China Programs

Immerse yourself in the culture and language, share your skills and be inspired by the amazing people.


About China

The world has now woken up to the fact that China will be the next superpower.  Its global influence, fueled by its size and unrivalled development, means that China can’t be ignored by any young person in the West.  Spending a gap year in China gives you the opportunity to find out more about this incredible country.

Our China gap year program provides you with the chance to learn or improve your Mandarin with a language course and an opportunity to help local people learn or improve their English in cosmopolitan Hangzhou, a playground for China’s rich and famous.



China Gap Year Program

Experiencing China on your Gap Year with AV provides a fantastic opportunity to understand the real China, whilst learning Mandarin.

Our gap year and language experience program is based in Hangzhou, regarded as China’s most beautiful city and located just 40 minutes from Shanghai by bullet train.

After living with a local family and having private Mandarin tuition for a month, you will help locals learn or improve their English.

The people are friendly and they will welcome you with beaming smiles!


Hangzhou is known for its beautiful summer climate. China does however have greater extremes of temperatures than most countries, getting very hot in summer and very cold in winter.

We recommend all volunteers check with a GP/Travel Nurse for up to date advice prior to travelling about anti-malarials and vaccinations as there are some areas you may visit which are malarial and will require jabs like Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies, Typhoid etc.

There are good hospitals in Hangzhou.

Our in-country 24/7 support team is lead by Carl Wangkan, who is on call in Hangzhou.

  • Malaria Area No, except in parts of the south
  • Wet Season (Global warming permitting!) Mar-Apr
  • Internet cafes Schools, Home-stay, Internet Cafes
  • Electricity Type 210-240 volt
  • Plugs 2-pin or 3 flat-pin
  • In Country Reps Carl Wangkan
  • Language Mandarin
  • “Hello!” “Ni Hao!”
  • Money Yuan, Kuai, Renminbi, RMB
  • Visa or MasterCard Both

Help us make a difference by volunteering with AV in China


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