Program & Schedule
This program offers the best chance for you to work in various provinces of China, allowing you to experience a wide range of chinese culture.
You will begin this placement after completing a mandatory one week of cultural training (booked separately as the “Internship Introduction Week”). From then on, you will be on a 2-6 month contract as arranged between yourself and your host Company.
Why choose us?
As a provider of Cultural Exchange programs in China, we have almost 10 years of experience with foreign participants from different countries. We are specialized and well-known for our training and support system.
Throughout our development during the last decade, we have built up a network with qualified companies, well-known Universities, various organizations, and also Chinese-Foreigner communities. So we can provide a wide range of internship positions.
A good coordinator/mentor is essential for a good program, we have a team of well-trained and well educated coordinators, including those with related bachelor or master degrees, working for our participants.
About the Placement
Your Internship will most likely be based in Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan Province. Fabled as “the Land of Abundance”, Chengdu is bestowed with uniquely favorable natural resources. You’ll have the chance to take weekend trips away from the city into these beautiful wonderlands.
Chengdu is one of the most historic and culturally significant cities in China. It is also the permanent host city of the International Festival of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of China.
Chengdu is also one of the most important economic centers, transportation and communication hubs in Western China and was chosen as one of the top ten cities to invest in out of a total of 280 urban centers in China.
If you want to experience modern China as well as the traditional Chinese culture; if you want to enjoy the busy office work and the active night life in the city but also the chill and lay-back lifestyle; If you love art, live music and meeting people of the same interests. This is the place you should be a part of!
Depending on availability and the field you choose, we also provide internships in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
The Internship fields
You will have a variety of fields to choose from...
There is now a growing need for international hotels in China looking for quality foreign candidates in specific positions such as Assistant manager, Chef, or Bar Manager, all roles that ask you to engage with the hotel guests on a daily basis. You will be dealing with customer service for foreign and Chinese guests and take part in various activities under the supervision of your department manager. Your hotel may also want you to conduct language and culture training for its staff or take on some other marketing or promotion related projects.
Internet Media has slowly taken over our way to learn the world, and in China, new media companies show up everyday due to our growing population and needs. Working for them, you will have first hand information about trends in China and a better understanding of Chinese culture. You can share fresh views as a foreigner into the company, something they are looking for!
Graphic design, Assistant illustrator, 3D programmer, Flash designer, and more, are all possible options you could look at.
More and more companies in Chengdu are now involving themselves in international business. We can provide positions in well-known companies with Finance, Marketing, International Business, E-Commerce, Public Relations & Event Management.
If your goal is to help educate others, we can arrange this too! Let us know if you’d like to do some work as an English Teacher, Sports coach, Art/Music teacher, Gym Trainer, or a Yoga instructor or similar.
Other areas we can attempt to place you in include:
E.g. Assistant at a Turtle breeding center, Olive Oil Plantation, Wine brewery
E.g. Photographer assistant, Editor assistant, Voice actor
E.g. Clerk, Team leader
Due to the different positions you may apply for and the variation in procedure in different companies, there may be differences but all applications will follow a process that looks like this:
- You submit your application including CV and a recent photo. Here is where you explain which type of internship you are looking for and the time period they are aiming for
- We match your CV and requirements with the positions we have.
- Then we will arrange an online interview with you and the matching organization (or in some cases we may be authorized to conduct the interview).
- After the interview, we will notify the participants the results. Sometime they will have multiple choices between companies.
Aims & Objectives
- Give you professional experience in your chosen area and in your desired work environment
- To give you peace of mind during your transition and longer stay with local ground support and various supporting benefits
- Provide you with with a culturally immersive experience that you will always cherish!
Monday to Friday
Your exact schedule will be defined by your host company but you can expect to work Monday to Friday.This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: 21
Maximum age: 40
Minimum English level: Intermediate
CRB required: On Signup
Passport copy required: On Signup
Resume copy required: On Signup
Required qualification: Bachelor Degree
- In good physical and mental health
- Skype Interview
- Experience preferable but not necessary in some cases
- 500 Euro deposit (on top of program fee) for Visa issuing (refundable at end of the program)
- Acceptance or rejection to be confirmed within 15 days
- Special cases outside these requirements may be considered
Living & Location
The internships are available in differents places of China. Most of them takes place in Chengdu, but we also have internships available in Zhanjiang, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing and some other big cities in China.
