- 17th May, 2017
We have many and varied businesses working from Workplace and one that really interests us is KKANDOO who place English Teachers in China. Talking to Arthur about what he does and what life’s like when English teachers gets to China is always such an enlightening conversation, we wanted to share this with you.
Travel abroad is a unique and special experience. Truly living that experience is even more rare. There is no better way than to teach and live in Asia. As China continues to open itself to the outside world, an opportunity exists to enjoy a unique experience.
KKANDOO ENGLISH provide English Language Teachers to China commonly known as EFL (English as a Foreign Language) or ESL (English as a Second language) teachers. In addition, the opportunity to experience a totally different culture, meet new friends and make contact with the people.
More than 70 percent of Chinese parents want their children to learn English just for entering better schools, according to a recent survey report on English education in China. The online survey was conducted by the 21st Century Education Research Institute in Beijing. Parents who can afford to, are sending their children — some as young as 2 — to private language schools that are popping up all over the country. By the time they are 10, the children will be fluent.
Where do people teach?
Many of the schools are in the big cities – Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen. But also many in the “tier 2 cities”, laughingly called the smaller cities e.g. Xi’an (pop. 9million) and Tianjin (pop. 14 million)! Whilst Beijing has become one of the world’s great capitals, it is not everyone’s cup of tea. One of my favourites away from the “big cities” is Xi’an (home of the famous Terracotta Army).
Finding partners who run schools in China or Agents who represent schools is a key part of the recruitment process. With such a large market there are some unscrupulous people out there! But there are also many great schools there too. The drive to learn English is not confined to children though. Many Language schools teach English to adults and company employees often on a one to one basis.
What sort of people go there?
Well the basics first – over 21, a degree in any discipline, a minimum of a 120 hour TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification, varying experience depending on the job, a criminal background check, able to commit for 12 months. More important, flexibility, energy, patience, ability to “roll with the punches” and sociable. In return you get a decent package of pay and free accommodation – and you get the experience of a life time. You will also have fellow westerners as your co-teachers. Your best friend may be from England, Canada, US, South Africa, New Zealand or Australia or Europe. It’s all part of the experience. But it’s different.
My one piece of advice to people going
Don’t come with your Western head on! Embrace the culture and you will be fine.
And China? That needs a whole article of its own.