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1. Who sponsors the volunteer program?
In order to promote the use of Chinese language and improve the level of Chinese teaching project in the world, promote dissemination of Chinese language study and Chinese culture abroad, enhance the mutual understanding between China and other countries, as well as to further improve friendship and exchange among all nations, the leading group office of Hanban formulated the Program of Chinese Volunteers to Teach Chinese in Foreign Countries. It is one of the new approaches launched by Hanban to meet the need of the mushroom development situation of Chinese language teaching in the whole world, making good use of the advantage of abundant resources of talents in the country with their mother tongue capability and providing teachers for any country if it needs them.
Approved by the PRC Ministry of Education, the Program took effect on March 26, 2004.
Hanban has established the Center of Chinese Volunteers to Teach Chinese in Foreign Countries (referred to as "Volunteer Center") to deal with the daily routine of Hanban.
2. What are the qualifications for such a volunteer?
Any Chinese citizen at the age of less than 65 and in good health condition can apply for the volunteer service. They should be ready to devote themselves to and love the cause of Chinese-language teaching, enthusiastic in volunteerâ€™s activities, and willing to teach Chinese abroad, always well behaved, without any criminal or penalty record, and graduated from a junior college or above, majoring in Chinese language teaching for foreigners, or in Chinese language and literature, history, philosophy, education, foreign language, political science, psychology, law, sociology and other related disciplines. They may be Chinese language teachers retired from universities, or middle or primary schools with an educational background of graduation from a junior college or above. They should be able to speak standard Putonghua, or common Chinese speech.
They must be ready to bear hardships and withstand hard work, with a sense of responsibility, and be ready to help others, and be patient, and always leading an industrious and frugality life, and be prepared for working and living in a new environment with a different cultural background. They should be optimistic, cheerful and adaptable to the new environment where they will live and work. Those who are capable of doing administrative and leading work shall be in preference to others.
3. Do applicants need to have experience in teaching Chinese as a foreign language beforehand?
It is not necessary. But applicants should have some basic knowledge of Chinese language and culture, along with Chinese-language teaching ability. Those applicants who have some experiences relating to the teaching will be given priority consideration.
4. How to register for the voluntary service?
All those who are qualified to apply for the project can download the Application Form of the Program of Chinese Volunteers to Teach Chinese in Foreign Countries on the Hanban website (www.hanban.edu.cn ) and apply for registration along with provision of copies of personal resume, identification card, and domiciliary register and copies of educational background record and certificate of good behavior without criminal or penalty record (students: endorsed by the student management department of the school; others: by local public security department). All materials should be sent to the Volunteer Center by registered mail or by EMS. (Address: 17th Floor, Fangyuan Mansion, B Section, No. 56, Zhongguancun South Street, Haidian District, Beijing 100044)
The Volunteer Center shall review all the documents provided by the applicant and shall file the data of those qualified into the personnel database of the Volunteer Center.
5. Need the volunteer to master the language of the country he or she is assigned to?
Volunteers are not necessarily required to master the language of the country to work in. However, In order to make his/her work and life more convenient, volunteers should have a certain degree of proficiency in spoken English. Those who understand the language of a certain country will be taken into consideration for preference when recruited. Please write down what and how much a foreign language you have mastered when making registration.
6. When will volunteers be sent out to work abroad after registration?
This will be decided by the situation of demand abroad. A volunteerâ€™s personal data shall, basically, be kept in the personnel database of the Volunteer Center for two years. During the period, the Center shall select those qualified and suitable applicants for interview according to the requirements demanded by a foreign country along with the applicantâ€™s individual qualification and preference. It shall then make a comprehensive review of those interviewed, and decide who will be recruited. A Notice of Recruitment shall be delivered to the recruit volunteer, and a list of their names shall be made to the public on the Hanban website. Upon recruitment, the volunteers shall take a medical examination, and sign an agreement, undertake training on professional courses, and then be sent abroad according to planned demand if they pass the training course examination.
