Of the many benefits of teaching abroad, international experience is a huge advantage. You will have the opportunity to improve cross-cultural communication, become familiar with a different culture, and learn a new language. No matter your long term goals, these are invaluable skills that future employers look for and value in today's global economy.
Living in China leaves the rest of Asia at your doorstep. With multiple long holidays and flights at a fraction of the cost from a western country, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, and many other countries are just a short flight away. Domestically, China is as diverse as it is large, and long weekends offer the opportunity to visit places from the grasslands of Inner Mongolia to the hanging mountains that inspired Avatar in Hunan Province.
Working as ESL teacher, your coworkers will be other native speakers from countries like Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, and United States. Often strong friendships develop as you have the same days off and are experiencing a different culture together, bonding over similarities you didn't know you had. Additionally, in most large cites there is a strong international community, allowing you to meet people from the farthest corners of the globe.
The Essentials and Cities
What cities can I work in? What will my living situation be like? What foods are available? Can I watch English movies? These are questions you might be asking yourself. Don't worry though, we have you covered. Check out the essentials page to learn about accommodation, transportation, food, and much more. If you aren't sure where in China you would like to work, check out the Chinese Cities page to learn a little more about what makes each one unique and who it would appeal to.