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Excellent teaching experience in China with Buckland
Submitted by Addie Weller - Chicago, Illinois United States | March 28, 2017
From the application process and the visa paperwork, to the orientation and the school placement, Buckland International Education Group provided us with an excellent teaching experience in China.
When we applied, our recruiter, Ping, was incredibly helpful and informative. She answered our many questions in a timely manner. She even went out of her way to Skype with us multiple times to ensure we were comfortable moving forward with a position at Buckland. Thank you, Ping!
Buckland provided us with all the visa paperwork information, along with detailed instructions on how to complete the work visa requirements. This was a complicated process, but Buckland helped us every step of the way. Buckland was upfront with not only the visa process, but what would be expected of us once we arrived in China.
We arrived late in Guilin on a connecting flight from Shanghai and Buckland had already arranged a private transport to their office in Yangshuo. We arrived at the office around three in the morning and were shown to our private accommodations. The next day, we filled out some paperwork and were then given a private tour of downtown Yangshuo from Buckland’s training teacher, Robert Hale. We enjoyed walking through the city, sampling the street food and taking in the beautiful surroundings.
Buckland provided us with an excellent week of orientation, covering Chinese culture and language, teaching methods, lesson planning, and a crash course in how to teach in a Chinese school. On the second day of training, we took a bus to Guilin for our health check. Buckland was very helpful in getting this crucial part of our visa taken care of. After a few days of training, we were ready to go!
At the end of our training, Buckland prepared a small class of local high school students for us to instruct. We were told to have a 40-minute lesson prepared and given another “Bucklander” to prepare with. The students were sweet and helpful. It was nice to have a “practice run” before shipping out to our school.
Buckland provided us with delicious lunches every day during our training sessions. One of our fellow teachers was a vegetarian, so Buckland went out of their way to prepare a vegetarian buffet with not only delicious food, but dietary health education as well. On the last night of our orientation, Buckland hosted Foreign Affairs Officers from many schools across China. We had the opportunity to meet them, chat about their schools, and enjoy a delicious BBQ.
Buckland then placed everyone in our orientation group according to their preferences and available schools. Buckland worked very hard to make sure everyone was happy with their placement and their salary. We were both placed in Xi’an city in the Shaanxi province in a primary school, teaching grades 1-6. Buckland arranged our flight from Guilin to Xi’an and ensured our Foreign Affairs Officer would pick us up at the airport.
We have very much enjoyed working at the Fangxin Primary School in Xi’an. Our Foreign Affairs Officer, Apple met us at the arrival gate and has not stopped helping us since we landed. The administration has been very welcoming and accommodating. They provided us with a beautiful apartment, fully furnished; we even have free cable TV and HBO! Every time we’ve needed assistance, our school has made it a priority to help us. We’ve been treated to more delicious lunches than we can handle; Chinese people love to feed you. We couldn’t have asked for more!
Between swimming in the rivers in Yangshuo, traveling to Chengdu to see the pandas, and exploring the ancient city of Xi’an, Buckland and our school have been there for us. We cannot thank everyone enough! We certainly would recommend working with Buckland International Education Group and teaching English in China. Ganbei and good luck!
Submitted by Micheal Simth - cardiff United Kingdom | March 15, 2017
In 2004 I had the crazy idea to retire from being a lawyer in England and set out on a new and exciting adventure in China. A few challenges initially presented themselves. I needed to obtain the full support from and permission of my children and family. Fortunately, they were all very positive about the challenge ahead. Or perhaps they just wanted me to leave ha ha. The next challenge was to secure a suitable teaching position with a company I could trust. I set about researching. I was very lucky to come across Buckland International. The reviews I read were mainly positive and the questions I posed to them were answered almost immediately. The application process with Buckland couldn’t have been any easier. Ping (the recruiter) and the office staff were extremely efficient. My visa and contract were handled with due care and precision.
The day of departure from England, as you can imagine, was charged with emotions. I almost didn’t leave. In fact, I spent 40 minutes crying in the toilets at Heathrow airport. Quite embarrassing for a grown man ha ha. As you have probably guessed I did eventually get on the plane. Buckland met myself and another new teacher at the airport and took us to our accommodation in Yangshuo. The next day we started the orientation week. This involved meeting the new group of teachers, Buckland employees and our course leader. All gave us a warm and friendly welcome.
The week involved lessons and advice on life in China and how to make the best of it. We were given advice and support on how to prepare and deliver lessons. This came in particularly useful for the first few weeks of teaching at my school. We were also given the opportunity to prepare and present a class to real students. Perhaps, most importantly the week gave me the opportunity to make many new life-long friends.
I won’t talk too much about Yangshuo itself. I am sure you will do some research on the internet. However, I will say this. The guide books and travel guides do not do the town justice. It is breathtakingly beautiful. I arrived at night in total darkness. I awoke to a vista of mist shrouded mountains, magical rivers teaming with happy tourists on bamboo rafts and a town containing a delightful mixture of Eastern and Western cultures. I have twice returned to soak in more of the beauty. I cannot recommend it too highly.
