TEIC has been a very positive experience. The students themselves
have been (on the whole) welcoming and keen to please, with only
a few issues (I have had to confiscate quite a few mobile phones,
and tiredness is a problem, with some students trying to sneak a
few minutes of sleep during English class).
The accommodation is comfortable and facilities are very reasonable.
The pay is also reasonable especially bearing in mind I have no
actual teaching qualification. The local area is well-provisioned
in most respects (shopping, leisure, transport, international church
within walking distance).
The Flying College, where I work, has provided some trips to famous
sites including the Great Wall, a Buddhist temple, and the Ming
Tombs. These were paid for and mostly well organised. I also took
a week-long trip to Shanghai with my flatmate, which was a worthwhile
experience. The local international church (BICF) also provided
opportunities for recreation and voluntary work; I took a day trip
into the mountains to go rock-climbing, and spent thirteen weeks
giving art classes to migrant children in the North of Beijing.