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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!
Two great years in China
Submitted by Steffi - Montpellier France | October 08, 2014
First, a few words about my background.I was born in Manchester ,UK but have lived many years in France as my husband is French. When my husband retired we decided we wanted to do something exciting and a teaching job in China really appealed to us.I had a teaching certificate and over the years had done quite a lot of one to one teaching. So in the spring of 2011 I started to do serious research on internet to find out possibilities.At first sight there seemed to be many,but soon I realized that it would not be that easy .I finally came across the Buckland Group website.I was impressed by its clarity and received an answer right back.Just two days after e mailing my details I received confirmation that I had been accepted on the program starting late August.From that moment I was sending them questions nearly every day.Ping ,in charge of recruitment always patiently and clearly answered my mails and most times I got the reply the same day.Subsequently I signed the contract and they forwarded me all the documents needed for our visas which we obtained without any problems. So towards the end of August we arrived in Yangshuo.Its a beautiful place and all the Buckland staff were very kind and helpful.The orientation week was very useful to prepare us for teaching in China and also to prepare us for any culture shock we might meet with.Towards the end of the week we received our assigned school,a high school near to Xian.This was just what we had requested.My husband loves history and it was one of his dreams to visit the world famous Terracotta Warrior site which turned out to be just a few miles from our school, We were met in Xian by Frank who is the Buckland representative for Shaanxi province.As any Buckland teacher working in Shaanxi will confirm ,Frank is a great guy who always goes out of his way to give support and help. Our school was old and our apartment was very basic by western standards but it did have all the equipment stated in the contract.Teaching large classes of 16 year-olds was a challenge for me but the majority of great students made up for a few difficult ones.I soon became good friends with the Chinese English teachers. Our year passed quickly. We were able to visit quite a few places and also enjoy Xian at weekends.We loved China and Chinese people were always most kind to us. After one year back in France,we found we were really missing China so we contacted Buckland to sign up for another year and arrived back in China in September 2013.This time we were sent to Hanzhong a town in South Shaanxi which has a nice climate and good air.Here I taught younger children in smaller classes.Our apartment was very nice so in fact we actually enjoyed it even more than the first time. The fact that we have worked for two years with Buckland and plan to do so next year should prove how satisfied we are with the Buckland group.For anyone who wants to teach in China and be well looked after by a trustworthy and caring organisation,my husband and I strongly recommend the Buckland group.
Buckland is a Safe Choice for China
Submitted by Andrew Sieg - Jingbian | October 08, 2014
I am on a one year contract with Buckland and I have have felt secure in China from day 1. They picked me up at the airport and took me to the headquarters for a week of Chinese culture training. From there they flew me to Xi'an where I met Frank, my direct company contact who has been nothing but perfect since I met him. I live in a small town about six hours north of Xi'an where I would define life as simple. The people are friendly but conservative. My apartment is acceptable by western standards and the internet has always worked well. The school is old but functional by Chinese standards. The class size averages about 50 students a class. The English level at the high school is basic at best. It is a comfortable life in Jingbian, there are many restaurants, basketball is often played, and locals will love you. The bottom line is Buckland has so far fulfilled everything agreed upon in the contract. Don't expect to live in luxury but know that you will be well taken care of by the staff and the school they place you in.
