Living in China for a year has been an interesting experience for me personally. My situation is likely very different from other applicants because one of the main reasons I chose to do this program after graduation was to be able to spend time with and better get to know my family living in the Hunan region. Growing up in the U.S., I never really understood what living in China would be like and this year has given me real insight into the lives of my extended family and Ch
I first visited mainland China during Spring 2014 while on exchange in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. My first footstep on the mainland was in Beijing, where I stayed for 5 days. I traveled with an American and a German, and we were all blown away by the culture and history of the place. We also went met with a friend of the German, a native Beijinger, who has now become a lifelong friend. He and his family brought us for dinner in one of Beijing's most f
When I graduated from college last year as an aspiring teacher, I was hesitant to dive right into full-time work at a U.S. high school. I didn't have a lot of relevant experience, and I feared that the formidable demands on my time and energy, coupled with the steep learning curve, would prevent me from enjoying myself—or worse yet, would cause me to sour on the teaching profession altogether. So, I was overjoyed when I heard about Lanhu, a paid professional opportunity that
After graduation, my partner and I had a strong desire to move abroad and teach. I had worked in classrooms for five years, but after months of searching could not find any program that would accommodate a pair of teachers. Finally, I heard about Lanhu through my university career advisor, and was shocked to find this incredible opportunity for both of us. Lanhu not only allowed us to come to the same city, but they arranged for us to teach in the same school. Not only are ou
Before making the move to my new home and life in China, I experienced a flurry of emotions: stress, confusion, excitement, a joy for something new. All my friends and family were expressing their opinions to me, telling me all the assumed pros and cons that someone who’s never been to China would have. Upon boarding my international flight from the U.S. to China, I hadn’t the slightest clue what was about to happen. Not knowing any Chinese or frankly too much at all about th
Being an English teacher in China has been an incredible honor. Being in a country with a deep history and culture, surrounded by warm and welcoming people, is a wonderful experience. Teaching in a different country will require you to be an adaptable person, but because of the amazing people at the Lanhu Cultural Exchange Center, you will always be taken care of.
At the beginning, I didn’t know how I was going to manage being in a place so different from my home. I had alw
Over the past 6 months of living and working in China I 've seen and experienced things that are totally outside of my previous comfort zone. I've been surprised, shocked, delighted, stressed, amazed and everything in between.
Before coming here I had never considered teaching, but the opportunity was too good to pass up. I was just graduating and unsure of what to do next. Coming to China was a great answer to that question, I have a job, a flat, and plenty of free time,
Living and teaching in Zhangjiajie has been an incredible experience so far, and I still have another four months to go! I'm lucky enough to teach at the university level to amazing freshmen and sophomores. I was really nervous before coming to China, but it's been a great experience. There are shops everywhere, so I'm rarely wanting, I've made some incredible friends, and I've been able to travel around China to other countries in Asia over breaks. Everything is very relaxed
I have been a Foreign English teacher in Zhangjiajie, Hunan for six months now and every day is still exciting. At times I find myself looking at the beautiful mountains and I still can’t believe what I am seeing. I think this is one of the most beautiful spots the world has to offer. My life in China is completely different than what I was used to in America. I had to get used to the food, the time difference, the language, the afternoon naps, and being a teacher of students
I am Bronté Lovelock, British. I graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast in the UK. When I first applied for a position as a foreign language teacher, I will admit my reasons were primarily selfish. The thought of living in a new, amazing and interesting country like China was the the forefront of my mind. However, six months in I can honestly say I have fallen in love with teaching. From the very second I stepped into my college classroom I felt at home. The students are
If someone had told us at this time last year, ‘by next year, you will be teaching Oral English, in China, to a class of 60 students’ – we never would have believed them. We had never considered visiting China, let alone living and teaching here. When Phil came to Aberystwyth University to discuss TEIC and inform us what the organisation was all about, we became more and more curious, and decided to contact Phil to ask further questions. He was more than happy to guide us
As one would expect, the decision to leave home to live, work, and travel in a land, in which to myself is on the opposite side of the world hailing from Ireland and all was not an easy decision, but one which I would definitely not change.
With my own journey here, I have to admit that on arriving in China, I realized that I knew very little of this ancient and massive country, and my nerves had definitely set in as I was standing in the middle of Beijing airport terminal,
I came to China back in 2012 working in Hunan for two years in a small training center through the LHCEC's teaching program. Because of my experience there, now I know and want to further my education and certification as a professional teacher. I am working towards that goal at the moment. Now, I work in an international school in Beijing with more than 3000 students and I love every minute of it. None of this would have been possible had it not been for the opportunity gi