Rural Placement Opportunities for the Adventurous Volunteer

Stepping Stones can organize individual rural volunteer placement opportunities for adventurous volunteers who want to become entrenched in China’s rural communities. Learn more about our diverse location options below.

  • Dengfeng, Henan 2017


  1. Rural public village primary school in Sangzhi, Hunan
  • Not far from the famous mountain range of Zhangjiajie, this rural school is situated in an old Chinese village bathed in green.
  • When: During school term times*
  1. Village in Fengxian, Jiangsu
  • Volunteers will teach English to primary and middle school children at a local’s home in a rural village. This placement provides the opportunity for volunteers to immerse in rural Chinese life, with the possibility for a home-stay.
  • When: Winter and summer school holiday breaksSpring Festival holiday (January or February) and summer holiday (July and August)
  1. Rural public village primary school in Lizhang, Zhejiang
  • Located in a picturesque old styled Chinese village, surrounded by the beauty of Zhejiang mountains, Lizhang school has many “left-behind” children who are eager to practice their English.
  • When: During school term times* and Summer holiday (July and August)
  1. Rural public village primary school in Dengfeng, Henan
  • Dengfeng, located at the foot of the Song Mountain, is home to the famous and historical Shaolin Temple. The children at both these schools lack English teachers and desire someone to spend time teaching them English.
  • When: During school term times* and Summer holiday (July or August)
  1. Rural village school in Luyi, Henan
  • Placed amongst the wheat fields in rural Henan, this school is in desperate need of volunteers to teach English to its students, many of which are boarding at the school.
  • When: During school term times*
  1. Private boarding primary School for “left-behind” children in Guangde, Anhui
  • Located in a special development zone, this school emphasizes English more than most schools. You would stay in a hotel in a small village near the school.
  • When: During school term times* and early July (for summer school)
  1. Rural village primary school in Jiangdu, Jiangsu
  • In a rural area of Jiangsu, not far from the famed city of Yangzhou, lies a school with many “left-behind” children who could use English assistance from our volunteers. The students are enthusiastic about learning English and would benefit from increased English speaking practice.
  • When: During school term times*
  1. Primary school for migrant children in Wuxi, Jiangsu
  • In the old city of Wuxi, volunteers would have a chance to teach at a migrant school where the children lack the opportunity to practice their spoken English and would be excited to have a fluent volunteer English teacher.
  • When: During school term times*

* Chinese school terms run from September to January and from February to early June.

Join one of these projects now!

Interested volunteers should fill out our online volunteer registration, indicating in the additional comments section the intended length, dates and location for a placement.

Any questions can be directed to our Volunteer Manager, Morgan Banaszek,

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