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Projects Abroad in China - Arrival Procedure in Shanghai

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Volunteers fly into Pudong airport in Shanghai and it takes around an hour to collect your luggage and clear customs. All volunteers are met by a Projects Abroad member of staff. If you are based in Shanghai itself you will be taken by taxi to your accommodation to settle in. If you are based in Wujiang, after changing some money in Shanghai and meeting the local staff at our office, you will be taken by car to your host-family, which will take about 3 hours.

Our office is in Pudong, a business district East of the Huang Pu River (a part of the Yangtze Kiang) in Shanghai. This area has grown up on marshland in the last ten years and is currently seeing the arrival of many new foreign firms, as well as shopping malls and restaurants. The area West of the River is called 'Puxi' and is where most of the markets, shops and bars are located.

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Volunteering in China: Orientation and Induction

Whether you are living in Wujiang or Shanghai, later in the day you will be given a tour of the local area by a member of staff to help you get your bearings. As well as a view of the main landmarks, we will also show you the post office, banks, pharmacies, internet cafes and other useful services. Our Welcome Pack provides information about Shanghai and Wujiang and includes comprehensive maps of the cities, as well as the telephone numbers of other volunteers in your area. You'll also have the chance to have lunch and maybe meet up with some other volunteers.

Volunteers based in Wu Jiang will be shown how to take a bus, whereas volunteers in Shanghai will be shown how to get to their nearest underground station, which is normally a 10 minute walk from the accommodation. In the case of Shanghai you'll also find out where the best shops are and even where the most popular nightspots are! The following day, Kay our Director in China takes volunteers to their placement to receive a formal introduction with their project supervisor.

Accommodation in China is a little different from most of our other destinations. Volunteers in Wujiang usually live with local families, however in Shanghai volunteers live in rented apartments. You are likely to share the apartment with between one and three other volunteers. The apartments are heated, air-conditioned and of a good standard, with washing facilities and basic cooking facilities. We provide all volunteers living in Shanghai with a food allowance and will recommend local restaurants to volunteers on their first day. The quality of food in China is excellent - meals are a real focal point of the day. You may even be lucky enough to be invited to one of the numerous banquets!

There was a real sense of family in the apartment I shared with other volunteers - it was nice to all eat together and discuss what everyone had done each day."
Emma Bugden, Medicine in China

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