Volunteers Needed to Teach English in China

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CHICAGO, IL (December 11, 2008) – Volunteers are needed to teach English in northwest rural China this summer.

Students range in age from five to adult and are highly motivated to learn English. Volunteers will be teaching English in an unsophisticated environment with an emphasis on developing friendships with students. Teaching experience is helpful, but not necessary.

Opportunities also exist to teach and coach sports such as basketball and softball, assist with a youth center and coffee bar, and help with crafts, music, and other activities.

Tasks will be assigned taking into consideration personality, experience and preference. The opportunity is considered ideal for college students.

Participants should be in fairly good physical condition, able to walk one mile unassisted, use “squatty potties” from time to time, and climb stairs because classrooms are on the fourth floor and the building has no elevators.

Participants will leave the United States on July 6 and travel to Beijing. Because the team members will travel from different cities, the arrival in Beijing will be the first time everyone is together.

Following several days of training and orientation in Beijing and the rural community, teaching will begin July 13 and continue until July 31. The team will have a day in Beijing for shopping and sightseeing on August 3 before returning home.

With the uncertainty of flight costs at this point, the cost is being advertised as round trip airfare from the States to Beijing, plus $1,100. This cost covers all in-country transportation fees, accommodation, food, and tickets to the cultural sites. It does not cover personal shopping, personal choices to eat above the team standard, entertaining Chinese friends, or touring and traveling that is in addition to that planned for the whole group. An additional $200 probably will be needed to obtain passports and visas.

All participants must be willing to refrain from overt evangelism and be able to work within team requirements for security reasons. Volunteers should recognize they are guests of a communist nation and working in a city with a high Muslim population, making adherence to team guidelines essential.

For more information, email the Department of World Mission.

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