Don’t Teach Illegally
Maybe you arrived in China with the proper visa and nabbed a job with a reputable school but a new friend suggested you give some private ESL lessons on the side, even though your work contract strictly forbids it. Nothing wrong with that right? Who would even find out? Your employer, that’s who! Working legally means you are in the best and most protected position you can be although you will probably be contractually bound to only work for your employer.
While we do not advise teachers to take on side jobs without their employers knowing, most teachers do! Side teaching jobs make your teaching experience in China all the most lucrative and a massive selling point for anyone wanting to come to China. If you do take on a side job, be careful and take on a home tutoring gig where you won’t have any…. interruptions.
Don’t break any laws, no matter how ridiculous they may seem to you
China is renowned for its harsh penalties on lawbreakers and foreigners are not exempt.
This is especially important regarding drugs, something for which China has a zero-tolerance policy. Just don’t go there: it’s one thing to get deported for working illegally, it’s another to get a stint in jail because you smoked a joint.
And don’t forget that random drug tests at the workplace are not uncommon (especially for foreigners) and given something as light as marijuana can be detected up to 90 days after exposure, make sure you take nothing at all for AT LEAST three months before arriving.
Granted, you may never get tested, however, it’s become more prevalent in recent years so take note.
Living and teaching in China are perfectly safe as long as you know all the pitfalls and how to best avoid them.
Want some more advice? Contact us and tell us why you’d love to teach in China and we’ll do our best to find the best teaching position for your skills and experience, with one of China’s most reputable schools.