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I was really drawn to the way that Shishi wanted the school to be a place of love for the kids and it didn't just feel like a business.---Edi
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I decided to teach English in China after taking beginner Chinese classes at university. I wanted to be totally immersed in the culture and have the real Chinese experience. I saw an advert for Cangzhou Dawn International School and from reading the description, I immediately felt like this school was small and had a personable feeling. I was really drawn to the way that Shishi wanted the school to be a place of love for the kids and it didn't just feel like a business. During my whole year there, I was well looked after by Shishi and was provided with a modern furnished apartment, medical care, kung fu and piano classes (because Shishi knew how much I wanted to be Chinese!) and on occasion, group trips. She even looked after my family and friends when they came over to stay! The wage is excellent and due to the cost of living, you manage to save up a lot to go travelling (Beijing is only 1hr away). For example, you can get delicious street food for 50p! I found that I saved up more teaching in China than I do with my graduate job here in the UK! The hours are also great and would be classed as part-time in the UK.

I had a TEFL qualification but no official teaching practice so I was terrified that I would have a bunch of children staring blankly at me. However, the class sizes are small (15 max) and the teaching assistants are bilingual and highly experienced and can provide assistance if necessary. You find yourself learning quickly. The kids are really accepting too and due to the DD dragon curriculum which encourages learning English through fun activities, the kids can get practice team work and you can really be inventive with games. I was so attached to my kids that I even tried to teach when I had lost my voice! I really miss my children so much and the teaching assistants and Shishi especially who was my Chinese mother. All the English teachers make such a strong bond as well and we are all still in good contact and meet up even though we are in different corners of the world!

I always think about my time in China so positively and would really recommend Cangzhou Dawn International School. I've talked to so many people teaching English is China and it has made me feel so lucky to have chosen this school. Some experiences sounded horrifying! For example, a friend was locked in the school after hours and was forced to live in their classroom with no bathroom or kitchen facilities!!! Others have been forced to work extra hours at public schools. Don't be swayed by one bad review which was from one ungrateful former teacher spamming the EFL sites. If you want the real Chinese experience, you want to feel part of a family and you genuinely like children then please apply.

 Edi Laoshi

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