||All year round, subject to school terms - you choose
your start and finish dates. Not available during July
and August (school vacation) or mid-January to
Minimum of 4
weeks, up to 1 or 2 Semesters Course. Subject to visa
Minimum age 17.
No qualifications or prior knowledge of Mandarin necessary
Full Price List
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
►Meeting you at Yantai airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
Insurance, Cost of Visas,
transfer to airport.
Who can do
is open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out,
grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in
learning Mandarin or gaining a new skill for their CV
or Résumé, or expanding their learning for university
credit or requirement.
Also suitable for anyone just wanting to study abroad or
who has only a short time available for the placement.
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
Knowledge of a language spoken
by billions of people worldwide, a language that is growing in
importance at the same speed that China itself is growing in
importance in world affairs.
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
An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head
and shoulders above most others in the job market.
And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
The Mandarin Course for foreign
students has been running at Yantai University for 15 years. A typical
class size is 25 students, and the teaching staff are professors or
lecturers who are accredited and experienced in teaching Mandarin to
foreign students. The course is designed to immerse international
students in the Chinese language and culture.
All areas of the
language will be covered in your course: reading, writing,
speaking, listening, grammar, phonetics and vocabulary.
These will be taught via a variety of topics which will relate
to aspects of Chinese culture, society and history.
Each semester there
are around 100 International Students enrolled on the course at
various levels. Many of these students are from Korea and Japan,
and there are also often students from the UK, France and the
USA. This project will give you the opportunity to meet people
from a variety of different cultures; not just from China, but
from all over the world!
Some of the courses
currently on offer include:
Spoken Chinese, Chinese Comprehension
(Pinyin, Grammar and Writing, Reading, Chinese Listening
You can choose to do a length of course that suits you, i.e.:
two semesters every year and the dates each year are
approximately as follows, but may vary in some years very
September until 24 December
March until approximately 5 July
You can begin your course at either of these times, regardless
of how long you wish to stay, but you must start your program
on one of these two start dates.
Winter vacation runs from 25
December to 28 February and if you're doing a program that
includes this period, you can spend this time travelling around
China, or doing a self-study course, or private tutoring,
whatever you choose to do.
Levels of Study and Course Credits:
Classes are available at various levels, so no matter what your
level of Mandarin is, there will be a class to suit you. We can
offer beginner, elementary, intermediate or advanced
classes. Around 50% of the students on the course are Beginners.
The University will
assess your level of competency in the language when you arrive
and will allocate you accordingly.
Regardless of how long your course lasts, you will obtain a
certificate at the end of your study time.
Each semester you
will also obtain around 20 credits, and these can often be
credited to your university course in your
home country. [If you wish to
take advantage of this option, you must check that your
university will recognise this qualification before you leave,
as it does vary between institutions.
The course takes place from Monday to Friday, running from
approximately 8am to 3:40pm. You will have homework in the
evenings, in much the same way as you would during a similar
course in most countries, and you will be expected to complete
this to the deadline set by your teachers. Your weekends will be
free and this will allow some time for relaxing, travelling and
Holidays in China
All projects will break for Chinese National Holidays. The main
Chinese New Year -
usually sometime in late January or early February. All
projects will break for 1 or 2 weeks for New Year
May Holiday –
usually the first week of May. Most projects break for 3-7
October Holiday –
usually the first week of October. Most projects break for
"A typical day would be- go to class
at 8 until 11.40 and, depending on the day, studying reading &
writing, spoken Chinese, listening and/or comprehension. The
teachers are all really qualified. I was in a Korean class where
the teachers only taught in Chinese and although that may sound
a bit of a challenge, which it is at first, it helps you improve
10 times faster and you get to mix with different cultures more
and make some cool friends.
Once you arrive here you are looked
after well by the university and in fact I am coming back next
year to continue studying Chinese for a further 4 years to
obtain a degree. I think that about describes how good it is..."
During your course, you will live at Yantai University Hostel
with the other students who are on the course. Currently, the hostel is
a four storey building located on Yantai seafront, but the University is
in the process of building a second hostel and once this is completed,
you may stay in either location.
You will share your room with
another person, either a Travellers Volunteer or another foreign
student who is on the course at the same time as you. If you
prefer privacy and would like a room to yourself, we can arrange
this for you, but there will be a supplementary cost involved.
Each room has two beds, a bathroom
solely for the use of that room, a table and chairs, plus a
telephone and TV. The hostel is a five-minute walk away from the
University building in which you will take your classes.
On this project, your food is not included in the price of the
placement. This is in order to give you flexibility in where you
choose to eat and also in planning your budget regarding how
many times you choose to eat out in restaurants and how much you
want to pay.
There are seven dining halls on
campus that serve meals throughout the day and most students
choose to eat most of their meals on campus in one of these
dining halls. Meals are paid for in cash and are extremely
cheap, particularly compared to Western prices. For example, at
time of writing, a meals cost between 2 and 5 RMB (currently
there are approximately 15 RMB to £1 Sterling or US$1.80).
