you will be involved with and the particular time of the year you will be volunteering overseas in China. There may be other international volunteers associated with your welfare institution. However, this might not always be the case.
11. Will I have free time to tour China?
As a volunteer, you will have a lot of free time to explore China. However, you will have to fulfill our requested commitment to the selected welfare center.