The Mogao caves are best known of the Chinese Buddhism grottoes, and together with Longmen Grottoes and Yungang Grottoes, are one of the three famous ancient Buddhist sculptural sites of China. As one of the World Heritage sites in China, the caves contain some of the finest examples of Buddhist art spanning a period of 1,000 years. As a volunteer at Mogao caves, you will learn about the history of Mogao Grottoes, and introduce them to worldwide visitors.

Location of the project: Dunhuang, China
Starting time: May 2019/ May 2020
Project length: 5 weeks
Arrival airport: Shanghai Pudong Airport
Program fee: 600 USD

What's included

  • Accommodation - Shared accommodation/private room
  • Food - 3 meals per day
  • Airport - Pick up and transfer
  • Orientation - Introduction to China, Culture and Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities, Introduction to Project and Placement, Sightseeing in Shanghai
  • Support - 24/7 support
  • Activity - Various cultural immersion activities on a monthly basis for interns to know about quintessential Chinese culture

What's not included

  • Return flights from your home country to Shanghai
  • Domestic transportation in China ( from Shanghai to Dunhuang)
  • Visa fee
  • International insurance
  • Other personal expenses
  • Mandarin classes (we can assist you to sign up for Mandarin classes if you would like to learn the language)


  • 18-45 years old
  • Intermediate level of Mandarin language skills
  • Secondary school diploma and above
  • Good in health
  • Clean criminal record

Application process

  • Submit your CV
  • Interview with our program manager
  • Interview with volunteer recruitment team
  • Visa application process
  • Book your flight
  • Arrive in China


  • Learn about the rich and splendid history and culture of Mogao Caves
  • Introduce the site's history to overseas visitors in English and assist the sites with daily operations
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Last updated February 7, 2019
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