There are also many restaurants
and street stalls in the surrounding area, serving a variety of
delicious Chinese and Korean dishes. One of the many pleasures
of living in foreign countries is the opportunity to try out
different restaurants and the vast array of different types of
A good tip in any foreign country
is to find out where the locals eat - the food there is usually
excellent and reasonably priced!
Got any questions? Please email us:
Yantai University, where the course is based, is
10 minutes from the city center
by bus. The University is vibrant and buzzing, home to many students, both Chinese and
from other countries around the world. The building overlooks beaches on one side and Shandong’s stunning
mountains on the other.
There are many
small shops and street stalls, a busy market and a selection of
Chinese and Korean restaurants running along the coast.
live on Yantai University campus and mix with
thousands of students.
WHY LEARN MANDARIN?
Learning Mandarin will be of
benefit to you both during your life in China and afterwards. Within the
country, very few people outside the education system speak English, and
while travelling around China there are frequent opportunities to strike
up conversations with people who are as curious about you as you are
about them! Learning Mandarin will enable to you speak with these
people, thus enriching your time here immeasurably, as you find out
things about the culture and the way of life that someone without
language skills simply would not have access to.
On a larger scale, Mandarin is one of the 5 major UN Languages, and is
the most widely spoken language in the world. One out of five people in
the world speaks Chinese as their native language! China is changing
faster than just about any other place on Earth; even a short stay here
will demonstrate this fact. The recent entry into the WTO has only
accelerated this trend.
as the rest of Asia slid into depression, China was forging a path forwards
and has continued to develop steadily, embracing world trade in a way that
few had predicted. As a result of all this change, it is predicted that
China will continue to grow and become a major player in world affairs and
business in the coming few years. The ability to speak Mandarin will be of
great benefit to anyone hoping to participate in affairs of business or
culture on the world stage...
also a really fun language to learn, and even more fun to master, as
it's so very different to so many Western languages. With Mandarin, not only
will you be able to impress the people of China, but probably your family
and friends back home too.
your circumstances, the opportunity to learn more about this ancient and
fascinating culture from an insider’s perspective is one not to be missed!
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
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.
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our
will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn
about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how
to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.
REQUIREMENTS AND NOTES:
China is still a developing country in a period of transition. The
living standard falls short of what we are used to in
the West. The Chinese culture and heritage is totally
different to Anglo-Saxon or Western cultures. However, the people are very friendly and
will help you all they can, and, of course, our China
Organiser will look after you extremely well
during your placement.
Part of Yantai University
Volunteers proudly displaying their course completion
While on your placements, you can also book some
Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.
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!
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
fishing port which sits on the Shandong Peninsula, North-East
China and lies between the Yellow Sea and Bohai Sea, overlooking
Korea and Japan. . Its 'out of the way' feel makes it the
perfect place to experience a slice of provincial Chinese life.
The fact that it is seldom visited by foreign tourists makes it
an absolutely wonderful place in which to live and study. Here
you will REALLY feel like one of the locals.
Yantai is a beautiful seaside town and popular summer retreat,
with its fair weather and boundless coasts. Yantai has the flow
of provincial Chinese life with a flare of Western restaurants
and wonderful tourist sites. A few
examples of these are:
Druid’s Irish Pub and
Jackie’s Cuisine; both offer a great selection of
Western food and music, thus being the perfect remedy for those
moment home sick moments.
Long Island: A unique geographic location,
compromising of 32 islands, with over 200 different kinds of
birds migrating through the islands each year.
Penglai: Is a very popular tourism destination,
due to its magnificent Panglai Pavilion , which has often been
referred to as the place of the gods in Chinese mythology and
one of the four greatest ancient pavilions in China, perched on
a cliff top overlooking a ever changing landscape of ocean.
Nanshan Park: Boasts a range of fun activities:
The zoo which has a range of animals including Panda’s, a
beautiful lake which you can hire paddle boats and an amusement
park with rollercoasters and bumper cars.
Yantai Hil: North of the city, is the living
museum of Western treaty architecture, telling a story of
Colonial-era integration between the British and Americas.
Other attractions here are also Dragon Temple, Beacon
Tower and Stone Ship.
Yantai Museum: An architectural wonder, with
buildings exquisitely carved and painted by Merchants from the
Fujian Province, as a place of worship to the Goddess of
sailors. Spaced over 3,500 square meters, it’s called “a
treasure of carving art” and something that must be seen and
Beijing is the Capital of China and also its cultural heart.
You'll find everything here that you imagine when you think of
China... chaotic hustle and bustle, skyscrapers crammed next to
temples and plenty of monuments to China's long and complex
past. On your project here you'll be among Famous Temples, ancient
Hutongs (alleyway communities) the magnificent
Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square and the immense
Great Wall of China!
In our opinion, some of the highlights of the country
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,
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
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arrive in your new country, please
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"I had a lot of fun teaching and found it really
one of the best things that I have ever decided to do."
Lina Joshi on her teaching placement in China