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Living in China
You will constantly be surprised by the way people in China live a mix of a traditional Asian lifestyle with 21st century modernity. It goes without saying that this country’s history, its epic sights, and the food are all awe-inspiring. You will also find the Chinese people friendly, quick to laughter, willing to help, and endlessly curious about foreigners. Expats get treated a bit like celebrities in much of China and you’ll often be asked to pose for a photo with strangers. You can expect something new to happen to you every day and will need to expand your horizons accordingly, adjust to cultural differences, and keep in mind that living standards may not match everything available back home.
Keeping an open mind and being flexible will take you a long way in China, as will making some local friends and learning a bit of the language. Even a few common courtesies from a good phrase book like Lonely Planet Mandarin will help open many doors for you. Working here will give you a tremendous opportunity to become conversational in Mandarin, a language that will become more useful as China’s global influence continues growing. Some schools even provide free Mandarin instruction for their foreign English teachers!
These days, the expat community is also well established and you will have little trouble finding other English speakers if you branch out. Many have already blazed the same path so you won’t be left to figure everything out on your own. There is so much to see and experience in China beyond the Great Wall and Forbidden Palace. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the country on weekends and holidays – inexpensive high-speed rail is ubiquitous and flights between major cities are relatively cheap. Getting out of China for a break is also easy – many teachers head to Vietnam and Thailand for their vacations.
One big relief about working in China is that the school arranges your visa for you. You will still have to provide the requisite paperwork and stay on top of the process together with your recruiters, but it’s a far smaller hassle than securing a visa for another country on your own. In the past, some foreigners arrived on a tourist or student visa and found teaching work locally. The government has been cracking down on this practice and it’s definitely a lot safer to get the correct “Z” working visa along with your signed contract before you arrive to avoid getting in trouble and having to leave the country. Of course, the advance knowledge of a guaranteed flight ticket, job, and apartment waiting for you in a specific spot in China also makes planning your big move much easier.
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