THE NEW HOPE FOUNDATION FOSTER HOME IN BEIJING WILL NOT BE TAKING VOLUNTEERS IN 2019. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT – PERHAPS IN ANOTHER PART OF CHINA – PLEASE CONTACT US AGAIN AT THE END OF THE YEAR.
Until this year the New Hope Foundation has taken enthusiastic and mature young people who were willing to volunteer to run an English kindergarten for the children in their care, who are abandoned or orphaned and are ill or disabled. The kindergarten provides stimulation and early development skills as well as exposure to English for pre-school aged children.
Dr Joyce and Robin Hill run a very efficient operation where local women carers (‘aunties’) are in charge of looking after the daily needs of the sick and disabled babies who live in the home. These women are the main care givers for the babies and it is to them that the babies learn to bond (the home has an impressive ratio of 2 babies per carer).
The responsibility of volunteers is to provide stimulation and exposure to English through the daily kindergarten classes from Monday to Friday. This is essential for building self confidence and improving quality of life both for the terminally ill and those who are well enough to be adopted later.
Management is busy with the running of the home and with the babies’ medical issues and so volunteers are expected to get on with their duties without detailed supervision. Volunteers are also asked to help update reports on children for their ‘sponsors’ overseas and to help keep a scrapbook for each children which will help give them a history when they are adopted.
The New Hope building is new and purpose built to a high standard. Volunteers live in the building (or in the grounds) and all activities take place here – see New Hope website for photos. (Volunteers may be asked to work at other facilities around China where the buildings are also built to a high standard but which are in very different surroundings. Volunteers need to be sure they have done their research on other cities before they agree to work in them.)
New Hope is in Shunyi, just outside Beijing itself and ten minutes walk from a local village in one direction and ten minutes cycle ride to one in the other direction.
For more information on New Hope see their website: www.newhope.foundation and then contact us if you would like to be interviewed to volunteer! However, we will not be recommending candidates until late 2019.