China or Bust!
A Rookie's Guide to Living and Surviving In China As an ESL teacher
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Lana, staid, predictable, suffering from ‘empty nest syndrome’ needed a change. After spending most of her 40 years of marriage rearing her family and caring for elderly parents, she proposed a change of mammoth proportions.After attending an information evening about teaching English in China, she and her husband went back to school, got TESOL qualifications, arranged a job in a small university, and headed off to the unknown, where they couldn’t speak one word of the language.Their first 24 hours were a roller coaster experience of crazy taxi drivers; pick pockets; hotel staff that couldn’t speak English; being thumb-printed at the police station and trying to sleep on beds as hard as cricket bats. From there it just got worse.Slowly but surely, they made friends and came to love their little corner of China, building a deep relationship with their students and fellow teachers. They relished their work teaching the Chinese students and were elated as their hard work bore fruit. Lana has also included much information for travellers to China or those intending to go there to work as teachers or in other fields. She covers such topics as how to get a job, visas, accommodation, using the buses trains and hotels, personal safety, and money matters.This book is a whirl-wind story of their highs and lows, adventures and challenges. Hold on to your hats!