Teaching in China is top choice for travellers as numbers nearly triple
Friday 22, April 2011
As travellers seek more meaningful experiences on trips to foreign lands, i-to-i TEFL, the UK’s leading provider of TEFL courses, is seeing more and more people make like Marco Polo and become captivated by China.
In just two years, i-to-i TEFL has experienced a 152% increase in demand for English teaching internships in China and it is not hard to imagine why.
A country decidedly advanced in technology whilst remaining traditional in its customs, China offers a heady mix of cultural encounters, best experienced up close and personal.
It is estimated that over 300 million people in China, roughly the same size as the population of the USA, are learning English as a foreign language. This gives keen travellers a superb opportunity to visit and immerse themselves completely in one of the world's most fascinating cultures. Combining teaching with travelling will offer an utterly unique experience as well as advantages to a CV.
Everyone from young children to university graduates and high-powered businessmen aspire to learn English in China, so there are plentiful opportunities to teach the language.
Having completed her teaching internship, Clare Wilson, 24 originally from Leicester is now working in Beijing as a Content Manager for an online travel platform - ‘Doing the internship have me huge amounts of confidence and a safe introduction to living somewhere completely and utterly foreign’.
Gemma Turner, i-to-i TEFL General Manager commented, ‘The appeal of China is so broad and it’s not surprising that we’re seeing more people choose to teach there. Working in a foreign country puts you right in the crux of a destination’s community and culture. Passing through somewhere on your travels will give you an idea of what a place is like, but nothing compares to living and breathing it every day for five months’.
She continues ‘Taking a TEFL course and teaching abroad offers security for those that want to go travelling or do something different with their lives, but don’t want to risk leaving some form of employment.’
No teaching experience is necessary but a TEFL certificate is required. i-to-i TEFL are currently offering FREE courses worth £300 for those who sign up to an internship in China for August 2011. The internships costs £995 for 5 months including a private room in shared intern accommodation, all meals on school days, in-country airport transfers, in-country support and a two week orientation in Beijing including sightseeing, seminars, Mandarin lessons, internship allocation, all meals, hotel accommodation and great networking opportunities with all other interns. For more information visit www.onlinetefl.com
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