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As the most populous nation in the world with an ancient and intriguing history, China has always fascinated foreigners. Even though it is an emerging political and economic superpower, China still has an extensive need of volunteers in its poorer areas. From volunteering in a hospital, to an orphanage, to teaching children English, there is a plethora of volunteer opportunities in China to suit your interests.
There are many ways to give back to the local Chinese community. While these are some of the most popular options, there is an infinite number of ways to volunteer.
Teaching English: Perhaps the most popular type of volunteering opportunity in China is teaching English for support from other foreigners in China.Teaching English in China mainly focuses on developing conversational English skills with Chinese students. With unprecedented economic growth in China, there is an exponentially growing need for English education. Unfortunately many "English" teachers in China have poor English vocabulary and thus there is a strong demand for native English speakers to help teach these classes.
Orphanage Work: China has many orphanages and thus there is a need for volunteers to work in orphanages. Volunteers help with chores around the orphanages and also play with and tutor the kids. Having volunteers there as a role models to young children is important as well.
Panda Conservation Work: Pandas are among the cutest and most intriguing animals, but unfortunately, they are also among the world's most endangered species. Volunteers in China have an opportunity to work on various panda reserves and participate in feeding and nursing, general maintenance and cleaning, and more.
Before heading to China, it is important that you check that you are up to date on the various vaccinations that you need to have. These include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and typhoid. If you must spend a lot of time in rural areas, it is also recommended that you get a vaccine for Japanese encephalitis. Fortunately, China isn't a particularly dangerous country and crime isn't too rampant. Check out MD Travel Health for more details.
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