Monday, October 27, 2008

An Opportunity to Teach English in China

China Teaching Opportunity
If you would like to teach English in China with a team of proven professionals for five months (or longer), the Graduate School, USDA and F&S International may have an opportunity for you. We are looking for college students or already graduated students (those between one and five years post-graduation with a B.A. degree or above) with excellent English language skills to work at elementary/high schools and universities in Dalian, Hangzhou, Beijing and other cities in China. As part of the program, we will provide a basic salary, free housing in modern facilities with Western conveniences, free Chinese lessons and an international travel bonus.
Thirty (30) college, recently graduated university-level students, or adults with TESOL or teaching-related experience and strong English skills
Five (5) months minimum (renewable once for a total of 10 months) – March 1, 2009 through July 15, 2009 or September 1, 2009 through January 15, 2010
Ten (10) months from March 1, 2009 through December 30, 2009 or September 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.
Basic salary of RMB 4000 per month (equivalent to USD 570); round-trip international airfare bonus (USD 500 – paid at the completion of program period of 5 months, or USD 1000 for 10 months); airport pick-up and ground travel assistance if necessary; free accommodation on or off campus in the form of a furnished flat with one bedroom, living room, kitchen and bathroom (24 hour hot water shower, TV, telephone, internet, bed, etc. Occupant will have to pay utilities, which should be no more than RMB 500.) A program for 10 months includes 2-3 weeks free to travel around China and free Mandarin lessons by native speakers.
The interns will be covered by a basic accident and sickness insurance through the Graduate School, USDA during the duration of their stay. The intern will receive an insurance card and booklet detailing the coverage before departing from the United States.
Applicants need not know Chinese or to have taken Chinese classes. EFL and English majors are encouraged to apply. Those with majors in other subjects, such as social sciences, are also welcome to submit an application.
November 30, 2008 for spring placement, and March 30, 2009 for fall placement for spring and fall placement, postmarked.
Rolling selection policy - Priority will be given to those who apply by the above deadline. Applications for the September start date only will be accepted after the deadline up until May 15, 2009. Please submit applications with all sections (main application, letters of reference, and official transcript) in one package. Letters of reference should be in a sealed envelope signed over the flap by the reference. References should comment on applicant’s teaching ability and international/cultural experiences, and suitability for the assignment. Teachers must apply 4-6 months in advance of their desired program. We will confirm the offers 3 months before the starting date. Teachers are required to arrive 1-2 weeks earlier for Orientation and training in China.
Interested applicants should e-mail Colin Fink at for a copy of the Chinese Internship Application and submit the entire application package (application, two references, copy of passport and transcripts) to: International Institute, Graduate School, USDA, Attn: China Internship Program, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 320, Washington, DC 20024-2520.

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