Why Volunteer with CIP
Our Programs offer more than just volunteering! It's a fulfilling Experience
There are several reasons why our volunteering programs in China stand out because of the following reasons. There are more options and opportunities. Our volunteering programs are so flexible and could be combined with internships as well as Language Programs. Apart from being affordable, it is safe and rewarding.
China Internship Placements (CIP) provides volunteer participants with meaningful, safe, content rich but reasonably priced volunteering opportunities abroad in China. Since 2007, we have worked tirelessly to carve a reputation as one of the leading Volunteer Providers in China. We bring affordable international volunteer programs to the doorstep of our participants. CIP has hosted hundreds of International volunteers to participate in our China Volunteering Opportunities and their exposure and experiences could be found on our Volunteer review page. We have the highest standard for our Volunteer abroad programs and we do this with Chinese NGOs and reputable Community-based Programs. By so doing, CIP is able to provide high-quality volunteer programs at affordable prices. In order to View our affordable China Volunteer program fees, visit our Program Fees page.
Having placed over 2,000 volunteers in China since 2007, CIP is one of China’s most trusted and experienced volunteer travel provider. Our Directors and staff have traveled to our program destinations and provinces to experience our programs first-hand. We have lived in the accommodation and we have experienced the hospitality that our volunteers are offered. We have visited the placements and inspected the projects that our volunteers contribute to. We have helped thousands of CIP volunteers to prepare for their trips and we understand what it is like to travel to a new country for the first time. Our in-depth knowledge and experience mean we can provide outstanding service, support, and advice to thousands of volunteers every year.
CIP is renowned for providing a leading range of affordable volunteer programs in Asia, and we pride ourselves on the superior programs and support services we provide to our volunteers. CIP and our local teams are passionate about facilitating rewarding travel experiences and as a result, we are consistently rated as one of the top volunteer travel providers on independent review sites, and we are joined by thousands of returning volunteers every year.
Quality and responsibility go hand in hand. At CIP we are dedicated to ensuring our volunteer programs are responsibly run and have a positive impact that is sustainable over time. We set tough standards for Responsible Volunteer Travel and we work closely with our partners in each country to ensure our programs meet all of our expectations. CIP volunteers are also briefed about our standards for responsible volunteering before they begin a program, and they are required to adhere to these standards at all times, particularly in relation to interacting with children. We measure the long-term impact of our programs and we work with community stakeholders to understand how specific projects support local needs. Our Head of Sustainability and Risk oversees this work.
From your first point of contact with CIP until the time you finish your volunteer program, you will receive dedicated support and service from us. Once you become a registered CIP volunteer, you will gain instant access to a number of value-add features within your My CIP account to help you prepare for your trip. These features include interactive volunteer training, information booklets and checklists that help you to remember key things you need to do before you leave home. Your CIP Program Manager is directly responsible for making your program arrangements and helping you to prepare for your experience. Once you reach your program destination, our local team will become your main point of contact until the day you depart your program. While your CIP Program Manager becomes a secondary layer of support at this stage, we will remain in touch with you via email and will be accessible should you require any assistance. Once you’ve completed your volunteer program, we’ll get back in touch to hear how you got on, and to say a big "Thank you"!
Insurance and safety
Volunteer safety is a top priority of CIP which is reflected in our outstanding safety record. We have clear standards for risk management which we enforce on each program and our volunteers are placed with trustworthy institutions, organizations, and families that have all been screened by our local teams. CIP staff members conduct regular audits of every program to ensure risks are appropriately mitigated and to confirm that we are meeting our duty of care for volunteer safety and security. We also have a big focus on supporting volunteers to keep themselves safe while abroad, and we provide this support and advice through pioneering volunteer training tools and through face-to-face briefings delivered by our local teams.
Friendship & 24/7 support
In addition to forming life-long friendships with host families and the people they assist while volunteering, our volunteers also form strong bonds with their fellow volunteers. Although they come from vastly different cultures and backgrounds, the experiences that volunteers share forge strong ties that can last a lifetime. As one of the world’s largest volunteer organizations, placing thousands of volunteers abroad annually, CIP volunteers are always in the company of like-minded international people.
CIP actively seeks local teams that offer quality projects in genuine need of volunteer assistance. Whether your stay is a short or a long one, our partner organizations will ensure that you make a valuable contribution to support the long-term development goals of your host community.
Loyalty is one of the foundations that CIP has been built on. We make your registration fee refundable so if you change your mind (no later than 60 days before your program start date), you will receive your money back. We also reward our returning volunteers with 10% registration fee refunds. We show strong loyalty to the communities in which we work through setting up long-term partnerships with local organizations and institutions. This allows us to make a long-term contribution to the social needs and economic prosperity of the communities where our volunteers are placed.
At CIP, we recognize that there is more to an awesome volunteer travel experience than simply volunteering. While we maintain a strong focus on providing top quality programs, we also understand that many CIP volunteers are first-time travelers and want to make time for sightseeing and exploring. To ensure that you get the most our of your CIP experience, our local teams have established partnerships with local travel companies to provide our volunteers with access to trustworthy travel and tour activities.