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Teaching materials

You will be mainly teaching oral English to Chinese students. The schools will offer you textbooks and the curriculums for the grades you will teach. You will need to do your own lesson plans to meet the needs of the students. Picture dictionaries, simple word games, flash cards and magazines with lots of visuals on food, clothing and homes will be useful. Most of our students are children (7-12 years old) and teenagers (13-18 years old) with low and intermediate English levels.


Clothes

Clothes are very cheap to buy in China. Our teachers are required to dress in a professional manner. This does not mean that you need to bring your best suit, T-shirts and jeans are acceptable as long as they are neat and not ripped. Shorts and muscle (tank tops) are forbidden in the classrooms. Modest sun dresses are allowed, but be conscious about wearing any dresses, sweaters or tops that are low cut and tight. We recommend that you bring the basics with you and then go shopping once you get here and find out what you still need, after all you will want to travel light. Please use common sense and bear in mind that China is probably a more conservative country than the country you are from. Teachers hold a high social respect and are expected to behave in a professional manner on all aspects.

Also, for girls, if your shoe size is over 38, and for guys, if yours is over 44, you are going to have a hard time finding shoes that fit in China. So, it's wise to bring with you more than a couple of pairs in various styles. Daily toiletries and cosmetics are also very inexpensive and available in China. Again we recommend travel light and get what you need after you arrive.

Weather tips for dressing in Yangshuo, Guilin:

Yangshuo Weather


Medical supplies

If you require prescription medication, bring as big a supply as possible with letters from your doctor and other documents supporting what the medication is and why it is needed. We also would like to recommend some medicines for you to bring to China as they will be extremely useful for your western bodies, but hard to find in China. Cold & flu medicine, like Robitussin or Nyquil - stomach medicine, like Peptol Bismal - or whatever your country has to alleviate stomach aches, gas, nausea, diarrhea, etc. Plan a bottle of this for every 5-6 months of China time - Diarrhea medicine - this is a MUST. usually pill form is best. - Sleeping pills if you need them Other than that, you should be fine. China has most other things, like painkillers, birth control, & such. Keep in mind, Chinese medicine focuses more on treating the body/disease, instead of alleviating the symptoms.


Gifts for students and Chinese friends


Chinese people love receiving gifts from other countries. Small flags, pins, post cards, coins, and inexpensive stamps make excellent gifts and also good rewards for students with outstanding work. Try to contact your national heritage office or government representative, they will usually supply you with many of these items free of charge, such as flags, pins and stickers. A map of your country is also a good thing to bring.



Money


You should bring enough money with you for the first month, we suggest around 500 USD. This will get you through the first month as you may not get paid until the end of your first teaching month. VISA, Mastercard and other international credit cards are also acceptable in the Bank of China.


Electrical goods

One thing you need to know is that Power Voltage in China is 220 V and Power Frequency is 50 hertz. This is the same as Europe, but if you are from America or Canada then you may want to consider bringing at least travel power converter to be able to use the electrical items you might bring from your home countries. You can usually tell what power your electrical item uses by looking at the input on the power supply box. For example, a laptop power supply will usually list the input as 100-240V. If the power supply lists 120VAC, if you can't find an input rating, or if the electrical item only has a power cord without a box, you will probably need a power converter. Electric toothbrushes and razors usually require a power converter.



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