Q: What kind of students is the program looking for?
A: The program is open to students who have completed at least one year of high school (including college students) and wish to do volunteer work in China. Student’s Chinese skill is important but not the only factor for the program. If you are a 8th grade student and want to participate, please contact us; we will decide if you should apply after we learn more about your background.
A: 你首先可以阅读网站“Apply Chinaway Program ” page, 满足条件的学生在网上点击application，按照上面的步骤完成手续就可以。
Q: Please explain the application process.
A: You can learn about the process on the “Apply Chinaway Program ” page. Follow the instruction and you will complete registration.
Q: Are training provided?
A: Before the program starts, we will send out related documents to guide the students. For certain tasks or needs, we can arrange phone meeting as training. There will be a group training session after students arrive at China. At the same time, guidance teacher will arrange training when needed during the program.
Q: How does the program guarantee children’s safety?
A: Children’s safety is our number one priority in our program management. We are really grateful to say there are no safety problems occurred in the last 8 years of this program. We have a team of responsible and reliable staff, and we have good management while traveling from one point to another, making sure that all students are in a safe environment. The program has guidance staff from both America and China, and the ratio of staff to students is around 1:4. We can also provide 1:1 assistance if some students need special help. Students will be safe as long as they follow teacher’s instruction. There were accidents, such as one child twisted his child when running or jumping, one child tried to touch animal but instead was injured by the animal, and some child went outside alone and got lost… So we also ask students to be responsible for their own action. We will cover insurance during the whole program, so any sickness will be treated without any fee. And if any valuables are lost during the program we will have some compensation.
Q: 如果入选，机票是自己订还是把钱打给你们一起订呢? 孩子不敢自己走，你们有老师带队从美国出发吗？
Q: After acception, do we buy our own plane ticket, or do we pay Chinaway and Chinaway help us buy the plane ticket? If our children are afraid to fly by himself/herself, do Chinaway have a teacher leading a group of students travel from America to China?
A: We do not help buy flight tickets, but we may have teacher who can lead a group of students traveling from U.S. to China. After the leading teacher’s buy his/her flight ticket, students who want to go with the group can also buy ticket of that flight. We may also provide information or assistance for ordering the ticket, we will update more information in detail at that time. If the students are not comfortable to travel alone, he/she can go with the teacher, or find other participants to
and travel together.
Q: Do we have to travel together? If we go by our own, are there pick up service?
A: We encourage students to travel by themselves. As long as you arrive at Chengdu's airport in the stated period of time, we will arrange pick up for free. If you arrive in other time, there might be a charged fee. If student misses the pick up time due to plane delay or cancels, we will also pick up for free. Before departure, we will ask students to fill out a travel plan form, including flights arriving/ departing from Chengdu, and we will pick up/drop off based on the information.
Q：Why there are a fee for doing volunteer work?
A: The definition of volunteer is doing work without getting pay. Chinaway volunteer program does not only care and help for society, but also improve abilities of the volunteer student through the process. Chinaway is a non-profit organization. Program fees are used to make the program run and cover the cost of the program, including:
In additions, getting to meet the left-behind children, or going to teach in the countryside, requires many people to do the job before hand. These all have monetary and labor cost. Without people arranging, high school student cannot do this by themselves. Also, the ratio of adult and students is 2.5:1 during the program, in another way, Chinaway program is also like a special class in training students. During the program, there are also costs in gathering the left-behind children to give them classes, providing them food and books. Volunteers’ meals, shelter, transportations also have costs.
Q: During the program, where do the students live and what kind of facilities does it have use?
A: We usually arrange students to live in hotels, with two students living in one room. All hotel rooms include TV, telephone, Wifi, air condition, and bathroom. Hotels usually do not have washing machine or washing service, but we can teach students how to hand-wash clothes. If students really do not want to hand-wash clothes, another choice will be bringing more clothes.
A: 家长当然可以跟去,也可以申请当带队老师,但中方安排的工作是让孩子做的。Chinaway Volunteer Program 一直是成本运作。如果家长要跟队，他（她）要付自己的吃，住，行，參觀等费用。同时中方不鼓励家长跟队。家长在，孩子表现拘谨，而且多去一个人他们要多操一份心。但我们接收美国的带队老师.如果你有爱心，善于管理孩子，有搞教育或管理的经历，懂中美文化，欢迎你将你的简历寄给我们。我们会培养带队老师。带队老师不用付费，同时适当补助机票及其它费用。
Q: Can parents also participate in the program? If so, is there a fee? Can parents apply to become a guidance teacher?
A: Parents are allowed to come. But the program’s tasks are for the children to complete by themselves. Chinaway Volunteer Program always run on operating cost, so if parents want to go with the team, they need to pay for all their own costs, including food, shelter, transportation, and any other expenses. We do not encourage parents to follow their children, because children’s performance is usually better without presence of the parent. But we welcome parents to send us your resume to apply to become guidance teacher. The requirement is that the guidance teacher should be caring, good at managing children, have experience in education or management or volunteer work, and understand both American and Chinese culture well. We will provide
give training to the guidance teacher. Guidance teacher will not have to pay for expenses during the trip, and we can also pay for the plane ticket.
Q: Chinaway program 如何算义工小时？
Q: How many volunteer hours does Chinaway Program give?
A: The program contains 40-hour volunteer work per week, so there are a total of 80 hours for the two-week program. We will only certify volunteer hours if students participate and complete the required tasks. The volunteer hours can satisfy any school requirements and be used in college application.
Q：参加了Chinaway summer program 就能得presidential volunteer service award吗?
A: 如果中方认同了孩子的服务，任何参加Chinaway program的孩子都能获得集体的presidential volunteer service award；如果孩子不仅参加夏天的活动，也参加我们平时的一些活动，他（她）可以得到个人荣耀奖。
Q: If we participate in Chinaway summer program, are we eligible to receive the presidential volunteer service award?
A: If the Chinese staff are satisfied with the children’s service, all participants of the Chinaway program can receive a group presidential volunteer service award. If the child participated not only in our summer program, but also done other volunteer work with us, he/she may be eligible to receive a personal award.
Q: If our children can only participate the program for one week, can it be accepted? If so, can we only pay half the price?
A: We may accept the students who will participate in the whole program first. If there are still spaces, we will consider your case, and the price will also depends on your specific case.
Q: Can students who do not know any Chinese still participate?
A: Yes, as long as they can take care of themselves. Guidance teacher and Chinese staff all can speak English.
Q: Can children in high school also bring their younger sister/brothers who are not yet in high school to participate in the program?
A: We will decide based on your situation. It mainly depends on the ability of the children.