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Ni Hao and Welcome to China.  This fun-filled 1-week Culture Immersion program gives you the opportunity to integrate into the rich cultural life of China. You'll meet the local people, taste the local cuisine and get familiar with Chinese customs.

Your mornings will be spent learning how to speak Chinese and understanding cultural customs before adventuring into the local towns and cities and exploring the streets while socialising with the locals. You have opportunities to visit a Confucius temple and a Guangong temple, local fairs, and some amazing natural scenery sites in groups or individually during free time.

This course is a wonderful way to be introduced to China either as a 1-Week China Experience or as preparation before joining one of our main China Projects.

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Start Dates Programmes start every Monday throughout the year, so you can choose your start and finish dates.
Duration This is a 1-Week program, but can be done prior to your main Project/s.
Requirements Minimum age 17. No qualifications necessary but you should have an interest in exploring and learning.
Price Full Price List
What's included Arranging your program,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation and Food

Meeting you at the neearest airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.


  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into the Orient and the fascinating Chinese culture

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that willmake you stand out in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!


Discover the rich and dynamic culture of China in a week of integrated learning and discovery with our English speaking Chinese co-ordinators. This program takes you beyond politics, away from the big cities, normal tourist attractions. It takes you into the traditional lives of the rural communities, understanding their culture and everyday activities. You'll see beyond hearing about ‘face’ and ‘guanxi’ into a real understanding of what they mean.

You will go to the Confucius temple, not just to look, but to understand what it meant, how it felt, to be the No 1 scholar in the Emperor’s examinations and the route through the temple that only you could travel. Of course you will learn about how to make dumplings, taste oil tea, and learn the rudiments of the language, practice calligraphy, learn some of the rituals. But the focus is on developing a deep understanding of everyday China and its cultural roots.

It is the ideal start point for anyone visiting China. Many participants come on this program before attending other programmes. Your schedule will alter depending on weather and time of year which would relate directly to the local event and festivities happening at the time of your program. However you are also able to focus your program depending on your interests and further volunteering programs you might be following onto.

A typical week in the Cultural Immersion, is as follows:

Monday: Start your day with a typical Chinese breakfast, followed by Chinese language lessons and a tour Fengyan village, which will include the Old house. After lunch you will learn about Chinese philosophy and what is found Taboo.

In the evening you will have the opportunity to visit a local family for a welcome party and learn how to make oil tea.

Tuesday: Your second Chinese lesson will follow breakfast and then you will visit Lianhua town where you will register and you can do some shopping. After lunch you will have a culture session about Chinese festivals which will lead onto a late afternoon visit Hongyan village and a climb up one of the mountains and finishing the day with Bamboo rafting.

Wednesday: Your morning will be spent studying and participating in Chinese language lessons, Calligraphy and painting, followed by a Chinese culture session focused on the History of China.

In the Afternoon you will visit the Confucius and Guangong temples and walk along the Cha river. You won't just look at the Confucius temple, you'll understand what it felt like to be the number one scholar in the Imperial city, to pass the Emperor’s examinations and the path through the temple that only you were allowed to walk.

In the evening, if you would like, you can join the Gongcheng BBQ.

Thursday: Today you are going to learn how to buy and bargain in Chinese, and then visit the Market of Lianhua to buy some food and practice what you have learned. The afternoon will be filled with further culture lesson and an introduction into Chinese cooking, where you will learn how to make Dumplings amoung other things.

Friday: This morning not only will you further improve on your Chinese but also learn different Chinese songs. Your final lesson for the day will be the art of paper cutting, which is strong in Chinese culture as paper was originally invented in the Eastern Han Dynasty in the 2nd Century AD.

Free time will be given in the afternoon for preparation for your weekend.

Saturday and Sunday: You are able to travel freely today and visit Yangshuo and Gongcheng, explore the culture with your newly acquired knowledge in culture and language, or alternatively you can stay at the center and rest before your next adventure.

Most evenings are spent learning how to play Chinese games like; Mah-jong, Chess or watching Chinese films.

There is one rule to this program, if you wish to know something ... Ask. You're encouraged to learn and investigate as much as you want, as the more you know the greater your experience of China will be.


May: 3rd, 17th and 31st
Jun: 14th
Jul: 5th and 19th
Aug: 2th and 16th
Sep: 6th and 20th
Oct: 4th and 18th
Nov: 1th and 15th
Dec: 6th and 20th

Chinese Culteral Immersion - Village Tour
Village Tour

Chinese Culteral Immersion - Bamboo Rafting
Bamboo Rafting

Chinese Culteral Immersion


You'll stay in a pleasant and cosy house, which is run like a family, with the volunteers and project coordinators all contributing by keeping the home neat and tidy.

