Teach English or STEM at Summer Camps or Homestay Across Asia

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Teach English or your degree subject at summer camps or homestay placements across Asia with Abridge Academy! Inspire the next generation, experience the local culture, make new friends and explore Asia, all while gaining valuable work experience and a TEFL qualification.

All program options include:
- Free flights and accommodation
- Free orientation program, ad-hoc trips and cultural activities
- Free online, fully accredited TEFL course and certificate
- Three days free post-program accommodation in a city of your choice

Summer camp (£250 program fee, with scholarships available):
- 3-10 weeks English, STEM or Outdoor Adventure camp placement
- Optional free homestay week
- Placements available in China, Japan and Taiwan

Homestay (free):
- 5+ week homestay tutoring placement
- Free Chinese classes at a professional language school
- Offered all year round
- Placements available in China only (Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Shenzhen)

Highlights
  • Well funded - including flights and accommodation
  • Fully accredited TEFL training and certificate
  • Cultural workshops, activities and sightseeing trips
  • Free post-program trip with three days of accommodation in a city of your choice
  • Large group of participants from across the UK, Europe and America - meet new travel buddies!

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Reviews

9.57 Rating
based on 7 reviews
  • Benefits 9.1
  • Support 9.1
  • Fun 9.9
  • Facilities 8.4
  • Safety 9.6
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Joe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life-changing and eye-opening!

I had the most incredible time on a 6 week homestay in Hangzhou. I was very nervous before going, but I was very warmly welcomed by my generous host family, and it was a huge boost to my Chinese language skills and confidence. As my first time going to China, it was also fascinating to discover such a different culture. The organisers of my trip were so fun and friendly, committed to me having a good time, and I always felt safe. I particularly loved the free language lessons. I would recommend this trip to anybody who loves adventure and is drawn by Chinese culture.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Not having a phone and not knowing where to go to get picked up from the station! Totally my fault and me being silly, but I highly recommend that you get a Chinese SIM card (with data) as soon as possible after you arrive - your host family can help you.
Response from Abridge Academy

Hi Joe, thanks so much for your wonderful review - really appreciate it! I'm glad to hear you had a good time on the homestay program in Hangzhou and enjoyed the Chinese cultural experience and language classes :) Best of luck with the rest of your studies! Katie

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Vanessa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience ever!

Honestly I had such an amazing time doing the homestay programme with during the summer of 2019. My summer spent in Shenzhen resulted in a lot of personal growth because I was placed in an unfamiliar environment but I still had a lot of support both in China and in the U.K. (From Katie - the creator of the program) which allowed me to really flourish.

Communication with Abridge Academy
The communication was seamless. Katie was super fast at replying and was always willing to give me advice and ideas on how to overcome any obstacles I might have been facing. For example, the 11 year old I was looking after, like the majority of kids his age, wouldn’t always want to study. I had expressed this to Katie and she was very quick to suggest some ideas for me to try out, and checked in with me a week later to see how things were going.

Host Family
The host family was amazingly generous and were really understanding of cultural differences. They were always excited to include me in all their activities and truly wanted me to have an amazing time in China. What I liked was that my family was very transparent. Like every family, no one is perfect all the time you have some good days and not so good days (the former more often than not) but I appreciated that they weren’t being fake. I truly felt like they treated me like I was a member of their family not just because of how kind they were to me but because they were authentically themselves but still tried to make sure I comfortable.

QiXing Au pair
Abridge Academy connected me with QiXing Au Pair so they were my liaisons whist I was in Shenzhen and where I went to do my chinese lessons and with whom I went on monthly cultural outings. The staff were all very friendly to me and are available pretty much 24/7 if you need to chat or ask a question. They were super vital in helping iron out any misunderstandings between Aupairs and their host families because they understood the cultural stand points of both. It’s been a year since I was in Shenzhen and I’m still in communication with some of the staff members because they were genuinely friendly people.

MAJOR POINT TO REMEMBER:
This isn’t a holiday, don’t get me wrong, I got to do lotssssssss of things thanks to the generosity of my host family and through QiXing Aupair. But it was also hard work because I wasn’t used to entertaining a child all day. But honestly you just have to be patient with the child and ask them to be patient with you too. Every child is different and like adults they have many layers to their personality which are influenced by what they been exposed to so far in life. Having the patience to try to learn and understand your child/children’s layers is a MAJOR KEY. This experience had challenging moments but honestly it was one of the greatest times for me.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Sea cucumber, I will not be rushing to try it again 😂
Response from Abridge Academy

Hi Vanessa, thank you so much for your wonderful review - really appreciate your support! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us in Shenzhen - you were a fantastic participant and a true asset to the program, thank you for your great work! Wishing you all the best with your future plans :) Katie

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Amy
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best summer yet!

