I have two trips planned to Asia in March & May (and another to Japan in July, but we'll skip that since this is a Mandarin blog :-) ... and I am looking for your input. Please.
One of the things I'd like to do while in China is volunteer on some kind of charitable project for a week or so. I've done some research, and found some ideas - but perhaps you know of others?
Although I'd like to pretend that my interests are purely altruistic, there is of course a (slightly) selfish side. This would expose me to a different type of China experience, and perhaps give me an opportunity to practice my Mandarin in a non foreigner-in-big-city kind of way!
These are some of the ideas I've come across so far, but would really appreciate it if you could leave comments with other ideas, websites or suggestions.
- Volunteer teaching in Beijing
- Friends of Dulwich College, Beijing
- Bean in Shanghai
- Compassion for Migrant Children
- The Library Project
- SOS Children's Villages
- Chinese Children Orphan Sponsorship
- Western Academy of Beijing
I was convinced than when I trawled through the Net there would be so many options to volunteer on projects - and yet, as you can see, I'm struggling to find many choices.
So if you know of projects that might be of interest, or you know of someone who might know of projects of interest, please leave a comment. I'd love to help.