Classroom Teaching Program

 Connect with Shanghai’s migrant communities and teach English to migrant children!

  • Classroom Teaching Program

Photo credit: Attila Balogh


  • To increase students’ interest and confidence in English
  • To help students improve their English test scores

Key Information:

  • Teach English in a classroom setting
  • 20 – 30 students per class at community centers OR 40 – 50 students per class at migrant schools
  • Classes available any day (Monday to Sunday)
  • School semester: Spring (February – June); Summer (July – August) and Autumn (September – December)
  • 40 minutes per lesson at migrant schools and 1.5 hours per lesson at community centers
  • Teach together with a minimum of two volunteers per teaching team



Migrant children


Location options:

Migrant schools and community centers in Shanghai and Zhejiang Province


Provided by Stepping Stones:

  • Orientation about Stepping Stones’ beneficiaries, background and programs
  • Training session about teaching English, lesson planning, classroom management techniques, etc. (4 hours)
  • Teaching supplies
  • Access to Stepping Stones Volunteer Resource Center with sample lesson plans, flashcards, videos, etc.
  • On-site workshops and feedback sessions



  • Minimum 18 years old (minimum 16 years old for the summer semester with parental consent)
  • Once a week for a full school term with a minimum of 8 weeks teaching
  • Speak English well and confidently, enjoy interacting with children, enthusiastic and passionate to make a difference in the lives of migrant children. We welcome volunteers from all background.

Get involved:

  • Register as a volunteer here.
  • Complete the online Orientation
  • Attend a training session.
  • Choose your volunteering site and start volunteering!

For more information and questions regarding this program, please email our Classroom Teaching Program Officer, Sally Wangsawijaya, at


Volunteer Testimonial:

"After my bachelor studies on History Education and master studies on English Education, now I am working at an International School in Shanghai. Our students are so fortunate to study at a caring learning environment with fruitful teaching resources. However, how about those migrant students in Shanghai? Can they acquire a quality and equitable public education? When I came across Stepping Stones, I felt a calling to be someone who can make a significant difference for such children, even if we only work together for a short time every week.

By supporting the students in Sunflower Community Center in their English learning, and by delivering lessons and making conversations with them in English, we all can witness how much progress they made day by day. What’s more important, they really enjoyed the lessons and are now more confident to speak English in public. 

My previous teaching experience has demonstrated to me that language and background knowledge were not the only key factors; however, it was their learning attitude, psychological wellbeing and parental environment that pose greater influence upon their academic performance. Nonetheless, these factors, sometimes, were even neglected by the teachers. Hope the after school supporting lessons organized by Stepping Stones can provide them with a warm and secured environment to fully express themselves and fulfill their potential in the future." - Mandy Deng - Sunflower Community Center - November 2017 


"It took quite a bit of encouragement from friends to get me to the volunteer orientation session at Stepping Stones two years ago. I do not have children, it has been a long time since I was in a classroom and I was terrified of the mischief that 50 children might get up to. [...] The orientation session convinced me that there is an urgent need for english speakers in migrant schools and that I could positively impact the children's results at school. Stepping Stones provide a lot of very practical resources to develop a lesson plan and prepare for the classes. I have been very impressed with the quality of support and professionalism of all the staff at Stepping Stones. The children were in fact very well behaved, they were very excited to see us each week and I saw improvements in all their abilities over the course of each term. I usually left class smiling and made lots of new friends with co-teachers from many different countries. [...] Most importantly I felt like I was actually making a contribution to local peoples lives. It is easy to get caught up in an expat bubble in Shanghai. Stepping Stones provided a link for me to understand a little more about what life is really like for many local people." – Claire - Nanshu School, Zhejiang – February 2017