Mature gap year programme
offers a unique opportunity to retired graduates or those looking
for a career break who want to experience life to the full. With
a growing number of professionals retiring early to enjoy some well
deserved personal freedom, travelling abroad to teach is no longer
an option restricted to young graduates. In fact, given China’s
attitude towards the older generation, the more respected you’ll
be as a teacher.
Teaching in China will give you the chance to develop new skills,
face new challenges and make new friends. What’s more, you
can also bring your partner with you. They will need to pay for
their own flights but once in China you will be accommodated together
in secure, furnished flat within or very close to the institution
in which you are teaching.
"I went to China after many years of teaching in a tough
comprehensive school. My first year in China recharged my empty
batteries as I loved my new school and the pupils. I stayed on in
the city, moved to another school, and feel I might stay for a long
time in this fascinating country. Come and try it for yourself.
I doubt you will be disappointed." Darryl
You may also have the opportunity to do the programme over one
semester; between September and January, or February and June. The
only requirement for not completing a full year's teaching, is that
you pay half of your flights, either to or from China. However,
one semester placements are limited as schools seek to plan for
the entire academic year.
Please note: The maximum age limit for teachers is 60, unfortunately
no visas will be issued for those older than 60.
For more information, please contact
Professor Phil Thomas.
“It has been a thrilling experience; something I’d
never imagine I would get a chance to do. A bonus has been the opportunity
to travel, not only within China, but around South East Asia too.
I do not regret coming here one bit and I would like to thank Professor
Thomas and Xueming Liang who made this whole experience possible.”