and working in China has been a once in a lifetime and truly unforgettable
experience. By participating in the TEIC Programme, I had the opportunity
to work in one of most recognised universities in Beijing. As an
oral English teacher, taking classes of about 20 students, I was
able to develop my communication and interpersonal skills extensively.
The students were very friendly and welcoming. I was there as their
teacher but I quickly became their friend. I had gone to China to
teach English and I left China having learnt a lot myself. I learnt
Mandarin, I learnt a lot about Chinese culture and customs and I
also had the opportunity to travel around China and South East Asia.
I was able to see the famous Terracotta Warriors in Xian, visit
the beautiful Sichuan province and experience the hustle and bustle
of Shanghai as well.
There have been times when you do get a bit homesick; it’s
only natural being in an environment which is so culturally different,
but these moments are short lived. Staff within the university and
the CEAIE were always at hand to help with any problems that we
had which was very reassuring. China has so much to offer to anyone
who is thinking of coming out here to teach. It has been a fantastic
experience and I have made some great friends.
My advice to anyone thinking of taking part in the TEIC Programme
is that they should most definitely give it a go. It is a great
opportunity to do something different, make new friends and have
an amazing time.