We normally would have quite a few schools already, before your arrival, particularly interested in you. In some cases you’ll need to show the real demo lesson. Most of time we are able to fix the deal even before you come to China. In that case we’ll provide you with actual school and apartment photos so that you can see where exactly you’ll work and live.
It’s a short performance (10-15 mins) that you need to do with kids as a sample of your teaching skills. There are usually 8-15 kids in one class. Certainly, we’ll prepare you well for this test.
All the teachers would enjoy paid official Chinese holidays in accordance with the annual government schedule.
Easily! You don’t have to speak Mandarin as it’s forbidden anyway during your English lessons. Kids are supposed to be surrounded by English speaking atmosphere only. So you can feel free by using only English during your work time!
If you decided to go with our Standard Package then you need to pay attention to some specific details of renting in China. There are just a few English websites that could help you with this. However, the prices there would be significantly more expensive than the actual renting cost. Most of advertisements are posted on various local Chinese web platforms and are, of course, all in Chinese. Normally, the locals would never rent anything to a foreigner directly, while they would use a middleman rental agency. Such agencies would charge you 1 month rent. Besides, you need to know that any rent in China starts from 3 months at least. Which means the first payment you’ll need to make is: 3 months (renting fee) + 1 month (deposit) + 1 month (rental agency fee). 5 months in total. The monthly rent may vary from 4000 to 5000RMB (~750$) in big cities and 2000-3000RMB (~350$) in smaller ones. The price range depends a lot on a particular city area.
If you go with our regular Housing Package option you don’t need to worry about any rental issues! In case of Beijing placement you’ll be provided with a single room in shared apartments. All rooms are fully-equipped and have a locker. There are usually 3-4 rooms in the apartment with shared kitchen and living room. In case of placement in other cities it’s more likely that you’ll be given a single apartment just for yourself (non-shared).
There are plenty of chances to master Mandarin while you live in China! One of the most popular ways is “Language exchange partner” . Good news - it’s for free. It works on the mutual tutoring basis: you teach someone English and then they teach you Chinese in turn. This way is rather practical and also is a great chance to make new local friends. If you want to go more professional there are tones of language schools in town as well.
We’d suggest to take some bed linen and towels as most of provided apartments won’t have that. A laptop, USB flash and some first aid kit medicine would be proper too.
It’s sadly true that since 2008 all the Google, Facebook, Youtube and Twitter platforms are blocked by Chinese officials. Luckily, there is a cure that called VPN. Using that tool you can use all the internet just as you used to. We’ll sure help you to install one.
You should consider a big difference between western and eastern food and the ways to cook it. Be ready that there is almost no dairy products or if there still is - it’ll cost you a fortune. So it’s better to get ready for soy milk, tofu and beans. But don’t get frustrated too soon as there are lots of tasty, exotic and healthy dishes too. Wide range of fruits and fresh veggies that are available the whole year round! Prices would be much cheaper than European and the quality is no worse for sure. And of course, you’ll have a chance to try the most famous Chinese street food! Snakes and scorpios BBQ, spiders and bugs? There’s sure something you’ll like.