The Minds Abroad Teach +Travel in China Program offers paid English teaching positions for nearly an entire year in Yunnan Province, China. Yunnan is China's most diverse province and Lonely Planet's top choice in the country. As Lonely Planet says, "If you have time for but one province in China, Yunnan should be it." The first three weeks of the program, in August, include orientation and training sessions based in the capital of Yunnan Province, Kunming. After the completion of this orientation, participants will receive teaching placements in or near Kunming for the next ten months. The maximum distance of these places will be one hour and forty five minutes from Kunming.
The placements will last from the beginning of September to the end of June or the beginning of July. Participants will earn a minimum of ￥7000 per month and they will be offered accommodations, as part of their compensation. The initial August orientation consists of intensive Chinese classes in the morning, teaching practicum in non-profit organizations in the afternoon, TESOL course in the evening, weekend travel around Yunnan and hands-on cultural activities. In addition to this in-person TESOL training in August, participants will be required to complete an online TESOL training program prior to their arrival in China.
Starting in September, participants will be teaching at a school either in Kunming or at a school one hour forty-five minutes or less away from Kunming. Apart from teaching on school days, they will also participate in the day trips on weekends, cultural activities and trips throughout the year.
Some participants will be based in Kunming, a large city where there is a community of expats and frequent international visitors. On the other hand, other participants will be placed outside of Kunming. These participants will be working in places with almost no foreign population, and with a somewhat limited number of people speaking English. Hence, there is less availability of Western food and amenities in these places. However, to reduce culture shock, we will bring all participants back together each weekend for either an optional multi-day trip (six throughout the year) or a day trip to a nearby cultural site or for a movie day with lunch. This weekly activities will help the participants form a community and group of friends to help them adjust to life in China.
Participants will be informed of the locations of the placements nearly three months before the beginning of the program (by May 15th) so that they will have enough time to decide upon whether they should attend it or not. Placements are limited to only one hour forty-five minutes away from Kunming because we want participants to come back each weekend for weekend activities.
Minds Abroad Teach+Travel in China Program Overview