Volunteer Program 

We provide students with the option of serving as a volunteer at Omeida in exchange for a decreased cost in tuition.  The volunteer program provides students with the same all-inclusive package that’s given to normal students, except volunteers receive a discount on tuition costs and are completely exempt from the standard housing costs. In exchange, we require that the volunteers provide some sort of regular service to the school.

The volunteer program is an excellent way to keep you fully immersed in the Chinese culture and language, develop new skills, and add some international experience to your resume--all while keeping the cost of your stay at a minimum.

The program ensures you have plenty of time off to explore the surrounding countryside. Your weekends are completely free for your own adventures, or you can join us on one of our Saturday excursions with Omeida's Chinese and English language students (minor costs may apply).

Basic Costs

First 2 Weeks

2 weeks of Chinese classes with 15 lessons each week for a total ofRMB 2,600 (Approx USD 426)

After 2 Weeks

Extra weeks including 15 Mandarin lessons per week RMB 1,200 (Approx USD 197)
*Thisexcludes flights, visa, travel insurance


Set your own placement dates - start any Monday. Secure your place for USD 200

How does the program work?

The standard volunteer commitment is 5 hours per week.  Typically, volunteers will work Monday through Friday (5-6:00pm or 7-8:00pm), tutoring Chinese students learning English, and on Thursdays, volunteers help organize the social lessons. Sometimes volunteers may also do some document work or provide help with activity organization, depending on Omeida’s needs.  If you would like to be more involved with the school, then please let us know and we can create a custom position for you. Options include working as an English teaching assistant, event photographer, marketing specialist, event coordinator, or journalist writing news articles for the website.

During the first two weeks of the program, 30 Mandarin lessons are included to ensure you get the most out of your time in China. You will be in a class of 2-4 students at the same level as you.

This volunteer program provides you with the best of both worlds, a chance to experience 'real' China and get some international work experience. You will also meet many Chinese students who are learning English, so you will be able to communicate with them to ask those questions that really help you understand a country - like what does the translation of Coca Cola mean in Chinese and does the government really make it rain?

What does the program include?

  • A reputable volunteer program in China: 1 hour per day, Monday to Friday work required speaking one-on-one with students learning English. Additional work experience in the field of your choice can be arranged on request including as an English teaching assistant, event photographer, marketing specialist, event coordinator, or journalist.
  • Mandarin lessons:   Omeida will provide you with 30 Mandarin lessons during your first two weeks in China (3 lessons per day, Monday to Friday), in classes of 2-4 students at the same level as you. Classes are guaranteed to run and are Lonely Planet recommended.
  • Accommodation: Shared accommodation with Chinese roommate (private room available, 100-250RMB extra per week). Rooms include 24hr hot water, air-conditioning, heating, internet access and free use of washing machine, within a 2-10 minute walk from school.View photos of the accommodation.
  • Meals: Alternatively, you can opt to use the 1 hour voluntary work to exchange free meals at the school canteen (lunch and dinner on weekdays). If requested, volunteers can work for 2 hours per day in exchange for both accommodation and food
  • Textbook and learning materials
  • Guided tour of Yangshuo   Upon arrival, our staff or your language partner will show you around town to places such as the supermarket, West Street, and where to buy a mobile phone, SIM card, etc.
  • Free participation in weekly Thursday night social nights:   Social nights include BBQs, cocktails nights, competitions, and games
  • After school activities: Activities include volleyball, basketball, ping pong, and video nights
  • A map of Yangshuo
  • Free Chinese Visa assistance and invitation letter

  The benefits of joining this program

  • Meet new people and builda network friends from around the globe
  • Learn about Chinese culture and language
  • Develop your skills and add some international experience to your resume, increasing your future job prospects
  • Create lifelong memories in one of the most scenic towns in the world


What you need to participate in the volunteer program

  • The program can begin on any Monday
  • Must be a native English speaker or have near native level of fluency
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Must have completed high school/secondary school
  • A sense of fun and adventure! 

What you do not need

  • You don't need to be able to speak Chinese Mandarin
  • No previous work experience necessary 


What you need to bring or purchase in China

  • Personal clothes and toiletries
  • A towel
  • Spending money- the cost of living in China is considerably lower than most parts of the world 

What's not included?

  • Visa
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals on weekends
  • Private transfer from Guilin Airport to Omeida Language School available on request for an additional RMB 280.  

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For more information, see the FAQs, and find out more about Yangshuo or you can contact us.

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