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From £15 per day
China: the next economic superpower. Spending a meaningful period in China will give you the opportunity to find out more about this extraordinary country, to get to experience the centuries-old culture – and to become part of the community.
Our China gap year program provides you with the chance to learn or improve your Mandarin with a language course and a work placement in cosmopolitan Hangzhou, a playground for the country’s rich and famous.
Briefing & Orientation
You will be met on arrival in Shanghai and then transfer to Hangzhou, said by some to be China’s most beautiful city!
Based in a hotel next to West Lake, over two days we will cover the cultural and historical background to the modern Chinese society, safety, security and admin issues.
Mandarin course and home stay (optional)
After your orientation you’ll move in with a local family: you will have your own room but will be very much a part of the family. Depending upon the time of year, you may well get to spend Chinese New Year with them.
For the Mandarin course, you will have tuition for three hours per day for four weeks.
Outside of the classroom, you will have plenty of time to make new Chinese friends in the evenings and at weekends.
After the welcome period and a month spent learning Mandarin, you will be sufficiently prepared to start working in this exciting bustling city.
We’ll arrange accommodation for you in a nearby apartment or dormitory. You could be working with children or adults of any age (possibly even as young as two) who want tutoring from fluent, native English speakers.
On your days off we encourage you to travel to the surrounding areas – transport networks are good so you can explore and see more of the country and its people.
When your work experience ends, if you don’t want to fly home straight away you might choose to explore the many fascinating parts of China the outside world is only just beginning to discover.
If you decide to travel, you could go independently, or alternatively, you can join AV’s associated company’s all-encompassing backpacker tour of China at a discounted rate.
Create your own customized trip, or join a scheduled group departure
Travel whenever you like, for as long as you like.