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Changsha, China – Summer 2019

Seeking volunteer teachers and assistants!

Dates: July 11-31, 2019
** Dates include a tour after the teaching program is complete.
** Volunteers for this program may also participate in the ZhuZhou program.

Location: Changsha, Hunan Province, China

Team Leader: Terri Mikolaitis

Project Task: Teaching American classroom content to Chinese children. Subjects include: simple English Language Arts, art, music, dance, sports, crafts, etc. The students will be 6-10 years old.

Volunteer Qualifications: Experienced teachers are needed for the classroom. Other volunteers are welcomed as assistants to teachers.

Expenses: Accommodations, meals, and transportation to and from the school will be provided. The program will plan a tour for the volunteers after the program.

Estimated Cost: $600 plus airfare

 

ZhuZhou, China – Summer 2019

Seeking volunteer teachers and assistants!

Dates:  July 24 – August 13, 2019
** These dates include a tour after the teaching program is complete.
** Volunteers for this program may also participate in the Changsha program.

Location:  Zhuzhou, Hunan Province, China

Team Leader:  Terri Mikolaitis

Project Task: Teaching American classroom content to Chinese children. Subjects include: simple English Language Arts, art, music, dance, sports, crafts, etc. The students will be 6-10 years old.

Volunteer Qualifications: Experienced teachers are needed for the classroom. Other volunteers are welcomed as assistants to teachers.

Expenses: Accommodations, meals and transportation to and from the school will be provided. The program will plan a tour for the volunteers after the program.

Estimated Cost: $600 plus airfare

 

Survey Teams

Currently seeking volunteers for Survey Teams for China and Thailand.

Project Task:  Survey Teams can be formed any time of the year for potential cultural exchange sites. Survey teams assess needs and opportunities in strategic areas such as universities, private schools, and government schools. They become acquainted with local culture in order to be “Onsite With Insight” while encouraging full-time workers. Survey teams are a vital means of development and support for our overall work in cultural exchange. The focus of these teams may differ depending on the needs and opportunities discovered. Team members must be flexible to changes in locations and travel plans depending on the needs and opportunities encountered.

Estimated Cost: $1000.00 plus airfare

Shaoxing, China – Fall 2018

Dates: September 1-14, 2018

Location: Zhejiang University of Technology, Shaoxing, China

Team Leader: Karla Lowman

Project Description: Volunteers will live on campus and attend Chinese (Mandarin) language classes taught by student-teachers and attend related cultural events. No prior Chinese language experience is required. Chinese TCSL (Teaching Chinese as a Second Language) students will teach, tutor and guide volunteers.  This is a great opportunity to build relationships with Chinese young adults while learning the language and culture in China. The team will present English Corners and Cultural Studies for campus wide participation.  Our goal is to impact lives thru friendship. Some of the Chinese students may come to USA in early 2019 as part of the Edge/ ZUT Cultural Exchange, presenting an opportunity for furthering friendships and cultural understanding.

Volunteers Needed: up to 20

Estimated Cost: $600 plus airfare

Sichuan Province, China – Summer 2018

Dates: July 3-21, 2018 

Location: Sichuan Province, China

Team Leader: Nolan Tomboulian

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to provide a teacher training program for Chinese teachers of English in primary and/or middle schools. The program will include elements of oral English development as well as best practices in second language teaching methodology. Methods should be explained, modeled, and applied to the teachers’ context as much as possible. The program’s objectives are to help these teachers become better teachers of English through the specific training given and to encourage them and help them value their own career as a teacher. Volunteers should expect to teach English from 9-12 and 2-4 M-F, with possible evening classes and weekend activities.

Volunteers Needed: 4 – Volunteers should be age 20 or above. College graduates preferred.

Estimated Cost: $600 plus airfare

ZhuZhou, China – Summer 2018

Dates:  July 1-13, 2018 

Location:  Zhuzhou, Hunan Province, China

Team Leader:  Terri Mikolaitis

Project Description: Experienced teachers are needed to teach American classroom content to Chinese children. Other volunteers are welcome as assistants to teachers. Students will be 6-10 years old. Lessons will include simple English language, art, music, dance, sports, crafts, etc. Accommodations, meals, and transportation to and from the school will be provided. The program will plan a tour to Guilin, Guangzi Province, for volunteer teachers and assistants.

Volunteers Needed: 10 experienced teachers plus additional volunteers to serve as assistants

Estimated Cost: $600 plus airfare

Shaoxing, China – Spring 2018

Dates: March 30-April 15, 2018

Location: Zhejiang University of Technology, Shaoxing, China

Team Leader: Barbara Pound

Project Description: This is a great opportunity to build relationships while learning the language and culture in China. Volunteers will live on campus at Zhejiang University of Technology and will attend Chinese (Mandarin) language classes taught by student-teachers as well as related cultural events. Chinese students in the TCSL (Teaching Chinese as a Second Language) program will teach, tutor, and guide volunteers. The volunteer team will also present English Corner and Culture Study events for campus-wide participation. This program is open to all ages. No prior Chinese language experience is required. Our goal is to impact lives through friendship. Some of the Chinese student-teachers may come to the USA in early 2018 as part of the Edge/ZUT Cultural Exchange, an opportunity for furthering friendships and cultural understanding.

Volunteers Needed: open to all ages and ability levels

Estimated Cost: $800 plus airfare

Chiang Mai, Thailand – Spring 2018

Dates: March 14-26, 2018

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Team Leader: Cheryl Tarr

Project Task:  EFL (English as a Foreign Language) volunteers will spend the day interacting with children and adults at Agape Home. Edge volunteers will assist Agape Home volunteer staff in conducting Conversational English Classes and at times may be asked to lead the class with the aid of the volunteer staff.  Agape Home is home to children from 2 weeks to 20 years old. The staff ranges in age from mid-twenties to senior citizens. Edge volunteers will work primarily with Thai people but sometimes with Agape Home volunteers, who come from all walks of life throughout the world.

Click this link to learn more about the Agape Home.

Volunteers Needed: 2-8

Estimated Cost: $600 plus airfare