Volunteers are required in many parts of China to work with pre-school children. These civilian-run kindergartens cater to children from 2 - 6 years of age. There are generally 200 children attending each kindergarten, and class sizes often range from 20 - 25 pupils.
Volunteers will teach alongside local staff members and often with another volunteer in the class. Lessons are generally a combination of teaching from the standard textbooks and on occasion volunteers can design their own lessons. As can be expected, games always go down extremely well too.
Much of the emphasis will be on confidence-boosting, particularly in English conversational skills and pronunciation. By adopting a blend of strategies, from playing games and working from the standard textbook, volunteer teachers can hugely enrich the language-learning which their Chinese pupils gain.
Whether in Shanghai or in Jiangsu Province, volunteers can expect work for 6 to 8 hours per day.
Volunteer duties may include:
Arranging games and activities
Helping the students to look after themselves
Teaching the students basic English
Helping the staff at the centre to design the curriculum
Volunteers can also get involved behind the scenes, designing the centre's website, updating the information and writing reports and articles for it.
NOTE: This program has a two week minimum and is available year-round. Volunteers must arrive on Mondays or Wednesdays.