China

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I spent 6 weeks volunteering in China, working 2 weeks in a disability centre in Xi’an and the other 4, teaching in the city of Weinan.

David Zhou runs the program in China and I cannot stress enough how great he is as a program leader. Even before I arrived in China, David was always on hand to answer any questions or concerns that I had. This did not stop once I arrived either. Whether helping other volunteers to arrange post placement travel plans, recommending food to try, or helping us when we got lost, he always had time. As did his family. If you’re fortunate enough to stay at the home base in Xi’an, like I did for the first two weeks of my placement and every weekend thereafter, you’ll be welcomed with open arms from David and his family.

As you are pretty much given free reign in the placements, it can be difficult to know what to teach, what to include in lessons and how to get everyone involved. Whatever programme you opt for however, the support you will receive from the people around you is second to none, provided you’re not afraid to ask for help or guidance. The kids I worked with were extremely curious and sometimes a little shy, but all of them loved playing games and having fun. It was often a case of trial and error, but the kids enthusiasm and excitement at having you there definitely made teaching one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

It’s also quite difficult to sum up just how good the food in China is. Whether eating in the Muslim Quarter or dining at Jim’s (Ask David to take you), China knows how to turn ordinary food into something that’s unforgettable. It can however, take some getting used to. Food in the homestay is basic but lovely, and for the best Chinese dumplings in the whole of China, you need not leave the homestay.

All in all, I would certainly recommend the IVHQ China programme. It could be one of the most rewarding things you ever do!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: China
Posted: Jan 24, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
9

Gi2C China Internship

I will be direct. This company is a scam. They claim that 80% of their interns get job offers by Fortune 500 or MNC companies in China.This is BS. As one of their own former employees told me, they have NEVER had any of their interns placed with a Fortune 500 or MNC Company.

Also, after I did research at the below web sites I discovered that they fabricated (or bought) their "great reviews" and testimonials.

http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?681896-Gi2C-is-a-clever-China-interns...

http://www.scamorg.com/gi2c-org-38

http://eslwatch.info/forum/china/117-fraud-warning-gi2c-and-other-china-...

http://chinascampatrol.wordpress.com

http://antifraudintl.org/threads/beware-of-china-internship-visa-scams.9...

You will also notice in the last link that Gi2c tells its clients to lie on their visa application in order to get into China. Why? Because since 2013 Z visas are required for China internships and Gi2c is not licensed nor allowed by law to sponsor Z visas. Just google "Gi2c internship scams" and learn the truth about these crooks.

Program: Gap Year
Location: China
Posted: Nov 23, 2015
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Gi2C China Internship

Gi2C assistance was really good. I feel safe. They helped me in the application process, especially for the visa, every time I had questions, I could email to them, they responded really fast. I worked in “The World of Chinese”. Every day I was writing short and long blogs. That was really an ideal job for me, I loved it a lot, the research was kind of a challenge, because it’s different in China, with the web browsers you have to get used to, all the licensing, and how to manage the language, so that you don’t have to get and take it down from the websites, it’s an interesting thing to learn. I like the challenges.

Program: Gap Year
Location: China
Posted: Oct 14, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Gi2C China Internship

I believe that my trip to China was very valuable, personally. I have experienced a lot of the culture in the month that I was here and this part of the experience I very much enjoyed. The trips and activities organised by Gi2C were mostly the highlight of my time here, especially the Great Wall tour.
Professionally, I believe that 1 month here, was too short. I don't think I had enough time to prove myself in the Law Firm and therefore the tasks reflected the fact that they didn't know much about me besides what was written on my C.V.
The people I have met here have been amazing!! It has definitely been a culture shock but I would recommend this programme to anyone looking for an adventure!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: China
Posted: Sep 30, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Gi2C China Internship

The program was great, everything went smoothly for me. Gi2C was very organized and was able to help me with various different issues in Shanghai. The only flaws I would say is that, there aren't too much work at the internship, the job can be quite dull.

Program: Gap Year
Location: China
Posted: Sep 30, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Gi2C China Internship

It was rather hard at first to get around the city, but I am now more comfortable with taking the subway and bus. The staff has been very supportive and helpful. Overall it was a great experience, both with GI2C and on my own.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: China
Posted: Sep 30, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

Gi2C China Internship

I've been here for 2 weeks, my daily job is searching some information about spain immigranting. And sometimes I will do translation. I think the working environment is well, I have chance to speak English, however, it's not very satisfied. I would like to do something interesting and can learn something new. But I'm enjoy it~

Program: Gap Year
Location: China
Posted: Sep 30, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
8
Value:
8

Gi2C China Internship

I have enjoyed my time in China, being in Beijing is definitely an experience and I have visited some great tourist destinations on my days off, but unfortunately in terms of my internship I have not gotten much out of it at all.

Program: Gap Year
Location: China
Posted: Sep 30, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
9

Gi2C China Internship

It’s reassuring to know Gi2C staff are available anytime. Whenever you need support, you’ll get it. Gi2C helps with all things related to moving to a new place such as finding accommodation and an internship placement and making sure that everything’s going well. I would recommend Gi2C to my friends.

Program: Gap Year
Location: China
Posted: Sep 29, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

Travellers Worldwide

I found I was given very little information that i needed. I didn't know which school I would be going to let alone what grade I would be teaching. This was very frustrating since I knew so little about the area or the teaching style, as someone who had never taught before, so i couldn't really prepare.

This involved me doing all my own visa work, although i was reimbursed.

The project staff for the most part made little effort to interact with me and I had to be very self-reliant at times. And the teaching was organised but I had very little flexibility to teach anything myself or in the style that i wanted. Because the teachers would tell us to teach from a pretty poor government textbook and would also severely punish the kids who failed to reach the top of the class or the ones who talked in class.

I didn't feel comfortable coming to travellers and explaining my problems whilst I was there. I felt very insecure as it seemed like the in-country staff very much took the side of the school, rather than supporting me in any issue that occurred.

So after one or two problems which remained unsolved I ended up doing it myself.

The in-country manager was Jack Liu who did manage to help organise me transport to and from the airport. Aside from this he gave me little support and only emailed a handful of times to ask how i was doing. Me and the other volunteers simply ended up organising our own travelling as his suggestions were mostly unhelpful.

The accommodation had pieces of scrap in the kitchen including empty gas canisters, as well as being generally dirty when i arrived. It was located on campus and I did manage to get wi-fi from a kind neighbour but those were the only real positives. The washing machine was broken and I really would have appreciated a better induction.

Yes, I think travellers should make more of an effort to interact with their volunteers, whether through their in-country staff or not. We shouldn't have to come to them, we're paying them for '24-hour support.'

Furthermore they should spend more time with their in-country staff and at their locations because the one i encountered was pretty awful and i doubt would have been suggested had one of the staff visited.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: China
Posted: Sep 11, 2015
Overall:
3
Support:
1
Value:
5

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