Want To Travel? Consider Teaching Abroad In China

Want To Travel? Consider Teaching Abroad In China

By: Cadence Sun
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Please note that this article is solely the opinion of the author. SFU Volunteer Services advises all students to do extensive research before volunteering with any organization, especially abroad.

Are you interested in teaching English in China? Are you willing to help students who can’t afford high tuition fees to learn English? Are you concerned about the education system for children? Well, if the answers to these questions are all yes, China Hunan Program is your best option.

The China Hunan program was founded by WorldTeach in 2003 in association with the Hunan Department of Education. Their focus is middle and high school students from grade 7 to 12. The families of these children are usually very poor and are unable to pay for English classes for their kids. However, English is very important in China because the government officially asks every kid in school to learn both Chinese and English. If students don’t have access to resources about English learning, they can’t graduate. As a result, WorldTeach and the department of Education in Hunan are concerned about the difficulty facing poor students in Hunan province, and they are looking for volunteer teachers to teach abroad in China.

            There are five advantages of volunteering in the China Hunan program:

  1. Gain leadership experiences as most volunteers lead an English club where they have freedom to teach things they and their students find interesting, such as songs and dances.
  2. Volunteers will be eligible for WorldTeach TEFL certification. This certification will give permission for people to teach English as a job in countries in which English is considered the second language.
  3. Financial aid will be provided by the department of Education. Housing, insurance, training and food will be covered.
  4. Gain Job experience if you are planning to teach abroad. The volunteering time will be two semesters (11 months).
  5. Form lasting bonds of friendship. You can make friends with volunteers and your students during the period.

WorldTeach is an organization that provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries. So if you care about education for children in poor areas, apply for the China Hunan Program as an English teacher! You can find out more information in their official website. The application deadline for 2014 is May 15th. So hurry up!

Posted on March 21, 2014