I was invited onto the programme in the summer of 2018 and taught in a school in Beijing for 5weeks. I loved how much we were immersed into the authentic Chinese experience with the food, games, entertainment and music! I made such good friendships with the other teachers and three years on, we're still in touch! But the best part by far was getting to spend so much time with such bright, passionate, enthusiastic (and often cheeky) kids! I would 1000% recommend this programme, I met amazing people, picked up some mandarin, travelled alone and in groups and took lots of photos with random strangers!!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have taken more photos and definitely visited more local restaurants! I didn't have nearly as much hotpot as I should have!
Response from Abridge Academy

Hi Amy, Thank you so much for your wonderful review - I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your time in Beijing with us and built such great friendships! Wishing you all the best with your future plans :)

Andrés
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a lifetime!

I participated in the Abridge EduCamp program in Beijing during the Summer of 2019. I applaud the efforts made to provide intercultural exchange with plentiful accommodations to help us work through cultural differences and language barriers. I taught children ages 6-10 for almost a month, creating lasting memories with them. I realized kids are so much fun to work with! I loved the incredibly supportive team working behind the scenes and I hope to be participating again in the near future!

In terms of social life, we had plenty of opportunities to bond with the other teachers we worked with. We ended up going on spontaneous outings into downtown Beijing, traveled throughout China together and we still keep in touch.

I fully recommend applying to participate in Abridge EduCamp, which will ensure you are rightfully looked after and have the best of times during your stay in China.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take the necessary materials needed to carry out your lessons but also be ready to adjust quickly and improvise when things don't go according to plan.
Response from Abridge Academy

Hi Andres, thanks so much for your lovely review! It's great to hear that you enjoyed your time with us in Beijing - you were a fantastic volunteer, thanks for joining us :) Wishing you all the best with your future plans ~Katie

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Mike
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great way to spend summer

I taught English at a summer camp in Beijing and I would really recommend this to anyone! Everything ran smoothly at the school with lessons and I was also able to make good friends with other English speaking teachers from around the world. Was a great way to experience Chinese Culture and have an essentially free trip away to Asia! We also had some time in which the school had organised for some teachers to stay with a pupil's family for a few day which was a great way to experience chinese family life.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would leave myself extra time at the end of the camp to explore more parts of China. The school showed us around Beijing, but there was so much more to see in the rest of tge country which I didn't have time to see any of.
Response from Abridge Academy

Hi Mike, thanks so much for your lovely review - great to hear you enjoyed your time at the Beijing camp! You were a fantastic volunteer on the program, wishing you all the best with your future plans :) ~Katie

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Olivia
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Homestay & Cultural Exchange Teaching Experience, 2019

My teaching experience at the school in Beijing that I was placed at was very positive overall. It was an incredible opportunity to make new friends through travelling and taking part in the fun cultural activities with the other teachers. It also gave me the opportunity to spend plenty of time with local people and see so much of the everyday culture and what China is really like, which I feel I would have missed out on if I came by myself purely for a holiday. The homestay programme was particularly good for this. There was plenty of time for sightseeing and exploring during the teaching programme which the participants really appreciated.

What would you improve about this program?
Slightly more information could have been given in advance about what to expect, but this aspect of the programme has since been improved following feedback from the 2019 group.
Response from Abridge Academy

Hi Olivia, thank you so much for your fantastic review - I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your time at the Beijing camp and found the homestay week an interesting insight into the local culture! Good luck with your studies and future plans :) ~Katie

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Niamh
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Beijing Summer Camp

I had so much fun at this summer camp. I was always laughing with other foreign teachers and having fun dancing with the kids. It was seriously an amazing six weeks.

Through this programme, I have travelled with a group of foreign teachers and hiked the Great Wall for the sunrise and taken many trips into the city to eat delicious street food.

It is so easy to make friends on this programme, everyone that went to the Beijing camp was lovely and there was always someone who wanted to travel or make plans. There was always something to do whether it was taking the bullet train to Tianjin or going to get bubble tea at 10 pm at the mall.

There were a couple of surprising moments, such as taking a Tuk Tuk for the first time and the driver not allowing me to close either of the back doors.

What was your funniest moment?
There were too many to count! Possibly when we were dancing a silly cat dance with the students at the carnival night.
Response from Abridge Academy

Hi Niamh!

Thanks so much for your great review, really appreciate it :) I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us in Beijing, and thank you for being such a fantastic volunteer!

Wishing you all the best with your studies and future teaching career!
Katie