WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
Upon your arrival at Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL) you will be picked up by a friendly member of staff who will transfer you to your accommodation. Once you have had time to rest, the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Your in-country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this beautiful and captivating country.
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
As the project is broken up into two sections, the training and the teaching placement, you will stay in two different locations. Firstly, during your training you will be staying in dormitory accommodation at our volunteer centre. Rooms will be shared between volunteers (same sex) and there are western style toilets, hot showers and washing machines/laundry service available.
For the teaching phase of the placement, your accommodation will be arranged by the school to which you are assigned and so will vary slightly from school to school, although facilities are likely to be similar to those you enjoy during your training weeks. Most schools provide onsite accommodation for FREE, or provide an accommodation allowance if you choose not to stay in the accommodation provided.
WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
During the training period you will be provided with three meals per day throughout the week Monday to Friday, offering you a great opportunity to experience the delicious local cuisine. At the weekends you will be responsible for sourcing your own food, giving you the chance to explore the local restaurants and markets.
Throughout the teaching phase of the placement you will be provided with lunch at the school canteen, which is therefore not available on weekends and throughout school holidays. You will be responsible for sourcing and paying for all other meals.
There are many different varieties of Chinese cooking styles, usually based on the region from which they originate. Many of us will be familiar with elements of Chinese food but you can expect the staples of rice and noodles served with fresh stir-fried vegetables, including regional delicacies like Soya beans, bamboo shoots and Bok Choy (Chinese cabbage). There are all sorts of meats and sea foods available along with soups and stews, all flavoured using different sauces such as black bean, Hoisin and Oyster.