• Is it for me?
  • Life in China
  • Internships in China
  • Chinese Education
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Is it for me?

Applying with us is ideal for recent graduates, or simply anyone with a thirst for travel and absorbing another culture.

We’re looking for people who are:

  • enthusiastic, committed, and have a sense of adventure
  • individuals or couples; all can be accommodated
  • in good overall health and a clean criminal record
  • ideally willing to work from September to July.

Working in China has something for everyone. Not only will you add priceless experiences to your CV, you’re sure to have the most interesting year of your life, and one that will stay with you in whatever you decide to do afterwards.



Life in China

Of course this country is different. That’s part of the challenge but also part of the fun.

The language is different, the people are different, the climate is different and the food is different. But the language can be frequently fascinating, the people often the most welcoming in the world, the climate often pleasant and the food is mostly delicious.
According to government statistics, in 2009 there were 100,000 foreign language teachers employed in the country and that number grows year on year with almost the same pace as the country’s GDP. This means that you will most certainly not feel stranded.  Pretty much anywhere in China apart from Beijing and Shanghai, you will be quite the novelty as a foreigner. Expect to quite literally turn heads as you walk down the street, and to even stop for photos; people may assume you’re a movie star. Chinese people are notoriously friendly and all this is pure intrigue and quite probably genuine excitement at seeing a foreigner.

In spite of still being officially a communist country, you can comfortably put to bed any preconceptions about what that might entail. Yes, there are pictures of Mao around (especially in Hunan, his home province) and the schoolkids still sing revolution songs in their school choirs, but it says a lot that probably the only noticeable effect of the government on the life of a foreigner in China is when they try and access YouTube or Facebook! Even then, thanks to several handy internet tools there are ways around that nowadays.

In what is quite probably a positive effect of the country’s system of government, expect to feel safer than you could possibly imagine feeling in any Western city. You will almost never see any sign of violence or crime being committed. Both Chinese and Foreigners feel quite content to walk alone anywhere, even at night, and that goes for women and men.

Although more and more people speak English (and are very keen to come up to you on the street and practice!), it is certainly advisable to learn some basic Chinese either before you arrive or while you are in China. Even with just a trusty phrasebook in hand you should be able to handle language barriers with relative ease. You may well find that Chinese is not actually all that difficult and, with a bit of effort, after just a few months you will be able to converse with locals.

The breakneck pace of change that this country is experiencing makes it a genuinely exciting place to be. Don’t be surprised to find yourself staying for longer than you expected!

For more first-hand accounts of life in the country check out our Testimonials


Working experiences

Advantages of an internship in China

  • Mandarin learning in a practical, professional environment
  • Cheap cost of living
  • Connections in the Chinese business community
  • Chances of job offer after internship
  • Vibrant, up-and-coming location

Advantages of Middle Kingdom Internships

  • Emphasis on Chinese learning
  • Personal touch
  • Buddy system and web of contacts
  • Jump up the career ladder

General inter-cultural challenges on projects

  • Allow yourself to familiarize yourself with the context
  • Understand specific underlying problems
  • Break the problem down into a logical structure + describe your overall approach
  • Address the issues one at a time
  • Address important issues (not just the ones you feel comfortable with


Creative problems

Frustration education

  • Creativity often sacrificed due to the amount of memory work and
    repetition that is expected
  • Truth education
  • Based on the idea that repetition stimulates a child’s potential
  • Over-protection distorts physical and mental health development of children
  • Confucius: no spirit of suspecting science and the courage to explore.. . college students regard textbooks, teachers, or academic authority views as truth

Wanted: experienced thinkers (not experienced educators)

  • multi-disciplinary integration
  • creating meaningful, human-centred experiences
  • think broadly about problems
  • what many people call” impossible“ may actually only be a limitation of imagination
  • No quick fix but better design thinking
  • address the concrete needs and values of human beings

Links

www.tefl-chalkboard.com
– “7 reasons to teach abroad before you die…”

www.eslcafe.com
– a major resource for teaching ideas and teaching information.

www.breakingnewsenglish.com
– invaluable lesson plans for university students and adults, based on current affairs.

www.middlekingdomlife.com
– an informative blog regarding life in China as an English teacher.

www.fluentin3months.com
– Inspirational Irishman with tips on how anyone can become fluent in Chinese (or any other language)

www.lonelyplanet.com/china
– China travel info

www.genkienglish.net
– good resources site written by a foreign teacher in Japan.

www.visaforchina.org.uk
– Visa application information

www.chinese-embassy.org.uk
– website for the Chinese Embassy in the UK

www.chinesepod.com
– quite simply the best tool for learning Chinese, at any level.

www.chinese-forums.com
– discussion forum about all aspects of living in China.

www.fco.gov.uk
– Travel advice from the Foreign Office