Volunteering Solutions offer an unmatched volunteering opportunity for gap year travelers at the disabled children’s Center in China, which is located in the south of Shanghai. The Centre accepts children with Cerebral Palsy. A child with Cerebral Palsy has trouble in controlling the muscles of his body. Normally, the brain tells the rest of the body exactly what to do and when to do it. But because of Cerebral Palsy, depending on what part of the brain is affected, a child might not be able to walk, talk, eat, or interact in the way other kids do. The children at the centre, generally, face more difficulties in learning, relaxing and playing than other children - and this is where you come in!! This is a truly worthwhile and rewarding volunteer program in China - Shanghai.
Volunteers will stay in the volunteer's flat after arrival and during induction course. This flat has shared rooms with showers and all basic modern amenities. After completing the induction course, most of the volunteers will move to dorms within the school premises. For those placements who doesn't provide accommodation, volunteers will stay in volunteer's flat till program ends.
For arrivals in Jan, note there is winter holiday from 16th Jan to 12th Feb, 2017. If your placement is during that period, please check with us and we will suggest you what kind of programs are available.
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We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to communicate with other participants.
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit the Meet a Volunteer section on our website.
We request the participants to apply well in advance to join the programs and submit the application after you have decided the program choice and location as well as the dates. Every program has limited availability and the sooner you apply, the better it is.
Usually, it takes around 10-12 working days for the application to be processed and placement to be confirmed. After the application is accepted, your placement document shall be updated in your account online and you can view the information in your account. The application acceptance depends on the availability of seats in the project as well as the eligibility criteria of the program (age, skills and experience etc.).
Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the beginning of the program.
Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.
The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
Participants must be in good health.
Yes, you are welcome to take part in any of the volunteering projects in Shanghai as part of a group. We mostly get a group of friends, high school, college/university etc. Volunteering in a group is not only productive but is more fun as well. You work more efficiently and feel safe while sightseeing.
In Shanghai, our programs start on Monday and Wednesday and volunteers need to arrive on the program start date. All volunteers are picked up from Shanghai International Airport or a hotel accommodation if they are already in Shanghai. Volunteers are picked up by the local coordinator or representative. If volunteers arrive at Shanghai one or more days earlier, she/he would book their own hotel. The local staff will pick up volunteers at a hotel on Mondays or Wednesdays. Pickup time is between 8 am – 5 pm. If you do not arrive earlier than 5 pm, she/he will book her/his own hotel that night and the staff will pick up at the hotel the next day. Volunteers will afford their own hotel fee and transport from airport to the hotel. The local staff can help volunteers to reserve the hotel which is nearby the office.
Receiving a Business Visa is the volunteer's responsibility. Volunteering Solutions strongly recommends all volunteers to apply and get a business visa before departing for China. If needed, Volunteering Solutions do provide with written document which would help volunteers in getting the Visa. Please note that Business Visa can’t be extended in mainland China. If volunteers’ Visa can’t cover the program, they can go to Hong Kong to get tourist Visa.
Shanghai Airport is one of the major international airports and is well connected by major international carriers from around the world. Some of the major flights operating from Shanghai are China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Emirates, British Airways, Qantas, Qatar Airways, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Air Canada, Virgin Atlantic and Turkish Airlines.
Shanghai is a fairly safe destination. Eateries, nightclubs etc. around Mao Ming Road and Ju Le Road are open till late in the night. Police cars are often seen guarding the tourist areas. However, we would advise our volunteers to not stay out late or indulge in the companies of total strangers. Avoid going out on drinking trips alone, stay with your group or consult your in-country coordinator.
Carry general medicines with you, other than that consult your doctor before flying. We recommend these basic vaccinations for your safety:
Hepatitis A and B
As such, there are no compulsory vaccination requirements.
Yes, for all participants it is mandatory to have a travel medical insurance. To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider.
Your country coordinator will take you to your placement and to the related contacts. The supervisor will introduce the volunteers to the related teachers after giving you a basic orientation about the program/city/culture etc.
Lightweight clothing and rainwear are recommended as well as warmer clothing for the evenings (light jacket and/or light sweaters). A pair of walking shoes is highly recommended as well.Most part of China is under monsoon climate of medium latitudes. So the seasons are distinct. During spring and autumn, you can wear some sweater, jackets, and sometimes T-shirts. During winter, it is quite cold, a winter coat is necessary. In summer, T-shirts are okay.
We provide you with accommodation from your start date to the end of the program. There are two accommodation types in China for our volunteers. One is the regular volunteers flat and the other one is the accommodation at the School. Accommodation is shared along with other volunteers/local teachers. You need to bring your own toiletries. Volunteers either get food or food allowance for working days depending on the type of project. Also, the volunteers flat has a fully functional kitchen, where volunteers can cook their own meals on the induction day.
For weekends, no food/ food allowance will be provided. Volunteers need to manage their own meals – you can either venture out or cook your own meal at the volunteer flat.
There is no phone available usually at the projects. Usually, internet is available in the placement and the volunteer flat. It is strongly recommended that you carry an unlocked mobile phone while traveling to China. You can simply buy a local sim-card from the airport when you arrive.But we will suggest you to buy the SIM card with local coordinator’s help during orientation day.
Yes, however, you must inform us in advance and also mention about any dietary requirement in your application form.
Volunteers have ample time to do sightseeing considering the fact that they have to put hours of volunteering work every day and weekdays are generally free. You can visit local markets in the evening and go on a short trip over the weekend. Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Garden, Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai French Concession, Shanghai Square, People’s Square etc. are some of the places you can visit in Shanghai.
Your program fee covers you for accommodation, airport pick-up, Orientation, Pre-departure information and in-country staff support. You will need to cover yourself for your personal expenses, such as traveling, telephone, the internet, shopping, sightseeing etc. However, you should carry around $70 - $80 per week for your basic personal expenses, such as water, local transport, phone etc.
Volunteer Solutions volunteers usually work for 10-15 lessons each week( time for each lesson depends on the arrangements of the placements). You will have the weekend off so you can go to travel on weekends. However, some organizations will need you to work on some Saturdays as well. Volunteers working in the disabled center project work for around 4-5 hrs in a day as well.
You can change money in any bank or at the airport by showing your original passport. There are ATMs located all around the city (in almost every city in China).
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