Oyster Reviews: China Adventure

Find out what Oyster participants have said in these reviews of our China Adventure programme:

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During the TEFL

“It’s going really well, the lessons are good and there is a mix of people from a lot of countries, more than I was expecting.The teaching centre is great, and Tongzhou is a cool district with hardly any other foreigners.”

During the Placement

“I was placed in the kindergarten with one other! It is very wealthy, designed like a five star hotel! On the same floor there is a mini cinema, gym, and swimming pool. I think I got lucky with the placement! The general work environment is formal and professional, but teaching feels relaxed – I have one class of 4/5 year olds (13 total) for the semester, working with three other class teachers. The local environment is great with a few small villages a short bus ride away. Their shops are mostly very upmarket, but there are also the standard wet markets hidden in the village – there is a lot to explore. I am going to Hangzhou this weekend for Qingmingjie, to see my roommate from the training period. Later this month a group of us are going to Weifang, also to see other interns and explore. I’ll be sure to send more photos in the next couple of months!”

Cameron Rose, 2016


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“Although I’m out of China I wish I was back there – it’s an amazing place that has captured my heart, and I’m so impatient now to begin studying Chinese at university this Autumn! Thank you for offering it – it’s changed my life and I’m so in love with that country – I’m so glad I did it!”

Izzy Emery, 2015


blog2“If I had to pin-point the reason that I love it here so much I think it would be that China excites me. There’s so much to do with so many opportunities and possibilities. This month I visited an island off Shanghai for a long weekend, and visited Beijing for a week. I bought flights and coach tickets, did a 5 day tour, bought a ridiculous amount of souvenirs and still managed to save money despite only receiving ‘probationary pay’ last month. People often say that money goes a lot further in China and it’s true. I try to imagine how much I could save if I didn’t constantly find myself booking flights… Shanghai, Hong Kong and Xi’an next I think!”

Clara Wolsey, 2013


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