Choosing a Project

In 2018 OSCA will hold projects in China (Beijing), Japan (Kobe) and Hong Kong. You will be able to find much more information about each of these projects on their separate pages on this website. Here we’d like to give you a quick overview of each project to help you decide which projects might be better suited to you.
The exact dates for OSCA 2018 will be confirmed closer to the time (the schools usually confirm exact dates in February/March), but based on previous years we expect the dates to be roughly as listed below:

  • Hong Kong: 10th of July to the 10th of August 2018
  • Beijing: 1st of July to the 5th of August 2018
  • Japan: 15th of July to the 15th of August 2018

Brief project info:
Hong Kong: great for those who want a great variation of teaching experience, as you’ll be working in both primary and secondary schools. Around 4 weeks of teaching in as many schools, even people with a great deal of teaching experience will feel pushed out of their comfort zones as you teach across many ability and age levels. Each Oxbridge volunteer is paired up with a local volunteer making OSCA Hong Kong an intense cultural exchange experience. This is also a good programme if you enjoy nature as most volunteers go on a few hikes every year.
Japan: this is one of the most varied projects, and is not so much one camp, as 12 separate volunteer experiences. You will be teaching in much smaller groups than in other OSCA camps (in some schools with one or two other volunteers, and some volunteers will be teaching on their own some weeks). This is a great project to become fully immersed in the local culture, with most volunteers enjoying home-stays with Japanese families. In the Japan project the students' ages vary more widely than in any other – from very young primary school students, to very senior adults. 
Beijing: this is a semi-residential project, in that you’ll be living in the school where you teach, but working in a day-camp (the students go home after the camp finishes). The teaching is intense, with long days running varied activities for secondary school students that will push you out of your teaching comfort zone. The cultural immersion is strong in OSCA Beijing, this programme is recommended to those who love teaching and other cultures. Chinese cooking classes, hiking along the Great Wall or learning Kung Fu and Chinese caligraphy are a few of the many things OSCA Beijing has to offer.
All projects: demanding, tough and challenging – definitely not suited for those who are just after a free holiday. In all projects you’ll work long hours and you’ll need heaps of energy to remain bouncy and enthusiastic teaching English the OSCA way. All projects are fantastic in their own way, so a final recommendation from the OSCA team would be not to stress out over your project choice: they are all great, and all of them have been referred to by past volunteers as ‘the best thing I’ve ever done’.
Information Evening Slides: you can find the slides from the Cambridge information evening here. We're uploading these by popular request, though please bear in mind many slides are just photos, and that most of the information from the info evening can be found elsewhere on this webpage.