Comments from graduate teachers in China:
have been teaching in Wuhan, China for almost four months now
and since making the move to come here I have met so many amazing
people and taught so many very gifted students. China is an amazing
place and the culture, the scenery and the food are things that - in
my opinion - really need to be experienced. As a teacher you are given
the highest respect and the students want to learn, my job here is made
so much easier due to the driven mentality of Chinese students and their
parents. Teaching here in China is more than just a job, it's a life
experience that should not be missed.
came to China two years ago to teach on this programme. I am based
in Guanzhou a city of 10 million people. The school is fantastic
as are the kids. I am a trained English teacher and I feel I am
doing what I want to do. I have found a great gym and I coach football.
I came for a year and I’m still here. I love it.
went to the same Chinese school as Daryll. I came straight from
university. I really enjoyed the teaching year and got into the
language, big time. I also stayed on in China but got myself a job
as an engineer which is my degree subject.
apartment is lovely. It is newly built and is spacious and clean.
I teach 15 lessons of 40 minutes each so I have 10 hours of teaching
time, the school is looking after me very well. I personally would
recommend this to anyone who has a passion for China.
had an unexpected problem with our school. The support staff at
CEAIE became involved immediately and sorted things out very much
to our benefit. They solved the problem for us. We changed schools
and were paid a ‘breach’ fee by the original school.
Nancy and Xueming at CEAIE were very supportive. You needn’t
worry about being abandoned. It won’t happen. CEAIE will be
there to help out if difficulties arise.
is a fantastic opportunity and I’m glad that I’m supported
by CEAIE. In fact, many foreign teachers I meet are jealous of our
situation. Some placement companies are truly shocking. It makes
Dom and I feel very lucky to be with CEAIE.
to Professor Thomas on the phone before I came to China was very
reassuring as he spoke very positively about China and confirmed
that participating in the programme would be beneficial.
I feel the college is doing everything it can to make us feel at
home. They are keen to help with any problems we have and are quick
to try and fix them. They have taken us out to dinner on numerous
occasions and taken us on trips to the Great Wall and we have been
promised another trip next month. The staff are really friendly
and go out of their way to look after us. They are also keen to
help us learn more about their culture, for example, they gave us
boxes of mooncake during the mid-autumn festival. They are also
very respectful of our festivals. We had a week off for Christmas
which they did not have to give us. I have been very impressed.
Once you have got over the culture shock you will find that your
time here will fly by and before you know it, it will feel like
wanted to take a year off after finishing a tough university course
in Ireland and see more of the world. China seemed like a good place
to work for a year to learn more about a culture that I knew very
CEAIE has been exceptionally understanding and caring while I've
Coming to China to teach was most definitely the best decision
I ever made. It teaches you more than any university course ever
could. I have enjoyed my time here immensely, made friends that
will last a lifetime, seen sights I will never forget. I have grown
as a person and achieved things I didn’t think I would every
have been able to do. It has been an eye opening experience.
Thomas’ assurance that CEAIE is a reputable organisation was
very important, as according to the Foreign Office website many
teachers experience difficulties in China. It is important that
you are dealing with a competent and serious organisation.