5 Things I Learned Teaching in China
After I had made the choice to work in China as an English teacher, the questions that I was asked the most often were why I had chosen China and why I had decided to work as an English teacher. Why China? Why Work as an English Teacher? Before I went, I had a hard time finding answers that were suitable to these worries since the only rationale I could offer was a nagging feeling that it was something I needed to do. I found it difficult to find answers that were sufficient. The solutions to these puzzles are likely to be the quickest and easiest ones.
Before you decide to teach in China, check out these five things I learned from the program, as well as what you may expect if you are considering of engaging in an experience that is comparable to this one...
People in general, in addition to Students
The Chinese people are recognized for their friendliness and their eagerness to lend a helping hand, while the nation's youth are known for their upbeat attitudes and their sense of humor. What I learned while working as a teacher in China has continued to have a significant influence on my life back in the United States, and I am really grateful to the children for the things they taught me while I was working with them. My life has continued to have a significant influence on what I discovered while working as a teacher in China.
China in comparative perspective
Because China has such a large number of distinct regions, it is easy to forget that the whole region is part of a single nation. I used to be a teacher in the province of Yunnan, and both the province itself and the surrounding areas have so many beautiful places to visit!
The Events That Have Left The Deepest Impression On Me During My Gap Year
This was the deciding element that determined whether or not my gap year would be a meaningful experience of travel for me personally. I cannot suggest this experience highly enough for those of you who are looking for something to fill the time during your gap year. Please get in touch with me if you are interested in this. It was the portion of my vacation outside the country that I will remember the most.
The experience of other people's cultures
You will find yourself smack dab in the center of the Chinese way of life if you choose to pursue a career as a teacher in China. Being a part of a community has provided me with unique insight into the inner workings of rural townships, which has allowed me to comprehend far more than I ever would have been able to as a casual observer from the outside looking in.
Switch up your perspective on the situation.
China is nothing like the picture that I had of it, and I imagine that many others had of it as well, before to visiting there. This is the single most important thing that I was able to take away from my time spent in China, and it is something that I immediately communicate with people about my travels there. The culture of China is both fascinating and ancient, and gaining an understanding of it has enabled me to look at things from a different perspective.