Welcome to the Migrant Children’s Foundation
The MCF is a non-profit organisation (Registered Charity Number 1154709 MIGRANT CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION. UK) that aims to enrich the lives of disadvantaged children in China through volunteering. Our volunteers undertake one month support placements at under-resourced schools in Beijing, but the focus isn't only on teaching – it's about sharing experiences, giving time, learning new skills and experiencing life in one of the oldest, most fascinating and fastest-changing countries on earth. This is what makes MCF unique.
Find out more about our activities:
The Volunteer Program offers volunteers from overseas the chance to undertake an unforgettable one-month teaching placement at one of our partner schools in Beijing.
If you have the desire and drive to help others, combined with the strength of character to adapt to a new and challenging environment, apply to The Volunteer Program today.
This MCF cornerstone involves volunteers from different cultures going to migrant schools twice a week - Friday afternoon and Saturday morning - to teach English. This is a great melting pot where volunteers share cultural influences through the practice of teaching English with an eager audience of migrant children. The underlying essence of Beijing Buddies is that despite our external differences, we are united by a common spirit that brings nations together in harmony and learning. Check out our website where volunteer blogs tell the real story – how the learning is mutual and brings a cultural richness to children and teachers alike.
Fun with Science
Fun With Science Program is a hugely successful event that happens once a month. Dedicated members of the Royal Society of Chemistry (Beijing Local Section), the Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Institute of Physics and Peking University volunteers come to our migrant schools to expose students to the fascinating world of Chemistry and Physics. Under the watchful eye of Chemistry Professor David Evans and Professor Richard De Grijs enthusiastic students experiment and learn about Physics and Chemistry in a fun way.
Another MCF cornerstone is the life-enhancing Health Checkup Program. This project is in conjunction with the GlobalCare Hospital and the migrant schools where MCF transports children to the hospital where they receive a full health checkup that is paid for by MCF and the sponsors. To date, 310 children have benefited from the extensive health checks and one life was substantially lengthened and enhanced thanks to early detection of heart challenges.
The MCF Kids’ Club
A growing bond has developed between MCF-sponsored migrant schools and the International schools that has resulted in many cross-cultural learning tools for all involved. These include Sports Days, Creative Writing Tasks, Arts and Crafts Projects and, of course, an English learning curriculum. The first MCF Kids’ club was established this year at the Beijing City International School (BCIS), with the students themselves contributing towards the organization and implementation of these events and pursuits.
Thanks to this MCF program, students have gotten out of the classroom and into many interesting venues, including the Beijing Zoo that involved 220 enthusiastic students. Other places included the Beijing National Library, where students learned writing skills from Australian writers, as well as many cultural and dance recitals. These activities help build confidence give the migrant children a sense of belonging and well being.
Poor eyesight often keeps children at the low end of educational achievement. To counter this, MCF has created the Glasses Galore Program, during which children undergo eye examinations and are provided glasses if poor eyesight is detected. So far, 160 children have received glasses and their participation in class and marks have improved.
Seventeen hundred children received Christmas gifts this past year, thanks to MCF’s partners and sponsors. An army of volunteers wrapped and distributed these presents to excited and grateful children, many of whom had never been on the receiving end of such a great community effort.
Through all of our activities, our goals are:
- To give migrant children the opportunity to experience people and ideas they wouldn't necessarily find in their day-to-day environment
- To give support and resources to the hard-working staff of under-resourced local schools
- To offer our volunteers the opportunity to be immersed into a unique foreign culture and to experience an incredibly rewarding working environment
- To support our volunteers every step of the way