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Dec. 28th, 2007 | 11:22 pm
mood: worriedworried
posted by: sanguinetalons in chinese_majors

大家好,

It's me again (the girl who asked about studying abroad and then went this last summer)! Graduate is fast approaching for me (this coming June) and I'm freaking out a bit. I've got this degree in Chinese but I won't be fluent by the time I graduate, and my other work skills include basic office skills, a tiny bit of teaching experience, and people skills. I realized that my best option is probably going to teach English in China, even though I don't see it as a life profession. My reasons for this are: A) a lot of jobs there pay for your housing and living expenses are low, so I could make substantial headway paying off my student loan debt and B) I could become more fluent in Chinese so it might actually be a marketable job skill instead of a tiny embellishment to my resume.

The thing is that I've heard that there are some disreputable schools in China that withhold pay from their workers, treat them badly, make them work overtime and don't pay them, and make them live in really, really sub-par housing. In other words, I've heard horror stories. I've heard good stories, too, but the hard thing is knowing how to distinguish the good places from the bad places and be sure that after I get my visa and plane ticket I won't show up in China to a bad situation.

I figured this might be a good place to ask: do any of you have experience teaching English in China? Have any of your friends taught English in China? If so, I'd like to hear about those experiences and any recommendations. How can one go about making sure the place they teach is fairly reputable? Do you know of any good listings? ...or, alternatively, any other ideas on jobs for me? My hometown is very small and I think there are only a handful of Mandarin speakers in my hometown, and I don't have much money to relocate.

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from: sanguinetalons
date: Jan. 1st, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
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I wish I had the opportunity to do that, as terrifying as it sounds, but I have basically no money to my name (or at least, that's what it'll be when it comes to June and my school loan money runs out). :-/ There's no real way for me to save up $3k when my work doesn't give me money that I can save...bah. Thanks for the advice, though...that site looks really helpful. :)

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