• China
    • Shanghai
4 to 24 weeks
General grants/scholarships, Work exchange

Program Details

Age Min.
Age Max
Year Round
Apartment Host Family
Small Group (1-15)


Starting Price
Price Details
Price include:
Accommodation: shared accommodation/stay with a host family
Food: daily lunch
Mandarin classes
Airport-pick up and transfer
Orientation: Introduction to China, Culture and Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities, Introduction to Project and Placement, Sightseeing in Shanghai.
Support: countrywide 24/7 support
Monthly culture immersion activities
Insurance: Travel health insurance

NOT include:
Personal expenses
Visa application fees
What's Included
Accommodation Some Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Meals Some Meals Travel Insurance Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare SIM cards Transportation Visa
Sep 01, 2023
Dec 14, 2018
20 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Join our life-changing volunteer program and make a profound impact on the lives of deserving children at the Shanghai Aixing Home Children's Rehabilitation Center. As a volunteer, you'll be stationed at Shanghai Aixing Home Children's Rehabilitation Center, where children arrive seeking better medical treatment. Your dedication, love, and care can truly make a difference in their lives. By contributing your time and compassion, you'll play a pivotal role in their journey towards healing and progress.

Assist with daily operations, such as arranging games/art/music activities, play with the children and provide support for meals.
You will work closely with the professional team to implement specialized training procedures to address the specific challenges each child faces.

Preferred if you:
Background in Psychology; Healing Through Art; Music Talent; Consistency in Time; Patience and Empathy; Adaptability; Language Skills; Cultural Sensitivity.

Consider your impact: Volunteering abroad can be a rewarding experience for both volunteers and local communities, and at Go Overseas, we believe all volunteers should have the resources to make informed decisions about the type of volunteer project they want to partake in. However, despite best intentions, some organizations offering placements in orphanages may unknowingly place children in danger. You can read about the potential dangers of orphanage volunteering here. Learn more about how Wanderlust Exchange is promoting ethical volunteering.

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Ethical Impact

This volunteer program gives you the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of deserving children. Additionally, you will also have the opportunity to explore one of the most modern and exciting cities in China - Shanghai. As a volunteer, you will be stationed at an orphanage that is located in a children’s hospital. Children residing in this orphanage often arrive from other orphanages in more rural areas of China to receive better medical treatment. With your commitment, love, and care you have the chance to make a difference in their recovery.

Program Highlights

  • Mandarin classes (9hr/w)
  • Daily lunch & accomodation
  • Airport pickup & 24/7 support
  • Travel & health insurance
  • Cultural activities monthly

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Meaningful and Impactful Volunteer Experience with Wanderlust!

I had a wonderful experience volunteering through Wanderlust in Shanghai and hope others consider this as an option as they look for volunteer/abroad programs. As a young professional with a couple of months off from work, I was looking for a program that was both flexible with timing and impactful. When I came across Wanderlust's Orphanage program I was really excited by both the mission and the flexibility (ability to volunteer for 2-4 weeks vs. 2-4 months). The Wanderlust Program team was so patient and helpful as I navigated the application process and eventually arrived in China. Since I had some Chinese language background and had previously studied abroad in Shanghai, I was already culturally adjusted to living in China, but the Wanderlust team made it even more special by providing me with an additional community of volunteers and au pairs to get to know. The overall volunteer experience was really great. I spent three weeks with an orphanage located in a children's hospital in Shanghai. The staff at the orphanage were absolutely amazing, so kind, welcoming, and really cared about the children. While I was volunteering I mostly assisted with teaching one of the kids English, I also had the opportunity to join in on art and music classes with the other children. Overall, just a fantastic experience and I would have never known about it if I hadn't found Wanderlust. I hope to go back and volunteer again in the future!

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Response from Wanderlust Exchange

Dear Elizabeth,

Thank you so much for your lovely words and sharing your experience in volunteering in Shanghai.

It is such a pleasure to have an aupair like you, who is passionate about Chinese culture and gave so much love to those children in need.

We are happy for you that you enjoyed this experience.

We wish you every success in the furture!

Wanderlust Exchange

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