Join Teach & Learn China, a government sponsored cultural exchange program in beautiful Sichuan province. Full orientation is provided and program includes 4 month placement, Mandarin lessons, meals, RMB 2,000 living allowance, cultural excursions, flight contribution, 15 hrs of teaching per week & free accommodation!Apply now!
Now accepting applications for the February 2017 in-take
You can spend 4 amazing months teaching English as a foreign language in Sichuan province, one of China’s most enigmatic and captivating regions. Join the Teach & Learn China Program!
Teach ESL abroad from primary to university level in some of the best international schools (successful candidates can select a preference and the regional coordinators will aim to accommodate this)
Chengdu, Guangyuan, Nanchong, Bazhong, Dazhou, Ya’an, Deyang, Suining, Guang’an, Meishan, Ziyang, Leshan, Neijiang, Zigong, Yibin & many more!
The internships are located around Sichuan province, which literally means ‘Four Rivers’. Such is the sheer natural beauty of the region, Sichuan’s mesmeric landscapes almost defy belief. The northern, western and southern reaches of the province cumulate in immense mountain ranges, dotted with creaking wooden pagodas. The brooding Tibetan glacial mountains preserve a colorful local culture but then there are also fertile alpine valleys - great for hiking - and rolling grasslands that stretch into the horizon high up on the plateau! This feels like undiscovered China, a place you can you join Tibetans as they pay homage to the holy nature reserve of Yading, reflect in ancient monasteries that guard the jagged mountain peaks and get up close and personal with some of China’s most famous and fluffy residents, at the Giant Panda ecology park.
The standard of health care in China is extremely varied. Hospitals in the major cities are often on a par with Western levels and most doctors speak English. In the more rural conurbations, doctors and nursing staff tend to speak less English so it's worth taking a Chinese friend to help translate. Treatments and prescriptions are usually distributed at hospitals as opposed to private clinics and surgeries.
Chinese cuisine is world-renowned, with preparation and serving elevated to art form status amongst a nation famed for their extravagant tastes! Peking duck, Shanghai pork bun and Cantonese dim sum are some of the better known delicacies hailing from Chinese Chu fang (cooking rooms). Less known but equally delicious dishes include Zhou (rice porridge topped off with chicken, beef or pork), thousand year old eggs (pungent duck eggs that have been preserved in ash and salt for one-hundred days) and Gobi Manchurian (cauliflower fritters doused in a spicy sweet and sour sauce).
China has more than 1.352 million km of highway making even the smallest towns and villages easily accessible by road. Long distance soft-sleeper and soft-seat buses are comfortable although often slow. Travelling by train is an inexpensive and efficient alternative with high speed rail networks linking the major urban hubs. Domestic air-travel in China is relatively cheap with a range of budget options available.
Temperatures across this huge country are extremely variable with bitterly cold winters across northern China (-10 Degrees or colder). Summers (April to September) can be stiflingly hot and humid with typhoons hitting the southeast coast between July and September. Here's a quick check-list of what we'd recommend bringing with you:
Watch videos from the Teach & Learn China orientation and see interns teaching in China.
When inquiring about ESL opportunities online, ESLstarter was the organization who responded immediately with thorough responses to all of my questions. The staff guided me through the entire process of applying to the program... Show more
...gathering the required documents, provided an affordable option for getting my ESL Certificate in a timely manner, advised me on prep for the Skype interview I had with the country education officials, securing my visa, information about health/travel insurance, and insights about my destination country. I am happy to announce that I am now teaching in China and it is incredible! ESL Starter ensured our contacts were available to pick us up at the airport in China, throughout orientation, and even checked back with us once we had settled into our host schools. If you have any questions about any ESL programs, I encourage you to contact ESLstarter.Remah Brunning, Teach & Learn China
I completed my TEFL Express International course in 2012 so was sitting on it for a few years. I finally decided to put it to use a few months ago and applied for the Sichuan internship. To be honest I was nervous as I'd heard a few horror stories about overseas teaching placements turning out badly, but so far I've not the one bad experience to report. Show more
Regarding ESLstarter, Philip was always incredibly helpful and got back to me quickly. The whole application and interview process was nice and relaxed. Arriving in China we were all very well looked after. I was placed at a College and have now been teaching for three weeks. I absolutely love it. I have the freedom to plan lessons how I like, but the guidance of a textbook if I need it. The students, although shy, are mostly engaged and interested in learning about western culture. My fellow foreign teachers and I have truly been welcomed with open arms into the Chinese culture by our colleagues and students. I'm so happy to call Chengdu my second home!Shannon Swainston, Teach & Learn China
Having wanted to teach abroad for quite some time, I decided to take the leap forward with ESLstarter. I discovered the agency by chance and from there it was a smooth transition from England all the way to China. Show more
I have been living in Chengdu for the past month now and can easily say that it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. With the help of Phil and the rest of his team, I was able to collect and prepare all of the appropriate documentation and was informed on a regular basis of the progress in my applications. If you asked me 3 years ago whether I believed I could be a teacher the answer would have been a resounding “no”. However, now I am here and I have settled into life as a TEFL teacher I can happily say that I am having the time of my life. Would I recommend ESLstarter? I would every single time.Sean Lee, Teach & Learn China
What is TEFL?
TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and once you have completed a TEFL qualification, you can teach ESL abroad in a wide variety of countries. There are a few different types of courses for teaching English in Asia, the UAE and many unique destinations, however TEFL and TESOL courses (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) are the most common.
How do I learn TEFL?
You can learn TEFL in a number of ways including university courses and even internships in various locations such as China and Argentina. English Language teaching allows you to broaden your horizons and gain experiences you will not find anywhere else. Learning TEFL will allow you to embark on various different adventures including teaching in Asia, South America and the Middle East and considering global language training is becoming increasingly popular, international schools are always crying out for additional ESL teachers.
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