Hioffer spoke with ESL Teacher John Paul for a little insight as to his time living, working, and traveling around China. The more one learns about this country, the more fascinated one becomes with it. ~Hioffer Manager
Where did you stay in China?
I was in Shanghai, the country’s biggest city and a global financial hub.
How long did you stay there?
I lived there for 7 years.
Give me two words that best describe China.
What is there to do in the city?
I spent most of my time shopping, sightseeing, and visiting old temple.
What is the cost of living like?
In general, living in a city like Shanghai will be more expensive than in a smaller town of course. You will find the food very cheap, but the housing is expensive.
What did you find the most interesting?
The most interesting I found was that in a huge city there were parks everywhere!
What did you find the most challenging?
Like most people arriving in China…the language. I couldn’t speak anything when I arrived so doing simple things like getting a taxi and going to the market was difficult. Taxi drivers don’t know how to speak English and at the market everyone speaks Chinese. Learn a few phrases before you go.
Tell me about the best experience you had with your students.
That’s easy. The best experience I had with my kids was when they were able to read and understand English.
Tell me about the best experience you had with your colleagues.
It was such a relief when they helped and assisted me every time when I needed a translation. Whew!
What was the greatest lesson you learned while living in China?
We should be more open-minded so that we’ll understand each other’s differences. Working there widened my cross-cultural understanding.
Would you recommend China as a good place for aspiring English teachers?
This, hands down, is a big YES, definitely!
Would you go back to live and work again?
If you are ready to experience what it is like to teach English in China, take a look at our video of the 6 reasons you should move to China and contact us for more information about teaching, moving, and living in China.
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