LIFE IN CHINA

WHAT'S THE AVERAGE COST OF LIVING IN CHINA?


The costs of living in general is much cheaper than that of the west. A few examples of the prices of goods/services can be seen below, the following have been based on the prices in Shanghai which are the highest in China (the cost of living in Shanghai is about 2x to 3x some other cities): Subway: 3-4RMB (one-way ticket) A cheap meal: 10-25RMB Mid-range meal: 25-50RMB High-end meal: 50-150RMB Cinema Ticket: 20-80RMB Western Restaurant: 50-150RMB Bus: 1-2RMB Rent a bike: 1RMB (per 2 hours) Mobile contact: 40-100RMB (per month) Rent & Bills (Full-time option only): 2000-4000RMB (Rent is by far the biggest expense in Shanghai)




CAN I ACCESS FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM..... IN CHINA?


Yes and no. In the mainland of China there are some restrictions that prevent people from accessing certain websites/apps and services that we take for granted each day. In China there is typically a Chinese version for each application i.e. instead of google they have baidu search engine. The problem for foreigners is that many of these services only provide Chinese language support. The solution that many foreigners have to this problem is to purchase a VPN prior to travelling to China. A VPN provides access to all your favourite websites such as facebook, instagram, youtube...... through a software application. The price of VPN's can vary widely, but we suggest that it isn't something that you should worry about straightaway and you can look at getting one just before travelling to China.





PLACEMENTS

WILL I BE PLACED ALONE IN CHINA?


We understand the concerns from our applicants about being alone in a new country which is why we will do our very best to place our applicants accordingly. During the placement process, each applicant will have their choice of preferred region, as well as if they would prefer to live very close, within proximity, or far away from other applicants. We hope by giving this choice to our applicants we can prevent any of our applicants from feeling completely alone.




I WANT TO BE PLACED ALONE, CAN I?


Sure. If your preference is to be placed alone we can provide our applicants with a school/institution that is more isolated from our other applicants. We leave the choice completely up to our applicants through the 'preference' form.




WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PACICAN AND STAND PLACEMENTS?


The main difference between the 'full-time' and 'part-time' options are the number of hours that teachers are expected to work for. Applicants under the 'part-time' option can expect to work between 10-25 hours per week (including lesson planning) while applicants on the full-time can expect 25-40 hours per week. In some circumstance, it can be possible that some 'full-time' applicants find themselves having much shorter working hours (completely based on luck). The second difference being that 'part-time' applicants will receive free housing (and usually bills), while 'full-time' Pacican option applicants will be expected to pay their own rent which usually is between 2,500RMB-4,000RMB per month. The salary for 'part-time' applicants is around 5,000-9,000RMB while the Shanghai option is around 15,500RMB. It is important to note that the cost of living is much higher in Shanghai than in other cities.




WHY CAN SALARIES VARY SO GREATLY?


We understand if you are coming from a western country you may find it difficult to understand how the salaries can vary so widely depending on location, however it is important to understand that the spread of wealth in China is much wider than that of a western country. This means that the cost of living can be more than 2-3x as high in a very developed city compared to a smaller developing one. All of the salaries provided by the schools we work with are more than the average salary in each location and will provide our applicants with the ability to save a significant proportion of their salary each month.




HOW CAN I SELECT MY PREFFERED SCHOOL/INSTITUTION?


Arguably the most difficult part of the application for our applicants is in selecting their preferred school/region. China being a very large country provides the opportunity to have vastly different experiences from the international mega-cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou to the rural provinces of Hunan, Henan. In order to best satisfy our applicant's preferences, we provide each of our applicants with a 'preference' form. On the form, each applicant will be able to select from a list of criteria such as if they prefer urban or rural, the climate, with other teachers or alone, and type of food just to name a few. We name the form as a 'preference' form as while we always try our best to satisfy each applicants preferences we can never guarantee that a particular placement will be available due to the unexpected and frequent changes that occur in local government regulations in China.




WHEN WILL I FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MY PLACEMENT?


Around May/June applicants will begin to start receiving interviews carried out by their chosen schools followed by contracts for all the successful applicants. The contracts will detail all of the information outlining their placement e.g. salary, accommodation, holidays, start/end dates. IMPORTANT: In order to protect our applicants we require that each of our applicants send us a copy of the contract that they receive from their placement school BEFORE they sign it (Failure to do so will mean that we cannot ensure that the contract contains what we have outlined.




