There’s no need to stay stuck in the same old rut. You can get out, make a change for the better. But what do you do if your home country is stuck?
a stagnant economy
or no jobs at all!
Leave behind the boring dead-end job, the stagnant same-old places you’ve seen a million times before. They’ll still be there – along with your friends and family – when you go back.
If you go back.
Because once you taste the life abroad in China, you may find yourself settling down. Or moving on to the next adventure.
There’s a great big world out there, and China makes up a big chunk of it. Don’t believe us? Keep in mind that China is…
And living in China gives you free access to ALL of it. With cheap domestic transport and paid vacation time, you’ll be able to deep-dive into Chinese culture like you never could as a tourist.
Explore the country. Explore the world. Explore your place in it.
Make a competitive salary teaching English and keep more of it.
Thanks to a very reasonable cost of living throughout China, you’ll be able to live well for a fraction of what it costs to live (at your worst) back home.
On your current salary, can you…
Because a teaching salary in China will allow you to do all this, and still save each month. Keep more of your hard-earned money.
Yes and no.
We won’t lie to you: China is currently the world’s greatest producer of greenhouse gas, and its cities are congested and on bad days the air quality can be as bad as smoking. These are verifiable truths due to China’s rapid industrialisation and increased automobile use.
So is it healthy? No, definitely not. Will it kill you? Unless you have a serious health condition, no it will not.
But China has made incredible commitments to modernise its infrastructure, ramp up its recycling system, and adopt renewable fuels. Moreover, while the big cities can get smoggy, there are also tons of green open spaces. China’s natural wonders have been the inspiration of art and literature for millennia. And they can inspire you too.
Are Chinese people rude?
Yes and no.
In Chinese culture, many things are acceptable that Westerners find rude.
But the Chinese are largely some of the warmest, most welcoming people you’ll ever meet. There’s no shortage of people making sure you’ve eaten, checking if you’re warm enough, or just enquiring after your health. It’s like a whole country full of doting aunts and uncles, despite the fact that you also are so very different.
How advanced is Chinese technology?
In a word? Very.
China’s tech industry manufactures the vast majority of the high-tech items you take for granted: your smartphone, your computer components, and just about everything else. And it’s only reasonable that this technology also stays behind to improve the lives of those who build it.
Adoption of new tech is huge in China, and the countries researchers are constantly pushing the envelope in transportation, computing, home electronics, etc. Chinese companies are world leaders in artificial intelligence. And working in the country gets your foot in the door for companies about to go international.
How safe is China?
Safer than you can imagine.
Sure, there are bad apples everywhere, but China’s crime rate is far lower than most industrialised nations – both in terms of violent crime and petty crime. Should there be a problem, law enforcement is effective in maintaining the peace.
Now you should absolutely be careful – as you would in any new environment – but China isn’t some Wild East full of thieves and cutthroats. It’s mostly just regular working folks doing regular working things. Most visitors have never felt safer than during their times in China.
Shane English School is an international chain English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) schools. With over 40 years of experience teaching language learners of all ages and abilities, Shane is a global leader in language education and teacher training.
And with schools scattered around China – from Inner Mongolia to Guangzhou – there’s bound to be teaching opportunities for you regardless of what you’re looking for in a location.
Big city? We’ve got Beijing and Shanghai.
Beach town? Check out Dalian.
Something historic? Lanzhou is for you.
But what is the work like?
One of my CELTA trainers recommended Shane English [School] to me as the best option for professional development in Asia for someone with limited teaching experience. Within a month of completing my CELTA course, I sent my first TEFL resume to Saxoncourt, inquiring about an opportunity in Japan. Shane’s recruiting department contacted me the next day and notified me that there were pressing growth opportunities in China, and asked if I’d be interested in considering any of those. Having long been curious about China, and excited about the idea of learning some Chinese, I replied that I was interested, and that led to the interview process.
The interview process, which included a written pre-interview task, was thorough and left me impressed with the company. Following the interview, I was offered a contract, which I accepted the following day. The visa process was lengthy, but the people at Shane were helpful in walking me through the process. I arrived in China in October of 2017 for a week of training with our Director of Studies in Beijing. Having previously only taught adolescents and adults, and not young children, I needed direction. I completed modules on teaching young learners and Shane methodology and resources, observed a handful of lessons, and then taught several observed lessons before departing for my city. I arrived in Nanchang confident in my ability to plan and administer lessons that adhered to the Shane curriculum.
The first four months of teaching in Nanchang have been some of the most rewarding of my life. I’ve never eaten tastier food, the people are kind, the children are fun, and the language is fascinating. Of course, there are challenges. I work each week to improve as a teacher, and I’ve got a lot to learn. But I’m thankful to have the support of an experienced and outgoing Director of Studies, and I’ve also been fortunate to meet experienced teachers within the Shane network, people’s whose experience I can lean on as we grow our new school and as I develop professionally.
I’m glad I made the decision to come to China, and I’m glad I decided to come with Shane. With Shane, I feel that I have support and guidance and also professional autonomy, space to develop without pressure to conform to a rigid orthodoxy. I also know that, as an international company, there are potential future opportunities as Shane continues to expand in China and throughout Asia.