Stepping Stones

Shanghai, China, Central Asia
We are a non-profit organisation based in Shanghai, China that aims to improve the education and general welfare of disadvantaged children in China

Volunteering Activities


What We Need

Videolink English Teaching Volunteer Needed!

Volunteer from the comfort of your home and bring a smile to left-behind and rural children in China!

Key Information:
- Teach English via videolink online to students in rural China
- 10 – 15 students per class at rural schools or community centres
- School semesters: Spring: February – June; Autumn: September – December/January
- Classes are mainly from Monday to Friday, either in early morning, lunch time or evenings (China time zone). Limited classes are available on the weekend
- Classes are once a week for a full school semester (a full semester is approximately 10 – 12 weeks)
- 40 minutes per lesson

Left-behind and rural children and young adults

Schools and community centres in rural areas including Henan, Hunan, Anhui, and Yunnan.

When & Who

Volunteer requirements

- Minimum 18 years old
- Able to commit to teach once a week for a full school term with a minimum of 8 weeks teaching. Able to plan personal schedule in advance and allocate sufficient times to prepare lessons and teach them.
- Speaks English well and confidently; enjoys interacting with children and young adults. Chinese language skill is a plus.
- Technically competent. Able to operate a Videolink platform to conduct classes.
- Must attend the Videolink training session organized by Stepping Stones.
- Committed to the mission and vision of Stepping Stones; takes volunteering commitment seriously and responsibly.
- All backgrounds welcome. Volunteers living overseas can also sign up!

Get involved
- Register as a volunteer in our website:
- Complete Stepping Stones Online Orientation
- Attend an interview
- Attend an online training session after matching volunteers’ availability with class time
- Start volunteering!
3-4 months

Our Fees

No fees

Time and patience

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More Services we Offer

May have additional fees

Provided by Stepping Stones:
- Orientation about Stepping Stones’ beneficiaries, background and programs
- Training sessions about teaching English via videolink, classroom management techniques, etc (2 hours)
- Teaching materials (power point presentations)
- Access to Stepping Stones’ Volunteer Resource Center (teaching resources, training materials, and teaching tips)
- Online observation and feedback sessions

Contact Person

2nd Floor, No. 75, Le Shan Road, Xuhui District, 200030, Shanghai, China, Shanghai, China.

Other Ways to support us

Donations are welcome! Please visit our website for more information.

Additional Info about Us

10 to 20 people

Stepping Stones was founded in 2006 in order to organize volunteers to teach English in Shanghai's primary schools for migrants in response to requests from schools’ principals, which struggled to provide a reasonable standard of English teaching to their students.
English is one of the three core subjects in the Chinese school curriculum, and the one that poses most challenges to rural and migrant children. The majority of migrant children do not make it to senior high school, and only a small handful are able to make the grade to attend university. Improvement of basic education is the key to helping children from rural areas to attend senior high school and university, and thereby improve the future prospects of rural families.
English level is therefore the biggest differentiator between urban and rural Chinese children, and this above all perpetuates the gap in educational and employment opportunities.
Shanghai benefits from a large expatriate and local English-speaking community, many of whom are eager for meaningful volunteering opportunities. Stepping Stones was founded to match this rich resource to a real need in the community. Stepping Stones recruits, trains, coordinates, and supports hundreds of volunteers to teach thousands of students in more than 30 migrant schools and community centers in Shanghai and Zhejiang province and more than a dozen of schools in rural China (Jiangsu, Anhui, Henan and Zhejiang provinces).
Stepping Stones is proud that classes taught by his volunteers been proven to increase students exam results, increase their confidence and interest in English, better prepare students for their key examinations, and expose youth to cross-cultural programming and the virtues of volunteerism.
Over the years, Stepping Stones has expanded its field of activity. It now carries out a wide range of programs that focus on children’s education and health.