In Xi’an, you teach English lessons to secondary or university students with all levels of language abilities. Use texts, games, stories and your own creativity to make the English lessons your own! You’ll often teach alongside a Chinese English teacher, but you may also be asked to tutor small groups of Chinese students and explain English lessons. Lessons might be English idioms for advanced students – or common phrases for new learners. Use our English teaching guide and teach individually or with a partner. After school, you can join your students in shopping, sight-seeing trips, musical events or any number of cultural activities to extend the day’s English lessons. Whether you’re a current or retired teacher – or not – your knowledge of English is a valuable resource in China. Engage students in classroom practice and “real life” learning situations to maximize your contribution as a China volunteer.
“A bridge of friendship has been built between us. Even if you are leaving, the friendship will live forever. We will miss you as our teachers amongst us, and also as cheerful friends who brighten our days. We won’t forget the lessons you gave us, and the honesty and generocity you demonstrated. Most of all, however, we will benefit from the gift of confidence you brought to us every day.”
“Chinese teachers want to make their English lessons engaging and relevant. This is where we come in. We give them our best ideas, resources, and so on, with the idea of sharing these with the entire team. More than simply teaching English, we’re engaging them in conversations and activities that interest them – and model the use of the language. We extend friendship – using English as a vehicle.”
“Two weeks are not long for us young students. But this brief but invaluable experience has changed my life. I’ve learned so much which I can never gather from books or describe in words. It seems that they cannot be seen and touched. But they are indeed in my heart and beginning to affect me silently like a spiritual shower which helps me in considering what kind of meaningful life I will have.”
“Through lively conversations about life in America, and songs, dances and games, we help them return to their classrooms with slightly improved English and new ideas to use in their classes. But most importantly, we help renew their enthusiasm for their job as teachers. I think I can guarantee that volunteering in Kunming will be an experience not to be forgotten.”
“My experience teaching under your auspices in Xi’an was a learning experience for me, perhaps more than it was for the students I taught. I have an appreciation of the Chinese culture, the goodness and quality of their people, that I wouldn’t have known without this experience. Your programs are truly two-way streets!”