The advent of Covid put many teachers out of the classroom last year. To add, subs and new teachers are on waiting lists while a backlog of admin and logistics are prioritized to anticipate outbreaks across cities back home.
This has led some teachers and professors to look to the east and find options they don't have back home.
Many point at eastern governments and their coordination efforts which has created financial and professional opportunities for eager western teachers.
In China, institutes and schools are strained for foreign staff to fill classrooms and more established organizations are offering attractive packages for foreign talent.
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Here are the top 5 reasons why China may be a better option for western teachers.
1. Being an educator in China is a culturally cherished
China has a history of appreciating its teachers for better or worse.
Don't be surprised if your Chinese students show up to class bearing homemade gifts for you, or their parents hand you fertility trinkets to wish you good times ahead.
Hell, they even celebrate Teacher's Day.
2. Lower costs of living = More saving potential
It doesn't take a genius to figure out how to save money every month.
Throw in some healthy habits for saving money, like choosing the right flat, learning how to cook, transportation considerations and watching out for lifestyle inflation means you could be saving a lot more than you would on government bailouts.
3. Diversify your career options
Experiencing China won't only broaden your perspective on the planet, but also broaden your career options.
Many second and third year teachers are promoted to managers, move onto international establishments, bootstrapped ventures or just created their own specialized courses (exchange programs, cooking seminars, special education assistance to name a few).
4. True variety in every province
China is divided into 22 provinces. Some have their own special dishes, traditions, mannerisms and even public holidays and some autonomy.
For example, Guangxi residents may celebrate more holidays because of their minority populations while Yunan regulations are a little more lax when it comes to encountering certain green plants.
My biggest advice for those considering the move is to never be hooked by those flashy paychecks given out by first tier cities.
Instead of biting at the first option, look into second and third tier cities. Often, these cities have been planned using more sustainable methods like green space and efficient energy options, making for a happier and healthier stay here.
5. Everything is negotiable
With some careful research, you'll learn you hold more bargaining if you're considering teaching in China.
The more qualifications you bring to the table, the better!
Chinese establishments have a long history of exploring the "middle ground" during contract negotiations. Things like accommodation, allowances, hours, salaries, schedules and vacation time can all be discussed.
I've also heard of family options and support if you're considering moving the whole family over.
Wrapping it up
2021 is hardly off to a better start than last year.
To add, the medical bailouts are already showing some ugly signs on our savings accounts with inflation already rearing its ugly head for certain products.
Why not earn and save while doing what you love?
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