Summer Program

Stepping Stones continues to provide fun and interactive English lessons to migrant children in Shanghai during the summer months. During this season, many of the migrant children don’t have much to do with their days, as their parents are usually working, and many children are at risk due to lack of adult supervision. We try to run our Summer English teaching programs like a fun summer camp with lots of games and activities to engage the students in learning in a safe environment.

  • Summer Program

During the Summer, we need volunteers to take the roles of Site Coordinator, English Teacher and Substitute Teacher.  Please read about our different volunteer roles here. We also occasionally organize rural tours and short-term volunteering assignments during the Summer.


 Program Details

The Summer Program runs from the beginning of July through the end of August and is held at community centers around Shanghai.

From all our summer program volunteers, we ideally look for a minimum commitment of half a day per week (including travel and preparation time) for at least 3 weeks. Volunteers also have the option of teaching full time for a minimum of 1 week, but only during the first three weeks of July.

Please note that most of our teaching sites are in the suburbs, not in the down town areas. Stepping Stones can provide some assistance with travel costs where needed. On average, our volunteers travel 45-60 minutes each way to get to the community centres and teach 1-2 40 minute lessons at their site. Our staff will do their best to match volunteers to a program that fits their availability, location and other preferences, but we cannot guarantee a precise match for the availability and location of all volunteers applying.


Get involved in our Summer Program

  • Register online here, selecting the Summer Program.
  • Attend an Orientation and Training session at our office – find out more here.
  • Choose from the program sites offered to you post-training by the program coordinator
  • Start teaching!