Nations Abroad Education is a well-established international education company with its headquarters in China’s capital city–Beijing, China. As a professional service specializing in hiring, training, and supervising English teachers in China, we partner highly qualified language teachers from English-speaking countries with Chinese schools that have ESL (English as a Second Language) programs. But Nations Abroad is more than just a hiring firm. From the moment you arrive in China, we will be a helping hand in your experience, from providing housing and sufficient teacher training to helping you with the basics, like booking a flight, making travel arrangements, and getting to know other English teachers from around the world. It’s also our job to keep in touch with you throughout your stay in China. Because the staff at your school may or may not speak English, we provide translation services and management. If you need to call in sick, call us. If you need to communicate an idea, call us. Our company provides continuing support to both you and your school.
For more information about Nations Abroad, see the “About Us” section of our website. If I decide to teach with Nations Abroad, Ltd., What will happen when I arrive in China?
How will you assist me and help me to get ready to teach? When you first arrive in China, Nations Abroad Education will arrange for you to get picked up at the airport, and will arrange for either a temporary place to stay or your permanent housing for the teaching year. Don’t worry Teachers! We at Nations Abroad know how to take care of you and have a mountain of experience in comfortably getting foreign teachers settled into China. For your convenience we have developed a welcome package with step by step instructions for the most vital things anyone would need to know, from buses close to your house to how to pay your electricity! Our experienced staff will be there to assist you throughout the airport pick-up process and in the process of moving in. Once you are fully settled in after the airport pick-up, you will have some time to rest for a day or two, and then will start some training. After your training you will go to see our partner schools and interview with their headmasters and staff. When you go to a partner school to interview, you will perform a demo class in front of students and the school’s Chinese staff so that they can see your teaching abilities. After you do a good job teaching your demo by using good techniques learned in your training, you will get hired at your school. After you get hired at your school, all other arrangements will be taken care of by Nations Abroad, such as moving into your permanent apartment (which Nations Abroad staff will arrange and help you move), giving you needed teaching materials for your classes, and any other necessities to ensure a smooth transition into your teaching position and apartment.
Is there a program fee?
If not, how is my salary paid?
How are you able to fund this program?”
Usually there is no program fee, however there may be an application fee or service fee for some of the higher end jobs, for teaching with Nations Abroad Education usually there is no costs that you incur. Teaching in China is a unique experience, but it is also a job. The short answer is that the school where you work provides your salary, paid by direct deposit into your account. The long answer is that early childhood education in English is a major trend, and there are many schools developing that focus on English language ability. One of the biggest difficulties for Chinese people learning English as a second language is pronunciation. Because pronunciation and language skills are best developed early, parents who want their children to learn English are often willing to send their children to private schools where they can develop both pronunciation and vocabulary at an early age. You may think you are just teaching the word “cat,” but you are also teaching the sounds that native English-speakers naturally make. Removing salary from China can be a difficult process; Nations Abroad, unlike any other education company in China, is able to assist you in transferring you earnings to your respective country. You will have to pay your own consulate fees in the USA.
Where will I teach?:
“Tell me about the kindergarten or partner school where I will be teaching.” Many of our schools are located within the city of Beijing, throughout the districts located closest to the city center. We are currently making partnerships with schools outside of Beijing. Every teacher we hire has a guaranteed English-teaching job in China. However, since both kindergartens and English teachers vary in style, age, and experience, we will take you to do a 10-15 minute demo class before you begin teaching. This demo class helps us to decide where you will fit in best as an English teacher. The majority of our teachers will be placed in kindergartens and early childhood education, but we also have a few partnerships with universities, primary, and secondary schools. Please let us know if you have a strong preference for older students, and we will try our best to accommodate this preference. You can find more information about our partner schools, class structures, Chinese assistants, and students in the Our Schools section.
Will I have enough money to support myself?
Teachers generally find that their salary gives them purchasing power in China that is much stronger than in their home country. It’s possible to live comfortably and save half your salary. However, during your first month in China, due to all the up-front costs associated with settling down, we recommend to bring AT LEAST $2,000 with you.
What are classes like?:
Most of the students we teach are between the ages of three and twelve years old and have been learning English since the age of three. Each class will have no more than 15 students, and will include 1-2 Chinese teachers who you will be assisting and will provide discipline, general classroom management, and will translate for you when necessary. We also have advanced level classes like IELTS, SAT, TOFEL, and corporate English training, etc.
Schedule of classes:
What is the teaching time-table like? What will my daily schedule be?” Daily schedules vary by school. However, we usually have two kinds of time-tables. In the majority of our schools, each class lasts between 20 and 50 minutes and English teachers will have multiple classes throughout the day. We will train you in how to conduct brief, effective, daily English lessons that teach pronunciation, vocabulary, and basic sentence structure. International schools differ and require foreign teachers to remain in the same class for a full half-day or a full day. Teachers have between a 1 1/2 and 3 hour lunch break in the middle of the day, depending on the school. This allows the children to take a nap (and you, if you like!) and eat lunch, while you eat lunch independently. You can use this time however you choose- for planning, shopping, or just reading a book. Different Partner Schools have different Class Structures. Some of our schools have English Teachers assigned to one class for the entire day. In this kind of class structure, the English teacher will teach English to the class during allotted English learning times and during other times will talk and play with the kids. For more details on class structures, go to the Class Structures section located in our Partner Schools section of the website.
As a part of working for Nations Abroad Education, Nations Abroad will provide you with an assistant who will help you if you have any difficulties at the school you are working at. Our teaching assistants are bilingual in English and Chinese and are responsible for keeping in touch with you while you are in China. Your assistant will bring you to your apartment, show you how to pay your utilities (utilities are paid at the bank in China). Our staff are available to assist you Monday to Friday from 9am- to 5pm.
Who pays for my flight?
There is variety of choices. Some schools will reimburse your flight costs up to 5,000-8,000 RMB at the end of a one-year contract, some schools will pay directly for your flight, or you can get a refund of your flight ticket when you arrive.
I can’t speak Chinese. Is that a problem?
You can teach in China without knowing how to speak Chinese. Students expect to get immersed in English during class and so speaking Chinese is actually discouraged in class. There is always a Chinese teaching assistant to help with giving instructions and translating if need be.
It is relatively easy to set up Chinese lessons and there are plenty of resources available for self study, if you wish to.
What do I need to bring to China?
Most everything one needs can be found here in Beijing, especially at western grocery stores. Clothing items can also be purchased throughout the city at /real/ stores and marketplaces. It is advised that new teachers plan ahead and bring whatever medicine they might want during their stays in China (Ibuprofen, Diarrhea medicine, etc). Also, ladies: tampons, lotions, and hair products are hard to come by, so pack up!
Is it possible to send money home?
Yes. Money can be easily exchanged and transferred to bank accounts around the world. There will be someone at the school who can help you do this. There is also the option of using Western Union.