The hellish school I worked for in Guangzhou is hiring. Let the teacher beware. I’ve added in bold what I think people should know. There’s no way they’ll tell you in an interview, what the problems really are.
CCC seeks an ESL/EFL Instructor to teach English for their Education Bound U.S. (EBUS) program at Xiang Jiang High School (XJHS) in Jade-Green Island, 45 minutes from Guangzhou, China, in Xintang, a factory town with horrid air quality. This program offers American college-level* courses to Chinese high school students (regardless of their English level, even kids with D’s in English can take college classes) to prepare them for transfer to U.S. colleges and universities.
Under the direct supervision of the CCC EBUS Program Coordinator, who will be in California so you’ll wake to 20-30 emails A DAY from him and if he’s like most staff will only deign to speak with you at his convenience, i.e. California time. Night owls preferred as some calls will start an hour late and conclude at 2 am Guangzhou time. This poor instructor will teach EFL classes, facilitate delivery of “college” courses, develop curricula (since we in California can’t be bothered) and instructional materials, monitor (sounds like a security guard, did an educator write this ad? No.) computer lab activities, and assist with other school activities.
XJHS is only 3 years old, but for some reason the paint is chipping and the faucets that were installed in August of 2011 are already rusty and its classroom facilities include Internet access, LCD projectors, and a stereo sound systems with speakers that squeak or hiss. Try as you might, no one at the school will fix this. Copy paper is hard to come by, but there’s been some improvement on that front.
Payment is $12,500 per 15-week semester for 30 hrs/wk with no more than 20 hrs classroom instruction per week. However, current teachers work 60 – 70 hours per week with a little extra pay. This time is spent telling California about the school’s many problems. There will also be a $500/wk stipend for a two-week onsite preparation time starting Aug. 14, 2012.
The fall semester begins August 27 and ends Dec. 1, 2012, and the spring semester is from February to May. There is a holiday break between semesters. Preference will be given to candidates who are willing to make a two-semester commitment.
Note that there’s no mention of the apartments. They will be furnished at a sub-par level. Although the furnishings and kitchen equipment promised is basic, expect less than this. You can buy your own heater when it gets cold and if your air conditioning or appliances break expect a lengthy drawn out process as the school and landlord argue over what to do while you live without a refrigerator.
Midway through the semester the police will come for a visa shakedown. That was exciting. Once they closed the school for a week though everyone’s visa was fine. Ah, I could go on and on.
Jade Green is a growing community with the lively sounds of construction going 24/7. At 3 am you’ll wake to explosions at the nearby construction site.
The real estate development has little to recommend itself in the way of amenities. There are a couple of mediocre restaurants and the nearest cafe or coffee house that’s clean is 45 minutes away. The last bus leaves the city at 10pm.
*College level is a relative term.
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- Guangzhou 2012 (mattworthington.net)
- EBUS/XJ Visa Troubles
- A Good Night Out – Guangzhou, China (travelpod.com)
- So what do I really do as an English Teaching Assistant?? (worldtravelingirl.wordpress.com)
- Syllabus Day (101derland.wordpress.com)