This article comes courtesy of Agness and Cez at etramping.com, a blog I have been reading for a number of years. If you head over to their site you will find plently of tips on how to travel on a budget (under 25 bucks a day), as well as a fantastic section featuring teaching jobs in China.
Nowadays, more and more foreigners decide to live completely outside their comfort zones. They start to look for new opportunities to begin adventures and immerse themselves in a new culture – something that teaching English in China offers them.
Choosing China as your next destination has a lot of perks that can contribute to your personal growth, give you a lot of freedom and ability to earn a decent living while still discovering different parts of this inspiring and challenging culture.
Why do so many foreigners decide to teach English in China? Many ask. Apart from the reasons already mentioned above, there are few more that will probably make you want to do the same thing.
Anyone who loves to travel, experience new cultures, food and people should, or even have to, head to China first and start teaching. This is definitely one of the easiest countries to find a job which gives you a decent amount of paid vacations. Apart from your free weekends, you can travel during bank holidays and school exam periods that often last for a week or two. In this way, you still get paid while travelling to surrounding countries.
Choosing to stay in China to work as an English teacher will definitely give you the ability to earn a great living. Thus many foreigners decide to do so. In fact it is a great adventure and unforgettable experience, but for many it is a great source of stable income. A full-time salary of an English teacher varies between RMB 6.000 and RMB 15.000 per month. Although experience and qualifications play a major role here, if you know where to look for great teaching job opportunities, starting salary of even RMB 15.000 per month is not a challenge.
Additionally, many foreigners do private teaching that brings them more money than regular teaching jobs. Earning over RMB 300 an hour can add up to even RMB 12.000 per month if you do that regularly every evening.
Another opportunity is working during winter and summer camps. As there are many different camps held across all provinces in China, finding a profitable teaching job will not be a problem. Teaching English for a week or two can bring you up to RMB 10.000. However, most of those courses are very intensive and Chinese kids will leave you speechless and restless at the end of each day.
Taking into account that each school pays for your accommodation, visa and sometimes food, it is a lot of money to be saved for your future.
Making such a life-changing decision to move to China to teach can be very scary. You say goodbye to your friends, workmates and family and you know you will not see them for at least 6 months, unless they visit you. However, moving abroad can help you define and educate yourself, get more mature and responsible, experience things that will make you stronger and wiser. You will be living a completely different life, absorbing foreign language, trying new foods, talking to random people and becoming more spiritual in some way. No books can teach you that!
Many choose to teach English in China for fun. They want to feel like kids again and work in a stress-free environment. There is actually nothing better than jumping like crazy with a bunch of kids, make fun together while observing their language progress.
The majority of Chinese students are well-behaved, adorable and very caring. You will certainly have no problem keeping them disciplined. They will surprise you with sweets, flowers and small gifts from time to time, making you feel respected and loved. What else would you ask for as an English teacher?
Although your life and work in China may differ a lot from the experience you have now, choosing to teach English in the Land of Dragon could be one of your best decisions. Travel memories, savings, many adventures and a lot of fun – these are only few reasons to think of changing your life and starting a new chapter in China.