have been the main chance to venture away from my school and explore
some other parts of the city of Shunyi and Beijing itself.
Myself and Ian, a fellow Brit and English teacher at the same school,
have made regular trips into downtown Beijing to see the usual tourist
hotspots such as The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Beihai Park,
The Silk Market, etc, as well as discovering some of the lesser
known parts of the capital.
The silk market is somewhere I regularly have a wander around to
see what new clothes, gadgets, etc are on sale. A visit to the market
is always an experience with plenty of bargains to be had if you
like haggling. Do be aware though that you get what you pay for
so don’t expect things you buy there to last years.
I am a keen sportsman and I regularly visit the local sports centre
where I play badminton and work out in the gym. Apart from losing
some excess weight and the obvious health benefits, I have made
some good friends which have enabled me to learn more about my local
surroundings and visit some places which I may have may never had
chance to see.
Coming out to China to teach English is a great experience and
very rewarding. As with most things, you will get as much out of
your time here as you put into it.
I returned home in June last year a well rounded person, buzzing
with energy. The impact that my students, teachers and friends had
made was very apparent for all to see and it was not long until
I was missing my old life back in China.
The opportunity to teach in a foreign country enabled me to not
only realise my passion for teaching but has also enabled me to
gain a fantastic job, which I would not have been able to secure
without the experience gained through the TEIC Programme.
I hope to return to Shunyi in the near future and would like to
thank the TEIC team for their support during this exciting period.
In addition, if anyone considering joining the programme or is
currently teaching in China, has any questions, then please do not
hesitate to contact me:- firstname.lastname@example.org