The skyline of Shanghai plays the backdrop to volunteers' experience working in China.

Volunteering in China

Support local communities while experiencing modern and traditional life in China

Volunteer in China with Projects Abroad and help make a difference in one of the most rapidly developing countries in the world. You’ll contribute to ongoing work that supports the development of disadvantaged communities.


You can teach English to children at rural schools, or help care for the elderly or disabled. You can also learn directly from business professionals at local and international companies, or use this opportunity to learn Mandarin.


You’ll be based in Shanghai with full-time staff, who you can call 24/7 if you need help.


There is plenty to see and do in these urban jungles. You can visit the many buddhist temples and the pristine city parks. Or watch the opera, and try Chinese street food at the many local markets. Of course, no trip is complete without a visit to the Great Wall of China.

Projects available in China

1-9 of 9 Projects

A group of Business Interns pose for a group photo infront of a reception desk at a law office in China.

From $5330 NZD

Business Internship in China
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Gain practical work experience while learning from business professionals in a rapidly developing economy

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 4 weeks
The layout of one of our journalism placements in China

From $7510 NZD

Journalism Internship in China
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Live and work in Shanghai and get practical journalism experience at an English-language magazine

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 8 weeks
A Projects Abroad group attend a workshop during their  Law internships in China.

From $5330 NZD

Law Internship in China
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Work with Chinese lawyers, gain work experience, and give your CV an edge with your experience abroad

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 4 weeks
High school students stand outside a local lawfirm on their Law and Business internship in China

From $4495 NZD

Law and Business Internships in China for Teenagers
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Live in Chengdu with other teenagers and gain work experience at law firms and local companies

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
While learning Mandarin in China, students use free time to explore local attractions like a Buddhist temple.

From $3570 NZD

Learn Mandarin in China
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Study Mandarin with a professional language teacher in modern Shanghai

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A group of medical interns gather round a surgical table in a hospital at a workshop during their medical placement in China.

From $4515 NZD

Medicine Internship in China
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Learn directly from doctors as they treat patients using Western and traditional Chinese medicine

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
A volunteer reads a book to his students during his teaching work experience in China

From $5055 NZD

Volunteer Teaching English in China
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Travel to China and get practical classroom experience helping children improve their English

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 4 weeks
During teenage community volunteer work in China, a high school student hugs a young child in the classroom.

From $3970 NZD

Volunteer Work with Children for Teenagers in China
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Join teenagers from around the world and work in a group to support children at local schools

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A Projects Abroad volunteer working with children in China listens to young boys reading aloud to improve their reading skills.

From $4085 NZD

Volunteer Work with Children in China
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Teach English to children and equip them with the skills they need to succeed when they start school

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 3 weeks

Can't find what you're looking for?

We have the expertise and staff on the ground to create a custom project for you, or simply help you find the best option.


Speak to one of our China experts on:

09 889 0587

or email:

to start planning your project

SAFETY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.

Where we are based in China

Shanghai

With its iconic city skyline, bustling city streets, and endless supply of art and entertainment, is comes as no surprise that Shanghai is one of the most populated cities in the world. With over 24 million people living within its borders, the city is constantly teeming with people as they go about their day between the many high-rise buildings and skyscrapers.

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our China Arrival Procedures page.

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