|and four hours,
bi-monthly Saturday excursions or day activities and occasionally on Sunday,
welcoming new students. Interns may also have the opportunity to teach
a one-hour workshops and/or a two-hour elective during the weekdays.
How many students
would be in an Internís classroom and is discipline a problem?
interns donít have a class they have the opportunity to work with students
ranging from one-to-one interactions to large groups to give out students
opportunities to interact in a variety of English environments. Because
our students are professionals and adults paying to learn here, we donít
have discipline problems that a pre-school or high school would have.
If there is
Intern/teacher support, what kinds of support are offered?
support is available from our international management team, including
in-service training. We have week-long in-services twice a
year; once after the Chinese New Year (around February) and again
after the Summer session (in August). We also have bi-monthly
training for our teaching staff. Our in-services consist of team
building, improving teaching methods, improving work environments and working
towards building a better school and program.
What are some
perks for teaching at Gateway? For example, are their Mandarin language
courses, is there medical insurance included in the contract, a housing
We offer free
Mandarin lessons, free internet, and weekend outings to places of historic
or natural interest in the area and monthly all-school dinners. Full time
staff has two weeks of annual holiday, three weeks of paid vacation, and
a year-end bonus. All of our interns benefit from our international teaching
team currently from six different continents and managers with international
business experience and years of teaching experience in China.
Is there any
There is no
formal teaching on the weekends. The only duties are welcoming new students
once every two weeks and Saturday on alternate weekends.
What are the
qualification is a strong desire to see and mingle with the authentic cultures
of China. The ability for an Intern to use clearly spoken English is essential
for Gatewayís total immersion language programs and all English environment.
In addition, personal confidence, good communication skills, and some additional
skills/interests such as business, arts, and music would also be useful.
TEFL China course, the only TEFL course available in China,
is available for a fee at Gateway Language Village.
What is the
living allowance in RMB and in USD?
allowance is 2,000 RMB per month. The RMB is on parity with the USD
so there is no danger of having your money ďevaporateĒ while you
are here. The rate is pretty much fixed at 8.27. That makes the allowance
a little more than 240 dollars a month. It is possible to change RMB to
dollars at the bank if you have a working visa (which GLV provides).
You can also change your money in Hong Kong or Macau. There is a street
market for USD, but going through the banks provide the best rate.
When coming to China, remember to save your bank receipts when you change
money. This way you can show the bank and change the money you brought
in back to dollars (or whatever currency you use). There is a black
market for currency exchange but you could end up with counterfeit bills.
Where do Interns
live and what are the accommodations like?
shared accommodation with students in modern furnished apartments. All
of our apartments have a private room for our interns, a kitchen, TV,
western style bathrooms and are a 5 minutes walk from the school. Even
though the apartments have kitchens, the school provides 3 meals a day
Monday-Friday in our cafeteria and some meals on weekends, as well as an
allowance on days when food isnít provided (as long as it is a working
day). The school and the apartments are located in an area with lots
of restaurants and coffee shops. Some of our apartments have views of Phoenix
Mountain, on the street side, and of BanZhan mountain, which is directly
behind the apartments. I mentioned that our teachers live with our students,
and would like to talk a bit more about that if I could. Because our program
is Total Immersion English, some of our students choose to live with some
of our staff. For people who are interested in experiencing day-to-day
life and the chance to really interact with the people of China this can
be a really rewarding experience. I still talk with students that I lived
with my first month here and on holidays will go and visit them. Because
we have students from every province in China our interns, teachers and
volunteers usually have inside information on local travel spots when they
travel around on holiday.
expensive in China? For example, how much would someone pay for a
pair of tennis shoes, for a laptop, for a movie ticket, for 12 eggs?
