First Steps in China

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First Steps in China

For those heading to their schools for the first time directly after orientation, this is an outline for what to expect with the upcoming permit and set up process. Although your coordinators, schools and RPLs will help you along the way, it was highly requested we also provide a general outline/guideline for our EAs to follow throughout the entire process.

Any additional questions and comments can be made here on our website or sent to us through our social media pages on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/goAYC/) and Instagram (@goayc).

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Teaching in China's Countryside by Konrad Kelly

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Teaching in China's Countryside by Konrad Kelly

Konrad shares his story of teaching in Taishun No.2 Experimental Primary School in Taishun County, Zhejiang Province. In his post, he talks about his life in Taishun, the challenges in becoming a teacher and what he has learned from both teaching and the kids.

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The Days of Love in China

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The Days of Love in China

Love is in the air. In China, celebrating the person you love isn't one day a year and isn't just for couples as well. Read on to find out how China celebrates love. 

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The Cultural (Re)Adjustment: An Alum's Take by Kelly Dooley

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The Cultural (Re)Adjustment: An Alum's Take by Kelly Dooley

Join us twice a month as we showcase an Educational Ambassador's or Alum's views and thoughts on their journey in China and other parts of the world. This week we head to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States of America.

 

For me, moving to China and adjusting to the Chinese culture was seamless. Coming home was the opposite...

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Travel Tips for Spring Festival and Beyond

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Travel Tips for Spring Festival and Beyond

Living in China affords you the opportunity to have countless global experiences. If you are traveling or living in China (or any other country), these are some tips that can help transform your life into that of a smart and safe global citizen.

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Island Life: An EA's Take by Theresa Menna

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Island Life: An EA's Take by Theresa Menna

Join us twice a month as we showcase an Educational Ambassador's or Alum's view and thoughts on their journey in China and in other parts of the world. This week we head to Daishan, Zhoushan in  Zhejiang Province.

Meet Theresa Menna

"He was from Hangzhou and, like many Chinese people, had perhaps never seen the ocean before with his own eyes. He asked her one day, “How do you play football or basketball on an island? Aren’t you worried about accidentally kicking the ball into the sea?”

I asked her if he was joking. She said he wasn’t."

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AYC Referral Bonus Program

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AYC Referral Bonus Program

People who know our program are often the best judges of who will excel as an EA; therefore, we use the AYC Referral Bonus Program to encourage alumni, current EAs, and applicants to recommend others to AYC! It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Recommend AYC to someone. Make sure they include your name as the referral source on the online application.
  2. The recommended person is accepted, joins the program, and arrives in China with AYC.
  3. You earn $100!

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Building Bridges as a Chinese American: An EA's Take by Heather Wilson

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Building Bridges as a Chinese American: An EA's Take by Heather Wilson

Join us twice a month as we showcase an Educational Ambassador's or Alum's view and thoughts on their journey in China and in other parts of the world. This week we head to Jiangshan, Quzhou, Zhejiang.

"Uprooting yourself for a year to teach abroad in China promises many exciting challenges and adventures. There’s exploring a new city, making new friends, overcoming culture shock, and learning how the metro works if you are from a small town like me! While most Educational Ambassadors face these obstacles, being a Chinese American presents its own set of unique challenges."

Meet Heather Wilson...

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Game of Loans?

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Game of Loans?

When people talk about traveling the world, they talk about the rich experiences and ways you can benefit from adventures abroad – but most people forget to mention all the planning and preparation associated with it.

Student loans are a concern for the majority of recent college graduates, which make up the bulk of our AYC cohort. I know many people who come to China so focused on paying their loans that they limit themselves from actually experiencing all that they could. Although the AYC program cannot directly provide student loan advice, we want to share some possible options to maximize your experience without having to sacrifice anything at the hands of your student loan debt!

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Dating in China

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Dating in China

Dating across cultural boundaries does bring additional challenges, but the rewards, as in any successful relationship, are obviously worth it.

Special thanks to contributions from Josh Wilkes and Adam Mulvey. Happy 11.11!

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What's an EA?

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What's an EA?

Many come to China as an English teacher, but few come to China as an Educational Ambassador (EA). So, what is an EA?

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Autumn ESL Ideas that Incorporate Kinesthetic and Tactile Learning

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Autumn ESL Ideas that Incorporate Kinesthetic and Tactile Learning

Ahh, Fall! We might not have Pumpkin Spice Lattes here in the PRC, but that's hardly an excuse not to celebrate Fall. It's the perfect time of year to take class outside; teach about fall traditions and the way westerners essentially celebrate the season. Here's our collection of classroom activities to mark this time of year!

Cover photo c/o www.meaningfulmama.com

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