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The Smith College China Project

The Smith College China Project is a specialized, cross-cultural international community service project. The primary goal is to partner with NGOs (public welfare, social service and environmental institutions), primary and secondary schools, or colleges/universities, to develop reflective intensive internships and teaching fellowships in China.

The type of placement varies with each individual partner organization. Primary areas of focus include: teaching English, social welfare, and energy/nature conservation. Current Smith students can apply for placements during the summer. Recent alumnae can apply for a a post-baccalaureate year-long, paid teaching fellowship. Requirements for individual placements vary according to the host institution.

Directory of Projects:

Nature Conservancy (www.nature.org/china)

The Nature Conservancy is an international organization working throughout China to preserve critical habitat.

Bejing Nature Conservancy Headquarters:

The Amity Foundation http://www.amityfoundation.org/eng/

The Amity Foundation, an independent Chinese voluntary organization, was created in 1985 on the initiative of Chinese Christians to promote education, social services, health, and rural development, environmental protection, and disaster relief from from China’s coastal provinces in the east to the minority areas of the west.

Participation in their projects is open to anyone regardless of faith background. Amity is a leading NGO in China providing significant support to children in orphanages or foster care, and children and teachers in rural China. Their summer volunteer programs provide significant assistance to rural underserved communities.

About The Director

The program is directed by Tiertza-leah Schwartz, director of voluntary services at Smith College. Since 1995 Schwartz has traveled, consulted and participated in community service projects in China. As an adult adoptee, and an adoptive parent of a Chinese daughter, Schwartz brings a special focus to the China project. She continues to provide consultation on the development of community service and community-based learning placements to colleges and universities, NGOs community and social service institutions and has developed a wide range of colleagues in China who are interested in voluntary community service and community-based learning programs.