not an expensive city at all. Most Intern Programs in China advise bringing
100 dollars a month to live on, but because we provide an allowance of
more than twice that; living on a budget here doesnít mean denying yourself
a good time. You could go out to dinner or out with friends on an
almost nightly basis and still be able to save almost ¾ of your
allowance (and use that 100 dollars for travel). Like anywhere,
the more you frequent the more touristy spots and nightclubs the faster
money seems to disappear. Because the school pays for almost all utilities
and meals it is fairly easy to save most of your money. Shoes for soccer/football
cost around 5-10 USD, a laptop can be purchased here but it is usually
better to go to Hong Kong or Macau to buy one. They can cost between 800-1500
USD. Itís interesting that you mention movie tickets. There are actually
very few movie theaters here and the ones that you find usually show the
movies dubbed in Chinese. Again, you can go to Hong Kong and pay about
the price of a matinee in the US to see movies there. However, because
DVD players are so cheap here (between 75 and 100 dollars)
most people buy a player and with the TV that the school provides
watch the new releases on DVD at home. All movies that come out
in the States are available either the day of release or the week before
they are released there. They usually run between 90 cents and a dollar
and are available almost everywhere.
What is there
to do on holidays, where can Interns go for rest and relaxation?
Are their nightclubs nearby where Interns can go dancing to western music?
Can Interns get away from it all and go somewhere for some rejuvenating
This is an
excellent position for those who wish to work a few months and then travel.
Zhuhai is located in the South of China on the border with Macau and about
an hour and half boat ride west of Hong Kong. The city is one of the Top
Ten Places to live in the world, as rated by the U.N. Almost 20 years ago
it was designated as a Special Economic Zone, or S.E.Z., in order to help
open China up to the world. It is on the water and is surrounded
by over 140 islands in the South China Sea. Most of the islands are an
hourís boat ride away. The third largest city in China, Guangzhou (also
known as Canton), is less than two hours away (Australia, Canada
and the USA have consulates there). Because of its location you
are only an hour to an hour and half from all of China by rail or air and
from Hong Kong the rest of the world. It is also a great place to
start from when traveling to Vietnam, Thailand, Bali, Australia, etc. Zhuhai
has about half a million people and is also home to campuses of some of
the most prestigious universities in China. Any night activities
that you would expect to find in a college town you can find here. While
Zhuhai is a relatively new city there are still plenty of historical and
cultural attractions nearby. In the immediate area there are historical
sites and museums from the Opium Wars and temples and pagodas from the
Ming and Qing Dynasties.
a single Intern, is it easy to find companions for nights out, weekends,
and on holidays?
China is in
the midst of change politically, economically and culturally. As
it opens up there are more people going out and making friends with foreigners.
Most people here have an equal number of foreign and Chinese friends and
interact with both groups almost seamlessly. Part of the training
that we provide to our Interns is a cultural orientation. This helps
our staff in the myriad opportunities to meet people of all ages outside
of school for social activities.
pay for air transportation to China and return airfare after the contract
ends? Is there an extra luggage allowance?
We donít provide
any airfare but can give travel advice. However, after the completion
of some of our longer contracts a bonus is paid. We are happy in
anyway possible to help people find transportation to Hong Kong and in
some cases can meet people there or when they arrive in Zhuhai.
have a website? What should an interested reader do next to find out more
about teaching at Gateway?
is interested in contributing to the growth and development of our total
immersion language programs and village, and has strong desire to see and
mingle with the authentic cultures of China, please send your resume together
with a brief statement on why you would think you are suitable for this
post to Gordon Kerr, Deputy Director, firstname.lastname@example.org (see Addional
Resources above for a direct link). I will happy to answer any comments
on this article, questions about life in China, or GLV. They can
be sent to Grayson Bass, email@example.com (see Addional Resources above
for a direct link).
Is there anything
else youíd like our readers to know.
and philosophy of GLV may be expressed through one word: "SERVICE."
Our management serves staff. Our staff serve students. Our students serve
humanity. We try to make use of each employee or internís talents to help
our students learn. Everyone on staff here is dedicated to improving the
school and improving China. Anyone that is not interested in learning about
China, working in a multicultural environment, and helping people will
not enjoy their time here. On a personal note, this has been the most rewarding
job that I have ever had. Everyday I feel that I am making a difference
and that I am supported by professional and like-minded people. I came
to GLV because I thought that I could make a difference and Iíve stayed
here because I know that I am doing exactly that. This job isnít for everyone
but it is a perfect fit for a lot of people. We are looking for villagers,
Dreamers and Visionaries welcome.