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Teaching in China is becoming more and more popular as the world learns more about China and Chinese culture. In addition, living expenses are quite low so many teachers in China are able to save a great deal of money to pay off their school loans or start saving for a house. Although teaching in China might be pretty interesting, new China teachers often make the same mistakes when they first arrive. Here are a few of the most common mistakes:
Some of the best advice I've ever received about teaching English in China is to expect the unexpected. To the vast majority of people, China is a place of mystery, and if you believe the news, a pretty scary place. Some expats in China have mostly good experiences, and other expats have mostly bad experiences. Yet truth be told, China is neither a good or a bad place; it's just a place that is different from your home country. Whether you see the good or see the bad depends a great deal on your worldview and if you view life as a glass half empty or Read 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
[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:
[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