Volunteer Opportunities

English Teaching Programs:

Other Programs:

 


English Teacher

Time commitment: minimum of 8 weeks teaching in a full semester. A typical full semester will last around 3-4 months; Spring semester starts in Feb/March, Summer semester starts in July and Autumn semester starts in Sept/Oct. Volunteers are expected to commit to half a day per week (including commute and lesson preparation time).

Commute: 45-90 minutes each way

Transport: Stepping Stones can assist with reasonable transportation costs if needed and agreed in advance

Requirements: Fluent or native level of English; interest in communicating the English language to new learners. Enjoy interacting with children. Good oral Chinese skills a plus but not essential.

Our English teachers are responsible for creating and delivering English language lessons to students between the ages of 6 and 15. Class sizes vary depending on the program, but can be as big as 50-60 students and lasting anywhere between 35-90 minutes each, so volunteers should be energetic and committed. Due to large class sizes, our teachers are always paired to teach with at least one other volunteer. Placing volunteers into English teaching teams helps all students in these large classes to understand new material, participate in the lesson and follow the classroom rules.


Substitute Teacher

Time commitment: when available, half a day when needed (including commute and lesson preparation time) during the Spring, Summer and Autumn Semester.

Commute: 45-90 minutes each way

Transport: Stepping Stones can assist with reasonable transportation costs if needed and agreed in advance

Requirements: Good level of English; interest in communicating the English language to new learners; enjoy interacting with children

Substitute teachers can be volunteers from regular programs or others who would like to volunteer but are not available on a regular basis. We need substitute teachers to stand in, sometimes with short notice, when regular volunteers are unable to teach their class.


English Tutor

Time commitment: Half a day per week (including commute and preparation time) , mostly on Saturdays, and a minimum of one school term (3-4 months)

Commute: 45-90 minutes each way

Transport: Stepping Stones can assist with reasonable transportation costs if needed and agreed in advance

Requirements: Good level of English with strong oral Chinese a plus; interest in communicating the English language to new learners

Tutors are needed mainly for our tutoring programs held at community centers. Tutors work with small groups of 2-6 students at a time. Sometimes they help the students with their homework and other times they lead English activities/games. Chinese language skills are a plus. Often our tutors are high school students, but adult volunteers can become a tutor as well, or assist with the site coordination.

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Videolink English Teacher

Time commitment: 2-3 hours per week (including lesson preparation time) and a minimum of one school term (3-4 months). Teaching schedule is flexible based on volunteers and students availability. Volunteers living overseas can also sign up!

Requirements: Fluent or native level of English; interest in communicating the English language to new learners; 16 years old and above; technically competent. Good oral Chinese skills a plus but not essential.

Videolink English teachers teach English through the internet to left-behind children in rural China between the ages of 6 and 15, providing an efficient and sustainable way of reaching more disadvantaged groups in remote areas. Class sizes vary depending on the program, but are generally small (around 10 students). Please go here for more information about this program.


Computer Teaching Assistant

Time commitment: 5-6 hours per week (including commute and preparation time) , and a minimum of one school term (3-4 months), weekdays only.

Commute:  90 minutes each way (Jiashan, Zhejiang Province, starting September 2016); may be less during Summer program in Shanghai

Transport: Stepping Stones will cover transportation costs

Requirements: Native Chinese-speaker with English fluency a plus;  technically competent; strong interest in teaching computer- and life-skills to middle-school students (grades 6-9: ages 12-15)

Teaching Assistants are needed to assist our full-time computer teacher to deliver innovative computer skills and life-skills training to small groups of around 10-12 middle school students in migrant schools in Jiashan, Zhejiang Province (and in community centres in the suburbs of Shanghai during the Summer).

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I Care Volunteer

Time commitment: at least 1 specified half-day during school hours and term time (Sept-Jan and Mar-June); availability for a 2 hour training prior to this half day event

Commute: 45-90 minutes each way

Requirements: Fluent Chinese speaker; interest in educating children about good eye care

Stepping Stones trains groups of volunteers to deliver an interactive and fun 35 minute lesson on eye care to all the students at every school where we do eye screening and spectacle donation. Volunteers will work in teams of 2 or 3 to present good eye care techniques to the students. Volunteers are also needed on occasion to help with hospital eye screenings and delivery of the spectacles at the schools.

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Rural Group Tour Volunteer

Time commitment: Participation in the full tour period (from 2-3 days over a weekend to 6 days for a week tour), Rural tours are scheduled when enough interest is collected.

Cost: Varies according to length and location of tour.

Requirements: Good level of English with strong oral Chinese a plus; interest in communicating the English language to new learners; positive and enthusiastic attitude; be in good health.

Stepping Stones leads weekend and week-long rural volunteering group tours to rural schools with migrant, ‘left-behind’, orphan and rural children. As a rural tour volunteer you will teach oral English classes to primary and/or middle school students. Volunteers usually teach four 40 minute classes each day, and class sizes vary from 30 – 50 students. Our next group tour dates will be advertised here.

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Rural Individual Volunteer

Time commitment: minimum two weeks during the school term time and during the summer holiday.

Location: Partner schools in rural China (Jiangsu, Anhui, Zhejiang, Henan, Hunan, Gansu, Guizhou Provinces)

Cost: Stepping Stones can cover accommodation and domestic transport costs. Volunteers are responsible for meal, insurance, visa and international transport costs.

Requirements:  Fluent level of English; strong oral Chinese is a plus; interest in communicating the English language to new learners; interest in rural China; be in good health.

Please go here for more information about this program.

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Non-teaching Volunteer Roles

Time commitment: when available, at least one day (eight hours) per week

Location: Stepping Stones office in Changning District or our project sites

Requirements: Good level of English with strong oral Chinese a plus; interest in working in the non-profit sector and promoting the mission of Stepping Stones

Not all of our volunteers need to teach. If you prefer to volunteer in other ways, Stepping Stones is always interested in volunteers who can help with a whole range of tasks including routine office work, fundraising, website and graphic design, social media, marketing, translation, writing, IT, finance, photography, video documentation and more!

 

If you think you could help out in another way, please let us know!