1. How do I apply
has an on-line application
form. Simply complete the form with the required
details. (Get more information from
how to apply)
2. Does Buckland
charge any application fee or service fee?
does not charge any service or application fee because all the fees are paid by
Buckland franchised schools. All the services including visa & immigration paperwork,
airport pickup, culture orientation, school placement, professional development
support and emergency support are covered. Just submit all the required documents
and your application process is finished.
3. What happen
when teachers first arrive?
An English-speaking representative from the Buckland Group will
meet you at the Guilin airport. You will be brought to the Buckland Building in
Yangshuo and enjoy 6 - 10 days of orientation, training, sightseeing, and a chance
to overcome jet lag before you start teaching. During this session, you will learn
more about our Teaching Program and Buckland's franchised schools. You will also
meet other new teachers and bond with like-minded people who are embarking on the
same adventure as you. For details, please refer to our Orientation Program page:
4. Does Buckland
train its teachers?
first week at Buckland, all teachers participate in an
Orientation Program that includes Chinese culture orientation and English
teaching training. Learning about Chinese culture helps you understand our wonderful
country and customs you will encounter. The teacher training prepares you for the
differences in the Chinese education system. It includes techniques for teaching
conversational English, classroom
management, activities, and a chance to practice and observe in real classrooms
with Chinese students. After you begin teaching, professional development opportunities
will be still available for you through emails with our training staff. Our teachers
are always helped and led by the teacher trainers and senior, experienced teachers.
5. How to go to school after training?
Buckland will make all your travel arrangements by plane, train,
bus or car. The travel expense will be reimbursed by your host school.
6. What age of
children will I be teaching?
Most of our
students are teenagers (13 - 18 yrs. old) in grades 7 to 12. In China, these grades
are called junior and senior middle school. We also have primary schools with 7
- 12-year-old children, these are grades 1 to 6. You can choose the age group you
are most comfortable with.
7. Will I teach in one school or be transferred among different
You will teach in one of our schools for at least one school term.
This way you will meet the same students every week, work as a member of the team
with the Chinese English teachers, make friends and establish your network in the
8. What is RMB or Yuan? What is the exchange
or "Yuan" is the name for the Chinese currency in use. At this writing 6.8 Chinese
RMB equals 1 U.S. dollar.
9. How many hours
do I need to teach? What will my teaching schedule look like?
Teachers at Buckland are paid on a salary basis, not on an hourly
one. Our contracts require maximum 15 teaching hours per week. Teachers usually
have four 40 - 45-minute lessons each day between the hours of 8:30 - 12:00 pm,
2:30 - 5:30 pm, from Monday to Friday. Sometimes or at
schools, the regular Saturday and Sunday weekend days will be switched with regular
work days, but you will always get two consecutive days off each week. If the school
requires more than 20 lessons per week, the teachers will be paid 100-150 RMB for
each extra hour.
10. What are the
apartments like in Buckland? Are apartments individual or shared?
provide each teacher a private apartment with at least one bedroom, one living room,
one bathroom and one kitchen. At some schools, two teachers need to share one big
apartment with at least two bedrooms and other rooms. Every apartment is outfitted
with all the necessities for working and living comfortably, including an air conditioner,
a TV, a DVD player, a telephone, internet access, a computer and desk, sofa and
chairs, a bed, a wardrobe / dresser, bed linens, a washing machine, a hot shower,
and a kitchen with a refrigerator, a microwave, a stove and essential dishes.
photos . (Note: accommodations for teachers teaching
in Yangshuo and Sanya are different)
11. How close to
the school will I be living?
teacher apartments are on the school campus, because most of our schools have around
200 - 300 Chinese teachers and staff, there is always a residential area for teachers
schools have the foreign teacher apartments off the school grounds with about 5
to 10-minute walk away.
12. Are the utilities
covered? If not, how much a month would electricity, water, gas cost?
will pay 200 RMB for electricity, water, and gas per month for each foreign teacher,
you need to pay the extra cost. Usually a Chinese family spends about 150 RMB for
their electric, water and gas each month.
13. How do I open
a local bank account? Is it easy to transfer money to my home?
will assist you to open your bank account during the oriention period. Also, your
English speaking assistant at the host school will go to the bank with you to open
an account if necessary. You need your passport to do this. Regarding transferring
money, we recommend that you use PayPal. Buckland can help you with international
money transfers through PayPal or Bank of China, however, please bear in mind that
you will still need to pay for the fees generated by both banks at two ends.
14. Does Buckland
help teachers acquire work visas?
Buckland Group is responsible for all your visa and
residence. (for more info. Please see HOW TO COME page: http://www.bucklandgroup.org/sub/how_to_come.html)
15. What immunization
shots should a teacher who is going to China get?
Teachers should contact a health unit in their home country for current requirements.
Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus, and Typhoid, are usually recommended. There are also several
hospitals and clinics with English speaking doctors who can administer the vaccines
in China, but they will not administer vaccination serums brought from outside of
China. All our schools are NOT located in the malaria area.
16. What should a teacher who has just been hired bring to China?
It is a good idea to bring along photos of friends
and family, English magazines, posters with lots of pictures of food, cloths and
homes, and holiday paraphernalia, stickers and your country's flags, all of which
make good teaching aids. A phrasebook and a guide book are not bad ideas either.
As for clothing, one pair of formal shoes is recommended for special events. For
the chilly Yangshuo winters, a jacket, some sweaters, and long underwear are good
ideas, and for the rainy season, a waterproof jacket is handy.
