Ensure that it is something you really want to do; everyone has their own motive for wanting to teach in China, and money should not one of them. The
opportunity to travel in this exotic land and experience the diversity and different cultures is usually the most predominant driving force.
B. Realise that you will be
making a commitment to a real job, in a real school, teaching real students. As with any employment position, you will be expected to treat it seriously and work conscientiously.
. Establish when
you can realistically take up a posting. Clearly state your situation. If you are also seeking alternative positions at home, and China is second choice, please apply when you are committed to a teaching position in China.
D. Discuss it with your family [including children] and friends. Do not be deterred by the many myths and occasional bad mouthing
that exists. Remember that China has been on the receiving end of 50 years of Cold War rhetoric and many people in the West still perpetuate anti-China sentiments as a result of ignorance and poor understanding. Conversely, every year over 250,000 Foreign Experts are employed in China; over 50,000 as Teachers of English, naturally, not everyone fits.
E. Should you be unsure about travelling and living by yourself for an extended period, bring your spouse or friend. However, it is very doubtful that you will be
lonely, foreign language teachers club together regularly in the evenings and at weekends. It is a great way to meet new friends from around the world and one of the lasting rewards of a teaching
assignment in China. Conversely, the Chinese are amongst the most friendly and hospitable people on earth and will always be eager to exchange views and accompany you shopping or sightseeing.
F. Make sure that all those matters [taxation, mortgages, repayments, registrations, banking etc.] that will need attention during your absence can be attended to and
administered by a trusted family member or friend.