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Echo Education

About

*Echo Education is the market leader in recruiting and training American & British university graduates for English teaching positions across China.

*We invest heavily in every new teacher offering FREE TEFL certification, Free Chinese Course and a comprehensive orientation package.

*Echo Education has provided an invaluable support network for new teachers transitioning to China since 2007.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I wanted to travel. In my office work, I traveled mostly on business so I honestly didn't get to see much because I was always busy. My bosses and colleagues were always very happy with my work and I didn't mind working late hours and weekend. However, often I was thinking how it would be if I just go and try something else somewhere else. I also felt I needed to get out of my comfort zone.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

I got in contact with GoldStarTeacher who put me in contact with Echo. Echo has been a great help and support with everything. From the very beginning, they were very professional, and, after I accepted the offer, they kept informing me what's going to happen, what I should do, what I need for my visa. They helped me organize and get all the necessary documents for working legally as a teacher in China. They also provided me information about my school and kept looking after me even after my arrival in China. The only things I had to organize on my own were notarization and super legislation of some documents. Everything else was wonderfully handled by Echo.

I also have to mention GoldStarTeacher who got me in touch with Echo and who could just leave me after I accepted the offer. However, they still even now check up on me how I am doing and also send me useful Chinese phrases, vocabulary, and so on.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Go for it! I lived in 3 different countries before, but they all were in Europe, so coming to China was completely different. It got me out of my comfort zone, I got to know a completely different culture, cuisine, way of life and met friends for life. However, don't expect this all to come to you in the first week. Give it a time, explore, go to see new places, and mainly ENJOY!!! The time goes by way too quickly (and even faster when you're an ESL teacher) and sometimes we are so busy planning ahead (despite the future is not guaranteed) that we forget to enjoy the moment.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

An average day start by greeting the children as they are coming to school. Then we have lessons. Time between lessons is spent by preparing next lessons, thinking about better ways to teach, searching for great videos or songs on internet, and, in the end of the day, saying goodbye to children you probably meet on your way home, and even if you can't see them, they certainly can see you and will shout "hello", run to you, and give you a hug - and this is the moment you realize you have never felt as useful to society as you feel now.

There are many people fearing to teach in kindergarten. I admit it, it is not easy, but it is the most rewarding job I have ever experienced. Children are naturally honest and, if they like you, they certainly find a way to show it. And trust me: it will melt your heart.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was that the horror stories I read on internet before I came over will happen to me. Nothing like that happened. I actually expected that, once I start working, nobody will care anymore and I will just work without anyone offering a help or support when needed. However, Echo certainly exceeded my expectations. People from Echo keep in touch; they even give you an advice on your lesson plans, listen to you, support you when necessary, and most of all they listen and check on you from time to time and ask how you're getting on. And this is really something that means gold when you're in completely foreign world.

Why did you choose China?

I chose China because I think Chinese history and culture is very rich and the cuisine is very tasty. Also, China is one of the biggest and most populous countries and it is a country of BRICS. The Chinese economy goes up all the time and their use of technology is amazing. We only can learn from them. Honestly, coming to China, I thought I was tech savvy, but I wasn't as tech savvy as I am now and I keep learning and improving. I didn't want to go to Hong Kong because I think you really can experience the true Chinese culture and way of life in mainland China.