(for more info. Please see page: http://www.bucklandgroup.org/sub/what
17. How many students are there in each class?
Classes have an average of 40 students. There are around 50 students per class in Public schools and 30 students in Private schools.
18. Are there any extra-curricular activities
for Buckland students?
Schools always hold extra-curricular activities for students such as after school
programs and interest groups. Foreign teachers are especially welcomed and often
invited to these activities. It is not your contracted responsibilities to attend,
however we strongly recommend your participation as it is one of the best ways to
connect yourself with the local community and get your students to learn English
in a natural way. Holding an English Corner once a week (1 - 2 hours) is Buckland
teachers' responsibility though as stated in our contract. English Corner often
involves free chatting and playing games with students in an informal setting outside
of the classrooms.
19. How many teachers
work for Buckland?
There are annually over 200 foreign teachers working
for Buckland in over 80 locations.
20. What is the
difference between a tourist visa and a work visa?
visa allows a foreigner to travel in China, but it does not permit a foreigner to
work in China. To obtain a work visa, a foreigner must be sponsored by a Chinese
organization. Buckland does this for all our foreign teachers. This is a standard
practice in China and all applicants are processed by the People's Security Bureau.
21. Does Buckland
have a dress code?
requires its teachers to dress in a professional manner. This does not mean that
they must wear suits, but they should not wear tank tops, tongs, cut-offs or any
other casual wear.
22. Do teachers
require a physical examination?
A health form needs
to be filled out for processing Z visa paperwork. Upon your arrival, a heath check
is required at our government appointed hospital for upgrading your Z visa to a
resident permit. Buckland will arrange the medical check and guide you in person
through the hospital, but you'll have to cover the cost (about 300rmb paid to the
23. What resources do Buckland franchised schools have available for teachers to
Schools supply every teacher with the following teaching materials: textbooks, teacher's
guide for textbooks. Some schools are equipped with the latest electronic teaching
aids in every classroom and some have only blackboards. Your home office also has
a computer, with high speed internet access, and some schools may also provide printers.
Buckland supplies a teacher manual full of information about lesson planning, classroom
management, teaching activities, etc.
24. Do teachers have a Chinese teaching assistant?
Most Chinese schools
don't provide a TA. However, your FAO (Foreign Affair Officer) will help you throughout
the term with general administrative support, translation, and any other problems
you might encounter. In some primary (elementary) schools, a Chinese teaching assistant
is assigned for some class that you teach.
25. What is a teacher
monthly budget like?
on average, cost 200 RMB a month, but can be more in the very hot summer and very
cold winter because of the cost of air-conditioning and heat. Food is inexpensive
if you cook at home or even eat out at local restaurants. Travel within the city
can be done by several means: taxis are around 1.6 - 2.5RMB per kilometer; local
buses are 1 or 2 RMB depending on where you want to go; the school will provide
free use of a bike. Since most of our schools are in small towns and cities, 1000
- 1500 RMB/month is enough for basic living. By comparison, living in a big city
such as Beijing, Shanghai, or Guangzhou, a monthly budget around 3000 - 5000 Yuan
26. How do teachers arrange their tax payments?
Teachers ought to make their own tax arrangements with their home countries. The
tax on your teaching salary with Chinese government is paid through
your host school.
27. Does Buckland
provide medical coverage?
insurance is rare in China. Buckland recommends that teachers purchase their own
health care insurance before leaving for China. Teachers can receive free medical
care at the host school's clinic for small problems such as a cold, and if necessary
pay a low fee for medical care outside of the school. Buckland provides all teachers
with standard Chinese accident insurance covering up to 45,000 RMB emergency medical
28. Dose Buckland
provide Chinese language lessons and arrange any cultural events for its teachers?
Most Buckland franchised
schools provide many teachers with one free Mandarin Chinese lesson each week and
arranges cultural events such as food sampling, day trips to neighboring towns,
Chinese temples, parks, and gardens throughout the semester. Buckland also holds
parties to celebrate Chinese holidays such as the Autumn Festival and the Chinese
New Year. Buckland's franchised schools do their most to take their teachers to
historical and cultural sites around the city and community that they are living
29. How much preparation
is required for each lesson?
on the lesson and on the individual teacher's experience and initiative. The Buckland
Teacher Manual contains lesson plans and other reference materials to make lesson
planning less of a burden. It can take as little as fifteen minutes to prepare a
lesson. In addition, a single lesson plan, which is designed for one class, is adaptable
and used for any other classes at the same level. This means that most of our teachers
only have to prepare one or two lesson plans per week for the levels they teach.
30. We are Christians.
What does this mean for us in China? Will we be able to go to churches? Will we
be able to bring Christian resources to China?
It is no
problem for you go to church and bring your Christian books FOR YOUR OWN USE in
China, but it is illegal if you spread your religion and Christian books to Chinese
people according to Chinese laws.
31. When we arrive
in China for our probation period, is there a possibility of not getting a job afterwards?
Will you guarantee us a job after the probation period?
It is IMPOSSIBLE
to not get a job because we always have positions reserved for you before you come
32. Where can teachers
go with their problems?
has several administrative staff members and senior teachers who serve as program
coordinators and help teachers with any problems they may have. Teachers can always
contact our primary operation office in Yangshuo, Guilin for any assistance they
may need throughout their stay in China.
We hope these answered most of your questions. If you have any
more questions, please feel free to
contact us. If you would like to apply, please refer
to our on-line application.