Our Rural Individual Volunteering Program is calling for participants this summer!

This summer, Stepping Stones is pleased to offer volunteering opportunities in a few rural areas of China! For individual volunteers who are eager to leave the city, explore rural life, while giving back, consider teaching English to disadvantaged students. Not only can you aim to improve their English but you can foster positive culture exchange. Please find below the relevant information about the different placements with locations and the requirements.

Commitment Requirements:

• Teaching 3-4, 40-minute English lessons per day, 5 days per week

• Be 18 years or older

• Speak English well and confidently

• Individually arrange and pay for visa, insurance, meals, any international transport, etc.


Placement 1

Teach English to primary and middle school students in their rural village

Near Xuzhou, Jiangsu


Other Requirement:

• Minimum of two weeks teaching between July and August (flexible dates)

Placement 2

Teach English at a primary school in the small town. 

Near Yiyang, Hunan

Other Requirement:

• Minimum of two weeks teaching between July and August  (flexible dates)


Placement 3:

 Teach English speaking, listening, and vocabulary building skills 

to Educating Girls of Rural China’s (EGRC*) sponsored university students

Location Choice 1: Zhenfeng, Guizhou 

Location Choice 2: Yuzhong, Gansu

Location Choice 3: Minxian, Gansu


Other Requirements:

• From 23 July to 1 August

• Female 


For volunteers interested in these opportunities, Stepping Stones (or EGRC) will arrange the placement with the rural school or community contact and will cover all accommodation and domestic transportation costs. All volunteers will be provided with an online Orientation, placement briefing, teacher training and access to teaching resources. There will also be teacher training, orientation, and access to teaching resources.

Additionally, there is opportunity to arrange other activities with the student (ie arts and crafts, sports, music, dance, etc)

Interested volunteers should register through our website (here), indicating in the additional comments section the intended length, dates and location for a placement.

If you would like more information about this opportunity, please contact Morgan Banaszek, volunteer@steppingstoneschina.net.


*”For 13 years, EGRC has empowered young women from rural regions of Western China to escape poverty through education.” -EGRC Website