My Past Year Teaching and Living in China by Joseph Kwon
A brief look into Chinese History
When we go to another country, one of the things we look forward to the most is trying out all the different cuisines. However, in each country, they approach food a bit differently.
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.
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 Lishui, Zhejiang and Quzhou Zhejiang.
Meet Stephanie Simpson and Joseph Kwon
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...
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.
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."
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:
- Recommend AYC to someone. Make sure they include your name as the referral source on the online application.
- The recommended person is accepted, joins the program, and arrives in China with AYC.
- You earn $100!
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...
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!
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!
Many come to China as an English teacher, but few come to China as an Educational Ambassador (EA). So, what is an EA?
Once again, Shanghai staff traveled around to Quzhou, Wenzhou, Lishui, and surrounding cities to visit host schools and Educational Ambassadors at work! All photos were taken by AYC Staff.
Budgeting tips for living in China
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
Here are 7 crazy facts about China
...And it's all because I showed up late to class that one time.
Cover Photo c/o Diego Jimenez on Unsplash.
Videos can be incredibly useful in the ESL Classroom, especially if your students have short attention spans and you're looking to cater to different learning styles. If you're looking to add something new to your lesson plans or free and fun resources, look no further: Here's several great videos to incorporate into your foreign language class.
Cover Photo c/o Sora Sagano on Unsplash.
China is about as different from the West as it gets. Living abroad is exciting and eye-opening, but sometimes we long for the familiar. What do you do when homesickness strikes?
Cover Photo c/o Andrew Branch on Unsplash.