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Teaching English in China Reviews

As a government-supported TEFL program, we work with some of the best schools in Sichuan, China. We are able to match every candidate according to their preferences (salary, location, age-group, etc).

Here, we let our teachers speak for us. TEFL teachers write about their experience and give you an impression of what will await you when joining TeachDiscoverChina. There is also a gallery with some of the available location we offer to give you a better idea.

 

 

Video reviews of TeachDiscoverChina programs

Here we let our teachers speak for us, as its always best to hear the words from the people participating in the program.

For more video reviews, check our Youtube playlist

Playlist: TDC reviews by TEFL teachers

Reviews – Internship Program (4-6 months)

 

ESL teacher Sean Lee

Sean Lee

“I have been teaching English in China for over a year now and I can easily say that it has been one of the best decisions of my life.”

 

I have been teaching English in China for over a year now and I can easily say that it has been one of the best decisions of my life. To be able to enjoy a country so vast and diverse has been a great pleasure. This has been made possible thanks to TeachDiscoverChina. The company takes care of interns very well and organizes activities on a regular basis to help people integrate into Sichuan lifestyle.

TEFL qualification

Of course, having the added benefit of the TEFL qualification, this has made my life in Chengdu comfortable yet extremely rewarding. Teaching English in China is a different environment than most other countries around the world. The enthusiasm students have to learn and study English is very high. Having students who are eager and ready to learn brings a welcoming atmosphere to your classes. Whilst teaching is a challenging profession to take on there is never a shortage of support from your peers. TeachDiscoverChina will always take the time to make sure their interns are settling into their placement.

Life in the capital

It is never boring. You are surrounded by a brilliant combination of tradition and modernization. Chengdu has plenty of calm and serene temples, ancient villages and parks for you to relax in. On the opposite side is the increasing presence of companies and brands from all over the world. This city is never short of activities to take part in. If you enjoy leisure, food, and entertainment, then this city will be perfect for you like it is for myself.

ESL teacher Remah Brunning

Remah Brunning

“When inquiring about ESL programs, TeachDiscoverChina was the organization who responded immediately with thorough responses to all of my questions.”

When inquiring about ESL programs, TeachDiscoverChina was the organization who responded immediately with thorough responses to all of my questions. The staff guided me through the entire process of applying to the program gathering the required documents, provided an affordable option for getting my ESL Certificate in a timely manner, securing my visa, information about health/travel insurance, and insights about my destination country. During the interview, they answered every question I had and gave me detailed information about the program which made me quite expect to teach and live in China. I am happy to announce that I am now teaching in China and it is incredible! TeachDiscoverChina staff picked us up at the airport, and even checked back with us once we had settled into our host schools. If you have any questions about any ESL programs, I encourage you to contact TeachDiscoverChina

ESL teacher Benjamin Lovegroove with Chinese buddhist monk

Benjamin Lovegroove

“Taking part in the TeachDiscoverChina program has been a game-changer for me. ”

Taking part in the TeachDiscoverChina program has been a game changer for me. If you’d told me a couple of years ago that I would be traveling six thousand miles across the world, not only to teach regularly in front of fifty plus students but also to savor of all the wonderful sights and experiences China has to offer, I would have thought you were crazy.

Career skills

Teaching in China has built my confidence and opened my eyes to new lifestyles and ways of thinking that I never before thought possible. Not only are the students at my University eager, faithful, kind and always keen to learn, the program itself is always open and supportive and also encourages you to pursue future opportunities and fulfill your potential. Ever since the induction week – where we were taken on amazing trips to the local panda base and treated to local cuisines and authentic Chengdu experiences, as well as being offered Chinese cultural lessons and teacher training – we knew we were in safe hands.

Chengdu

The city itself is a wonderful destination – a great mix of the modern and rural with many attractions in the surrounding area as well as delightful local people. It may at times seem a little overwhelming and chaotic but this is part of its charm and things always seem to work out in the end.

I will certainly be sad to go and will recommend this program to anyone.

ESL teacher Zarah Mawani with fellow teachers

Zarah Mawani

“The TeachDiscoverChina program has been amazing.”

The TeachDiscoverChina program has been amazing. Before travelling abroad, I was so nervous and scared to go on my own, in a new country, not knowing the language or anyone there. However, the Teach and Discover China program staff were so supportive, comforting, and were with me every step of the way. The beginning orientation week allowed me to meet new people, whom I now consider as my close friends.

My experience abroad has been amazing. Although I have days that I reminisce about being back home, I feel so lucky and fortunate to be where I am. This program has given me the flexibility of gaining teaching experience, while still giving me ample opportunity to travel.  It has only been a few months and I have already developed basic mandarin communication skills. This experience has enabled me to be fully immersed in the Chinese culture, and learn about the traditions, food, and people.

I am especially thankful to have the support and help of the TeachDiscoverChina team. The staff have been able to address issues promptly and provide additional follow-ups. They have done an outstanding job at organizing and planning events for us. I would also like to especially thank Leo for being so kind and caring so much for us. This experience has been a truly unforgettable one.

ESL teacher Terence Rogers

Terrence Rogers

“I have been in China for three months now, and I have enjoyed experiencing a different way of life…”

I have been teaching English in China for three months now, and I have enjoyed experiencing a different way of life, it’s hard in the beginning because of the language barrier, but when you start to make friends and learn some Chinese words, things become more interesting and fun.

