1. In Brief
Visit one of the oldest civilisations in the world. China has a rich and mystical history stretching back thousands of years, and is home to some of the world’s greatest treasures.
China is a big country in so many ways; it is a melting pot for many religions, languages and cuisines, not to mention that it is now the most populated country in the world and at the forefront of modern society. Nowhere else can you get the mix of modern and traditional life that China offers. A society in which old meets new at every turn and where old traditions are swept along on the wave of modern society.
Get a taste of the real China in the beautiful city of Yantai, in China's remote north-east. The city is an outpost of ancient civilisation and is still alive today with magnificent temples, set amongst lush green rolling hills. On this project you will live and work alongside masters of martial arts, getting to know more about yourself and hopefully learning some of the local language as you go.
Create unforgettable memories
Learn martial arts from the Chinese masters
Make lifelong friends
Shangdong Province, China
Kung Fu techniques and methods
Meditation and mental preparation
Airport pick-up on arrival
Before you go
Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up
A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.
PADI DIVE TRAINING
On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!
Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.
Find out more about PADI qualifications.
2. The project
WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
China has a deep routed tradition in martial art, with Masters passing down knowledge to students through the generations. Today all forms of martial arts have become very popular in the West. Frontier is proud to be working with the renowned Seven Star Mantis Kung Fu Masters Zhong Lianbao and Yu TainLu to bring you our China Kung Fu Program. Therefore by joining our program you not only have the chance to learn from a true Master, but also the opportunity to choose from the range of different styles and forms. Both Master Zhong and Master Yu have many years’ experience teaching both Chinese and International students.
Your project is based in Shandong province, the birthplace of Chinese martial arts, commonly called wushu or kung fu in Mandarin. There are a number of fighting styles that have developed over the centuries in China. These fighting styles are often classified according to common traits, identified as "schools" of martial arts. Examples of such traits include physical exercises involving animal mimicry, or training methods inspired by Chinese philosophies, religions or legends. Styles which focus on Qi, or inner energy or "life force" manipulation are labelled as internal, while others that concentrate on improving muscle and cardiovascular fitness and are labelled external.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
On this project you will be given the chance to study alongside Kung Fu masters and train using various techniques to improve your martial art skills. You will start your training by learning about key components that make up Chinese martial arts; basics, forms, applications and weapons. Each style of Kung Fu places different emphasis on each component. In order to gain the most out of your Kung Fu project you will have the opportunity to study the philosophy and ethics and even the medical practice behind Chinese martial arts and Chinese attitudes and culture, considered essential by the masters in order to progress your Kung Fu skills.
You will study for 4 hours per day Monday to Friday. Each morning you will study your chosen Kung Fu / martial art for two hours and in the afternoon you will have two hours of Chinese mandarin tuition. The schedule and timetable are subject to adjustment with prior notice and can be tailored and negotiated for your convenience and individual requirements.
You will get familiar with the basics, training in rudimentary techniques, conditioning exercises and stances. Basic training may involve repeating simple movements such as stretching, meditation, striking, throwing, and jumping, after all, practice makes perfect. You will work to build strong and flexible muscles, understanding proper body mechanics and management of Qi or breath.
Depending on your skills and experience you may be offered the chance to learn specific forms, known as taolu in Chinese including Taijiqun, Sanda, Mantis Boxing or Shaolin Fist. These are a series of predetermined movements combined so they can be practiced as one linear set of movements. Forms were originally taught to specially selected students to preserve the lineage of a particular style of Kung Fu. Take part in group classes where you will be drilled in different forms and different conditioning techniques to improve your strength, stamina, balance, flexibility and coordination. You may also get the opportunity to learn forms that utilise the use of weapons, sparing with other students in the class to perfect your craft.
3. What to expect
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
Upon your arrival at Yantai Laishan International Airport you will be picked up by a friendly member of staff who will transport you to your accommodation. Once you have had time to rest the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Your in-country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this diverse and friendly country.
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
There are a range of accommodation options available for this placement. You will either be staying in a welcoming homestay, in dorms on the university campus or at a local hostel. Check with your coordinator and let us know your preferences! All accommodation options come with basic amenities.
WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
Food is not provided as part of this programme. This is a fun element of travelling away from home as it gives you that added freedom and is a good opportunity to bond with fellow students while exploring local restaurants and market stalls! All meals are based on fresh produce that is purchased from the local area. Meals from the local university canteen cost around USD $1 per meal.
There are many different varieties of Chinese cooking styles, usually based on the region from which they originate. Many of us will be familiar with elements of Chinese food but you can expect the staples of rice and noodles served with fresh stir-fried vegetables, including regional delicacies like Soya beans, bamboo shoots and Bok Choy (Chinese cabbage). There are all sorts of meats and sea foods available along with soups and stews, all flavoured using different sauces such as black bean, Hoisin and Oyster.
You'll find plenty to do whilst on your Kung Fu project in China. During your free time, activities such as hiking, Chinese Mandarin language lessons, calligraphy, acupuncture and massage may be available.
The region is a pleasant mix of both the old and the new, and throughout the regions capital Yantai, you’ll find tree-lined streets and ancient, weather-worn temples alongside modern bars and street cafes. After your project, tours of the region or even further a field in China can be arranged for you including a range of adventure and cultural activities. If you prefer to explore these sites for yourself, our field staff can offer valuable insider tips and guidance to you and your new friends.
7. Dates and Costs
PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY WHEN APPLYING FOR THIS POPULAR PROGRAMME
2 weeks, 3 weeks, 4 weeks
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.
We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.
You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the
project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check
to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration
of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best
to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project.
Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.
Your insurance should include the following:
- Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
- Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
- Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).
If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up
to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider
obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to
do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain
cover for your baggage and personal effects.
8. How to apply
To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.
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