TravelChinaGuide.com is now recruiting more volunteers! If you have a great interest in Chinese history and culture, if you have proficient English language skills, and if you enjoy traveling and like to share your travel experiences with others, do not hesitate to join us. You will get a lot of enjoyment out of volunteering!
Why Volunteer with Us?
You will have the satisfaction of knowing you are helping others and that the achievements of our site can be attributed to your support. This will earn the gratitude of travelers who will be able to enjoy their visit to China to the full as a consequence of your contribution.
It is flexible work - you can work at home and in your own time. You can stop volunteering at any time, though prior notice will be appreciated.
Once you join us as a volunteer, you will become a friend of TravelChinaGuide.com and become part of our happy team.
You'll have the benefit of free China travel advice from our experienced tour experts.
What a volunteer does:
what do our volunteers do for this site.
Our volunteers give us a great deal of help usually by proofreading articles and providing valuable advice. Because of cultural differences it is sometimes necessary to research aspects of an article in order to explain or describe matters correctly. The Internet is a wealth of information in this connection.
Our articles are written by highly qualified editors but usually require revision by a native English speaker so as to ensure that grammar, phraseology and syntax are correct. With the help of our volunteers our articles become more comprehensible.
To complete this process we e-mail an article to the volunteer who will proofread it and return an edited version in Word format. Normally texts should be retuned within seven working days, with any alterations highlighted in a different color so that they can be noted by the original author.
See the samples below:
Through e-mail, we may also ask for your valued advice on our programs or on specific items of topical interest, such as, for example, the recent floatation of Chinese currency or the effect of Bird Flu on tourism. With an English-speaker's point of view, and using the volunteer's kind thoughts and suggestions, we are able to ensure that our web site is more practical and approachable.
qualifications that volunteers are expected to have.
It's so easy to say yes to becoming a volunteer via the Internet that many individuals sign up to do so before really considering what such a commitment involves.
Before you volunteer to help us via the Internet, consider the following so as to determine whether you can make a commitment:
Regular, Ongoing Access to the Internet
If you only have access at college, and the semester is about to end; or, if you are about to switch Internet providers or computers, now is probably not a good time to volunteer to undertake a project.
Age and Education
As most readers of our site are middle-aged people who love China and traveling to China, you will probably have at least a bachelor's degree. However, if you are very skilled in writing, this requirement can be ignored.
Excellent writing skills are essential. As English as your native language, you will have the ability to make our articles more idiomatic.
You need to be able to devote time to the task, as once you volunteer, we may send you an article of not less than 500 words per week which could take 2 -3 hours to correct. We expect the article to be returned promptly, within a week. Of course, the volunteer's manager will be very understanding of your job and family commitments, so he/she will send you assignments according to what you feel you can achieve -- but they do count on you to finish assignments you undertake.
If you answered no to any of the above questions, or had difficulty answering some of the questions, perhaps you are not ready for volunteering at this time.