When I first started thinking about moving overseas, I tried to decide where would be the best place for me to live and how I would be able to make a living in that place. I decided that teaching English in China would be the best way for me to get my feet wet living overseas.
I knew that there were lots of jobs available and that they paid a great salary and provided many benefits. I had always thought it would be fun to teach young kids and make a difference in their lives, so I decided to find myself a job through a teacher placement company I found called New Life ESL and get on that plane to China.
I did some interviews with schools that the recruitment company introduced me to and ended up picking a job that I really loved. I then went through the process of selling all my stuff and getting my visa and everything else ready to move overseas.
Once I got to China it was even better than I expected it to be. The people were very friendly to me, and though the big city of Beijing was very chaotic and hard for me to understand at first, I had a lot of people willing to help me find my way around and answer all the questions that I had. I quickly started to get used to life in Beijing and even found myself picking up some Chinese.
After the first week of sight-seeing and getting used to my new home, I was ready to start teaching. I was teaching kindergarten age students and this was my first experience doing so. I have to say that I fell in love with the kids and the job immediately. We played a lot of games, learned songs, and watched all kinds of fun cartoons and TV shows. The kids had so much energy and were so much friendly that I found myself excited to wake up every day and almost running out the door to get to the school and start teaching.
I found it such a valuable experience to be able to help the kids learn English, as I knew it would help them greatly later in life when it came to finding high paying jobs and maybe even going to university internationally. I feel like the kids taught me just as much as I taught them. They made me remember that life is all about having fun and getting enjoyment out of the things you do.
They also made me remember that learning new skills is one of the best and most fulfilling ways to spend your time. These days I have much more experience teaching English that I’ve gathered over the years, but I’ll never forget the experiences that I had teaching English in China. I would recommend that absolutely everyone moves overseas and teaches English at some point in their life. You will learn much about the world around you and probably even more about yourself in the process.