At the end of the orientation week I sat with Yuki (one of the members of Buckland team) and we went through the best options with regard to my first school placement. Her advice and honesty were much appreciated. School chosen it was time to say goodbye and leave.
I chose to teach in a High school in a fairly remote part of China. The school were exceptionally welcoming and friendly. When I arrived they took me for some fantastic meals and a tour of the countryside. I was very lucky. I had a brand new apartment in a beautiful and friendly town surrounded by mountains and beautiful countryside.
After a few days of relaxation and acclimatisation it was time to meet the students and begin teaching. If you have taught in England you will be surprised by the class sizes. On average my classes contained approximately 70 students. I know what you are thinking. How on earth can I teach 70 students? The honest answer is that the students are incredibly friendly and respectful. This makes your life much easier. You will need a good sense of humour and patience. You will need to expect the unexpected and not stress about the little things.
I can assure you that if you come with an open mind you will have a wonderful experience. I have enjoyed my time so much that I am now beginning my third year of teaching in China. I can honestly say I have never experienced a problem that cannot be easily overcome with a smile and a handshake. Contrary to what we see in the media at home China is a wonderful country and the Chinese are the friendliest people you will ever meet.
I hope you grasp the opportunity to come and teach with both hands.
The lucky American teaching in the Middle Kingdom
Submitted by Sean Bunzick - Yongzhou city China | March 13, 2017
When I was first looking into a way to stay in Asia and work here as an employed expatriate instead of a tourist on vacation in my Second-Home of Thailand, I did what many people do: I went to Dave's ESL Cafe on the 'Net, looking into teaching work in China as the Middle Kingdom perpetually requires Native English Speakers to teach Conversational English to students from Kindergarten age up to High School, Grades 9-12.
While I was doing this in January 2011, I discovered Buckland International Education Group and sent off an e-mail to them. This inquiry was answered at once by Ping, a lovely lady who couldn't be any more professional and friendly about it. Before I knew it, I was getting packed up in my apartment in Chiang Mai and flying to Bangkok to fly up to Hong Kong. It was sad for me to leave Thailand but I was VERY Excited about all that would await me in Chung Kuo--CHINA!
Once I got on a bus and made it into Yangshuo, I was overwhelmed immediately by being in one of the loveliest places on the entire planet. Even better than that, however, was the treatment that I received after getting from the bus station to Buckland's lovely HQ via taxi.,
They taught us with superior skill but likewise with a sense of fun.
When it was time to depart Buckland and Yangshuo, it was depressing but once I got into Shaoyang in Hunan Province, well, that is where the REAL adventure began!
Coming to a city you've never been to before and standing in front of fifty-to-one hundred students you've never met before is terrifying beyond belief but at the risk of sounding a little on the pompous side, you DO eventually get used to it.
The REAL magic is when you get to know your students and hit it off with them--that's when the days, weeks and even months of your term truly DO go flying by at top speed. At the end of a term, saying goodbye and leaving is NEVER an easy task to accomplish. No.
Despite this, I DID enjoy going from Hunan Province to Shaanxi Province where I met the FAO at the international airport in Xi'an, Frank. As anyone who's worked with Frank knows, he's an absolute sweetheart of a gentleman who goes well out of his way to assist you. He and I hit it off straightaway and remain close friends to this day; we even met in Boston a couple years ago when he was in the States on business and not all that far away from my home on Cape Cod, a couple hours away from Boston. We had a GREAT reunion!
I did two terms in the small city of Pucheng, two more in the neighboring city of Weinan, a term in exquisitely-attractive Ankang, a term in Hanzhong and then I ended up here in Yong Zhou, back in Hunan Province.
This is probably the best school I've worked at with MANY great students who really DO want to improve their English, the school grounds are beautiful, the school food really IS delicious and Yong Zhou has plenty to do when one ISN'T teaching. In addition, it's not all that long a ride via the train at the nearby Yong Zhou Train Station To Guilin or Shenzhen to go into Kowloon/Hong Kong. Best of all, my FAO at the school--Mr. Jack--has to be the BEST FAO that I'VE ever dealt with. He couldn't be any kinder, often helping me out with matters I couldn't do as quickly or as correctly on my own. It's ANOTHER reason I'm happy to be back here for yet ANOTHER term until it all wraps up sometime in June.
To put it another way, my feelings are that if you DO want to teach English in China via a legitimate, trustworthy organization and work at schools that WILL provide you with an apartment, a certain amount of classes per week, help you arrive and depart the city you teach in and get to see the gorgeous parts of this astounding country that Typical Tourists NEVER see while you are treated as a dignified guest by locals who DON'T see Westerners all that often, please check into working with Buckland.
I personally believe that you will have an excellent experience with them if you do and it WILL open the doors to MANY successful pathways in a country as large and as expanding as China has become remarkably in the last few years.
