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Giving a helping hand

Whether you would like to volunteer in our school community, support school in raising funds for our chosen charities or perhaps explore one of the many opportunities there is Shanghai for you to volunteer your skills, experience and enthusiasm, then we have got something for you.

Helping here at BISS Puxi

We have many ways in which you can use your skills and expertise helping at school.  As well as volunteering to hear children read in the primary school, you can help in so many other ways.  We have had parents help out with creating and making costumes and sets for school productions, talking to students in secondary school about the careers and industries expats work in, and offering work experience placements.  Parents can get involved in helping out with school outings and sports fixtures, writing for the website or playing in our school orchestra. We also have opportunities to be room parent representatives, a member of the Parent representatives group for primary and secondary, as well as country ambassadors.  In fact if you have a strength that you think we could use why not drop us an email and tell us what you could offer. 

As well as helping out in the classroom, all our parents automatically become members of the BISS Puxi Parent Teacher Association.  The PTA organise the New Parent Programme as well as many events throughout the year for the enjoyment of families at the school and at the same time raise money for different charities. You can read more about how the PTA help in the PTA Corner.

HandsOn Shanghai

Founded in 2004, this non-profit organisation provides a bridge between individuals who are looking to give back to the community and organisations that would benefit from the support volunteers can provide.

Each month they engage with more than 2500 volunteers through more than 150 local service projects ranging from education, care of the elderly, facilities improvement and children’s health.

Whether you want to become involved in an exciting photography project with migrant school children or you have a few hours to spare to help give a fresh coat of paint to a building or plant some flowers at a school, hospital or home for the elderly, HandsOn is the place to start.

Heart to Heart Shanghai

Like many of the volunteer projects here in shanghai Heart to Heart was started by a group of expat women who began organising weekly play sessions at a hospital for Chinese children from extremely poor families who are undergoing heart surgery. Volunteers are needed by Heart to Heart Shanghai to participate in children's play activities at the Shanghai Yodak Cardio-Thoracic Hospital in Puxi and the Shanghai Children's Medical Centre (SCMC) in Pudong.  Play sessions are conducted from 2-3.30pm. No experience or Chinese-language skills are required.  In addition to volunteering at the hospitals, you can also get involved in the Heart Bears project by knitting cardigans for the bears, assembly them or donating.  Each bear carries a nametag of a patient and the quote, "A good doctor repaired my heart and now I can walk to school!"  To find out more click on to heart2heart.

Mifan Mama

I'm hungry" were the words that led to the founding of Mifan Mama in 2008. They were spoken to a foreign lady by a little girl who was in need of food. To make sure that the response was an ongoing effort and not just a 'one off' Mifan Mama was formed. Mifan Mama went on to supply basic food items and so much more to that orphange for over three years and now does the same to orphanages in four provinces within China.  You can participate by helping to run fundraisers, taking children out for the day from Shining Star, a residential home for blind and partially sighted orphans, teaching English, playing and interacting with children and helping to dispatch items for the annual ‘Boxes of love’ campaign. To find out more click on to Mifan Mama.


Was founded in Shanghai in 2008 by a native Chinese and three expatriates, Baobei Foundation provides surgeries and post-surgical rehabilitation for Chinese orphans with life-threatening birth defects. The name Baobei, which means "precious" or "precious child" in Chinese, reflects the belief that each child is precious and each child has a unique contribution to make to this world. Baobei has provided over 200 surgeries for over 150 orphans who were near death, but are now healthy and living with permanent families. You can become involved by visiting children in hospital or providing short or long term foster care. If you have medical qualifications and experience, your talents will be welcomed. In addition you may be able to help with event or web management. To find out more click on to Baobei.

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones was founded in 2006 in order to organize volunteers to teach English in Shanghai's primary schools for migrants in response to requests from schools’ principals, which struggled to provide a reasonable standard of English teaching to their students.  Their work now expands to a Regular Classroom Teaching Programme; After-School Tuition Programme; Summer Programme; Rural Volunteering Tours, and the I Care Project, providing glasses and educating children in good eye care.  You can volunteer as a main teacher or an assistant delivering lessons to children aged 6 to 15. To find out more click on to Stepping Stones.

Shanghai Sunrise

Shanghai Sunrise was founded in 1995 and is a non-profit volunteer-led organization.  It raises funds for high school, university and college scholarships to Shanghai area students from poor, working families.  You can help by sponsoring a high school or college student or if you have expertise in financial management, IT, marketing, translation, event management or fundraising they would be keen to hear from you. To find out more click on to Shanghai Sunrise.

Walk into Life and Learn (W.I.L.L) Foundation

W.I.L.L. is a sustainable and self-sufficient Eco-learning Centre for Disadvantaged Children. Volunteers at the W.I.L.L. Foundation engage in a broad range of activities including tutoring, writing, cooking, crafting, mentoring, serving, caring, driving, sorting, cleaning, and chatting. Some of the programs require short-term commitments, while others require the dependability and dedication of a long-term volunteer. To find out more click on to W.I.L.L. Foundation.

Mom to Mom sale 

This is aimed at expatriate mothers who want to see their gently used clothes, children’s clothes and home appliances. 15% of total sales made at Mom to Mom sale is donated and the money is growing each year.  You can get involved in the selling and administration of the twice yearly sales held at The Shanghai Racquet Club. To find out more click on to Mom to Mom sale.

Other ways to help

Caritas offers outreach projects to support migrant education, cancer patients, disabled orphans and more.

Home Sweet Home provides care for the homeless, including meals, clothing, job training and reintegration.

Jaiya's Animal Rescue helps rescued animals find foster families and permanent homes.

More Than Aware promotes breast cancer awareness and prevention and hosts annual fundraising events for the Shanghai Cancer Recovery Centre.

Morning Tears supports kids whose parent(s) are incarcerated.

A Pleins Mans helps orphans, impoverished children, former lepers, individuals with disabilities and the homeless.

The Renewal Centre helps homeless individuals find support, employment and permanent homes.

Shanghai Healing Home provides pre- and post-surgical care to orphaned babies suffering from surgically correctable deformities.