Beers N Noodles Adventure
Submitted by Eddakath - Dexing | October 08, 2014
When deciding on something such as 'teaching in China’ there are never too many questions you can ask and reading reviews written by both current and previous teachers is the perfect way to begin. I have been teaching in China and with Buckland’s for nine years. I’ve taught in eight schools in Guangxi Province, Gansu Province, Fujian Province, Shaanxi Province and I am currently living/teaching in Jiangxi Province. Buckland's really are great to work for. When I was here fourteen years ago I found Buckland's in Yangshuo and after returning to Australia I spent many years debating on whether to give up my life in Australia and move to China. So I spent a lot of time searching for 'Recruiters'. I found Buckland's to be the safest and best by far. You do hear of some teachers who have 'had a bad time here in China' but they are usually teachers who sign directly with their school and have no one to turn to for help. Buckland’s will ALWAYS be there for you and no question is too big or small for them. If you do come and work with Buckland's you must remember this. They love to hear from you and NEED to hear from you otherwise they have no idea there is either a problem or that you are happy or unhappy. Did you find the Training and Orientation Week helpful? The training was fantastic and heaps of fun. You will receive many tips and hints on how to teach and you will even get to do practice lessons at one of the local schools. You will meet many new teachers with who you will keep in contact with for the rest of your China experience. You are all new and will need each other for help, share teaching tips and lesson plans and a general chat from time to time. The training is held in beautiful Yangshuo which is a 'soft' way to be introduced to China. It is full of western tourists and has several streets that have only western bars and eateries and is a most wonderful welcome to living in a new country and culture. Will you actually teach in the Yangshuo area? It is doubtful as there are only a few positions available. But why choose Yangshuo when you have the rest of China to choose from! Do you receive the promised amount of hours per week? Its not actual ‘hours’, it really means how many classes/lessons you teach per week. Each lesson goes from thirty to forty five minutes and your school can not make you do any more lessons than that in your contract and if they do and you agree they must pay you ‘a set amount extra’. For those who want to earn extra money for travelling etc then tutoring is the only way I know of. The students are already busy enough with their school and extra school activities so it is doubtful you can earn extra money from your school. Special promotional work how often does this happen? I have never had to do any promotional work since arriving and have never known of anyone who has had to. Depending on what it is I would also never allow it to disrupt my holidays with such things. You must remember we are paid a LOT of money compared to everyone around us so the schools like to show us off and big dinners are the usual way. How is the accommodation at the school? Your accommodation is very comfortable and although it is simple by our western standards you will have everything you need. Your apartment will come complete with bed and bedding, television and DVD player, air conditioner/heater in the bedroom and/or living room, washing machine, fridge, western toilet and bicycle. Security and should I Bring My Own Computer? Whether you bring your own computer is your own decision, most Buckland’s associated schools will have a computer provided…BUT…it will most likely come complete with Chinese XP and Chinese Office 2000. If any of my new apartments come with a computer I always pack it and store it as I’d rather use my own laptop. Your apartment will be secure as most are located at the school and every school has a big gate and beside that big gate lives a Gate Guard who is there twenty four hours a day and depending on which floor you are on, your windows will have bars on them. Will I Get The School of My Choice? How it normally works is you tell them what and where, north and south, small or big school, high school, middle school, primary school etc. They can only do their best to get you what you want or as close to. For those who have never been to China along with those who may have been here but only for a short time, there is a big difference between the north and south of China along with the east and west but most of us will teach in what we consider north and south. I have lived in both and the four main differences (to me) are; food, people, geography and weather and I personally prefer to live in the south. Chinese English Teachers different Levels of English In one of my schools I simply wanted my schools address written in both English and Chinese. This was to make things between Australia Post and China Post easier. It actually took over a week as at first the Chinese English Teachers couldn't understand what I wanted and once they did, no one wanted to write it for fear of making a mistake. In the end an English Professor from the Teachers College got involved and it took him less than two minutes. In some schools the English Teachers only know enough to teach from the book and say hello, good morning and how was your weekend. If the conversation goes any further it becomes too difficult for them. In other schools I’ve taught in all the teachers English was fantastic. What is the cost of living like? The cost of living in China depends totally on what you are like as a person and what you want your life to be like here. I haven't cooked for myself in nine years but when I visit a friend’s home we cook as group. They have what is known as 'fast food' here in China which is a buffet type thing. The food turnover is almost instant so the food is usually fresh and hot. It normally costs between 5 and 20 Yuan depending on what you choose to eat. Some schools have canteens where you can eat for around 4Yuan per meal and in some of these schools the foreign teacher will get to eat for free. For dinner I usually eat at small hole in the wall eateries or roadside stalls and my meal will normally cost between 5 and 15Yuan. If I choose to eat in a ‘nice eatery’ then my meal cost will rise to between 20 to 40Yuan. A bottle of beer costs 2 to 5 Yuan and the same bottle in a club can cost you anywhere between 10 to 30 Yuan, as I said it all depends on what type of person you are. Bills and living costs: In most schools you will have no bills (some you will). Your only real expenses will be food, your mobile phone and travel. Last of all, Is China For You! You will be paid well, everything is cheap which includes transport that can get you anywhere you want to go, sometimes with more than a little patience. You will be safe and very well looked after. You may not end up teaching in a place as beautiful as Yangshuo but everywhere you go in China you will find beauty. The Chinese people are the friendliest and most beautiful people I've spent time with during all my travels. I feel very much at home here and will stay for many more years. Sadly though, some people just can't handle China and find it too dirty or too loud or not a society they want be part of. Some love it at first but once the reality of day to day living hits they lose their tolerance. Just as China is culturally and geographically different between provinces, people are also different. We all have dreams we want to fulfill and doing a little research and thinking prior to taking the first step goes a long way.