Volunteering in China

510545_76727771I just learned today that my book, Frommer’s 500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference, is going to be translated and sold in China.

I’m pretty chuffed about that, so I wanted to focus today’s post on volunteering in China.

Hands on Shanghai helps connect China-based and visiting professionals to charitable organizations in Shanghai for short-term volunteer assignments. If you’re on vacation in Shanghai, “The Paris of the East,” you can make a volunteer commitment of just a few hours and really make a difference for local children, schools, elderly, environmental programs, or construction projects.

Here’s a Chines proverb I’m pretty fond of: If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Jennifer Gruskoff on October 21, 2009 at 6:12 PM

    Thank you, Andrew. I will tell my friends who have adopted a child in Shanghai to look in to this on their next trip over – which they plan to make with their daughter in the next year.


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