From Plymouth to Beijing

The daunting thought of moving out from the comforts of home where my mother is still doing all the cooking and laundry at the age of 22 is something that is hard to get away from. So, why not go to the extreme and move to China! Having that urge of wanting to go to a land far away, a better time than any had occurred after my time as a university student had concluded and adulthood awaited me. Brought to me the opportunity of a lifetime to move to one of the biggest and famous cities in the world…

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Me with 2 of my students at i2 education Guizhou China

i2 English Guiyang school review. My experience

Hi I’m Rowan. I am a graduate from the UK and I moved to Guiyang in Guizhou province, South West China to teach English at i2 English school. Here is a review of my experiences. Where was your school? In September 2017, I moved to the city of Guiyang in the Guizhou province to start working for i2 International Institute of Education. I2 has 9 campuses in the city made up of around 2 to 10 Foreign Teachers (FTs).  The campus I worked in was away from the busy city centre in a community. What were the working hours like?…

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Oli at First Leap English in Beijing

My life in Beijing at First Leap English

My name is Oli Barton and I’ve been teaching English in China for one and a half years. I work for First Leap and I’m based in Beijing. School: First Leap has many centers spread all over Beijing, (and the whole of China too). The facilities at each center are very good. The classrooms are fitted with interactive whiteboards and air conditioning, the offices have computers for teachers and lots of resources to help you prepare for classes and make them as effective as possible, even with Nintendo Wiis for Virtual PE lessons. The centers are kept very clean as…

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My life teaching at Giraffe English in Nanjing

Martin moved to Nanjing to work as a TEFL teacher in the old Chinese capital. This is his experience. Where was the school? I worked with Giraffe English in Nanjing. When I arrived the company was just opening its fourth teaching centre in the Jiangning district of the city which was my assigned branch. Travelling from the city centre it would take forty minutes on the metro to reach the branch which was in a building overlooking the Baijiahu lake. What were the working hours like? I had a total of 36 working hours a week. Primarily evenings during the…

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