The program is ideal for those who are passionate about the conservation of forests and environment. Environmental conservation has long been ignored in China which has adversely affected the lives of these poor people. The agricultural yield has been largely affected which is the main source of livelihood for these people. The related complications are disappearing glaciers, soil erosion; and the warming has added to the already suffering people. GWC volunteers will provide environmental education, facilitate and support research linked to nature conservation in general. Volunteers will be involved in advocacy, create awareness among the people, help them understand the value of environment and help restore it by planting trees. You as volunteer may help local people help clean water that is carried from the river, help plant flowering plants; help with cleaning of streets etc,. Volunteers may also take a break from charity and visit some nearby attractions towards the end of this project to have some relaxing fun moments. Join hands with GWC and generously contribute in the upkeep of the environment of the region which is the lifeline of these poor people.
Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of needy you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 8:30 am till 11 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm to 3:30pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at Guilin Liangjiang (Guilin City) International Airport, from where you will be taken to your respective accommodation. At GWC office, you will be introduced to our staff. Your 1st day will be a rest day, so that you can easily recover and refresh yourself after a long journey.
Day 2: You will be welcomed at Guilin City, GWC Office, where you will be given a short introduction about of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and socio – political issues.
Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will get to meet with the local villagers and will be introduced to the project and the working environment.
Day 4 – 9: Work at Project Location (Please refer Project Overview & Project Work for details).
Day 10: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site, interact with locales, staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 11-12: Project work (Environmental Conservation) continues.
Day 13: Explore the beautiful places of China along with fellow participants who all are of almost of your own age. This will enhance the bonding among the participants.
Day 14: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
GWS partner organizations at China will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in a project. During the work camp, your accommodation and food would be made accessible in a house designed according to the Asian traditions which you would fall in love with. You’ll be served 3 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) Chinese meals a day including local delicacies like rice, bread, sauce, spagheti, macaroni, beans and vegetable with occasional supplement of chicken or mutton. The meal might be cooked by a group of volunteers with the support of local staff. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real local Chinese culture and lifestyle closely.