• China
    • Beijing
4 to 12 weeks
Project Types
Family Teaching ESL

Program Details

Age Min.
Host Family


Starting Price
Dec 27, 2019
Nov 24, 2018
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About Program

Become a conversation volunteer in China with Cultural Homestay International's World Explorers! This unique program pairs volunteers up with a host-family in China giving them the opportunity to learn about Chinese culture and traditions while volunteering their time teaching English to their host-families. Placements are made throughout China, and volunteer are asked to be open-minded about opening up to a new culture. Recent placements have been in Beijing, Shenzen and Shanghai.

On a weekly basis, volunteers will be asked to provide a maximum of 15 hours of English lessons a week. During your free time, you are free to explore China and explore one of the oldest nations rich with culture and history. Visit the CHI website to learn more about the conservation volunteer program in China.

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Program Highlights

  • Get room and board in exchange for teaching English to your host family for 15 hours per week!
  • Learn Mandarin.
  • Make new friends and have fun.
  • Safe Travel option.
  • 24-hour in-country support.

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Program Reviews

4.67 Rating
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  • Impact 4.7
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Value 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

A New Adventure in Beijing

I participated in the World Explorer program this summer through CHI in Beijing, China. I was in Beijing for 33 days and loved every second. I didn't want to leave! My host family was amazing and brought me to the Great Wall of China and the Summer Palace. I also participated in family gatherings and experienced what barbecuing is like in China. I've never eaten so much food at one time!
I met up with two other World Explorers and visited Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, hutongs, and explored many parts of Eastern Beijing. Getting lost was all part of the plan as we met many amazing Chinese families more than willing to help us find our way and showed us to great places for food and drinks. The one thing I miss the most about Beijing is the subway. I never used public transportation until I arrived in Beijing.
As I am back home in the states, I still stay in contact with my host family through WeChat. If everything pans out, I'll be visiting my host family next summer. I cannot wait!

What would you improve about this program?
This program is a pretty well-oiled machine. The only thing I wish I had was a language buddy right away to help me as English isn't widely spoken.
88 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

ECVA in Beijing, China

I went to China with ECVA for a month last summer. I had already been to China twice on high school trips and had taken 6 years of Mandarin classes so I already relatively had a good handle on the language. I still ended up having a lot to learn and managed to improve my language skills in a way I wouldn't have in the classroom.

I lived with a family in Beijing that had a 6 year old boy that was already learning English in school. My lessons with him quickly became very informal (at his parents' request). Most days we would play or go somewhere with his parents and speak as much English as possible.

ECVA also set me up with language classes during the week, which I would suggest. Even though the other students were a lower skill level than me, it was a great way to meet other English speakers. I ended up becoming good friends with my classmates and hanging out with them a lot.

What would you improve about this program?
Overall I would definitely recommend it if you are interested in going to China. ECVA has a lot less structure than a lot of other study abroad programs (and it is more difficult because of that), but the amount of freedom you are given also makes it much more interesting.
97 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

English conversation volunteer

I am an English teacher here in my country. Here I teach English and in my country from the root level of education English is compulsory. So, sometimes we have to face problem in the village area where pronunciation difficulties are the main problem and another one is the lack of practical environment. But we overcome it day by day practice.

What would you improve about this program?
I have no problem if necessary to change anything.
88 people found this review helpful.

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