7. How is the reward for volunteers serving abroad?
The benchmark of subsidy is US$ 400 a month for each volunteer. As for those volunteers who are to be subsided by a local unit in a foreign country for their cost of living, if and when the amount of such a subsidy is sufficient enough to attain the above-said benchmark, the Volunteer Center shall not offer subsidy. If the subsidy does not reach the above benchmark, the Center shall make up the balance.
The Center shall negotiate with the local relevant department in charge of Chinese teaching program in a foreign country to ensure that the teaching hours planned for the teacher will not exceed the limit of lawful working hours in a week set by the local administration and besides, the teacher can enjoy their lawful holidays.
8. How does the Center carry out its supervisory work over the volunteerâ€™s service in a foreign country?
An Agreement on voluntary service for the Program of Chinese Volunteers to Teach Chinese in Foreign Countries between Hanban and the volunteer to be sent abroad shall be signed. The rights and obligations of both sides shall be specified in the agreement. Before the agreement expires, if any act of either side proves in violation of the agreement, or one side suspends the execution of the agreement in advance, shall be liable for any damage therefrom on the other side, and the related legal liability.
9. How to deal with any possible emergency in case a volunteer falls ill or suffers from a mishap during the service term in a foreign land?
The Center attaches importance to safeguarding volunteersâ€™ health and life security. To guarantee their health condition and security, the Center shall engage every volunteer working abroad with one insurance company for their preferential medical care treatment and against accidental damages to the body, as the universally accepted practices do. The volunteer can also take out any policy on other personal insurance. In addition, if the volunteer encounters difficulties abroad, we will try our best to provide any possible necessary assistance. But the volunteers should be equipped with the capabilities to conduct first aid for themselves. When emergencies or serious accident occurs, we shall contact the local Chinese embassy in time for assistance.
Volunteers should be aware of the importance of self-protection and ready to submit themselves to the guidance and assistance from the local Chinese embassy, and respect the local ways and customs, be in good term with the masses of the outfit they serve, and avoid as much as possible going out alone or to insecurity places.
10. How long will a volunteer serve abroad?
The period of volunteer service ranges from half a year to two years, according to the requests of the country they serve. Those who want to extend the period of service should send a written application to the Volunteer Center during the period of service. The Volunteer Center shall negotiate with the country they serve and together decide whether to extend or not the service time and how is the reward during the extended service in light of the actual conditions. If the foreign country they serve requests the extension, to which the volunteer also agrees, the service period shall be extended on the approval of the Volunteer Center.
11. How does the Volunteer Center render a helping hand to volunteers for their preparations?
The Center shall provide professional training for volunteers to be sent abroad after signing the agreement. It will invite experienced teachers or experts of various fields to give lectures or host forums, and provide relevant information on the Hanban website (www.hanban.edu.cn ), answer the questions put forward by volunteers at any time, and provide consultations.
12. Who will pay the air ticket and other relative expenditure on travel abroad?
During the period of training, the Volunteer Center shall provide allowances on traffic, boarding and lodging, and cost of physical examinations, (those who do not pass the examination shall not participate in the training and shall be regarded as disqualified for the service abroad.) The Center shall also reimburse the costs for volunteers to apply for a visa and a regular individual passport. The Volunteer Center or the destination country shall cover the international travel expenses for the volunteer going to the country.
13. Does the applicant need to have a passport before applying for the service?
The applicant need not possess a passport before applying for the service. As for those who do not have a passport, if and when the Volunteer Center has recruited them as volunteers to be sent abroad, they should immediately apply for a regular individual passport by themselves.
14. Who is responsible for handling such formalities as applying for a visa and other related matters?
In principle, volunteers should apply for the visa by themselves. The Volunteer Center shall provide any necessary assistance.
15. Is it necessary for volunteers to get vaccinations before they depart?
It has to be decided according to the particular circumstances and requirements of the destination country. If necessary, the Volunteer Center will organize such vaccination or advice volunteers to be vaccinated in a hospital by themselves. The Center shall cover the costs.
