Without knowing much about China or York, I took a leap of faith and moved to Fuzhou, China. When I arrived at the airport, I was greeted by York staff. The support received was incredible, everything is set up to ensure you are able to live comfortably and succeed during your time in China.
York offered great training and development along the teaching journey. They had resources and workshops that guaranteed creative and fun classes, for you and the students! Regular reviews ensured that I was always on track to be the best teacher I could be.
Apart from professional development, the experience of living in Fuzhou, China was incredible. The life-long friends you make, the food, the cultural differences, and all the travel you can do based from China was really a once in a lifetime experience.
Working as an ESL teacher was an incredible spring-board that landed me in the corporate world of Learning & Development. I believe the training and understanding of teaching that I received at York was paramount to my current success.
More importantly, my forever take-away from York will always be all the incredible people I'm fortunate enough call friends. The travel we did and the adventures we had will always hold a special place in my heart.
What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Enjoy every single thing that China has to offer. It's a vast place with so many diverse cultures, foods, landscapes and people. Take time to travel on the weekends, the trains are inexpensive and fast. Make the most of every second you have in China. My biggest regret is not seeing more while I was there.
Also, English isn't very commonly spoken outside of tier one cities. While translation apps are a life saver, be comfortable with the fact that you will have to learn some basic phrases at the very least. Luckily, York offers Chinese classes to get you up to speed in no time!
There will be awkward moments, moments of discomfort, but don't let anything stop you from fully immersing yourself in China life.