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Life in the Ice City

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Post Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:22 pm

Okay all of you expats living in China, stop lurking and start posting. You probably know that there is a huge demand for teachers in China. The demand far exceeds the teachers available. I have been working in China for more than 3 years. Many people may dismiss China as a possible place to work or retire, I feel this is a mistake. Although the pay for being a teacher is quite low when you convert it to your own currency, it does not give you the real key to your pay, and that is purchasing power. China is a huge economic power and living here is cheap. I'm not going to profess to be an expert on buying property, but I do know that it is not expensive to live here.

Here is the kind of deal that you will receive if you want to live and work in China as an English teacher. On average, you will work about 20 hours in the classroom. You will receive your apartment. Most contracts include the basic necessities, for cooking, tv, bottled water, telephone, internet. Many people who teach here stay for extended periods of time, several years. It is possible to live quite well as a teacher. Even if you are only making 5000 rmb per month.

There are so many things to experience here. The ancient culture butting heads with the new revolution, the rapid development, fantastic cusine, warm and friendly people. If you have a degree, are flexible and adaptable, you can really enjoy the lifestyle. I think couples would really like this experience. Many schools will sign both to contracts. You may even find a lovely woman here. Many universities offer travel allowances, and there are breaks of up to 5 weeks between semesters. This is a great time to see other areas of the country.

It just became much easier for teachers to also return home for a break in the teaching, as the resident permit process has been altered so that teachers can return to China to finish their contracts without applying for a re-entry visa. If you would like to learn more about life teaching in China, please visit my blog.



Worldtour has been in China since 2002. Please visit his blog about working in China as a teacher.


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