IS MY PREFERENCE GUARANTEED?






TEACHING

HOW MANY STUDENTS WILL I HAVE PER CLASS?


There's no guarantee how many students you will have per class as many factors can affect this number mainly the city and school being the two deciding factors. Teachers could have as little as 15 and as high as 80 students per class with a class size of around 35 being the average. While 35 might sound like a lot more than you may be expecting it is suprisingly managable once you have learnt some useful teaching techniques.





TEFL & SUMMER CAMP

WHEN IS THE BEIJING SUMMER CAMP?


The Beijing summer camp is held sometime in August each year (usually around the middle of August). Attendance for the summer camp is compulsory unless otherwise stated.




HOW MUCH DOES THE SUMMER CAMP COST?


Not to worry! the summer camp is free of charge to all of our applicants including all of the accomodation and food/drinks for the duration of the camp.




DO I NEED TO ATTEND THE SUMMER CAMP?


Yes, attendance to the camp is compulsory for all of those that can make it. Our partners over at CEAIE put a lot of work into running the summer camp each year. The camp gives our applicants a chance to put into practice their theory of the TEFL, and applicants that attend the summer camp overwhelmingly agree that the camp helps them develop their teaching ability.




WHAT ABOUT IF I DON'T MAKE IT TO THE CAMP?


We never want to think about the applicants that don't make the camp, but we understand as a part of life things don't always go according to plan. For those few that find themselves missing the camp we will arrange an alternative solution for the applicant to receive an online version of the TEFL instead. All of our applicants can be rest assured that you will make it successfully to China.




WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO THE CAMP?


Applicants will be expected to fly directly from their country of origin to Beijing in August prior to going to their school. Applicants will have their luggage with them for their year in China including some clothes and santitary items, however for the camp itself applicants don't need anything in particular. If applicants can it might be helpful to bring a USB, laptop (and adapter), and a small notebook with a pen.




HOW LONG IS THE SUMMER CAMP?


It's impossible to say for sure exactly how long the summer camp will last for. In general the summer camp is expected to start around the middle of August and will run until the end of August at which point each applicant will make their way to their placement school (via high-speed train).




IS THE SUMMER CAMP ONE BIG PARTY?


The camp isn't Freshers week China edition, it's hard work! Long tiring days teaching real students in a new challenging environments. The summer camp is a proven success having been run for more than the last 10 years by CEAIE. We expect that all of our applicants can treat the summer camp in a serious way as to provide serious benefit to them. That's not to say applicants won't have any time to explore the city. During the summer camp applicants will be taken around Beijing's landmarks sights such as the forbiden city, temple of heaven, tianamen square, and the all famous great wall of China. At the end of the camp their may be a chance to fit in some "night-time exploration" with a "non-alcoholic" beer or two 🤪.




WHAT IS A TEFL?


TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. TEFL is an accrediated qualification that is required to legally teach in China. In China a 120-hour certificate is required to be legally qualified to teach and it cannot be only online.




HOW MUCH DOES THE TEFL COST?


The TEFL is FREE of charge to all of our Graduate Programme applicants.




WHAT ABOUT IF I FAIL THE TEFL?


Don't worry about passing the TEFL. The actual qualification is relatively straightfoward and every year just about every teacher that applies for the test successfully passes it. The test does also have the chance of retaking it for any applicant that does fail the test the first time.




HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE TEFL?


The TEFL is seperated into two parts A. a 60-hour online course, and B. a three day intensive TEFL course during the Beijing summer camp. The first part (A) can be completed over the period of around 6 weeks (an hour or two per night). Both parts of the TEFL must be completed in order to receive the TEFL certificate.





APPLICATION

WHAT ARE THE GRADUATE PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS?


In order to be able to obtain the legally required work visa (Z) for working in China, we can only accept applicants that match legal criteria. All applicants must satisfy the following:

  • Already have OR will have a bachelor degree or above certificate by August 31st 2020
  • Be a native English speaker with a valid passport from the United Kingdom, United States, Canda, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, or South Africa
  • Have a clean criminal record (A check is carried out during the application process)
  • Be in good medical health (a medical will be required)
  • Are available from August 2020 until June 2021 (the entire duration of the programme!)




WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES FOR THE PROGRAMME?


The Year Programme kicks off in August 2020 when applicants will take-off from their home country for our Beijing Summer camp. The exact date in August is only announced at a closer date to the Summer Camp (usually around June). Applicants are then expected to begin their placement at their school in early September and to full fill their application until June 2021 (the following year).




I CANNOT SPEAK CHINESE, CAN I STILL APPLY?


Yes! Schools/institutions in China hire native English speakers to provide their students with an immersive English environment. For applicants that teach younger children, you may be provided with a classroom teaching assistant (TA) that can translate any difficult for the children to understand. You may find yourself wanting to learn a few basic phrases to help get by in your daily life such as ordering noodles at a restaurant.




WHAT ABOUT IF I DON'T LIKE THE EXPERIENCE, AND WANT TO LEAVE?


It happens, we completely understand that each year we will have a certain percentage of applicants that don't find China to be an enjoyable experience. Every person is different, and we can never know for sure who will have a positive experience and who will not. In the event that we find an applicant isn't enjoying the experience, we will try to do whatever is possible to improve their situation. If an applicant is still sure that they don't want to continue their programme they will not be forced to. Any applicant can choose to cancel their placement, however, do note that there may be financial repercussions from their placement school. The applicant will also be required to fund their own travel expenses back to their home country. In all, this would end up being a huge waste of time for everyone involved and at a huge cost to the applicant. We encourage that our applicants talk to their family members/friends and conduct some research prior to applying.




WHAT IS TEACHING IN CHINA'S ROLE IN ALL OF THIS?


It's a good question! We are the gateway between graduates in the UK and schools in China. What we do is help our applicants build their application to apply to a school in China. We provide our applicants with support in compiling the required documentation to apply for a Working Visa (Z). We also help our applicants become legally qualified by working with our Chinese partners CEAIE to provide our applicants with access to a FREE TEFL certified course. Thirdly, we provide our applicants with interview opportunities at schools across China and help our applicants in the transition phase between living in the UK and living and working in China. Think of Teaching In China as not just a company but a community, through this programme our applicants will make many new friends some of which may become new friends for life. What we don't do is we don't run schools ourselves in China. We are not responsible for teachers throughout their work year this is between the applicant and their placement school.




I HAVE A MEDICAL ISSUE, AND IM UNSURE IF I CAN STILL APPLY?


Don't worry, if someone has a medical issue that they think may hinder their application then we recommend that they send an email to info@teachinginchina.co.uk outline their medical issue. We will discuss with our Chinese partners, and get back to the applicant if their application is something that we can continue to proceed with. No fee will be incurred by the applicant.




I HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD, CAN I STILL APPLY?


We are sorry to say that if an applicant has a criminal record then they shouldn't apply. All of our applicants will have to carry out a criminal record check in order to apply for their Chinese work visa (Z). In the unfortunate circumstance that we discover an applicant has a criminal record, we will be forced to cancel their application which will result in a waste of time and money for the applicant. No refund will be provided to an applicant that fails this check.




I HAVE NO TEACHING EXPERIENCE, HOW CAN I BECOME A TEACHER?


Don't worry the majority of our applicants don't have any previous teaching experience (including the majority of English foreign teachers in China). Our applicants will find themselves learning through the TEFL summer camp that will give our applicants two weeks of real-world teaching experience which has been proven to benefit previous teachers at the camp. Applicants will also find themselves learning on the job, improving throughout the year learning new methods of teaching.




CAN I APPLY WITH A FRIEND OR AS A GROUP?


Welcome! We accommodate applicants that wish to travel together as a pair or group in the same way as we would with an individual application. We will try to place these applicants at the same school or in a nearby location to each other.




HOW CAN I APPLY?


Once you think that you've read all of the information on our website, you can submit your application via the apply button at the bottom of this page or by clicking here. If you still have any questions regarding this programme or China general you can contact us via email at info@teachinginchina.co.uk or via Facebook/Instagram @teachinginchinaltd. We are here to answer any questions that you have.





CONTACT US

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