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CHRIS COWAN
British

Teaching English in Schools in Yangzhou, China

         

I'm having an amazing time in Yangzhou. I feel like I've really got to experience life in another country and culture, and managed to survive! The best thing is that I've made quite a few Chinese friends at the web center who are all in their late teens, early twenties. I've been out for dinner a few times with them and it's great because you get to experience Chinese life and have a laugh with the people who you teach.

Tim [Travellers China Organiser] is also a great co-ordinator. Without him I don't think we would have survived so long. He's really helpful and friendly, and is always up for going out. We've been out quite a few times with his friends and family and always have a fun time.

I would definitely recommend this placement to someone else who was interested in experiencing real Chinese culture. I think it would suit somebody who is energetic and lively. They must also be quite independent minded and not worry about being thrown in at the deep end and surviving in a country where most people do not speak English.

Can you describe a typical day?

On a typical day I will wake up, having missed breakfast, oops! Then get ready to go to the web language center in the middle of town for lessons starting at 11am. Usually, I'll have one or two social clubs a day, which are similar to English corners, where I have to prepare a talk on a topic related to English life or culture. The adults I teach usually find this quite fun and we have a laugh.

In the afternoon I'll teach a few more lessons, mainly small groups of 2-4 people.

After work Tim, the co-ordinator, will ring us up and we'll go out for dinner, or go down to the K-TV bars in the center of town. I feel sorry for him having to listen to me sing! At the weekends we'll go sight-seeing at the temples and parks around Yangzhou, and this week is national vacation so we're off to Nanjing for a couple of days.

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