Join our Mandarin Language Course in China, and surround yourself with native speakers while you learn and practice the language. Living in China is one of the best ways to learn Mandarin, and you’ll get a deeper insight into the culture at the same time. You’ll have classes with an experienced language teacher, which will be tailored to your exact level. You can study full-time, or combine an add-on course with one of our projects.
Speaking Mandarin is a valuable skill in today’s world. The Chinese economy is growing rapidly, and their influence on business worldwide is significant. So, learning Mandarin could help you with your future career. It will also be useful if you’re doing volunteer work or an internship with us, or if you’re planning on travelling throughout China.
You’ll live in a shared apartment in one of two bustling cities in China. There will be plenty of time to enjoy sightseeing, eat your weight in dumplings, and best of all, practice your newly learned Mandarin skills!
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 021 234 8002 for more info.
When you apply you only pay €295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 021 234 8002 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Visa support and advice
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
The project runs all year round, you can start on any day, and it’s fully supervised. So all you need to do is decide on some dates, complete our booking form with a £195 deposit and we’ll take care of the rest.
What will I do during my Mandarin Language Course?
The activities you will be involved in will depend on whether you choose a standalone course, or study while doing a project. Here is what you can expect to do:
- Learn Mandarin from a qualified teacher at a local language centre
- Immerse yourself in Chinese culture by talking with the locals and exploring the sites
- Assist with volunteer or internship work by combining your language course with another project
Here are the focus areas for this project:
You’ll have Mandarin lessons with qualified teachers. Your classes are tailored to suit your skill level. You can ask the teacher to focus on specific topics you’re interested in, and they’ll help you with pronunciation.
You can choose to study full-time, or through an add-on course that you can combine with one of our projects. Our standalone course will provide you with 15 hours of tuition a week. The add-on courses can be taken for 5, 14, or 30 hours of lessons.
Being in China to learn Mandarin gives you the chance to study with a native speaker, and practice with different native speakers from all walks of life. In your free time, we encourage you to speak to as many people as possible to improve your conversation.
You can order your next meal at a Chinese restaurant, have a chat with the local tour guides, or haggle with traders at nearby markets!
Assist with valuable volunteer projects
You can join one of our language add-on courses if you sign up to volunteer or intern on one of our projects in China. You can work at a law firm, shadow doctors in a regional hospital, and more.
This language course will make working with local Mandarin speakers easier. They will also respect the effort you have gone through to communicate with them in their own language.
Where in China will I be studying?
You’ll learn Mandarin at a language centre in Chengdu.
Situated on the outskirts of China, Chengdu has a more peaceful, traditional atmosphere than the major cities. The quieter lifestyle will make it easier for you to interact with the locals on a more personal level. This will give you a chance to practice when ordering a drink at a tea house, or eating lunch at a cafe.
You’ll study Mandarin at a language centre in Shanghai.
With over 25 million people living within its borders, Shanghai is the perfect city to practice your newly acquired skills. There is plenty to do and lots of opportunities to practice during your free time. You can haggle with traders at the local markets, or try and order your food in Mandarin at local restaurants.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Meet the team in China
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