Rural Individual Volunteering

Dive deep into rural China, while participating in a rural individual volunteer placement with Stepping Stones!

  • Dengfeng, Henan 2017


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


Key Information:

  • Minimum of two weeks (classes Monday to Friday)
  • During school term time (September-January, February-June) or summer holidays
  • Teaching 3-4 (40 min) lessons during weekdays
  • Class size: approximately 40-60 students
  • Rural school or community center



Migrant, ‘left-behind,’ and/or rural children


Location options:

Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Henan, Hunan, Gansu, Guizhou, Sichuan, Jiangxi.

Provided by Stepping Stones:

  • Accommodation and domestic transportation costs
  • Online Orientation
  • Placement Briefing
  • Teacher Training
  • Access to teaching resources (example lesson plans, flashcards, game ideas, etc.)
  • Liaison with partner school or organization



  • 18 years or older
  • Individually arrange and pay for visa, insurance, meals, any international transport, etc.
  • Speak English fluently


Get involved:

Register as a volunteer here. In the additional comments section, please indicate your interest in rural volunteering, your available dates and location preference.

After registration all volunteers must complete our online Orientation, submit their resume, sign a supplementary volunteer agreement, and participate in an interview. This process will determine adequate volunteers for this program and those accepted will attend a briefing and training session and we will confirm dates and location for placement.

For more information and questions regarding this program, please email our Volunteer Manager, Morgan Banaszek, at


Volunteer & Partner Testimonials:

“Stepping Stones allows volunteers to enjoy an enriching experience with children from rural China and to explore the difference between Chinese cities. I learned to prepare a course, explain and teach it to the students.” (Sebastien Brion – Luyi, Henan – June 2018)

“I experienced how much power a teacher could have over his/her students so that being a teacher implies great responsibility. I want to dedicate myself to the education sector in the future.” (Zhou Luoyi, Yuzhong, Gansu – EGRC – July 2018)

“Volunteering with EGRC and Stepping Stones allowed me to see firsthand the transformational and life-changing value of education. I had a fantastic time and experience and would highly recommend it to anyone considering it!” (Emmelyn Wu – Longxi, Gansu – EGRC – July 2018)

“The highlight was on the last day when a student asked us if we could come next year. That was when I felt I succeeded as a teacher.” (Nevile Wang – Qiuzhuang, Jiangsu – July-Aug 2018)

“For me, I learned how to deal with kids. Before I always thought they are annoying, but now I find them cute and smart. For the kids, I think it’s good for them to have a relaxing learning environment and a friendly teacher, because they are too stressed out at school.”  (Nevile Wang – Qiuzhuang, Jiangsu – July-Aug 2018)

“The training I received beforehand really helped me. I was feeling kind of nervous because it was the first time for me to ever teach children, let alone teach children English in a foreign country. But during the training I was given tips to help me make the children behave, ideas about games I could play during class. It brought me a lot of joy and also a sense of pride when students could answer my questions, especially when I tested them by asking somewhat difficult questions.” (Hannelore Vervoort – Sangzhi, Hunan – April 2017)

 “The consideration of the staff at the school and the welcoming I received is beyond what I could have expected. Everyone did more than their best to make me feel welcome and at home. I could really tell that everyone appreciated me being there, they were so excited – both students and teachers! The students loved having me there. I have never received that much love in that short period of time. I got to sign autographs, I received too many gifts, they wanted to hug me, they wanted me to play with them, they said hello every time they saw me even if they had greeted me two minutes earlier, they kept on asking when I would teach their class and they got so excited when they were having English classes. It felt great to be that appreciated and it was pure joy having classes with them!” (Ophelia Fardad – Lizhang, Zhejiang – November 2016)

“I didn’t really know what to expect or didn’t really think much of what I should expect. I was surprised with Henan. You can still feel traditions you can’t easily grasp in the big cities. People are friendly, open and very curious. Our students were always playing with huge bugs, which made me smile a lot.” (Isabelle Roske – Dengfeng, Henan – July 2017)

 “If you are considering taking part in a Volunteer Placement with Stepping Stones, definitely do it! The experience will offer a completely new view on China, give you the chance to make a very real difference to the lives of ambitious students, and be one of the most rewarding and inspirational things you do.” (Helen Roxburgh – Longxi, Gansu – August 2017).