Go and serve, making a difference in the lives of our children
Serving in China with ICCEvery year we offer designated dates for teams to visit our communities. Teams spend two weeks working at one of our projects—either in an ICC care home or in the government welfare centres that partner with us.
Participating in International China Concern’s China Teams gives you the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of some of the world’s neediest people – China’s abandoned and disabled.
Since 1993, ICC has taken teams of people from all over the world into China to work in orphanages, caring for those children and young adults that society has left behind. Teams build on the work of prior teams and of ICC’s permanent staff and long-term volunteers. The work of each China Team makes lasting and solid changes in the lives of those that ICC provides full-time care for.
Groups are met by an ICC host in a designated start city. The ICC host leads groups through orientation and directs their stay. We arrange all food, accommodations and travel in China.
China Team Dates 2017
|22nd October - 4th November: Changsha||5th - 18th November: Hengyang|
China Team Dates 2018
|7th - 20th January: Changsha||25th March - 7th April: Hengyang|
|21st April - 4th May: Hengyang||11th - 22nd June: Backpacker Team - Changsha|
|15th - 28th July: Hengyang||12th - 25th August: Hengyang|
|14th - 27th October: Changsha or Hengyang (TBC)|
China Team Dates 2019
|6th - 19th January: Changsha||16th - 29th March: Sanmenxia|
|14th - 27th April: Hengyang||17th - 28th June: Backpacker Team - Hengyang|
|21st July - 3rd August: Sanmenxia||11th - 24th August: Hengyang|
|13th - 26th October: Hengyang|
*Team dates and locations are subject to change. Please continue to check this site for the latest information.
Please note: this fee is non-refundable.
|AUD $100||CAD $100||EUR €60||GBP £60||HKD $500||SGD $130||USD $100|
Team Fees* (excluding Backpacker Team**)
This fee does not include your flight or any associated travel needs (passport, visa, insurance etc.) to and from your home to the team meeting point.
|AUD $1,580||CAD $1,550||EUR €1,200||GBP £890||HKD $10,000||SGD $1,750||USD $1,400|
*Adjusted fees as of September 2017 and are subject to change based on future exchange rate movements. These fees will apply for all new team registrations for all 2018 teams.
**If you are signing onto a Backpacker Team please contact your local National Office for the 2018 fee.
Who can go?
Teams come to our projects with a huge range of abilities, but they all share a heart for China’s disabled and abandoned, and a willingness to serve. Applicants should be over 18, but we’ll consider applicants under 18, if accompanied by a responsible adult.
When can I go and for how long?
Teams are 14-17 days in length. ICC hosts 7 China Teams per year. You can find a team that is right for your schedule.
Where will the team meet?
Teams will be met by the team leader, in either Beijing or Hong Kong, for a time of orientation prior to travelling into the project.
Where will I be staying?
Accommodation is in western-style hotels, which are clean and comfortable. All rooms have full ensuite bathrooms with showers.
What kind of food can I expect?
Almost all your meals will be prepared from local, fresh ingredients. Chinese food is eaten family-style from platters shared at a table. Meals usually consist of a variety of vegetable dishes, meat dishes and rice. Depending on the location, the food can be spicy. ICC can arrange meals for specific dietary requirements.
What will my team and I do on our trip?
You will serve alongside people from around the world, working with China’s abandoned and disabled and helping with a variety of activities. This may involve playing games, assisting with handicrafts or just simply providing one-on-one care and comfort to a child.
If you have specialist skills in areas such as medical care, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy, art therapy, or related fields, you may have the opportunity to carry out more specialised activities.
Your team schedule will allow for time with the children, as well as time for personal reflection and team building.
Am I the right person to serve in China?
You can come as you are. We don’t require you to have any special skills or qualifications to provide love and care to the abandoned and disabled. You just need to be willing to serve those in need.
Can I form my own team?
We encourage groups of people who wish to travel and serve together to join one of the advertised China Teams.
What is a Backpacker Team?
A Backpacker Team runs similar to a general team with some minor changes to accommodation that is covered in the team fee, types of eating experiences and use of local transfer instead of organised buses.