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Moving thousands of miles from home; half way around the world, is both exciting and nerve racking.  You probably think "how will I ever adapt to such a foreign culture and language?"

Don't panic!  At TELF369, we do our best to help you feel prepared for your life in China.  We give you as much information as we can before you arrive in China and our help doesn't stop there.  We continue to help and support you throughout your stay in China.  At TEFL369, your happiness is our main concern.

The following questions have been posed to our teachers.  The answers are a composite of their responses.

1. Did you have any problems getting to China?
No.Just give yourself time to complete all the paperwork required by your country, China, and the school where you may teach. This is not difficult but does take time.  Let us know if we can help you prepare your application and other papers.

2) What was your experience like getting over to China?
Everything went smoothly, I arrived in China late at night I was picked up at the airport, taken to an apartment overnight then taken onto my school the following day.

3) What has been the most surprising part about living in China so far?
How quickly China seemed to become my home.
The students have it a lot harder in China compared to the Western countries, Children of all ages have their time planned for them from day break until late at night.

4) What do you like best about living in China?
Living in different places, seeing different cities for the first time, making new friends. Learning the Chinese culture.

5) What has been the most rewarding part of being a Foreign Teacher?
The freedom I have had in teaching, apart from a few school policies in most cases I have been able teach what I want. Communicating with my students. Most students are eager to learn and want to communicate with you to help improve their oral English

6) Have you found it easy to make new friends in China?
Yes.  Most Chinese people offer their friendship quickly.  Some may even invite you on day trips, sightseeing, and into their homes.  Be sure you look friendly and approachable to everyone you meet: smile! -- say Hello!

7) Finally, what advice would you give to someone looking to come teach in China?
Don’t try to control things, you won’t last here. Some schools have last minute re-writes of schedules or activities. Be careful when crossing the street pedestrians do not have right of way. Try to be yourself relax and enjoy your adventure in China.