Get Involved
How you can get involved

Needless to say, your volunteering will create much value and positive change in the lives of many young people in Shangri-La. In addition to your personal fulfillment from your commitment to give back to the world, you will also be able to :

  • Learn some Mandarin or Tibetan
  • Learn and appreciate the local Chinese and Tibetan Culture
  • Make new friends from local communities
  • Enjoy the beauty of the pristine Shangri-La
  • HAVE FUN ! Horse Back Riding, Hiking, Sightseeing...

We are looking for volunteers who can teach these young people:

  • Conversational English
  • Basic computer skills
  • Basic accounting skills
  • Basic management skills

As a volunteer, we will help you set up local room and board. The cost for room and board in Shangri-La is approximately USD$250 a month. Therefore your total cost to volunteer is your travel cost from your home town to Shangri-La plus your room and board. In summary, your total cost includes:

  • Roundtrip Airfare from your home town to Beijing, China
  • Two nights hotel in Beijing for round trip transit
  • Roundtrip Airfare from Beijing to Shangri-La
  • Room and Board in Shangri-La
  • Personal expenses

Should you need any help in arranging for travel within China, please contact Peregrine Travel Inc. (the leading U. S. owned travel company in China) at ( Peregrine Travel has generously agreed to make a donation to Youth For Shangri-La for every client that uses their service to travel to Shangri-La for this program.

Each ETTI Training Session (one in the fall and one in the spring) runs about 3 months. My Youth For Shangri-La project, which serves as an enhancement program for the ETTI Spring Session, starts from the last week of June. Should you be interested in volunteering your time, please fill out the online form to provide us with:

  • Your contact information
  • How much time you would like to volunteer? The minimum volunteering time is 1 week.
  • Approximate dates you would like to volunteer?
  • What area(s) would you like to teach?
  • Your objectives for your volunteering and any past volunteering experiences
  • How do you plan to fund the expenses for your volunteering?

We are looking for Volunteers:

  • Minimum of 18 years old. Young people between ages 14-17 are welcomed, but must travel with guardian.
  • With Good health. Able to adapt to the high altitude of over 12,000 feet at Shangri-La.
  • Able to fund for the travel, room and board of the volunteer.
  • Able to adapt to a new environment, and be committed to offering community service to help young people in Shangri-La.

Once we have received and reviewed this information from you, we will contact you accordingly.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to working with you.


Thank you for considering a contribution to support the Youth For Shangri-La (YFSL) program. As a non-profit organization, YFSL relies on the support and generosity of foundations, corporations and individuals for its programming expenses. There are many ways to support YFSL and every contribution has an impact on the lives of the young people in Shangri-La.

100% of all donations are used towards the program to help Shangri-La Youth

Donations can be tax deductible/exempt

Monetary Donation (by check only)
Please make your check payable to:
The Eastern Tibetan Training Institute
c/o Youth For Shangri-La
9000 Crow Canyon Road, Suite S393
Danville, CA 94506

The YFSL program is free to participant Tibetan students. It costs USD$600 for the 16-week training program including room and board for each participating student.

You can specify your donation as follow:

  • USD 600 will sponsor ONE student for the 16 weeks training
  • USD 300 will sponsor ONE HALF of a student for the 16 weeks training
  • USD 200 will sponsor ONE THIRD of a student for the 16 weeks training
  • Any amount of donation you can make is much appreciated.

No donation is too small. On behalf of the many young people at Shangri-La, thank you very much for your support!

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