• China
    • Kunming

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Apartment Host Family


Price Details
Free volunteer placement, $99/week optional room and board with Minds Abroad. See more details on our website.
Feb 08, 2017
Feb 20, 2013
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About Program

In our free volunteering program, students can help provide informal education and vocational skills that disadvantaged children need to get jobs and make a better future for themselves. Meeting people from other countries can also help foster in them a curiosity about the world outside China. For volunteers, working with people from minority groups will be a culturally enriching experience as these groups are rich in their own traditional culture even though they haven't been able to benefit from the economic development that has affected the rest of the nation. Our volunteer work led us to be selected as a Top 10 Program by the US State Department and the Center for Citizen Diplomacy in 2010.

By working directly with the local community, students will have an excellent opportunity to learn about a new culture and to practice Mandarin with native speakers if they already speak a little or to learn a few key phrases if they have never studied the language before.

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.

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I volunteered at two locations while I was overseas with Minds Abroad: one was at an educational center for autistic children, and the other was teaching English to young kids at a school. Both experiences were fun, eye-opening, and I believe very beneficial to the kids. Minds Abroad staff actually took the bus with me to the school where I taught English on the first day so that I would know exactly where it is, how to get there myself, and get me situated with the adults working there! Personally, I found teaching English to be a slightly better experience.

What would you improve about this program?
I wish that I had received more advice about teaching English before I was put in the classroom. This really wasn't a big problem, because I figured it out relatively quickly. These are young kids -- make English fun! They're more likely to be cooperative learning "play basketball!" and making a motion like they're shooting a basketball than they will be if you try to teach them strictly practical things, even if they're basic, like "How are you?", "Tomorrow is Thursday", etc. As I said, this was minor, and I highly, highly recommend the program!
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Response from Minds Abroad

Dear Matthew,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your volunteer experiences online. We are so happy that you like our volunteer program in Kunming with Minds Abroad! Your feedback on the volunteer preparation is really helpful, we will give our students advices and guidance before they begin teaching to make sure that they can adjust the volunteer work better. Thanks again for your suggestion! We would love to see you again.

Minds Abroad

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