12 Reasons to Teach Abroad in China and Taiwan

Whether you are a classroom teacher already or want to become one, the adventurous among us have all thought about teaching abroad… so, why not now? Here are 12 reasons to apply now to teach abroad in China and Taiwan with Banyan Global Learning.

1 – Asia shares your love of learning. One of the best parts of teaching for BGL is being part of an educational system that values teachers. While it is possible to find this phenomenon in the West, it is rejuvenating to experience it as the norm in Asia.

Learning is fun!  Photo by bikeriderlondon, Shutterstock.

Learning is fun! Photo by bikeriderlondon, Shutterstock.

2 – Save money while you travel. Japan, check. Korea, check. Bali, why not? From your base in Asia you can travel to places that would otherwise be economically challenging to reach. And, with the lower cost of living in China and Taiwan, a BGL salary will allow you to bank some cash while you see the world.

You want to go here.
You want to go here.  Image by michal812, Shutterstock.

3 – (Real) Chinese food is super yummy. Forget Panda Express – real Chinese food is incredibly diverse and extremely delicious. Expand your palate and love every meal.

Shaved ice and fresh mango... Mmmmm.

Shaved ice and fresh mango… Mmmmm.  Image by bonchan, Shutterstock.

4 – Cultural exchange is good for the world. Throughout time, the meeting of cultures has yielded fresh ideas and heightened spirits. By traversing learning curves and growing pains, everyone comes out stronger, more capable and with increased empathy for those who are different from us.

BGL teachers mingle with their Taiwanese coworkers.

BGL teachers mingle with their Taiwanese coworkers.  Image by Courtney Dayhuff.

5 – Learning Chinese will kind of blow your mind. You will feel an indescribable pride when a language that once sounded so utterly foreign suddenly begins to make sense. And, as China’s influence continues to grow, your newfound skill will be quite valuable.

Zhongwen = "Chinese" in Chinese.

Zhongwen = “Chinese” in Chinese.  Image by Raywoo, Shutterstock.

6 – You will learn to think differently. Experiencing one of the world’s oldest cultures firsthand will inevitably change your sense of time and history.

The Forbidden City in Beijing opened in 1420 A.D.

The Forbidden City in Beijing opened in 1420 A.D.  Image by PlusONE, Shutterstock

7 – Chinese people love you already. It is the nature of the Chinese to be welcoming to their guests, but Americans are especially popular and are treated as such. Don’t be surprised if people stop you on the street to practice their English and take a picture with you.

Shake hands with China.

Shake hands with China.  Image by Stephen Finn, Shutterstock.

8 – There is universal respect for the experience. From employers to friends and family, people have great respect for those who have overcome the challenges of living and teaching abroad.

BGL's Teacher Courtney with Taipei 101.

BGL’s Teacher Courtney with Taipei 101.  Image by Courtney Dayhuff.

The next four on the list are reasons to choose Banyan Global Learning for your teach abroad experience:

9 – Our multinational presence. Like you, we are from the west and work in the east. We share a common background with our teachers while also maintaining an active presence on site to support your transition and ongoing development.

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10 – Our flexible curriculum. Because our English program is relatively young, our teachers actively participate in writing, revising, editing and supplementing our coursework, materials and methods. Our respect for the expertise of our teachers means that your good ideas will endure throughout the years.

BGL's first grade textbook, updated each year with teacher feedback.

BGL’s first grade textbook, updated each year with teacher feedback.  Image created by Ronaldo Florendo.

11 – Our network of teachers. With multiple campuses in Taiwan and China, you will be part of a large and diverse team of BGL teachers. Our network will help prepare you before your trip and support you during your tenure. If you choose to move on, we will also aid your transition to your next venture.

Leia and Courtney - two BGL alumni.

Leia and Courtney – two BGL alumni.  Image by Courtney Dayhuff.

12 – Our growing opportunities. In addition to the building of our curriculum, many of our teachers work on BGL’s other products and services: recruiting and training teachers for Taiwan and China, running a summer camp for Asian students to travel to America, and teaching via distance learning.

Kunshan, China - the site of a new kindergarten being built in part by BGL.

Kunshan, China – the site of a new kindergarten being built in part by BGL.

While we’re at it, here are Buzzfeed’s 45 reasons to live abroad.  These are our favorite from that list:

11. To question the culture that you were brought up in.

12. To respect the culture that you were brought up in.

17. To learn how to make new friends.

23. To know where you’ve come from.

24. To know where you’re going.

27. To see the sun set on the other side of the world.

42. To meet fascinating new people.

43. To realize that people might find you fascinating too.

5 comments

  1. Brett Isis · March 8, 2014

    What a great post! I couldn’t agree more. You never meet anyone that regrets teaching abroad!

  2. Leticia · May 30, 2014

    Hi Ms.dayhuff! Its Letty:)

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