- Posted November 5, 2012 by
Changle, Weifang, China
This iReport is part of an assignment:
What’s your secret spot in Beijing?
ESL in China
I could not find a job. I could not find a job that was suitable to my degree and gave me the freedom that I wanted. My American dream was at a lost. Don't get me wrong, I still want the American dream but I realized that I may have to take a detour.
So I moved to China to become an ESL teacher.
Why? ESL teaching is one of the easiest jobs that you can get in China. Especially if you have a degree and still doable if you do not. I am making a decent living here in China but it does have its drawbacks.
- You may get a high salary but something will be wrong like the apartment or transportation. Something.
- If you do not read your contracts you can end-up working like a slave or a king.
- In most place in China you will be a marvel to the locals, if they stare at you its ok.
- The benefits are learning one of the most spoken languages in the world.
- Freedom to travel.
- Learn a different culture.
- Shopping here is amazing
- Food is pretty good
- Make lifelong friends
- I have met people from all over the world doing ESL.
The great thing about the school that I work for is that they are willing to work with you. They have treated me and the other foreign teachers like kings and queens. I have enjoyed it so far.
So yes despite everything, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.
Some the the pictures that you will see is of the good life in the town I live in. It is a town near Qingdao in the Shandong province. Some pictures are of Beijing, the schools hospitality, an art gallery event and the delicious food.
So if you need a job and English is your native language, come to China for a spell.