Spend your summer at summer camps across China, from bustling Beijing to rural Jiangxi! Our unique cultural exchange programs combine English language teaching with a genuine cultural exchange – offering you an immersive insight into the Chinese culture through workshops, trips and an optional homestay week.
Start by completing our simple application form. This enables us to check that you meet the essential eligibility requirements as well as find out about your interest in the program and any relevant experience.
We’ve tried to make the initial application form as painless as possible, and do feel free to complete the questions using bullet points to get your message across clearer.
Priority deadline: 12th January
Main deadline: 31st January
If you pass the initial screening process, we’ll invite you to an interview to find out more about your passion for teaching and any relevant experience you have. Interviews will be relatively informal and usually conducted over Skype.
This is also an opportunity for you to ask us any questions you have about the EduCamp internship program and discuss which camp may be best suited to you.
If you successfully pass the interview, congratulations – you’ve got a place on the EduCamp program! We will let you know as soon as possible which summer camp group you have been allocated (either Beijing group, Guangdong group or Shanghai group), after which you will be required to pay the £200 fee and can apply for the scholarship. Final camp allocations within these groups will be released closer to the time.
After this, the on boarding process begins. We will guide you through the process of organising flights, applying for the visa, and completing the online TEFL course.
Some camp dates are still to be finalised, but will typically be 4-6 weeks from early July to mid August. So far, confirmed dates include:
Beijing: 12th July – 15th August
Shijiazhuang: 4th July – 7th August
Chengde: 29th June – 20th July
Guangzhou: 12th July – 10th August
Changsha: 12th -29th July
Shanghai: 6th July – 20th July
Huzhou: 1st – 22nd July
Taiyuan-Qingdao STEM StudyCamp: 6th – 21st July
Shanghai STEM StudyCamp 1: 29th June – 16th July
Shanghai STEM StudyCamp 2: 18th July – 4th August
EduCamp is very different to your standard holiday or “voluntourism” trip! This is a bidirectional cultural exchange program with a significant teaching element, and as such we expect interns to behave and work as professionals. That being said, there will be plenty of opportunities to travel, with free trips and cultural workshops included during the summer camp and the opportunity to travel around China afterwards.
Due to the funding generously provided by host schools, Chinese visa restrictions and the internship responsibilties, applicants must meet the following essential eligibility requirements:
Additionally, there is a competitive application process for which applicants will be judged against the following criteria:
Absolutely not, don’t worry! Interns will be provided with full in-country support, including airport pickup, on campus accommodation, canteen meals and bilingual teaching assistants. Some schools will also provide interns with one or two language classes. If you wish to explore off-campus during the summer camp program, it is usually possible to ask a friendly teaching assistant to accompany you.
If you wish to travel after the camp, do be aware that few people speak English (although younger Chinese will often know the basics from school). However, you can usually get by with a bit of assistance from google translate!
We encourage applications from all individuals, and do our best to accommodate those with additional needs. However, please do be aware that the facilities and awareness in China is not to the same level as in the west. For example, schools do not typically have lifts or disabled toilets, which may pose a particular challenge to those with physical disabilities.
If you have any concerns about living in China, please do let us know at the initial application stage.
Although we cannot make any guarantees, we do endeavour to place interns together if they request. Please mention your friends’ names on your initial application form.
The majority of interns do not know anyone before they come, don’t worry! We put you in touch with other EduCamp interns (from all camp locations) before departure via a dedicated facebook group, enabling you to get to know each other and plan post-camp travels if you wish.
At camp, interns typically share dorm rooms with each other, participate in cultural activities, and go on camp trips. This camp atmosphere provides plenty of opportunities to get to know each other and make life-long friends.
Qualified STEM/ Economics teachers (PGCE or QTS) are particularly recommended to apply for our Shanghai program, which provides you with the opportunity to broaden your experience by teaching abroad and working with children for whom English is an Additional Language.
Alternatively, you are welcome to join our standard English language camps, which also offer a valuable experience and less intense schedule. Some potential benefits include:
– Experience teaching students with English as an Additional Language
– Diversity your CV with different age ranges and subjects
– Gain international teaching experience
– Receive specialist training in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
We aim to make the application process as quick and painless as possible. Following your initial application, you will typically hear if have been invited to an interview within two weeks. If you have not heard back within one month, please assume that you have been unsuccessful.
Following the interview, you will usually received a confirmed offer within two weeks.
In total, expect the process to take 4-6 weeks.
Interns will be responsible for planning, preparing and leading lessons to classes of students. Most camps focus on teaching English and English culture, however there may also be opportunities to teach topics related to your degree. Alongside your teaching responsibilities, you will also be expected to contribute more widely to camp activities, as well as engage with the Chinese cultural workshops and trips.
The camp schedule does vary significantly between summer camps, and improvements are made to each camp every year. Therefore, it is not possible to provide a detailed schedule in advance. However, for a rough guide of the typical schedule in previous years, please see each camp’s page.
