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General » Hilarious: A Side Job for Teachers?
Absolutely true....

I have been here 7 years.

I have done school openings, television commercials, recording for answering machines, robots and school materials, a fake architect delivering speeches to government officials, and all manner of crazy silly things.

All that paid well. Often including travel, 5 star hotels and great pay.

Anyone wonder why I have been here 7 years?

:)
General » Anyone debating on taking this course?
I took the course 7 years ago in Edmonton and it literally changed my life.

Money also was an issue for me, as I was living check to check, even though I had a "good job". I struggled for 3 months to work as much overtime as possible to pay off all my huge debts, took the last 1000 bucks, took the course, and 2 weeks later (due to waiting for passport and shots) I was on a plane to a new life.

I have never been so happy and healthy and it is all due to Global TESOL showing me that I COULD do it, and here I am still doing it and enjoying a quality of life I never before experienced.

Oh yeah, I also now speak Mandarin..... How frickin cool is that?!?!?!
General » TEACHING ESL IN CHINA
No matter how prepared you are it will always be "an experience".

I have taught classes with 60 raging wild kids and classes of 4 dedicated students. All challenging in their own way and never the same.

I don't disagree with trying to find out as much as you can before you get here, but don't be surprised if it is NOTHING like what you heard about when you do arrive.... :)

Don't be scared or intimidated though. A lions den it may be, but once you learn what the lions like you may just find the kitty cats underneath. :)
General » TEACHING ESL IN CHINA
No matter how prepared you are it will always be "an experience".

I have taught classes with 60 raging wild kids and classes of 4 dedicated students. All challenging in their own way and never the same.

I don't disagree with trying to find out as much as you can before you get here, but don't be surprised if it is NOTHING like what you heard about when you do arrive.... :)

Don't be scared or intimidated though. A lions den it may be, but once you learn what the lions like you may just find the kitty cats underneath. :)
General » Teaching English in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a tough market to get into, especially for English, as it is "almost" their second language. Mandarin is becoming MUCH more of a teaching opportunity due to increased relations with mainland business.

However, just across the river, where I am in Shenzhen, there are so many opportunities that exist for you and your boyfriend and you can literally can be in Hong Kong in 15 minutes across the border. I can hook you up with a kindergarten recruiter here that can have you both working making decent money very quickly.

Send me a message if interested.

That's why I love it here. All the charm and opportunities of Mainland China and anything you can't possibly find on the mainland can be had in less than an hour in ultra modern Hong Kong.
General » Re-new passport in China
I Have.

I have been here 7 years, and though possible, the Canuck Gov doesn't make it easy......

First you have to get yourself and your old passport to either Beijing or Guangzhou. Then you need to fill out paperwork etc and turn over your old passport.

They also require notary signatures, proof of who you are (ridiculous) and a bunch of other crap which all just equates to $$$$. Then you have to wait 15 days without a passport before you can go back and pick up your new one.

A thoroughly annoying prospect. It is also possible to do it in Hong Kong, however, the 15 days you don't have a passport, you wont be able to come back into mainland China......

Cost me in total around 4000rmb all told.

I have been here 7 years so far, so I will have to do it again in a couple more years......

Sometimes it is better to be an American. There process is much easier and they can actually just have new pages sewn in, instead of going through the annoying red tape we Canucks do....... Though I suppose we don't have to leave the country every month like they do.....


But long story short, yes you absolutely can renew it here. But our wonderful government will make you jump through hoops for the "pleasure".....
General » NO Degree teaching in China
I am in South China at the moment in the Mega City outside of Hong Kong called Shenzhen. Whereas the economy and job market in the West has slowly been declining, China is booming in every field! For example, 90% of ALL the worlds Iphones are made right here in town!

That said, I have left my IT job here, simply because the French company I was working for was not doing business as "legally" as I had thought (selling Microsoft systems without a real OEM license....) so I left.

However, in doing so I have decided to go back to teaching Kindergarten this Sept. Most foreign teachers do not like teaching young kids, because you need to be active and well prepared. But the rewards are amazing.

For example:

To teach older kids/adults you usually need work in a training center. Training centers do 99% of their business in the evenings and ALL day weekends... In this city the average starting salary is approximately 8000rmb and look forward to Mondays off.... And a minimum of 16 hours actual teaching time every weekend, though possibly longer.

However, for kindy its like this:

Mon to Friday, 8:30 - 4:30 with a 3 hour lunch (not mistyped, 3 hours, kiddies gotta nap!)
typical workload is 1-2 X 30 minute classes in the morning and again in the afternoon. 3 per day is typical.
If you do the math, that's 1.5 hours teaching a day. The rest of the time can be spent prepping fun classes for the kids, though they do expect you to stay at the school typically.
But the best part is, since kindy teachers are harder to find, the starting pay is typically 50% higher, so 12,000rmb per month.... And you instead of working your butt off on holidays and vacations, you get ALL the government vacations and school vacations, with pay. (however, not full pay during the month long December and 2 month summer vacations, but paid none the less)

So I am going back to Kindy!! For those who would like some advice, tips and ideas, I am making a new video log on youtube which will outline a lot of my teaching ideas to help get you started. Check out: http://www.youtube.com/sirantESL

And on a side note: As mentioned before, I do have an amazing contact (Global TESOL also has them listed) for new teachers who want a guaranteed contract with a decent company.

