Just to give you an idea of how different and fluid the situation can be for teachers returning to China, here are some personal stories you may find useful to read.
Bernard William Mackey – an Irish citizen teaching in the Zheijang Province
Bernard left China back in January, on one of the last flights departing for Europe, and spent just two months in Ireland before returning to China in March. He was one of the last Europeans who managed to get back before the hard lockdown started. His story of living in China during the worst of the COVID pandemic sounds stressful but at least he was there, en-situ, when classrooms reconvened.
Leah White – a Canadian citizen teaching in Beijing
By sheer coincidence, Leah left China for a vacation to North America just before the Chinese New Year – before COVID was even named. She hasn’t been able to return to China and her teaching job yet she’s still working, teaching her classes online, sometime setting her alarm for 4am due to the time difference. Leah’s employer is working hard to get her back into the country (her specific schools has suffered various closures due to COVID infections) and Leah is excited at the prospect of returning soon. Here’s her story.
Coleen Monroe-Knight – US citizen teaching in the Fujian Province
Coleen has been working abroad as an ESL teacher for a decade and was into her 2nd year teaching in Fuzhou, a gorgeous seaside city south of Shanghai, when COVID hit. She and her husband decided to not leave China and have been riding out the pandemic at home, teaching remotely for almost 170 days straight. Coleen describes her lockdown as ‘not nearly as harsh as it was made out to be’ and she was eventually back in the classroom in July. Strict procedures have been in place at Coleen’s school and although not every rule is followed to the letter, the situation seem so far to be stable and secure. Her story here.
Looking to return to China to teach in 2020 or to take up your first-ever teaching position in the country? You’re in luck! Considering so many foreign teachers left the country and many still aren’t able (or willing) to return, there’s been a surge in demand for foreign teachers in China. Positions are available, almost all over the country and, with a bit of planning, there’s no reason your teaching in China dream can’t become a reality.
Yes, even in 2020.
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