More than 90% of Chinese undergraduates have volunteered to donate clothes and blood and to provide social services, according to the “2015 Report on Chinese College Students and Charities” conducted by the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA).
Chinese undergraduate students are more active in providing social services than in other types of volunteer activities. But their preferences are not always consistent with their actions. 35% of the students listed volunteering teaching as their first choice, ranking first out of all volunteer activities, while only 16% of them have actually been volunteer teachers. Only 27% students report that they would like to visit disadvantaged groups, which ranks fifth out of the students’ preferences. According to the report however, this is the kind of social service that has the highest participation rate at 38%.
The report also suggests that undergraduates are confident about the Chinese public welfare sector. 58% of students believe that it is on the rise and 35% of them are willing to consider a career in the NGO sector. Additionally, the report reveals that social actors outside of campuses, such as enterprises and NGOs, have not been active in the organization of volunteer activities for undergraduates.