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    Posted November 5, 2012 by
    NikahG
    Location
    Changle, Weifang, China
    Assignment
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    Life in China

    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.

     

    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.

     

    Benefits
    - 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.

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