Visiting China soon? Start here

Visiting China soon? Start here

Volunteer in China


Discover China from a completely different perspective by being a volunteer.

Looking after pandas is a popular choice, with many people heading to Chengdu for this unique volunteer opportunity.

Even though the fluffy black-and-white giants are one of China’s national symbols, they’re endangered with only a few hundred left in the wild. This makes conservation volunteering in the country all the more necessary.

Another popular volunteer in China option is teaching English. If you have a degree though, you might be better off signing up with a China teaching agency for a fully paid role.

Below you’ll find a list of leading volunteer programs in China. Most involve a fee so it’s worth comparing them carefully.


Stay ahead of the pack for only $10 a month!


China Discovery

If you’re looking for a truly unique and once-in-a-lifetime panda experience, China Discovery offers four panda volunteer tours. Panda lovers can choose a volunteer program from 1 to 3 days in Dujiangyan, Ya’an or Wolong. Your efforts will ensure the future of giant pandas!

+86 28 8522 7275

China Highlights

If you’re looking for close contact with pandas, this 1-day panda volunteer experience will utilize your time to its fullest. It’s a memorable chance to look after a cute and fluffy panda as you clean its enclosure, make its food, and feed it.

+86 773 283 1999

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Join GoEco on a one-week volunteer expedition helping wildlife at a giant panda sanctuary! In this amazing program, you’ll work closely with giant panda keepers, contribute to panda conservation efforts, live near the exciting city of Chengdu, and participate in cultural activities and city tours.

+61 2 8014 9393


Hao Laowai

Find the right place to volunteer in Beijing — doing exactly what you love to do. We keep a complete and up-to-date list of local volunteer gigs, so you can discover the opportunity that matches your unique style. You can also find awesome local volunteer opportunities in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

Hutong School

Our China Volunteer Program gives you the chance to work with local communities who really need your help. Volunteer for an NGO or charity in your chosen sector, from environmental protection and sustainable development to migrant family aid.

+86 10 6403 8670

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International Volunteer HQ

Explore International Volunteer HQ’s unique China volunteer abroad program. Choose from a wide range of trusted China volunteer projects, including teaching English, special needs care or a special summer outreach project. Volunteer work in China is based in Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi province.

+64 6 758 7949



Help support students at our partner English Academy by engaging in conversation sessions. In small-town Yangshuo where there are not many foreigners, 1-2 hours of conversation practice is a rare treat that helps immensely with their education.

+86 773 881 2233


United Planet

As a volunteer in China with United Planet, you will build friendships with local elementary and middle school students and their families by helping teach English at schools in Changsha, Hunan province. Changsha is known for its delicious spicy food and beautiful riverbanks.

+1 617 874 8041


Volunteer World

With over 140,000 registered volunteers, Volunteer World offers a range of programs specific to China. We make every application as easy and safe as possible, from the way we engage with our volunteers and social projects, to our commitment to make volunteering a mutually beneficial and responsible activity.

Information for China volunteer program operators

Your free listing can include a brief description (under 50 words), logo, website, email address and phone number. Your organization must specialize in China volunteer programs.

If you would like to add, update or remove your program, please contact us.


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