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China Summer Camp

China Summer Camp

Discover the magical historical ambiance of this wonderful city, whilst inspiring local children at our fun and interactive summer camp!

Prices from $545

For a true cultural adventure travel to the far east to the ancient and seductive city of Xiamen, where you will find a world of exquisite palaces, carefully observed manners and customs, perfectly preserved pagodas perched over convoluted town vistas and painstakingly prepared dishes of carefully spiced delicacies. Those who visit this rapidly growing tiger economy will delve into a fascinating world of big business tinged with the strange mystique of the ancient Chinese heritage.

As you discover the magical historical ambience of this fascinating part of China, inspire local children by leading them in fun activities, cultural exchange and improving their conversational English, developing your own leadership and creative teaching style, whilst building your confidence and experience at the same time. Volunteer in China for an adventure that will give you a real taste of this intriguing culture so different from your own, gain valuable experience and enjoy an unforgettable time that will stay with you forever!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Develop leadership skills
  • Immerse yourself in true Chinese culture
  • Teach English to friendly & lively children

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age 18 years
  • Applicants are required to submit up-to-date resume and copy of passport 

FAST FACTS

Location Xiamen, China
Activities Assist the camp tour leader
Helping coordinate summer camp activities
Developing your leadership skills
Work to improve the students conversational English
Sightseeing
Transport Pick-up from the airport
Transport to the project site
Accommodation Volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
In-country Food
Accommodation
Project orientation and training
Airport pick-up
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

China is the fastest growing economy in the world and the goverment is eager to enhance the cultural awareness of it's next generation. Key to this are the summer camps which run between July and August where school groups travel from the surrounding region to participate on weekly sightseeing and cultural immersion activities. As China's economy grows and changes from centrally-planned to market-oriented, its people are eager to learn the skills necessary to be successful in a country of ever-expanding opportunities, a key part of which is developing conversational English ability.

The children are eager to learn and are a pleasure to work with. You will help the Camp Counsellor develop and deliver fun and engaging activities for the children as well as guide them on local sightseeing tours, whilst continually improving their English skills. You'll quickly make friends for life and you'll have ample opportunities to learn Chinese as you attend local festivals and explore this fascinating country with your local hosts.

Your help can give children a sense of confidence, encourage their enthusiasm and ambition, and improve their opportunities for the future.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

You will be working alongside the camp coordinators helping to prepare and coordinate the arrival of school groups. Each school group will join the summer camp for one week, with consecutive weeks following the same standard itinerary. A basic itinerary can be as follows:

Day 1

Arrival day and orientation of the students followed by a welcome dinner and party.

day 2

Day two will be down to you to create and plan. We are looking for you to engage the students in cultural exchange, encouraging them to speak in English and supporting them where necessary. You may wish to do this through a presentation about yourself and where you come from or through fun and interactive games and activities.

day 3

On day three you will head out with the group to explore the local area.

day 4

Back in Xia'men you will guide the students on a visit exploring various museums, the city  and the sights.

day 5

Today can start bright and early with fun and games, followed by a crafty afternoon learning the art of cloisonne, which is the ancient Chinese art of decorating metalwork. This will give you a chance to work with the children on a one-to-one basis as you help them with their individual projects.

day 6

It's back to base camp and another opportunity for you to lead todays activites. You will have the freedom to create fun and interactive sessions and games for the children to develop their learning. Refer to your Frontier TEFL Handbook for some innovative ideas!

The day will finish with a farewell bonfire party for the children.

day 7

On the final day it's time to say goodbye to your group and prepare for the new arrivals.

As well as this you may have the opportunity to help with extracurricular activities which will vary extensively depending on your personal skills, interests and initiative! Whatever you decide, you are sure to gain huge satisfaction from inspiring these  children, whilst enhancing your own skills, qualifications and experience significantly.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met upon arrival at Xiamen international airport by a friendly member of in-country staff and escorted to your accommodation.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying in a simple, clean and comfortable volunteer house with all the basic facilities. Rooms will typically be shared with two beds and an attached bathroom, and there will be a self service washing machine on site.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Food will be provided either in your accommodation or at your place of work. This is likely to include fabulous tasty local cuisine, as well as perhaps some familiar Western food. If you choose to get out and try some of the tempting traditional delicacies that are on offer, look out for Peking duck, light and crispy dim sum, Shandong chicken, and other meats flavoured with delicious fresh local ingredients such as garlic, ginger and leeks.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

You'll find plenty to do whilst on your summer camp project in China. The region is a pleasant mix of both the old and the new, and throughout its tree-lined streets you'll find ancient, weather-worn temples alongside modern bars and street cafes. Should you wish, we can organise tours of the region for you including a range of adventure and cultural activities. If you prefer to explore these sites for yourself, our field staff can offer valuable insider tips and lots of guidance. There really is an adventure round every corner in this unique Asian hub!

COSTS

2 weeks $545

3 weeks $695

6 weeks $995

DEPARTURE DATES

Regularly.

PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY WHEN APPLYING FOR THIS POPULAR PROJECT!

DURATION

2 weeks, 3 weeks or 6 weeks

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
  • FREE Frontier TEFL Certificate if 20 hours of teaching completed

In-country

  • Two or three meals a day
  • Accommodation
  • Project orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Xiamen (XMN)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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