The AYC is unique because it's not simply a teaching abroad opportunity. As an Educational Ambassador, there is a large emphasis on cultural engagement and a sense of community among participants that is special and rare.
Logistically, the program provides free TEFL training and flight reimbursement upon program completion; this makes AYC a relatively cost-free opportunity to work abroad. China requires 2 years of work experience, but through the program, college graduates can work immediately after school.
Many programs like ours place participants in training centers, while AYC is a total immersion experience; participants are placed in public school among Tier 2 and 3 cities.
Support throughout the program includes free Chinese language lessons online, representatives who advocate for you throughout your time, a school coordinator, teaching resources, a community of EAs within the program, and the alumni network after.
I’m most proud of the team when I see the office staff take down cultural barriers between a participant and their host school, or when everyone comes together to celebrate Christmas in Shanghai; these breakthrough moments of trust, when you can see the fruit of the support and friendship regardless of native country, that I am most proud.