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General Question

  • How can I become a member of the Spring Foundation? What kind of applicants does Spring Foundation hope?


  • We start recruiting new members at UC Berkeley, in the beginning of every semester. You don’t necessarily need to be experienced in the field of education or charity in any way; we are looking for applicants who are simply passionate and self-motivated to work and commit to our club. You may also be a creative person who can frequently come up with new ideas for Spring Foundation.


  • What makes Spring Foundation different? What will I gain from Spring Foundation?


  • Spring Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization certified by the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC). Spring Foundation is the only charity organization at UC Berkeley that dedicates to the improvement of living standards and education accessibilities of underprivileged children in rural China.


  • At Spring Foundation, you will obtain endless opportunities to hone your leadership skills like project management, marketing, business development, and communications – Spring Foundation holds workshops very frequently! In addition, you will get to learn skills you need in academia and also those that will help you significantly throughout your career path. These include essay writing, resume editing, photography/film producing, and IT skills. Other than that, you will gain abundant resources from our elder graduate members who work in companies like JP Morgan, Google, Tencent, etc.


  • Can I participate in the club activities even if I miss the application date?


  • Of course! Every year, Spring Foundation organizes various on-campus events, like charity dinners, project incubations, and Rose Sales. What’s more, in past years, Spring Foundation holds a summer camp to teach underprivileged children in rural China, which is a great opportunity for you to experience, sympathize, and challenge existing issues. Given the ongoing situation with COVID-19, Summer Visit Program will most likely be reintroduced in the near future.


  • What opportunities do I have in  Spring Foundation to develop my leadership?


  • Spring Foundation adopts a flat management mode, and every member has the chance to become a project leader, even if you are new to us. In different projects, you will personally lead an energetic team, collaborate with your teammates, and, eventually, contribute to educational development in the rural area. Your voices always get heard and your efforts will be translated into visible outcomes!

Summer Visit

Note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our Summer Visit program has been delayed. Stay tuned for our future updates! We are sure we will see each other in the near future.

  • What is the location of  Summer Visit? How long is it?


  • In the past, Spring Summer's summer visits were often one week in length, usually somewhere during late May to July. In the future, we will reschedule the time to enhance communication between volunteers and students, giving volunteers a satisfactory teaching experience and enabling them to make tangible differences.


  • The location of our summer visits varies each year, but we are always striving to ensure continuity of our work – in the future, we will be seeking a long-term partner school that we can work with or at least schools in a particular region in China.


  • Do I have to join the Spring Foundation to participate in the summer education activities?


  • Nope! Every Spring Foundation activity is open to all college students, whether you are studying at Berkeley or not. As long as you possess the same passion as us, we are willing to provide a platform to support you!


  • What cooperation institutions does Spring Foundation connect with?


  • Spring Foundation is committed to supporting the education and life of children in underprivileged areas in China in the long term. We have collaborated with various organizations such as the Amity Foundation, the China Youth Development Foundation, etc.

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