First Impressions - Tasha, Daniel
and Danny’s Story
originally decided to go teach in China halfway through our final
year of university. The TEIC programme was recommended by one of
our lecturers, as previous students had used the programme and loved
it. We applied online and had our telephone interview with Professor
Philip Thomas. He gave us all the information we needed, which allowed
us to make an informed decision on whether China would suit us.
As there were three of us, Phil suggested that we go through his
Chinese colleague, Lany. We had a talk with Lany on Skype and she
placed us all in Loudi City, Hunan province. Two of us were placed
in one school, whilst the other one was placed in a school down
Loudi City is considered a ‘small’ city,
however compared to the cities in England, it was large. The locals
were extremely welcoming and were fascinating by us! We were always
being asked for photographs as we walked down the street.
and I were placed in Loudi Vocational and Technical College and
Danny was placed at Tongyun English Training School. We all worked
about 16 hours a week, which averaged to 2 or 3 classes a day. The
students were keen to learn and loved having young foreign teachers
to talk to. The loved listening to all our stories about England
and learnt new vocabulary so they could ask you questions.
During the term time we were able to travel around
our province, which allowed us to see the Chinese countryside. Spring
festival allowed us to venture further, as we had 2 months holiday.
We visited Beijing and Xi’an, we visited all the places we
wanted to and had some amazing experiences!
Overall, choosing the TEIC programme was the best
decision we made. Everything was organised prior to our arrival,
and we had the reassurance that we had someone to contact if we
needed help or guidance. China is a fascinating country with extremely
hospitable and friendly people. The teaching is challenging but
very rewarding and the students will make you beam with pride. We
would recommend this to everyone! Go and immerse yourself in a new
and exciting culture!
Tasha, Daniel and Danny