During your internship, you will be placed in an apartment with your own bedroom, but with a shared kitchen, bathroom and living room. There will be 1-3 persons in each apartment.
Your accommodation includes running water and furnishing, which will be included in this program. Depending on your internship, you may receive a stipend which you may use for food, your electricity bill, and any other needs. We will help arrange this with your host company and negotiate on your behalf.
You will have access to a shared kitchen in your apartment where you can cook your own food.
Depends on your location.
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the program.
Sights & Surroundings
Depends on your location.
From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.
Name: People’s Republic of China
Population: 1.37 billion
Language: Standard Chinese
Currency: Renminbi (Yuan) (CNY)
Time zone: CST (UTC +8)
China covers approximately 9.6 million square kilometers making it the 2nd largest country by land area. It is not only the country with the largest population in the world but it is also one of the largest economies laying claim to being the world’s largest exporter and 2nd largest importer of goods.
It is a country of incredible cultural history boasting one of the earliest ancient civilisations dating back to around 2800 BC. Its landscape is equally rich in diversity, ranging from its forest steppes, its deserts in the north and subtropical forests in the south to its 14,500km long stretch of Pacific Ocean coastline. All of this makes China an incredible and exciting place to be, both in what it has to offer today and the story of its past.
Due to the vast expanse of land that China covers both in terms of longitude and latitude, the climate varies greatly from place to place. Generally, the climate pattern in China is characterised by dry seasons and wet monsoons. The rainy seasons mainly span from May to september but this pattern is less consistent in the some areas such as the dry northwest.
The difference in season causes a pronounced disparity in temperatures between winter and summer. Whilst the summer offers warm temperatures almost everywhere, the winter can cause temperatures to drop significantly, especially in the northern areas of China.
The southern provinces start to experience the monsoons first, starting in April and May. The winds start to blow north in June meaning that northern provinces receive the rains around July and August, and the rains start to come to an end in September and are generally completely over in October. The northwest of China is the only area that avoids the monsoon climate.
China is one of four great ancient civilizations with 3,600 years of written history, and its culture both past and present is incredibly profound. Whilst Chinese cultural identity has many common, unifying elements, it is a country that represents 56 ethnic minority groups, the largest of which is the Han Chinese (900 million people), with other groups including the Tibetans, Mongols, Naxi etc. The significance of this is that each group to an extent creates their own culture and so within the vast expanse of China, depending on where you are, cultural variety is plentiful and there to be explored!
The country is currently ruled by The Chinese Communist Party. It is officially atheist, but is slowly and surely becoming more tolerant towards the practice of religion. The five official religions in China are Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism. Due to the fact that it is only in recent years that tolerance of religion has made any progress, the practice of other religions is not formally recognised, although are often tolerated especially in the case of ancient Chinese beliefs. Currently about a quarter of the population practice Taoism, Confucianism and other traditional religions.
There are 8 different styles of traditional Chinese cuisine, and traditional food can be found everywhere in China. Other styles adopted into Chinese cuisine and that might be found in China include Singaporean, Malaysian, Indonesian, Indian and American cuisine.
The staple foods used in Chinese cooking include exactly what you would expect: rice, noodles, and vegetables with sauces and seasonings.
The attitude regarding food in China is generally “waste not, want not” meaning that it not just uses a wide variety of both plants and animals, but every part of these plants and animals are used in some way. For westerners this might mean that there are a few things on the menu that you may not be used to and might want to avoid.
Due to the scale of the country, it isn't surprising that each area of China has a unique style of cooking and the ingredients very much depend on the natural agricultural produce of the specific region. For example the south of China uses far more rice than the north, where wheat is its main ingredient, a reason why noodles and dumplings are much more common. Southern food is also typically more spicy than that of the north.
Common Chinese dishes include: Sweet and Sour Pork, Gong Bao Chicken, Ma Po Tofu, Wontons, Dumplings, Chow Mein, Peking Roasted Duck and Spring Rolls