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Teach English On A Tropical Island!

Date 2012-12-12 03:12:43 Location : Asia:China

Starting each day in Haikou (the capital city of Hainan Island), I’ve always got a smile on my face. The sun is shining, and the forecast says it’ll hit 88 degrees today.While riding my scooter to Happy Town, I pass the park and see small groups of people practicing Tai Chi - as they do every morning. In many ways, Haikou is just like the cities back home - sky scrapers, shopping malls, fast food joints - but with nicer weather, beaches nearby and palm trees lining all the roads!

Nibbling on some steamed buns I picked up on the way, I exchange pleasantries with coworkers and students as I head to the office. After gathering my materials for my morning classes, I shoot the breeze and share new finds - restaurants, parks or foods, with the other teachers.

The bell rings, and class begins. Our International Classes are really unique - we have the same students all day. They are immersed in an English speaking environment for 6 classes, 5 days a week. That’s more exposure to my language each day than to their own! And it shows - they absorb new vocabulary so quickly, and have the confidence to actually use it regularly. It also makes me chuckle when they pick up my own figures of speech!

After the morning classes are over, we’ve got a 3 hour lunch break. The school provides lunch if you’d like, but you’re free to do your own thing if you’d prefer. Some teachers head home (we all live close to the school), some do their shopping - either at the supermarket or one of the dozens of open air markets, and others (like me), are faced with the difficult decision of relaxing with a coconut in the park, or going to the beach.

I lift up the sleeve of my shirt, and look at my farmer’s tan. I think it’s a beach kind of day...

I return to work in the afternoon, my students are refreshed from their mid-day naps, and we’re all ready to get back to business. I noticed a movie about zoo animals had been playing on our AppleTVs, so I pulled out my iPad and we played a quick game of Pictionary to review some animal vocabulary. It had been months since we had all visited the zoo together, but they had no problems remembering the words. I love these kids!

Once the afternoon classes are over, I take a few minutes to look over my lesson plans for tomorrow and make sure I’ve got everything I need. 5:00 rolls around and we say goodbye to the students as their parents arrive to pick them up. Then it's time to go home. A few of us decide to grab some dinner along one of the food streets that open up in the evenings. We try somewhere new, enjoy the cool night air, tasty food, and vibrant night life together.

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Happy Town English

Happy Town English runs a progressive curriculum for children aged 6 months to 15 years old. We believe technology has it’s place in the classroom - as a tool, not a crutch. All teaching materials are provided. Coupled with the training you’ll receive when you arrive, you’ll have everything you need to confidently and effectively teach your classes.

When you join our family, you’ll get:

• 7500 RMB per month (after tax) for 24 teaching hours total (1 teaching hour = 45 minutes)

• A fully furnished apartment close to the school or 1500RMB housing allowance

• Sponsored Z visa, Foreign Expert Certificate, and Medical Exam, paid for by us

• Contract completion bonus of 5000 RMB

• 28 days of vacation


For a 24 hour per week contract, you can expect one of the following schedules:

D.E. Teachers

Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm with an alternating 30 minute “Hello/Goodbye” shift as well as a 3 hour break from around 11:30 – 2:30. Weekends are off.

B.E. , C.E. and S.E. Teachers

Saturday and Sunday are when you’ll be working the majority of your hours. 4:30pm – 8:00pm on three weekdays.

*All teachers have two consecutive days off each week.

We’re looking for 3 teachers that are:

• North American native-English speakers

• Committed to a 1 year contract

• Passionate and creative about teaching all ages

• University Degree

• TESOL Certified (or possess previous experience)