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In the West, most people have never heard of Mid-Autumn Festival, which is primarily an Asian holiday. The exact date each year of the festival changes each year, but it is always in the fall between September 8 and October 7. The festival occurs on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar and the highlight of the festival is a gorgeous full moon. As with many Chinese holidays, folklore abounds. However, you don’t have to be the Moon Goddess of Immortality to enjoy some of the best aspects of Mid-Autumn Festival.Mooncakes[caption id="attachment_439" align="alignnone" width="393"]Read More
A new milestone was reached between China and the US this week. During Xi Jinping's, the President of the People's Republic of China, visit to the US, President Obama and President Xi were able to come to a consensus about online espionage and cybersecurity.
[caption id="attachment_430" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Renting an apartment in China[/caption]After arriving in China to teach English, you’ll need a place to live. Finding an apartment in China is not the easiest thing to do on your own, but it is possible. Ideally, your school or company can help you find an apartment or perhaps a Chinese friend will be able to assist you. If neither of those options are available to you, there are still two ways to find an apartment on your own.The first is online. If you live in Beijing, Read More
For many westerners Far East culture is a mysterious thing: it's so distant from our own Western world geographically, culturally, and linguistically. It’s no wonder then, those few of us who are brave enough to make the move to such a distant land as China that even fewer of us are willing to put forth the effort to learn the language. It’s one thing to move to China, (most of us are teaching English anyways) and it is quite another to seriously attempt to learn the language- and possibly fail. The fear of being laughed at, misunderstood, or just not understood at all is enough to keep most expats at bay on the safe shores of English.I get it, the myriad of squiggly lines, boxes, lack of punctuRead More
[caption id="attachment_419" align="alignnone" width="1280"] A GTU English teacher in action[/caption]In order to be hired by a school to teach in China, you will usually need to meet several basic qualifications. Some schools require that you can obtain a Z work visa. The basic requirements for a Z work visa are that you have 2 years of work experience and a college degree. On top of that, the school you want to work with may require that you have several years of English teaching experience, a degree in education and/or a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate.A TEFL is relatively easyRead More
Deciding to move overseas is a big deal. When you move overseas besides the stark cultural and language differences another difference will also affect you on a daily basis. That is currency. Regardless of whether you’re teaching in China, just visiting China, or working in another industry in China you will have to use Chinese currency, known as yuan, everyday.Also known as kuai, the Chinese yuan or renminbi (abbreviated to RMB) is the currency used throughout mainland China. The Special Administrative Regions such as Macau and Hong Kong are able to act autonomously which includes circulating their own currency. Hong Kong’s currency is known as Hong Kong Dollars (abbreviated to HKD orRead More
[caption id="attachment_75" align="alignnone" width="1136"] GTU teacher Jennifer teaching English in China[/caption]Teaching in China can be a rewarding experience for teachers of any age. China is a particularly interesting and fascinating place to live. That being said, there are challenges and life may not be as easy as it is at home; however, overall, China has a lot of great experiences to offer! Here are just a few reasons why you should teach English in China:
So you’ve decided to jump in and move to China! Congratulations! Now what do you do?As you have more than likely heard, China has an extensive firewall set up. A firewall is a virtual ‘wall’ that restricts internet access to sites. Like other Asian countries such as Thailand and Singapore, China is not shy about doing this. In fact, China’s firewall is infamous- often times referred to as The Great Firewall of China.
[caption id="attachment_605" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Yunnan province, China[/caption]Not everyone can afford to travel to exotic locations or take time off of work for a long vacation. But what if you could travel and get paid while you were gallivanting around a new locale? Impossible? No, dear reader, it is not. Thousands before you have taken a year or two to travel and live in their destination of choice where the cost of living was much cheaper than the salary they were paid from English teaching. The best part is that most are able to not only cover their expenses, but also save money while abroad.One of the greatest occupations to live out this dream life abroad is to Read More
Surprises in China abound. If your only exposure to Asia- particularly China- has come second hand then you can be ready for some surprises in China! Just like a move to a different city in your home country may challenge your expectations, a move abroad- no matter how much you think you know about that country- still leaves a lot of room for surprises. For me, China was a completely different experience than the one I expected based on my knowledge of the Middle Kingdom from the news, books, TV, and movies in the US. These are my six biggest surprises in China.