CHI | Budget travel in China

Country Insights

Beijing

Where ancient tradition meets modern infrastructure

Chow Mein

Oodles of Noodles in China!

The Forbidden City

Home to Chinese Emperors for 500 years.

Currency

Today, $1.00 USD buys 6.86 Chinese Renminbi

Explore China

About The Country

From architectural landmarks like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, to the vast and beautiful countryside, to cosmopolitan cities like Shanghai, China is without a doubt worthy of being on everyone’s travel bucket list. As one of the oldest known civilizations in the world, Chinese history is rich with tradition. This tradition is woven into the fabric of the hustle and bustle of contemporary Chinese society. Modern China also happens to be the most populous nation in the world as well as one of its fastest developing economies.

CHI works with trusted overseas partners in Beijing and in Shanghai to carefully screen and interview host families. Once your application is received, our partners work hard to find a family that is the right fit for your personality. You will have a local coordinator that you can contact for support when you are a World Explorer in China. Your coordinator will help you to fill your free time and connect with a network of international tutors. You don’t need to speak Chinese – but if you are interested in signing up for Mandarin classes, we can help you do so at an affordable price. Extra teaching opportunities may be available.

Beijing and Shanghai are two of the biggest and most exciting cities in the world. With over 20 million inhabitants, there are endless sights to see to keep you busy. Even going to the store is an adventure! While Beijing offers more historical sights, Shanghai offers a coastal environment. Both cities have excellent public transportation. Our host families are extremely hospitable and are great guides. Chinese people are very proud of their culture and enjoy sharing it with foreigners. If you are thinking about getting certified to be an ESL teacher, World Explorers is for you. You will gain hands-on experience teaching English in China while making long-lasting friendships with your hosts.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

We now offer stipends for our English tutors in China. Not only is China one of our cheapest World Explorer destinations, but you can actually earn money teaching English to your host family.

  • First month stipend: $140
  • Second month stipend: $196
  • Third month stipend: $280

Additional Opportunities

We offer unique opportunities in China in addition to our home tutor option. These include:

We can also arrange International Internships in China in the following areas:

  • Information Technology
  • Digital Media
  • Graphic Design
  • Hospitality

World Explorers in China falls under our lowest price bracket. A 90 day program in China costs just $9.99 per day. Remember, you won’t have to pay additional fees for your accommodation or for your meals with her host family! When you think about it, that’s even cheaper than staying home!

Cost Calculator

We understand that keeping the World Explorers cost down is as important as the life-changing experience you will enjoy. Hence, we prepared a cost calculator which shows the cost of the program (excluding airfare) compared to the cost of a standard vacation. The prices are calculated according to the destination chosen, the arrival and departure dates, and the length of your stay. The length of your stay is an especially important factor: the longer you stay abroad, the cheaper the cost per day becomes.

CHI is a non-profit organization, but we still have fixed costs that are necessary for running the program. Our overseas partners are actually for-profit, and we must take that into consideration as well. Our partners do the work to find and screen excellent host families that match your interests and needs!

Do you have questions about your trip costs? Do you have questions about China? We are here to serve you!

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What other world explorers have to say

  • I went to China for a month last summer. I had already been to China twice on high school trips and had taken 6 years of Mandarin classes so I already relatively had a good handle on the language. I still ended up having a lot to learn and managed to improve my language skills in a way I wouldn't have in the classroom.
    I lived with a family in Beijing that had a 6 year old boy that was already learning English in school. My lessons with him quickly became very informal (at his parents' request). Most days we would play or go somewhere with his parents and speak as much English as possible.
    World Explorers also set me up with language classes during the week, which I would suggest. Even though the other students were a lower skill level than me, it was a great way to meet other English speakers. I ended up becoming good friends with my classmates and hanging out with them a lot.
    Overall I would definitely recommend it if you are interested in going to China. World Explorers has a lot less structure than a lot of other study abroad programs (and it is more difficult because of that), but the amount of freedom you are given also makes it much more interesting.

    Cullen Girolamo World Explorer in China, July 2013

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