Experience in China

During my time here I have seen many different places like Suzhou which is up near Shanghai and Chengdu witch in the Southwest of China both places have a lot to offer and are full of culture. During my time up in Suzhou I lived in an apartment which was a bus ride away from a well-known street called ping jan lu, this street was a place near the canal and is full of colorful vibrant shops with different kinds of food to try. I also got to see many different places and temples which was surrounded by mountains. I also spend a day and night in Shanghai which was amazing, the city is very modern and full of skyscrapers.

Chengdu

My time in Chengdu has been great, there is more of city life here with big shopping areas like Chunxi road it’s massive and a cool place to hang out. Next to my college which is in the Longquan district in the southeast of Chengdu is a place called loudai ancient street, this place is amazing and as you walk through the street is gives you a feeling of what it was like in ancient China times with the old fashion buildings and tradition style shops. I love the food in Chengdu especially the fish hotpot this is my favorite, it’s delicious and spicy.

The TeachDiscoverChina program is a great life experience and I would recommend it to anybody thinking of coming to teach English in China, Leo and his staff have been very helpful and supported us from the moment we arrived in Chengdu and throughout my stay, and even arranged trips for us and nights out, etc. Thank you guys your great!

Reviews – Teacher Program (10 months)

 

ESL teacher Paul

Paul

“I have been in china for 20 months now. I really enjoy my stay here and the organization helps a lot.”

I have been teaching English in China for 20 months now. I really enjoy my stay here and the organization helps a lot. We have a good relationship with good communication, and any problems have been quickly resolved. TeachDiscoverChina’s staff is really friendly and helpful.

I think many people will have different reasons to come, and different expectations of China, but for me it was really to experience a culture that is wildly different to mine, to travel and to see if teaching was a career that suited me.

China has been everything I wanted and more. I have met many wonderful people, traveled to many places, and taken part in many cultural experiences. I think for most people it will be an incredibly rewarding experience.

Advice

The advice I would give to anyone considering, or starting on this program is to go with the flow, accept that things don’t always happen as you might expect them, and embrace every opportunity to take part in the activities at your school, and every opportunity to explore Sichuan, and the rest of China while you are here.

ESL teacher Amy

Amy

“I knew friends who had moved to China to teach English and loved it, so I decided to give it a try, and it was the best decision of my life!”

knew friends who had moved to China to teach English and loved it, so I decided to give it a try, and it was the best decision of my life!

I decided to move to Chengdu after many amazing testimonials, which turned out to be entirely true. I used TeachDiscoverChina who were very friendly and helped me every step of the way, from organising Visa’s etc. from home to providing housing and getting me settled in when I arrived.

My placement is at a kindergarten just a bus ride away, I spend my weekdays teaching English to the sweetest children I’ve ever met and work alongside such fun, friendly and helpful staff! I love my new home here and it’s so interesting to be involved in such a different culture.

The people here are friendly and helpful, even with the language barrier and Chengdu itself is amazing. I now live in a city where I can grab a taxi at the weekend and head off to see Pandas, or jump on a bus and 10 minutes later see stunning parks and beautiful temples.

No two days are the same here. It’s an amazing opportunity and I cannot express how highly I recommend you experience life here!

Locations

Sichuan is huge and we are able to offer locations across the province according to the teacher’s preferences. Everything from the countryside, small towns, medium cities to big cosmopolitan metropolises like the capital, Chengdu. Here is a small selection of available locations.

 

Chengdu

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Chengdu is the capital city of Sichuan province with a population of around 16 M. It is one of the oldest inhabited cities on earth and home of the Panda breeding center.

Mianyang

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Mianyang, also known as the “Western Silicon Valley of China,” has a total population of 5.2 M people and its history dates back to 201BC

Guang’an

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Guang’an, in the northeast of Sichuan Province has a warm climate with quite some rainfall and around 3.2 M inhabitants. Deng Xiaoping (first president after Mao and important reformer 'Opening up') is probably the most famous citizen.

Suining

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Suining in the eastern part of Sichuan has a population of around 4 M and is a political, economic and cultural center in Sichuan for its culture, charming landscape and textile and food industry.

Deyang

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Deyang is less than one hour by train from Chengdu and is a prefectural city with a population around four million. It is known for a liquor factory called jiannanchun. The air quality is very good with fresh air coming from mountains in the east.

Guanghan

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Guanghan is only 23 km from Chengdu and has a population under 1 M. It is best known for the ancient Sanxingdui civilization from the 12th–11th centuries BC.

Ngawa

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Ngawa or Aba town is the Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in north-western Sichuan, China. It now has a population less than one million. It is also renown as the world's best eco-tourism destination.

Meishan

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Meishan in the southwest of Sichuan basin has more than 3 M inhabitants. Best known for Dongpo pork, a traditional dish with the main raw materials fermented pork elbow and soybeans.

Luzhou

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Luzhou, in the southeast of Sichuan Province, is known as the "wine city" and a centre of liquor production, particularly baijiu.

Neijiang

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Neijiang, in the southeast of Sichuan, has a population of around 2 M and is also known as the ‘Sugar Capital’ of Sichuan
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Government supported short- and long term TEFL programs in Sichuan, China. Member of SEAIE under the Education Department of Sichuan Province.

Government supported short- and long term TEFL program in Sichuan, China. Member of SEAIE under the Education Department of Sichuan Province.

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