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Tell us which career-related internship or meaningful volunteer project you're interested in and where you'd like to go — Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Dublin or Shanghai. We'll then set up a time to speak with you to learn more about your interests so that we can create a program that's customized for YOU.


Our on-the-ground team will discuss your application with local organizations to find the best-fit opportunities for you. Typically within 4 weeks, we’ll send you project offers aligned with your goals. Try risk-free, since up until 2 weeks after receiving your first offer, our program fee deposit is 100% refundable!

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We’ll send you all the pre-trip information you'll need, meet you at the airport and provide a comprehensive on-site orientation. From weekly events, to career guidance and 24/7 emergency support, we'll be there throughout your trip to ensure you're getting the most out of your experience while having the time of your life!

Volunteer in Shanghai

Shanghai offers many opportunities for international volunteers in a unique setting where two cultures meet. Connect-123’s Shanghai volunteer programs offer an unparalleled volunteer abroad experience where you can make a difference in this contrasting Chinese city. If you’re interested in new people, new perspectives and new horizons then read on… Our Shanghai volunteer programs will be custom tailored with you in mind and also to provide benefit to your host community and organization.

For the curious international volunteer Shanghai is a destination with a difference. Despite the towering skyscrapers and obvious wealth on show in parts of the city there are many projects and initiatives that need your help – we will arrange your Shanghai volunteer experience to satisfy your desire to help.

Our Shanghai volunteer programs offer an array of opportunities, including putting you in a position to assist pediatric patients, orphans or indeed animals in need. International volunteers in Shanghai will have an opportunity to be exposed to the unique challenges that face Shanghai and China in general, while obtaining fulfillment and practical skills from their tailored volunteer program.

Shanghai offers a range of accommodations and our volunteer program is designed to give you maximum flexibility when it comes to your housing arrangements. Draw on our local knowledge to help figure out the best options for you – whether it’s homestay with a local family, living in an apartment with other Connect-123 international volunteers, or sharing accommodation with Shanghainese young people. Rest assured we will be on hand to advise you on the right location and arrangement for you.

The Shanghai volunteer program flat fee of $2,150 includes the following:

•    An individually tailored volunteer opportunity
•    Shanghai pre-trip orientation and information pack
•    Help with arranging housing – from homestays for cultural immersion to sharing an apartment with local professionals or other international volunteers
•    Guidance on your transportation options and on using Shanghai’s sophisticated public transportation system
•    Airport pick-up service
•    Full Shanghai briefing on arrival, including insider tips and do’s and don’ts
•    Access to group-rate discounts with local service providers and tour operators
•    Access to the Connect-123 social program, which provides an opportunity to connect with your host city and with your fellow volunteers
•    Advice, support, and guidance before, during, and after your stay
•    24/7 emergency assistance

A $300 deposit, which is due upon application, can be paid via credit card or debit card here. The balance of $1,850 is due when you confirm your participation. Provided that you have not approved a placement, your deposit is fully refundable up until two weeks after we send the first volunteer program offer to you.

Concerned about a tedious application procedure to join the Shanghai volunteer program? Don’t be! Here’s how it works…

•    You fill out a quick form on the Enquire Now page and share some basic information
•    We call you for a pre-scheduled discussion about the program
•    You submit an application form and two letters of recommendation
•    You pay the $300 program fee deposit, which provided you have not approved a placement, is 100% refundable up until two weeks after we send the first offer to you
And that’s it! If you’d like to take the first step towards your Shanghai volunteer experience thenEnquire Now

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