About the local hosting organizationGreen Lion
About the volunteer workOur courses cover Mandarin, both spoken and written (characters and pinyin). They are run in small groups or, particularly for those at more advanced levels, on a one to one tutorial basis so your learning can be tailored to be more challenging. Most Mandarin varieties have four tones, which for foreigners who speak English will find challenging. But Mandarin is also the largest of the seven or ten Chinese dialect groups by far, spoken by 70 per cent of Chinese speakers and a huge area stretching from Yunnan in the southwest to Xinjiang in the northwest and Heilongjiang in the northeast. This program offers Chinese language training at all levels. Whether you are a Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced, we have trained professionals who have studied TCFL (Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language) that can accommodate you. We use approved teaching methods and offer flexible modules so that you can apply your newly acquired language skills in practical situations according to your specific needs - such as learning the language for leisure or work/business purposes. Following initial language learning at our Centre in Fengyan, Skype meetings can be arranged so that tuition can continue remotely for individuals who wish to travel around China or even after they have returned to their home country. Our Courses Â‘Taster' Programmes This week is the start point for those on their first visit to China and who have very little or no Chinese language. It covers the basics and will at least get you to the level of shopping for basic requirements and ordering food in a restaurant! Beginner Level Classes These focus on practicing everyday phrases and conversations that will help you to get by in a variety of situations. With it, you'll be able to explore and get the most out of your visit in China: whether simply meeting and greeting people, buying local foods and bargaining for a good price, or travelling around. They will also, if you are teaching English in China, enable you to use classroom phrases that every teacher might need: Â‘please be quiet', Â‘show me your exercise book', Â‘repeat after me' are good examples. Our tutors will also accompany you on various visits so you can practice your skills. At beginner level, you can learn quite a few phrases in one week, however 4 weeks is recommended to make the most of it. To facilitate learning during these longer periods, Â‘Skype' tutorial delivery can be arranged after the first week, wherever you are in China, or even after you have returned to your home country. Intermediate & Advanced Level These courses are for those who have already attained some proficiency in the Chinese language through previous study and/or those who already have Chinese language qualifications. They will include written and spoken Chinese, using both pinyin and Chinese characters. These courses are intended to build fluency in both spoken and written conversations. They are likely to appeal to those who want to take their language learning further, whether to supplement the learning they may have had in their home country with a supported Â‘immersion' context, or whether they need that fluency to further their studies in China or business. For intermediate and advanced level Chinese language options, three to six months is recommended to achieve proficiency. Once again, to facilitate learning during these longer periods, Â‘Skype' tutorial delivery can be arranged after the first week, wherever you are in China, or even after you have returned to your home country.
Local accommodationAbout the Accommodation This accommodation has western style toilets, a bar with a variety of drinks, snacks, and food all set in a unique Chinese atmosphere. Food Arrangements We have our in-house chef busy making food everyday for you! Expect typical Chinese food with rice and noodles in Chinese dishes styles. Vegetarian food is also available upon request.
About the project locationGuilin is a province in southern China known for its dramatic landscape of limestone karst. In the majestic shadow of its mountains, on the edge of an authentic, rustic village lies our center - a 260 year old building from the Qing dynasty. Its surroundings invite walking and hiking and offer a stunning view of the hills, as well as of locals farmers hard at work! Sights & Surroundings There are so many wonderful sights and places to visit in this area. A guide book can tell you everything you could want to know, but here are a few ideas we recommend: The Li River This river spans 80km from Guilin to Yangshuo and is decorated with rolling hills, unique cliffs, caves and comfortable boats and should not be missed. Especially popular among Chinese tourists is a spot close to Yangshuo that is portrayed on the 20 Yuan bill. Yangshuo A picturesque city famous for its surrounding hills, rivers and bar streets. Lots of activities offered including rafting, biking, rock climbing, a stunning light show on Li River and much more. Make sure to spend at least one of your weekends here. Seven Star Park Famed for its rock formations, the park includes many different attractions including the Flower Bridge, Seven-Star Cave, Camel Hill and even a zoo!
Extra info about the projectOpen all year, starting on Mondays, every week, participation fee 280€ per week. Culture week mandatory: 175€ to start the programme.