By Eline Schaap
Working as an English teacher in China, you will interact with people from all over the world on a daily basis. At i2 Education, you’ll be able to meet teachers from other English-speaking countries as well as from China. Besides that, most cities have vibrant expat communities. Whether you are interested in different cultures, want to meet friends from different cultures, or maybe even learn a new language with a native speaker; you’ll be sure to find it while working here. Read on to find out the main benefits of working in a multicultural environment.
From a professional point of view, working in a multicultural environment can be a great way to broaden your horizon. Teachers are often influenced by the way that their teachers taught them in school. Since school systems and teaching styles differ greatly across the world, you will be exposed to a lot of new teaching styles. Teachers from different cultural backgrounds can offer you new perspectives on problems you’re dealing with. A teacher from the United States might deal with a situation completely differently than a teacher from Australia. This can help you expand your teaching repertoire and feel more equipped for any kind of situation.
An insight into China
You won’t only be working with different English speakers. i2 Education also has a great team of Chinese nationals working in different positions. There are Teaching Advisors that help you with your classes and PBLs, the EC’s that plan demos and other promotional events, and of course the management team. This offers you a great opportunity to meet some English-speaking Chinese people. In some cities, it can be hard to find English-speaking Chinese people. That’s why it’s great that your colleagues can help you discover more about Chinese culture. They can also help you if you have a problem that requires a Chinese speaker. You could even practice your Chinese with them! Most Chinese are very happy to help you and they are often also curious about your culture.
They can not only help you with these personal issues, but they can also form a bridge between you and the parents and students. The Chinese teachers know very well how the Chinese school system works and what the students need. More importantly, they can help you understand and manage the expectations of the parents.
Your social life
Besides the multicultural environment at school, you’ll also be able to find a lot of other expats working in China. These are people from all over the world. Being part of the expat community can be incredibly rewarding. Since you all chose to have a life that’s a little out of the ordinary, it is really easy to meet new people. Since you’re away from your friends and family, you can find a lot of support in each other. Lots of people form lifelong friendships or even romantic relationships while being in China. These relationships can be a great base for personal growth. You can deepen your knowledge of other cultures and gain more insight into difficult social issues beyond what we see in the news.
Since many cultures like different kinds of popular sports and activities, you might even pick up a new hobby. You could share things about traditions, food, music, dance, special festivals, attitudes towards life, and more. The possibilities are endless. Lastly, building friendships with people from other countries can also give you amazing travel inspiration. You’ll get to know the insider spots, so you can avoid the usually crowded tourist destinations. You might even get a chance to visit their home countries together!
To sum it up, working and living in a multicultural environment will offer you many new opportunities for personal and professional growth. It can help you become more culturally aware and learn how to interact with people from all over the world. Although it’s not always easy, it is one of the most rewarding experiences that not everybody is fortunate enough to have. Are you ready to be part of an international team? Be sure to check out our open positions or apply directly.