Rural Volunteering Tours

Want to travel and learn more about China while giving back to a rural community?


  • Join our Weekend Rural Volunteering Tour this November!


Stepping Stones has been organizing rural volunteering tours since 2006. We have cooperated with many partner schools over the years and regularly bring volunteers to teach at these schools in Anhui, Jiangsu and Henan provinces.

Dice Game QuestionGroups generally teach oral English to primary or junior middle school children in rural schools for “left-behind” or migrant children. Volunteers usually teach three to four 40 minute classes each day with class sizes students varying from 20-50 students.

Rural tours can be arranged as a week-long Monday to Friday trip or for a long weekend, Friday to Sunday. An ideal volunteering group size is around 12-25 volunteers.

Stepping Stones runs both public and private rural tours. Public rural tours are open to all potential volunteers and will be at chosen locations determined by Stepping Stones. All public tour dates will be advertised on our website and social media platforms. Private rural tours can be arranged by Stepping Stones for school and corporate volunteer groups. These tours will be tailored to each group’s preferences.

Stepping Stones will organize and lead these tours, providing:

  • Comprehensive Orientation & Training sessions for all participants
  • Professional support and advice on lesson planning
  • Necessary teaching resources
  • Transportation arrangements

Volunteers joining our tours must be over 18 years old, have strong English language abilities, and have a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards teaching young children in a challenging environment.

Stepping Stones uses a portion of the revenue from these tours to sustain and support our core programs in Shanghai.

If you would like to sign up for one of our rural volunteering tours, organize a tour for a school or corporate group, or would like further information, please e-mail Morgan Banaszek at

Rural Tour locations:

  • Anhui, Guangde
  • Henan, Luyi
  • Henan, Zhengzhou and Dengfeng
  • Jiangsu, Jiangdu
  • Jiangsu, Wuxi
  • Zhejiang, Yiwu

What our volunteers say about these tours:

“I have learned to be a better problem solver. I am now more prepared to face challenges in life.” – SSIS Student, Jiangdu Tour Fall 2015

“The teaching of students is a precious journey which teaches both students and teachers.” – SUIS Student, Guangde Tour Fall 2015