Great experience in China
Submitted by Robert Hale - Yangshuo , Guilin China | March 07, 2017
When I decided to quit my job teaching English in a college in England I expected it might take me a few weeks to find a job overseas. Four days after I quit I had an offer from Buckland and a few months later I was landing in Yangshuo for the orientation period. That was six years ago and I have never regretted it. I was picked up at the airport, driven to Yangshuo, put up in a nice room. (It was quite nice but a bit basic, but since then they have converted some rooms above the Buckland offices and they are very nice.)
The orientation period was short and covered a lot of ground - living and working in China, Chinese rules and regulations, dealing with your school, lesson planning AND included a session of teaching to actual Chinese students with feedback on how well I had done. As I’d already been a teacher some of it was already familiar but there was plenty of information that was interesting and useful.
A little over a week after I arrived I was on a plane up to Baiyin in Gansu province, a city with only three or four foreigners at any given time.
I’ll admit that when I was asked to go to Baiyin and when I read the previous teacher’s write up I didn’t want to go. It sounded horrible. One day there convinced me that I was wrong about that. I stayed for three years and still visit my many Chinese friends there from time to time.
While I was there I had a number of apartments and while none of the later ones were as nicely furnished and comfortable as the first one they were all perfectly acceptable and all had everything promised in the contract. Not only that but if I needed anything not in the contract my schools were only too happy to help me obtain it - sometimes even providing it for me free of charge.
The schools were great, the kids were great, the place had everything I needed (though maybe not everything I wanted - you will quickly start craving for bookshops for example, wherever you are!)
From time time to time I had small problems - things wrong in the apartment, issues with the schools, questions about my visa but everyone always tried to get anything like that sorted out quickly and if the school couldn’t sort it out there was always the option of a quck call to the Buckland office. The staff in the Buckland office are great. Whatever the problem they will make every effort possible to sort it out for you. That goes for everything - from problems with your schedule to problems with your apartment to problems with money. I’ve worked for them for six years now and have yet to have a problem that hasn’t been sorted out quickly. The problems I have had have almost always been the result of different cultural expectations between me and the school.
After three years in Baiyin there were some changes in local education policy that meant they no longer wanted foreign teachers and I had to move. It coincided with Buckland needing someone to take over the training of new teachers during orientation so I moved to Yangshuo. Here I teach in Middle school and - a couple of times a year - do the training for the orientation groups. I also support teachers throughout the year if they need any help at their schools. If it’s a teaching question I can usually deal with it. If it’s something I can’t deal with myself I can liaise with the office to help sort it out as I understand all the things that might bother a teacher and can go in and explain it more clearly than a phone call or email would.
And here? Well I love my school and just like in Baiyin the kids, the teachers and everybody else are all great. I love living here as much as I did in Baiyin and I intend to stay in China, and with Buckland, for a long time yet.
Amazing experiences in China
Submitted by Mr. T. - Los Angeles United States | October 08, 2014
I had always wanted to live abroad in a place like China, but I thought it would be something really difficult and even frightening. In fact, I was nervous about the whole thing up until the day I got to Yangshuo (Buckland's headquarters are there). However, my fears were all unfounded. Buckland makes the whole process as smooth as silk. After my application was accepted, they helped me throughout the whole visa process, guided me on what to bring, and upon my plane's arrival there was a taxi waiting to pick me up at the airport. They dropped me off right at the headquarters, where I then met the staff and was led to my hotel rooms. Buckland spends a week training all the new teachers together in orientation groups. Besides being very helpful and informative, it's a blast! Imagine a couple dozen foreigners new to China all together in one tiny town! Yangshuo is a beautiful place full of crazy mountains, shops, bars, and even nightclubs. It's a good transition - a village halfway between the West and East. Only in Yangshuo can you cruise down a river on a bamboo raft in the morning, and grab pizza and mojitos in the afternoon. So back to the practical stuff. Buckland's training involved a few days of lectures from the Chinese staff members, and experienced teachers as well. They teach you how to cater your lessons to the needs of Chinese students and what to expect, how to handle discipline problems, and how to really thrive in China. They even have every teacher do a real lesson to a classroom of real students, upon which the Buckland staff will observe and give you great feedback. After the orientation, Buckland will talk with you and the schools, playing match-maker and arranging the best fit for everyone involved. They'll place you in a school in a different province, like ShaanXi or Hunan or several others. You go with another teacher, and they arrange all of the transportation for you. The school picks you up, and welcomes you in. To be honest I was the most nervous about teaching my actual students at the school. It ended up being so awesome - the kids are all so attentive, kind, and good listeners. They all honestly really love getting to attend the foreigner's English class, and it's not hard to teach them at all. You basically just have to teach them some vocab or grammar structures using games like Pictionary or Role Play, etc. It was so much fun. I ended up extended my contract even! I would highly recommend going with Buckland if you want to teach English in China. They're super supportive, and go the extra mile to make their teachers' stay in China the most comfortable and hassle free. The salary is decent, the support is superb, the training well done, and China is of course one big epic adventure. I'm honestly jealous of you guys who are just starting out on this adventure! Good luck!