Rooms are shared with 2-6 other people and include hot and cold water, western style toilets and fans.

Laundry facilities are available and a bar with a variety of drinks and food unique to Chinese culture is available.

Wi-fi facilities are available through-out the center, so you are able to Skype and Facebook friends and family.

Upgrades: Upgrade options are available for couples, families or those with a slightly larger budget who prefer 4* hotel luxury. The Western style 4-star hotel will give you your own room and air conditioning. This option is particularly attractive to older participants who have a larger budget that they prefer to spend on their ‘home comforts’. Please note that the cost of this is additional to the cost of the program. These will be subject to availability at time of booking. Please contact us for further details.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided and eaten together at the center. These will be typical rural Chinese dishes comprising of rice or noodles mixed in with vegetables and often a some meat. However we are able to accommodate a vegetarian diet if informed upon booking.


Chinese Culteral Immersion

Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

''It has been a most amazing experience. Not just meeting and working with the pandas, but learning about the culture and society of China. The volunteers are friendly and fun to hang out with, so evenings are pretty great. I think it's fair to say that I've had a few culture shocks, so much here is different from my home in Sweden, but I've had a great time discovering these differences. I definitely want to come back someday!'' Lynn, Sweden

"I really do not want to leave! And I can definitely say this has been one of the best times of my life! It really has, it has changed my life in so many different ways I can't explain in words!" Jordan Scott

"The whole trip was amazing and your organisation terrific - we can learn so much from China!" Judy Machin


There are fully trained Chinese co-ordinators at the Center and they are bilingual (Chinese – including local dialect, and English). They too live as part of the family at the Center and are there to run scheduled activities whilst also assisting those who want to branch out individually to explore the area themselves or undertake self-organised activities. They are there 24/7 to deal with any problems participants may have. They are an important part of the family.


The Center is about 4 kilometres from Lian Hua town. It is easy to catch a bus into town during the day – or to cycle. Gongcheng is the largest town nearby and is about 20 kilometres away. Once again, there are frequent buses or shared taxis. Frequent buses also go from there to Yangshuo, 42 kilometres away.


It’s thought that the word “China" is derived from the name Qui (Chin; 秦) which translates to Dynasty, with records stating that it began over 2.24 million years ago. Being the world’s second largest by land area, it’s no wonder that not only does it have one of the greatest and richest historical and cultural pasts, it has also taken the world by storm with its economic and technological advancements, making it a country that demands attention and a must see on any travellers list.

Yangshuo; Founded in 590 during the Sui dynasty, it is renowned for its magnificent landscapes of mountains and rivers, it’s also a popular tourist country, as its hold many amazing attractions.

Guangzhou (Canton): Capital of Guangdong province and the third biggest city in China, founded in 214 BC. Is a diversely rich city which has shaped modern China and their cultural exchanges.

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of the team who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone.


Panda Conservation in China


While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in China, or you could even do a second project in a different country in Asia (or elsewhere) - thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!


Some of the highlights of the rest of China are:

The Army of Terracotta Warriors outside Xi’an - 6000 soldiers and horses that were originally designed to guard the tomb of an ancient Emperor. 2000 years old, these warriors were discovered by accident in the 1970s by peasants digging a well! Every figure differs in facial features and expression, and they make for an amazing sight!

Tropical Xishuangbanna - China's very own South-East Asia complete with sunshine, Thai style temples, Dai minority dancing and water splashing festivals! Here you can explore tribal villages on the border with Burma, or trek through the rainforest.

Northern China, along the path of the ruins of the Great wall, also has many sights, and a slightly rough-around-the-edges charm. Here, you can visit the Gobi desert & climb enormous sand dunes in Gansu Province or explore ancient grottoes and caverns full of religious art & Buddha statues at Dunhuang or Datong. You can even spend a night camping out under the stars in a yurt on the epic grasslands of Inner Mongolia. Here you might find yourself taking part in traditional Mongolian wrestling or drinking the local spirit (hopefully not at the same time!)

China's big cities - The economic and cultural and centres of this blossoming nation can be found in its 3 big cities - Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. These cities are practically alive with energy and each deserve a visit during your time in China. They represent the glitz and glamour of China's future and everything that's hip in China's new youth, with the rich history of Chinese culture running strongly through them.

The far North-West - Xinjiang Province in the far North-West of China next to the borders with Mongolia & Kazakhstan is a multicultural melting pot of Han Chinese, Uyghurs (the local Muslim people) and Kazakhs. Here you can visit Tian Chi, a lake halfway up a mountain inhabited by nomadic Kazakh people or take part in local grape making in the desert around Turpan

To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your program, please click here.

Leshan Temple, China