Me by the I love Shekou sign in Shenzhen

My life teaching at The Affiliated International School of Shenzhen University

Greetings from Shenzhen!  I have been living and working in Shenzhen for nearly four years now.  I started my English teaching career in China working for a company in Shanghai that hires foreign teachers and places them at schools throughout the city, which can be a good way to start your Chinese journey, but after four years in cold classrooms, I decided to move south.  I chose Shenzhen because it has decent air quality (for China, anyway), warm winters, and is just across the border from Hong Kong and other interesting east Asian destinations.  It’s also a first-tier city, meaning…

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Picture of me with my students at I2 Shenzhen

Round 2. Returning to China to take on a new challenge at I2 English in Shenzhen.

Aaron Blake is an English language teacher who has taught in schools and language centers in Shanghai, Barcelona and, most recently, Shenzhen. Here he gives a quick insight into what life was like living and working in Shenzhen for i2 International Institute of Education. School Where was your school? My language center was located in Qianhai, Nanshan and was 1 of 3 i2 campuses in Shenzhen. It was in a good location, near supermarkets, restaurants and a metro station. What were the working hours like? A normal work week would be 35 hours long. My work time would be spent…

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Shanghai teacher Conor

My experience Teaching English at a University in Shanghai

Conor McElhinney is an experienced English Language teacher and has lived and worked in Shanghai, one of the largest, most cosmopolitan cities in China and the entire world. This is his experience Teaching English at Shanghai Jianqiao University. School Where was your school? My school was located in Shanghai in the Pudong new district area, it is about 90 minutes to two hours commuting time to downtown Shanghai. The location is a little isolated however the perk is it is a lot less chaotic than most places in China What were the working hours like? My contract hours were 16…

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Feeling a bit poorly in China? – What to do if you are unwell and what medicines to take.

‘I feel weak’ ‘I am soo drained’ ‘I have a dodgy stomach’ ‘I think I ate something bad’ ‘I need the day off’ ‘Which one do I buy?’  These are the many thoughts and feelings many other foreigners have had including myself whilst living in a foreign country (way before the new coronavirus pandemic) and it is not always straight forward to find an easy way of knowing what medicine you need for whatever illness you have! In a place as huge and unknown as China we foreigners are immersed into a fascinating culture and uniquely enjoyable lifestyle we have…

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