Life In Dalian

I actually live in Lvshun (pronounced Lushun), which technically is part of Dalian, but not really. The main part of the city is about a 50-60 minute bus ride away from the school. There are a ton of restaurants on and around the campus including a coffee shop, and I am looking forward to getting […]

Observations In China

So I’ve been in Dalian for a few days and here are some of the observations I have made: – Chinese is CONFUSING! Pointing and gesturing get you by well. : ) That said, make sure to learn some phrases when you arrive. Even knowing how to say thank you, hello, and other phrases will […]

Impending Departure

Wow. I leave is less than two weeks for Dalian and I’m freaking out a bit. I can’t believe that I will be gone for almost an ENTIRE year! I keep thinking to myself, what is the world am I doing? How will I be as a teacher? Will my students like me? Will I […]

Patients? No, I Mean “Patience”

I think one of the best pieces of advice for anyone going into teaching abroad in to be patient. Sometimes it will take awhile to hear back about a teaching position, where your school is at in the hiring process, if they need any additional materials from you in terms of paperwork, etc. I know […]

Tips For Teaching Abroad Interviews

Most programs have quite a bit information available online including requirements (i.e. salary, housing, etc.). I reviewed the requirements for my particular program along with the salary and additional benefits included. It helped to have that information because I think it made answering questions easier during my interview with API. For any of you who […]

My Interview Process

After I spoke with a representative from API, I was contacted by one of the main coordinators for the teach abroad programs the organization offers to set up an interview. To prepare for the interview, I reviewed my resume and my past experiences and why I wanted to go to China to teach; like you […]

The Beginning of the Journey

Hello everyone, my name is Stephanie and I am set to participate in the Teach in China Program through API this year. I am excited to blog about this opportunity and look forward to all of the experiences, challenges, and opportunities this will bring. I wanted to start off by giving you all a little […]