Teaching in China can be a very rewarding experience. Often times, teachers from North America who are considering international teaching opportunities have questions about China and how it is like to live there. I would like to take the opportunity to debunk some myths, confirm some truths and share teaching experiences in China with all of you!
1. Living in China
China is a fascinating and fun place to live! There are large expatriate communities in all the large cities, meaning that you will have access to numerous nightclubs, jazz bars and countless restaurants including traditional Chinese, Mexican, Italian, and American or Indian cuisine. There is nothing you can’t find in large Chinese cities that you can find back at home. Living costs are low and given that teachers have their accommodation paid for by schools, it’s a great opportunity to save up.
2. Transportation in China
Train travel is modern, extremely efficient and very, very cheap. You can take a train from almost any city in China and be able to travel across China. There are also regional and international airports in all the large cities, allowing you to take advantage of the proximity to other Asian countries and travel to nearby South Korea, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and many more.
3. Language and communication in China
The official language in China is Mandarin Chinese and all Chinese nationals understand and speak the official language. However, you will be surprised to find out that China in fact has over 290 living languages given its diverse cultures and peoples. Don’t worry though! The locals in large cities, especially the younger generations, can all speak or understand English. If they don’t, they will go out of their way to communicate with you or help you in any way they can.
4. Teaching opportunities
Teaching jobs are available in local International British and American schools which serve local children using an expatriate curriculum. These schools make up more than half of the international schools in this region. Most international schools run from September to June, though schools that serve local children might run from February to January. Chinese students can be a pleasure to teach as they are kind, gentle, and very hard working.
I hope this was helpful for anyone who is thinking about an international teaching career. If you are interested to know more or have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!
wow,i wonder where r u from,and how long did u stay there ? really useful document
Hi Rebekah, I am glad that you found the document useful. I am based in Canada and last year I taught in China. The information gathered above is a combination of my experience as well as the feedback we have received from teachers who have taught in China.
You might find this teacher testimonial on our website very helpful too if you are considering teaching in China:
I am chinese，^0^