Join the 2018 Dream Corps Summer Volunteer Program


Dream Corps is recruiting about 60 international volunteers to participate in its Summer Volunteer Program this year. Interviews

will be given on a rolling basis. Our application deadline is 28th Feb 2018.



THE PROGRAM STRIVES AIMS TO ACHIEVE THE FOLLOWING:


1.

Address inequality of resources between rural and urban areas by providing a rich variety of high quality books to underprivileged children.

2.

Create sustained impact by directly working with local school teachers and residents on issues of reading, education, and beyond.

3.

Strive for unprejudiced mutual understanding and intercultural exchange through full immersion.

VOLUNTEERS WILL TAKE PART IN ACTIVITIES THAT INCLUDE:


1.

Establishing and developing libraries: decorations, cataloging books, setting up the electronic cataloging system, and working with students and teachers to establish library policies.

2.

Reading programs: Library Month, Reading Aloud, Science and Reading, English Reading, and crafts.

3.

Understanding and learning from locals:Communicating with the local teachers, Visiting student homes, Promoting reading in the community

PROGRAM INFORMATION


The volunteer program starts from 21st May 2018 to 22nd June 2018. The program consists of 1 month of online training in

April (three-hour meetings every week), 2 days of training in Beijing or Shanghai, 4 weeks of volunteer work at program sites, and a

2-day concluding forum in Beijing or Shanghai. Note the important dates below.

WHY SHOULD YOU VOLUNTEER WITH DREAM CORPS

1.     Gain first-hand understanding of rural China through experiential learning.

2.     Work with a team of brilliant volunteers from diverse backgrounds and build long-lasting friendships.

3.     Become part of the dynamic Dream Corps community and contribute to its sustained efforts to advance educational equality.

4.     Practice social and civic responsibility through community service.

5.     Explore issues of education in the context of China's political structure, historical background, and socioeconomic developments.

WHO SHOULD APPLY

ARE YOU

•      Mature, curious, and open-minded?

•      A strategic thinker and/or an active doer with a passion for development, education, and the non-profit sector in China?

•      Hardworking, self-motivated, and able to adapt to new and possibly harsh environments?

DO YOU BELIEVE IN

•      Diversity, understanding, and intercultural exchange?

•      Empowerment through learning?

•      Effecting change not by simply delivering goods but by investing in people?


If your answers are YES, then we strongly encourage you to apply.

IMPORTANT DATES

Jan. 1, 2018Online application opens

Feb. 28, 2018Application closes

March 14, 2018Finish all interviews

March 14, 2018 @EveningAll YES decisions out

March 21, 2018All YES confirmations

March 22, 2018All decisions out, including waitlists

March 26, 2018Waitlist confirmations

March 26-30, 2018Welcome letter

April 8, 2018 Online training begins(including 4 sessions, 3 hours each)

April 7, 2018 @9PM Eastern Time Online Training Session 1

April 14, 2018 @9PM Eastern Time: Online Training Session 2

April 21, 2018 @9PM Eastern Time Online Training Session 3

April 28, 2018 @9PM Eastern Time Online Training Session 4

May 18, 2018 Beijing or Shanghai check-in

May 20-21, 2018 Beijing or Shanghai training

May 21, 2018 Volunteers leave for sites

May 23 - June 21, 2018 Working at sites

June 22, 2018 Volunteers come back to Beijing or Shanghai

June 23-24, 2018 Concluding forum

2018 SITES INFORMATION


The 10 sites for 2018 are located in Guizhou, Gansu, Sichuan, Fujian and Henan, with some possible changes. Applicants can indicate preferences, but preferences may not always be prioritized. More site-specific information will be provided during online training.

QUALIFICATIONS

•      Above 18 years old.

•      Interested in international development, rural education, and the non-profit sector in China.

•      Participate proactively in all activities and immerse in the local environment.

•      Respectful of local rural customs, habits, and culture and willing to humbly listen to the views of local teachers, leaders, and parents.

•      Able to adapt to rural accommodations, environment, and eating conditions.

•  ​    Able to communicate and work effectively and respectfully with people from different cultural backgrounds. Team-oriented and tolerant of diversity.

•      Responsible, well-organized, and creative.

•      Willing to promote the importance of reading to locals through various activities.

•      Experience with volunteering and community service is strongly preferred but not required.

•      Ability to speak Mandarin Chinese is mandatory.


Please read the important dates and make sure you are able to participate in the entire program.

Attendance in the entire program is absolutely required.

EXPENSES

Volunteers pay their own airfare to Beijing. Besides airfare, each volunteer should prepare about 3500RMB for basic logistics.​ 500RMB of this cost will be collected at the time of acceptance as a deposit for participating in the program. The rest of the 3000RMB will be collected upfront on the first day of Beijing training to support each volunteer for the whole program. At the end of the program, the rest of expenses (should there be any) will be returned to volunteers. The basic personal cost covers all accommodations during training and the concluding forum, transportation to and from the program sites, lodging at the sites, health insurance for domestic travel, and training materials. Dream Corps will be responsible for the costs of the library establishment and reading programs (i.e. books, equipment, and librarian training).Personal expense breakdowns will be given to the volunteers during concluding forum.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you have any questions regarding the application and volunteer selection process, please contact us at

volunteer@dreamcorps.org




APPLICATION

1

COMPLETE ONLINE APPLICATION


There is no application fee.

Personal Information

CV/Resume

Personal Statement (Please see the personal statement guideline for details)

One recommendation letter from a friend (not required but encouraged)

2

INTERVIEW


Qualified applicants will be interviewed in person or via Skype. The interview takes about one hour.

Each round of interview will be conducted by 2 interviewers.

There will likely be more than one round of interviews.

3

NOTIFICATION OF DECISION


Jan 5 – Mar 10, 2018: Those selected for an interview will be notified.

Final decision letters will be sent out by email before end of March.





PERSONAL STATEMENT GUIDELINES

Please carefully read and answer the following questions clearly and directly. Essays written in either English or Chinese are acceptable. Limit your response to 750 words per question.


1. Why do you want to be a volunteer, and why do you choose Dream Corps International?

2. What is the thing that touching you most this year? Why?

ONLINE APPLICATION

Please click HERE for our online application.

RECOMMENDATION LETTER

Please refer to the online application for recommendation invitations. If you experience any difficulties with the application please contact svp@dreamcorps.org.