• China
    • Guilin

Program Details

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Price Details
You don't pay for a thing! We provide you accommodation and food from our cafeteria. If you choose to also take Chinese courses while volunteering, we'll even provide you with a discount.
What's Included
Accommodation Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Transportation Travel Insurance Visa
Dec 23, 2019
Nov 29, 2018
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About Program

Traveling to China on a budget? We've got you covered. Accommodation and food is on us!

We are Omeida Chinese Academy, located in China's secret mountain paradise: Yangshuo. Ever heard of it? Travelers who visit here are often baffled why its not the first stop for every visitor to China! This bustling small town sits between two rivers and beautiful ancient-look karst mountains as far as you can see.

Want to study Chinese while you're here? Volunteers who enroll in our Mandarin courses get a discounted rate on tuition, as well as volunteer hours cut in half!

1. Language Volunteer
-Chat with our English Language College students 1 on 1 or in groups as they practice their English
2. Marketing Volunteer
-Help with SEO, photo/video, web development, blog writing, etc. as we seek to reach students from abroad to come study at our amazing Chinese academy

Volunteers will work about 4 hours per day, M-F. Those who study Chinese will only volunteer 2 hours per day.

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Program Highlights

  • Rock Climbing
  • Hiking
  • Bamboo Rafting
  • Language Exchange

Program Reviews

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  • Academics 4.7
  • Support 4.7
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 4.35
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience volunteering at Omeida!

I stayed at Omeida Chinese Academy for one month volunteering in the marketing department. I had a really great time during my stay and I can only recommend Omeida to anyone interested in going to China!

As a volunteer I would work 4 hours in the mornings Monday-Friday, which was perfect as it gave me time to go explore Yangshuo and the beautiful countryside in the afternoons. During my stay my main task was to help prepare Omeida's summer camp program, which included contacting potential schools and designing a pricing flyer.

In return for my work, Omeida would provide free accommodation and food (lunch and dinner). The accommodation was very nice and only a 2 min walk from the school. Every week Omeida organizes social and cultural activities for volunteers and students (BBQ, karaoke, hotpot dinner etc.) which I would usually attend. It's a great opportunity to learn more about Chinese culture and get to know the other students studying at Omeida. The environment at Omeida is really nice, very relaxed and everyone is very friendly!

In the weekends I would usually go explore the surrounding countryside. Yangshuo has some of the most amazing scenery ever! There is lots to do and see, whether its exploring some of the hidden caves and waterfalls, going on bike rides in the countryside or hiking up one of the karst mountains to enjoy a breathtaking view of Yangshuo.

35 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

The best place to learn Chinese!

I came to Omeida twice, for 4 and 3 months because I really love the place and their method to teach Chinese at Omeida. The staff is very friendly, ready to help you, the lessons are in small groups, two - four people that is really good to talk a lot, to be free to ask questions.
I have lessons in the morning at 9:25, that is perfect, not too early or too late. I have free time in the afternoon so I can go cycling or swimming by the riverside, the landscape is amazing here! It`s the best place for relaxing and meditation!
You can also choose where to eat: in the school canteen or in the restaurants and cafes outside. Both are very nice as in the canteen it's faster and you have many different dishes and also you can talk with Chinese students who learn English at the school. But when you eat outside you can choose different restaurant every time and eat with locals, and practice your Chinese!
Volonteering program is also great because you can meet more Chinese Students learning English, make more friends and also save your money! I definitely recommend it!

37 people found this review helpful.
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Why I came back to Omeida

When I decided that I was going to continue my Chinese studies, it was not difficult to decide where to go - two years ago I had already spent one month at Omeida in Yangshuo, and I knew it would be the right place to go if I wanted to be sure to improve my Chinese.

First of all I just want to say that coming here was (again) completely worth it, and I would recommend it to anyone. I am already looking for a way to come back - and I am not the only one; many people here are returning students (so reunions with old friends are included in the Omeida experience haha) and many of my fellow students are also planning to come back or to continue their studies through online classes.

The main reason for this is probably that Omeida gives you both a great education and the right environment to learn in: the teachers are excellent, the classes are small, everyone is very welcoming, there is a very positive and open-minded atmosphere at the school, Yangshuo is absolutely beautiful to live in and to enjoy the outdoors, there is a nice social life in many different ways (from eating together to bike rides to drinking tea to partying and singing karaoke), you get to practice your Chinese all day every day…

The collaboration with the English school is a nice addition to this; there are many Chinese students studying English there, and the communal dinners, conversation classes and having a roommate lead to beautiful friendships and lots of cultural/language exchange.

So far, all my teachers have been amazing; they are very professional and kind. They use as much Chinese as possible during the classes, which gives you maximum learning opportunities. Their lessons are structured but also leave room for discussing questions that come up when living in China, and for focussing on topics that are especially relevant to you personally.

The school organises weekly culture classes which often introduce food, festivals or history, and weekly weekend activities such as wild water rafting, climbing mountains, doing pottery, and going to the Longsheng rice terraces. I also want to mention that they always responded to my messages really quickly.

You have the opportunity to volunteer 1 hour per day in exchange for free accommodation at the dormitory, or 2 hours per day in exchange for accommodation and food at the canteen. This makes studying at Omeida affordable for more people, and also gives you the chance to contribute to the school.

I can’t thank all the amazing staff at Omeida enough, hope we meet again soon!

33 people found this review helpful.

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