The company is called Buckland group and they have helped me and many others get their foot in the door. Not only do they provide guaranteed contracts to anyone, no degree required, but they take care of every aspect of your life when you get here. All you need to do is get here. And their office is LITERALLY in the most amazing place on the planet. Google "Yangshuo" and you will see what I mean...

Once you contact them they will send you a contract, they prefer Sept or Jan arrivals to coincide with the school terms start. Then, once you arrive in Guilin (closest airport) They will pick you up, night or day, bring you to their own hostel, give you a week or 2 FREE training and accommodation while you choose what location in China you want to teach at. Then they help you set up a local bank account, send you to the new school, provide you with free rent, food, internet, Chinese lessons and paid holidays.

One thing to note is the pay is quite a bit less than you can make in the big cities, but in the smaller cities 4000 a month is more than the average doctors and lawyers make, so you will enjoy a very nice standard of living.

The reason I suggest Buckland over just coming and jumping in green is it gives you a safe and easy way to get your feet wet and build some all important experience, which WILL get you much better paying jobs later. Once you are in China, have gotten used to the culture shock and developed a few skills, the sky is the limit. The opportunities that present themselves will amaze you!

The secret is to get yer butts over here!!!!! That's the hardest part! Out of ALL the people I have known who have talked about it it, thought about it, and even actually taking the TESOL training, less than 10% have actually made the leap! Such a pity really.

Don't be afraid to go out into the world people! A Global TESOL certificate is the first step to a whole new life. Whether you are looking for a year off the daily grind back home, or like myself, want to rediscover living, you have to get ON THE PLANE before any of the good stuff happens!

I went from being an over stressed, under paid senior IT engineer for Hewlett Packard, in debt, obese and miserable, to being 100% debt free, a happily married family man and the fittest I have ever been in my entire life.

Whats stopping you?

For more info on China or Buckland (really, guaranteed contacts, and no, I don't work for them or receive any commission, they were just that good to me) please feel free to contact me.

p.s. REALLY do google Yangshuo and look at pictures of the place..... The 100% reason I chose Buckland to begin with....

Here's the direct link to Buckland's site: http://www.bucklandgroup.org/

EVERY single person I EVER recommended to try Buckland got a contract..... Every one... And of the few who actually took the leap, they are all still here.... :)
General » Teaching Kids - My Youtube Videos!
Hey all....

I have been over here in China successfully living and teaching for more than 6 years now. I have done many other things than just teaching (TV, Music, public speaking, etc) but teaching has been the mainstay.

As you read about online, though salaries (to start) that you find are typically low, it is much too easy to pick up private students.... My wife and I have about.... Oh....100 now.... Mostly her due to my other professional job now. But I still do the kids classes on weekends.

Those private students have been coming to me for 4 years. Why? Because my classes are fun and I incorporate that fun into learning. If you can keep those kids noisy, parents will keep throwing money at you, and tell their friends!!!

I posted a few videos showing what I do in my private classes in China. Keep in mind these are mine, so no school calling shots, anything goes.

http://www.youtube.com/user/sirantESL

There you can see 2 videos from a couple years ago, when games like bowling, paper airplane darts and garbage can basketball, when used in learning, become powerful tools. No one wins or loses, the kids speak (shout) just to play!

The 3rd video is of my current batch, though 90% of them are just 2 years older than they were in the first 2 videos. As they get older, the need for physical games goes away to mental games. Hangman, sentence building, story telling, etc. Easier on the body, but just as much fun.

I have a bunch more videos to put up. So if you want any ideas, or just a laugh, head on over to youtube and search for sirantesl, give it a watch, and subscribe for more videos to come!

I hope you like watching them as much as I liked making them.
General » China: Best places. . . worst?
I left Edmonton 6 years ago for China without a degree. At first I started with an awesome company that fully takes care of you, though the pay is not amazing compared to Canada, but amazing over in China. Since then I have not returned. I went from lowly kids teacher, to a business English teacher / Editor for one of the Big 4 Accounting firms in the world. Now I am the IT Manager of a local computer company.

So yes, you can teach here without a degree, but you wont find the good jobs online. I recommend Bucklandgroup.org They are listed with Global and you can google them. Not only do they hire GUARANTEED without a degree, but they put you up for a week or 2 in the most amazing place on the Earth (Yangshuo, google pictures on that....) and teach you how to teach, set you up with a bank account, phone and full room and board, paid holidays, low hours.... etc.. Great way to get in the door and learn about the country. Once you are here the opportunities are endless...
General » NO Degree teaching in China
I left Edmonton 6 years ago for China without a degree. At first I started with an awesome company that fully takes care of you, though the pay is not amazing compared to Canada, but amazing over in China. Since then I have not returned. I went from lowly kids teacher, to a business English teacher / Editor for one of the Big 4 Accounting firms in the world. Now I am the IT Manager of a local computer company.

So yes, you can teach here without a degree, but you wont find the good jobs online. I recommend Bucklandgroup.org They are listed with Global and you can google them. Not only do they hire GUARANTEED without a degree, but they put you up for a week or 2 in the most amazing place on the Earth (Yangshuo, google pictures on that....) and teach you how to teach, set you up with a bank account, phone and full room and board, paid holidays, low hours.... etc.. Great way to get in the door and learn about the country. Once you are here the opportunities are endless...