16. How about the boarding and lodging conditions of the country a volunteer may serve?
In principle, the local department in charge of the program of the country shall provide lodging for the volunteer. The necessary facilities and equipment can be met the requirement. Since the customs and way of life are different, the volunteer should take care of any harmful food.
17. Can relatives pay visits to the volunteer working in a foreign country?
During the period of working abroad, if the relatives of the volunteer wish to pay a visit to the country the latter stays in, they may go through the procedures for going abroad on individual matters at their own expense. Usually, it is not suitable for volunteers to go to serve in a foreign country together their family members.
18. Will the Volunteer Center provide textbooks to the volunteer?
Before sending the volunteer abroad, the Volunteer Center shall entrust relevant universities with the responsibility for training volunteers. During the training, textbooks compiled and edited by Hanban will be used, which can also be used as reference materials in later teaching practice. When the volunteers are working abroad, the Volunteer Center will recommend teaching materials for them in light of the actual teaching conditions of the country they work for and provide sample textbooks, and donate a small quantity of books for promoting their use. The Hanban hopes that volunteers will help encourage the outfit they are working with to use the-Hanban edited Chinese textbooks.
19. What type of training will the Volunteer Center provide to the volunteers?
The Center will provide the volunteers with intensive professional training, which will take a total of 60 hours in no less than 2 weeks. Its aim is to make the volunteer to have more confidence when working abroad, and to be well informed with more knowledge of the destination country, to know more about Chinese language and the skills for teaching Chinese as a foreign language, so as to upgrade their comprehensive quality. The main content of the training includes: The essential nature and characteristics of teaching Chinese as a foreign language and the elementary quality of a Chinese language teacher; the fundamentals of Chinese language (including phonetics, vocabulary and grammar); basic teaching methods (Including preparing lessons, organization of class activities, exercises and tests), applications of modern technologies and resources in teaching Chinese as a foreign language (Internet, multimedia, video/audio), in addition to diplomatic etiquette, related policies and points for attention, a brief introduction to the destination country, and keep-fit knowledge, etc.
20. What are the requirements of volunteers made by the Volunteer Center when they are serving abroad?
Volunteers should submit themselves actively to the leadership of the local Chinese Embassy or consulate, and make every effort to fulfill their duty in service work according to the agreement; obey the laws and regulations of the local government and the rules of the school, respect the customs and ways of life of the country, keep on good terms with the local people, and avoid participating in any activities incompatible with their status.
The officials of the Volunteer Center shall make irregular inspection tours of various countries to check the work of the volunteers, and help volunteers to improve their teaching and solve any possible problems cropping up in their work and daily life.
21. What will the returned volunteers do at the expiration of their term of service?
When they returned to China at the expiration of the terms of service, volunteers should report to the Volunteer Center in time and send their work report to the Center within a month after returning home. The Volunteer Center shall review their performance in the service abroad and make an assessment. Hanban shall award an Honorable Certificate of Meritorious Performance in the Program of Chinese Volunteers to Teach Chinese in Foreign Countries to those who have successfully completed their volunteer service, and award a Distinguish Certificate of Outstanding Performance in the Program of CVTCFC to those who have been highly acclaimed for their service in the foreign country. As for those who did not implement the rules in the agreement or made serious mistakes in their volunteer service, the Volunteer Center will investigate into the case for their liability according to the agreement.
After the volunteer returns to China when the agreement between the volunteer and the Volunteer Center expires, the Center shall not be responsible for job assignment and settlement for the returned volunteer.
22. In case of any emergencies occur in a volunteerâ€™s family, what can the volunteer do when he or she is required to come back?
The volunteer can make an application to both the local school or department he/she is working with and to the Volunteer Center at the same time. On approval, the volunteer may return to China at his or her own expenses.
23. By what channels does Hanban get information from foreign countries so as to make decisions to send out Chinese teachers to carry out the Program?
Hanban keeps in contact with the educational and cultural offices or departments of the local Chinese embassies or consulates, as well as the ministries of education, educational institutions, societies and organizations and Chinese language teacherâ€™s associations or groups in various countries, to know their demand for volunteers.