Teaching in China
my boyfriend and i would like to teach english in china and have seen an advert for doing this with a company called pod travel and teach. Has anyone used this company before and if so what was your experience like? We know there are probably a lot of dodgy companies out there and so anything you could tell us would be great.
ems80 wrote:We know there are probably a lot of dodgy companies out there . . .
Most are okay, but the #1 indicator of dodginess is if they want you to PAY them for placing you.
As Mr. Fluffy_bunny indicates . . . YOU are the hot commodity. There are plenty of jobs and not enough teachers.
There really aren't any requirements as long as you have the right "look" (caucasian,blue eyes) but I mean it's good to have the right requirements. Some of the really good schools are willing to pay alot for qualified teachers. I guess it depends on why you want to teach in China. Is it because you want to travel? to make money? just for the experience?
If you want to make money, obviously the bigger cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen will pay you more. Guangzhou is a big city but don't pay as much as the other cities.
If you want to travel I think Shenzhen is a great place to start teaching. Cost of living is a little high, but for traveling it's easy acess to all of south-east asia and a lot of nice surrounding chinese cities.
If you're going for experience, as in experince in teaching in a foreign country I would go to a rural city, where you won't get paid much but you'll get plenty of experience and be able to interact with "real" chinese people. Also the cost of living is cheaper than that of a bigger city.
I didn't come to China to teach, but ended up teaching and it has been an adventure for me with it's ups and downs...
If I were in a situation like yours and new to China, honestly I would just pick a city and just go. It's really not that hard to find a job here in China.
oh if you have any questions feel free to ask.
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As far as qualifications, in most countries in order to legally get the proper visa, you'll need a university degree. It could be a degree in Creative Basket Weaving, that's fine, as long as it's a full degree from an accredited university. Other than that you need to have a pulse. Everything else you have is a bonus.
If you don't have any experience at all with teaching, then you really owe it to your future students to go get SOME sort of instruction in TEFL. In some countries it will give you a bump in pay to have some sort of certification, some it won't. If you're heading to Asia, they don't care if it's a TESOL or a CELTA or anything in between as long as it meets whatever criteria they are looking for. I did a 60 hour online course once and it bumped my pay in Korea about $100 a month. Most places wouldn't give you a bump in pay for less than a full 120 hour/ 6 observed practice hours teaching sort of certification like a CELTA.
Why China if you don't mind my asking? You can make more money and still learn Chinese in Taiwan. You can make a LOT more money in Korea... and Japan still? I don't know... not sure what's happening in the industry over there in light of recent events. You could make about the same amount of money in Thailand and actually be in a place a person might LIKE to be in the process. Anyway, happy planning.
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