Rural Volunteering Tours

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

 Upcoming Tours:




  • To bring outside support to neglected students;
  • To encourage English learning among students in remote rural areas.


Key Information:

  • Weeklong (Monday to Friday) or Weekend (Friday to Sunday) tours
  • During school term time (September-January, February-June) or summer holidays
  • Ideal group size of 12-25
  • Teaching 4 (40 min) lessons per day
  • Volunteers individual or in pairs teach a group of 8-15 students
  • Migrant, boarding, and/or rural school

Each tour has a specific tour fee. Stepping Stones uses a portion of the revenue from these tours to sustain and support our core programs.

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



  • Migrant children, Left-behind children, Rural Children, and/or Orphans
  • Primary or middle school students


Location options:


Stepping Stones will organize and lead group tours, providing:

  • Comprehensive Briefing & Training sessions for all participants;
  • Professional support and lesson plans;
  • Necessary teaching resources;
  • Transportation and accommodation arrangements.



  • 18 years or older for public tours; Grade 10 and above for high school group tours
  • Be able to pay the tour cost. Each tour will have different costs depending on location and length.
  • Speak English well and confidently


Get involved:

Register as a volunteer here.

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



Volunteer Testimonials:

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

“I think it’s a great way to help our community while seeing another side of China, rather than Shanghai’s bright shiny lights.” (Lizhang, Zhejiang Tour volunteer – August 2016)

“All kids no matter whether they are from migrant families or wealthy background should have the same rights to study. It’s good that the migrant kids can get more chances and better resources through NGO help.” (Education First staff member – Wuxi, Jiangsu Tour – November 2016)

“Sometimes I forget that I have a chance to be in a good school and have a good education. I realized that with so little you can make people happy.” (Lycee Francais student – Guangde, Anhui Tour – April 2017)

“My personal highlight of the trip was when the students who are very shy opened their heart to us and began to get involved in our lessons actively.” (Dengfeng, Henan Tour volunteer – June 2017)