Teaching English as a foreign language
I'm looking to start my travels by teaching English in China. Starting a journey teaching English seems like a really good situation (if your up for it!) as you can get benefits such as airfare to your country and housing while your there! Was wondering if anyone was currently doing this (or has done it before)? I'm ready to start looking for a job and I was wondering the best places to look and what companies/schools had good/bad reputations.
Any help is greatly appreciated!
It's four years since my husband was unable to take a job in China because we had too many kids (8).
So I will be of little assistance to you.
But this will help: www.eslcafe.com
Any teaching experience?
Do you have a TEFL, TESOL or CELTA?
The answer to the above questions will have a bearing on what schools will hire you, the wage you will get & perks offered such as paid airfare etc.
The link mama supplied is good for job search but for actual info on what you're getting into try this http://www.ajarn.com, although it deals mainly with Thailand it's a good yardstick for all SE Asia.
BTW China would be one of the last places I would choose, but that's just me.
Yeah, I know China doesn't appeal to everyone but it does to me! I know the downsides, which is why I'm looking for people who've been hired there. I'm interested to see which schools and/or recruiters have good reputations! Unfortunately, tracking down people who have recently taught in China, much less Chengdu, where I want to go, is proving to be a little difficult.
Thanks for the help and links, though!
Don't know of any China specific links, as they warn on eslcafe, beware of any online agency requesting an upfront fee.
Recruiters and schools are hit and miss. It might be easier to go there first and then get a job. There are lots of opportunities when you arrive in these cities. I had a job lined up in Shanghai before I left (applied direct to private English school via internet), but i changed jobs a couple of times in Shanghai. Lots of companies will simply hire teachers who are available locally.
Not a lot of "real" rules in China and a lot of the jobs are going to reflect that. Don't let a recruiter or company rush you into a decision before you're completely comfortable.
If you check eslcafe.com you'll find plenty of schools looking for white faces to fill the classrooms. Don't expect to be treated like a professional by any job you find there (but you may get lucky).
Every now and then raoulschinasaloon.com has postings--usually recommended by forum members.
You can also search for city-specific message boards. I know Chengdu has one (just can't remember address), as do all the major cities in China. Just be sure that the school will provide you with a legal residence permit and FEC. If they tell you to just arrive on a tourist visa, they're lying--it is no longer possible to convert a tourist visa to a residence permit in country.
Hint: contraction of "you are" is "you're"
From the experiences of my friends and co-workers here in Europe, it's a great idea to earn your certificate overseas, so then you can get the ball rolling and start teaching right after you earn your certificate. So far, I've gone to Munich, small town throughout the Czech Republic, Bratislava, Budapest, Warsaw, and London, and I have more plans to visit other places such as Istanbul Turkey, Ljubljana Slovenia, and more.
If you want to do this, I'd recommend researching TEFL Certification programs as well as legal requirements from each country. Speaking from experience, I can assure you that it's a lot of fun and really allows you to get to know yourself and immerse yourself in other cultures. The program I got certified with is TEFL Worldwide Prague, and is definitely worth checking out!
Regarding China, we have some experience in that area - although we mostly concentrate on sending our graduates out to S.Korea, Japan and South East Asia. This is partly because China can be so hit and miss whether you land a good teaching position or not.
A degree is now officially required to teach in China and while actual scheduled teaching wages are low, it is possible to pick up lucrative private lesson classes (especially in the bigger cities in the East). My brother for example, who taught there for a year, would teach a standard 20 hour week and then teach a few weekly private classes and bring home more on his privates.
There are many agencies helping teachers relocate in China. At ITTP we have worked very closely over the years with English First and our graduates have good feedback on their placement service.
Hope it helps!
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