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Teach English in Liuzhou

Liuzhou is a prefecture-level city in north-central Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, in southern China, also called Dragon-City. Liuzhou is the second largest city in Guangxi and is the region's industrial center. With coordinated development, it is a regional central city and a transportation hub based on industry.

Liuzhou is located on the banks of the winding Liu River, approximately 255 km from Nanning, the provincial capital. Swimming in the river is a tradition of the city. The river is normally green, but sometimes in summer, floods from the mountain areas upstream bring sediment which colors the water yellow.

With its several ethnic groups, a mix of traditional folk customs and modern dynamism, ancient history, fantastic landscape, industrial base and agricultural tradition, Liuzhou is one of the more attractive and interesting cities in China.

Facts and Figures

English Name Liuzhou
Chinese Name 柳州 (Liǔzhōu)
Government Prefecture-level city in Guangxi
Population 3,758,700 (2010)
Area 18,677 km2   (7,211 sq mi)
Density 200/km2   (520/sq mi)
Major languages Mandarin (simplified Chinese, Putonghua)
Monetary unit Renminbi (Chinese yuan, CNY)
International dialling code +86 (0) 772
Drives on the right
Time zone China standard time (UTC+8)

 

Ideal candidates must be English native speaker, and should have:

  • a bachelor’s degree or higher;
  • TEFL/TESL Certified or Professionally Trained;
  • no criminal record and
  • good mental and physical health.

Basic Benefits of Teaching Jobs In Liuzhou

Monthly salary CN¥6,000 – CN¥9,000 (approx. US$950-US$1,400) based on qualifications/experience     Currency Exchange
Medical insurance, transport allowance for work, bonuses and travel allowance
Airfare round trip airfare (economy class)
Free accommodation or Monthly housing allowance (CN¥2,000/month (approx. US$300/month)
Working Hours 40 hours/week, 5 days a week
Paid public and school holidays
Medical insurance, transport allowance for work, bonuses and travel allowance

* Salary is negotiable, dependent upon the responsibilities and relevant work experience.
* The Chinese school year runs from September to January, and then March to June. Christmas is not an official holiday in China, so most schools remain open. Major public holidays usually last seven days at a time, and the winter holiday including Chinese New Year lasts about a month.

In addition to the school's employment package, Prospects Asia also provides the supports below:

  • VISA application;
  • Emergency contact in China during the contract period.

Tourism

As with much of Guangxi, the landscape around Liuzhou is a mix of rolling hills, mountain peaks, caves and karst scenery. It is an ideal base for exploring the minority villages in the area.

Culture Shock

English teachers in China arrive with a wide range of expectations. Some come to China with ESL degrees specifically to teach English. Others see teaching English as a means to experience a new culture. There are those who teach to support themselves while looking for other jobs in China, or while doing research in other fields. Each individual brings his or her own unique perspective to the job and will have different reactions to new circumstances. While China is developing rapidly and is increasingly open to global markets, it is still very different from the west. Do not expect to encounter the same standard of living, especially in the developing cities like Liuzhou. Having realistic expectations and a flexible attitude will help prepare you for the stress that can accompany living and working in a different culture. It's important to stay optimistic, stay open minded and keep in mind that it will pass.