Bethel, the first and only dedicated organization targeting the Chinese blind and orphan population, is one of many Beijing organizations currently seeking volunteers. Image from Bethel China.
Sometimes being a trailing spouse or stay-at-home parent can be a drag, especially as the kids get older and get increasingly wrapped up with school and after-school activities.
That can be doubly true in Beijing, where most families can afford to hire an ayi to help with daily chores.
So if you’ve got a few hours to spare in the day, why not volunteer? Beijing is chock full of charities, NGOs and community groups that could put your skill set to work.
We’ve created a special section for Volunteer Opportunities on the beijing-kids.com classifieds, and here are just a few of the organizations currently seeking talented people such as yourself:
Volunteer at a summer camp for migrant kids
Human Capital Unleashed is looking for native English speaking volunteers to teach migrant kids English, Arts, and Sports in a camp setting this summer. If you love kids and want to make a difference in the lives of migrants please contact Michelle Vinokurov at 1352-146-5566 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Video production volunteers needed at Wokai
Wokai is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to alleviating poverty in China through microfinance. Wokai needs volunteers with skills and experience in video production and post-production. We need people to help us convert raw footage into two short, polished and fun videos to motivate and inspire.
Translation Volunteering with American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is currently looking for a bi-lingual (Chinese-English) Chinese national who is willing to volunteer their time to our organization, to assist with translations, information research, possibly graphic design, and other support. This is an on-call volunteer position which can be more flexible to the candidate.
INN seeks volunteers
The International Newcomers Network (INN) is a non-profit, nonpolitical, non-governmental, non-denominational, non-registered organization established in 1994 by a group of expatriates living in Beijing. INN is looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers for various positions on the INN board, steering committee and other activities.
Local Children’s charity looking for committed and reliable Program Co-ordinator
The Migrant Children’s Foundation is a Beijing-based charity, which is run by a team of 10 core volunteers. Every week we visit the schools of migrant workers’ children and provide them with foreign teacher’s English classes and activity sessions. We visit the schools twice weekly – on a Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. We are currently seeking a Program Co-ordinator, which includes meeting the volunteers and taking them to the schools for every session, recruiting volunteers, monitoring teaching, giving feedback to volunteer teachers and running each session at the school.
Foster home for blind orphans needs a Chinese -> English Translator
Bethel is a foster-home for blind, Chinese orphans (www.bethelchina.org / http://media.bethelchina.org/Media/Videos/Bethel_2011_HD.flv) situated near DouDian, about an hours drive from Beijing. Bethel is not just a home, but a school, organic farm, training center and funland as well. We’re looking for someone willing and able to translate documents and files from Chinese to English. Work can be done from the comfort of your own home/dorm room/palace.