Rosie Jenkinson came to Chengdu a year ago: when her husband had to go to China to finish his degree, she decided to look for jobs that she could do without knowing Mandarin. That’s how Rosie got in touch with Enfly Education. We spoke to her recently and she gave us 7 tips that made her time in China so enjoyable.
1. It’s easier to become an English teacher than it looks like
Rosie said that Enfly Education helped her a lot with the process to become a teacher, from finding her a placement to sorting out the visa, and answering any questions she had, even during her time in China. Her supervisor Wendy was a great support when it came to sorting out her accommodation, teaching resources and social life too. Nothing like having some support when you get to a new country!
2. Living in China is very cheap
Just after our call, Rosie was heading out for dinner. Whereas in Western countries dining out tends to be pricey, getting paid for a teaching job in China is more than enough to live comfortably, even allowing you to eat out every day if that’s what you fancy. Groceries, transport, entertainment… all come at a fraction of the cost most of us are used to, and when you throw in the fact that you get free accommodaton, you’ll soon find that your disposable income will give you a very good life in Chengdu, or allow you to save your money to go travelling after your teaching!
3. New places to explore, new food to taste
As with all 12 month programmes in China, Rosie got to travel for free to spectacular places in Sichuan province, like the famous Giant Panda Sanctuary, Mount Qingcheng or Jiuzhai Valley National Park. Not only that, but It’s always interesting to explore the Chinese cuisine, and Sichuan is certainly famous for its food – after much consideration, Rosie has decided that Muslim Noodles are her favorite!
4. Opportunity to meet new people, both local and foreign
Rosie instantly felt at home in her school, as the other teachers there were all very friendly and attentive, and most of them could speak very good English. Rosie soon became friends with Laura, a Chinese teacher who was assigned to look after her when Rosie started working at the school,, which definitely made the journer a lot easier.
Apart from getting to know the locals, she also found it really easy to get to know other foreign teachers, what with so many candidates joining our programmes and our emphasis on creating opportunities to socialise.
5. Freedom to choose how you teach
Foreign teachers are free to choose how they want to schedule their lessons. English lessons concentrate mainly on communication and spoken English, with the aim being to make students comfortable with communicating in english – this meant that Rosie could make her classes fun, interactive and dynamic, by letting her students draw on the board, sing songs and mock real-life situations. She even taught some typical English songs, like ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’!
6. Chance to develop as a person
Rosie told us that after spending a year in China, she has grown as a person, becoming more confident, resourceful and open minded. ‘Some things require acceptance as they are, even though you might not understand why – but that’s the challenge!’ she said.
7. Developing your skills for the future
Rosie is coming back to the United Kingdom this summer, and believes a teaching job abroad will definitely add up to her CV and be a great vantage point. Not only that, but she also feels she has developed very useful skills, such as adapability and cultural sensitivity – getting to know the Chinese culture includes a lot of tolerance and ‘going with the flow’, starting with showing respect for the country and its people, and Rosie is certain that these skills will cause a good impression on employers back home.
To finish the interview, we asked Rosie what advice would she give to new teachers coming to China in August 2014, and she said that the most important thing is to keep your mind open and to not be afraid to explore the Chinese culture. Enfly Education is thankful for Rosie for her time and wishes her the best in her future.
Rosie was assigned to our Teaching Programme, and is in China for 12 months. If you would like to sign up for a Study (no previous teaching experience) or Teaching Programme (with previous teaching experience), or to find out more about what they entail, click here: http://enflyeducation.com/application-process/
You can also have a look how does Rosie’s teaching class look like. Click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiesmDCTT8s