Unlike other summer camps, most of ours book your flights on your behalf. By asking for a £200 fee, we ensure your commitment to the program but without requiring you to incur £600+ in upfront flight costs, which other companies typically do not reimburse until after their camps, if at all.
Additionally, most of our camps are not-for-profit, supporting students from rural areas and state schools who cannot afford to attend expensive international summer camps. This £200 fee allows us to provide both our camps and our interns with a high level of service, pre-departure support and full training. As a social enterprise, it is important that we both achieve our mission but are also financially sustainable, and so this £200 fee allows essential business administration costs to be covered.
Finally, bear in mind that each camp provides interns with a small allowance – the minimum of which is 2000 RMB (approx. £200). Therefore, you will effectively “earn” this fee back upon successful completion of your camp. Some camps offer a higher allowance to reflect the higher workload, responsibilities or qualifications required – for details, see each camp page.
Although our camps are very well funded, thanks to generous support from sponsoring schools, there are a few additional costs participants will need to budget for. Please note that all costs below are approximate and subject to change.
We recognise that the £200 fee is not insubstantial, and therefore offer outstanding interns the opportunity to apply for an additional scholarship to cover this fee. Priority will be given to those who meet certain widening participation criteria. Scholars will be required to write blog articles, feature in YouTube videos and/ or participate in other marketing activities. Please note that this scholarship will be paid after completion of the summer camp and all scholar duties, and so the £200 fee is still required to be paid initially as a deposit.
We also encourage interns to apply for additional funding which may be available through their university or college. Although your flight and basic living costs will be covered during the EduCamp program, you will still have additional costs such as insurance and post-camp travel.
Firstly, it is important to emphasise that this is an international volunteering opportunity, and most camps are run on a not-for-profit basis. Therefore, you are not paid a “salary” as such. However, camps all provide interns with a small pocket money allowance, which ranges from 2000 RMB – 4000 RMB (approx. £200-£400) – for details, see each camp’s page.
The value of this allowance reflects the different workloads and responsibilities on each camp. Note that our lowest paid camps are typically not-for-profit and have the lowest workload of any Chinese summer camp organisation, while still covering your essential costs (flights etc.). Note that the Shanghai camp has a significantly higher allowance, reflecting the more intense workload and higher requirements to participate.
All summer camps provide:
However, please note that there is some variation between each host school in terms of the quality of accommodation/ food provided or the trips/ cultural activities available.
Financially, the Shanghai camp offers a higher pocket money allowance (£1200) to reflect the higher workload, qualifications and experience required.
Interns will be responsible for any additional costs outside the program, for example evening meals out, post-camp travel or souvenirs.
At the initial application form stage, applicants can express a preference for particular camps. As far as possible, we try to accommodate this. However, we cannot guarantee any camp allocations. Additionally, sometimes camps change last-minute (e.g. due to student numbers) and so we ask that interns are flexible. Occasionally, you may be moved to another camp once in country – all transport logistics and costs will be covered by the host school.
On-campus accommodation is provided by host schools. However, there is some variation in its quality and facilities.
Please be aware that the accommodation standards in China may not be what you are used to back home, and typically fits within the lower end of budget youth hostels. Interns will be expected to share dorm rooms, which typically contain 2-3 bunk beds.
Some accommodation is ensuite, but most schools have shared bathroom (which may be a western or squat toilet) and shower facilities. Note that this is almost always single sex, however you may be sharing some facilities with the children attending the summer camp so please be considerate.
If you have any particular needs with respect to accommodation or bathroom facilities, please let us know in your initial application form and we will do our best to assign you to a summer camp who can accommodate.
Interns are strongly encouraged to travel before or after the camp. Do keep your plans flexible though, often you will meet an amazing group of new friends during the program and can travel together afterwards.
Please note that the summer camps do require a full time commitment, and many camps also run over weekends. Therefore, please do not plan any travels during the summer camp program. Your host school will usually provide you with trips to local sights of interest.
All host schools are able to issue F visa invite letters, which you can use to apply for a cultural exchange visa at your local visa application centre or embassy. Full guidance will be provided to successful applicants.
If you already hold a Chinese visa, there is no need to apply again unless it is due to expire during the summer camp.
All interns will be required to complete an online TEFL training course. This aims to provide you will the skills needed to teach English at summer camp – covering topics such as lesson planning, suggested class activities, the communicative and CLIL teaching methods, and top tips for engaging students in lessons.
This is not a standard “voluntourism” trip and it is important to us that interns can really make a difference to the education of the children attending the camps. Unlike other summer camps, we don’t just want “pretty foreign faces” to use as marketing material for for-profit camps. We understand that just because someone is a native English speaker, they don’t necessarily know how to teach English, and so this online training course is essential for both ensuring high quality teaching and enabling interns to make the most of their summer camp experience.
Don’t worry though, we have worked hard to ensure the course is easily accessible and quick to complete, without complex background theory, providing directly implementable tips for teaching English.