A lot of people decide to teach abroad because they want to really experience another culture: something totally different, something that will awaken your senses…
Well, if that’s what you’re after, I’ve got just one suggestion: China. It is unbelievable. Incredible. Possibly life-changing. Here’s why:
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China is the world’s most populous county. That just means ‘big’, until you start to put it into context: you could fit 4,000 times the population of the United States into China, and it still wouldn’t be as full as it is now. This is a country that has everything: awe-inspiring mountains, lush rainforests, seething cities and serene deserts, all spread over 10million square kilometres.
Put down that Chinese takeaway and open your mind (and your mouth too). China’s food is 12% weird (chicken feet, anyone?) and 88% wonderful… from Beijing duck to Mongolian hotpot, China is a country that values food so much that they don’t say ‘good morning’, they say ‘have you eaten yet?’.
China’s meteoric growth and relentless energy is down to just one thing: its people. They’re friendly, loud, open and relentlessly hardworking. What’s more, they’re desperate to improve their English, so you’ll find that you’re very popular indeed if you decide to work here. I found myself flooded with invitations to dinner, weddings, parties… I’d like to think that it was all my sensational personality, but I think the fact that people could practice their English may have had something to do with it…
The Chinese word for China (中国) literally translates as ‘middle country’. That’s because China traditionally saw itself as the centre of the world, if not the universe. With good reason too: while the longbow was about as advanced as 10th century Britain got, the Song Dynasty was mastering hydraulic engineering. In fact, it’s the world’s oldest continuous civilization. All this makes China’s culture incredibly rich and fascinating – from the sight of the Great Wall snaking across China’s landscape to the mind-boggling scale of the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an.
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Don’t just take my word for it though – it has to be seen to be believed. Check out the Teach in China Internship for your chance to spend five incredible months immersing yourself in unbelievable China.