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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.

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Volunteers Needed: 2-8

Estimated Cost: $600 plus airfare