The Disabled Care Volunteering Program in China is an opportunity for gap year travelers to make a difference in the lives of children and adults suffering from mental disabilities. The program placement is set up in a charity for Mentally challenged in Beijing. They mainly provide services and help for mentally disabled children and adults in the community. The mission of the charity is to spread the model of community-based services and improve the quality of the lives of people with mental disabilities. The volunteer for disabled care program is located at two separate centers in the city. These are;
A) Rainbow team (12 - 15 students)
At this center, the students are in the age group of 8-16 years. Some students are orphans while some come from a poor family. But all of the students suffer from different mental disabilities. They have outside activities in the morning and inside teamwork in the afternoon. It’s located in a residential building in Tiantongyuan community. The volunteers can take subway to the charity easily from the accommodations.
B) Three-color workshop (17-20 students)
At this placement, students are adults from different age groups. The students learn how to make handicrafts and paintings. The training helped them in providing with an employment opportunity. There are also some other activities such as hutong tour, painting exhibition, and dance or song performance for visitors from all over the world. The volunteers can take subway to the charity easily from the accommodations.
Joining the disabled care volunteer program is a different experience for gap year travelers, which is challenging on one side and provides a lot of learning and mental satisfaction on the other side.
As a volunteer working in this project, you will be asked to help in a wide range of activities at the centers depending on the age group of children and the needs of the project. Volunteer, typically, will be required to execute the following tasks;
Volunteers joining the disabled care volunteer program in China, Beijing is required to follow a basic routine on a daily basis. This covers everything from meals to volunteer work and back. A generic daily schedule for volunteers is as follows;
Volunteers need to manage their meals on own cost. There are a series of food options available in an around the volunteer accommodation as well as the placement center.
The same volunteer work schedule continues for the coming weeks
Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating in.
Volunteering Solutions ensures that all our international volunteers are provided the utmost comfort so that they can have a home away from home experience while working with us. We ensure that your stay, meals and other personal requirements are looked after well.
Volunteers are picked up from the Beijing Capital International Airport by the local coordinator or representative arranged by the coordinator. Pickup will be provided between 8am - 5pm only.
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a youth hostel within the heart of Beijing. Featuring a terrace, a restaurant and a bar with a pool table, the hostel is within walking distance of Beijing Shifan and Youdian University. It is a 10-minute walk from Jishuitan Metro Station and 3.2 km from The Drum Tower. The Youth Hostel has free Wi-Fi available for its guests.The Youth Hostel is 4 km from Beijing Zoo and Beijing Exhibition Center. It is about 4.8 km from Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Olympics Sports Center. Participants are provided accommodation on same gender sharing dorm style rooms with attached toilets and showers.
All volunteers are provided with an orientation by the local coordinator before starting their project work. The Orientation session covers areas like local transportation , volunteer safety , project introduction and local markets.
Meals are not included as part of the program fee and participants need to purchase their own meals. While at the project you can have meals with the local staff and children. When outside you will have the opportunity to savour the delectable Chinese cuisine and explore the different restaurants and food joints in the city.
Volunteers are free on weekends and have time to explore the city and its tourist areas. Beijing has an efficient public transportation system which includes the subway , buses and taxis. The most popular tourist spots areTianamen Square, Great Wall of China (1.5 hour bus ride from the city) , Forbidden City , Temple of Heaven , National Museum, Summer Palace and Silk Market.
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