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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: Dream University Job? What Are the Details?
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on December 20, 2021, 04:30:31 PM »
University jobs should all be 20 hours or less in the classroom per week.

Never let any potential employer know your bottom salary demand.  They may have been planning to offer more.

Contacting universities directly is your best approach.

The lack of a degree in the subject doesn't help, but already being in China helps a lot.  Getting paperwork for bring new people in can be a pain for the University, which can make someone already in China a bit more desirable.  Some potential external candidates won't apply since they don't want to sit through quarantine.  Others may have completely given up on dreams of international employment until this global plague finally passes.
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Dream University Job? What Are the Details?
« Last post by Ivyman on December 19, 2021, 07:41:58 PM »
Hi Everyone,

I am getting burnt out working so much, at my high school and training center roles over the past five years.

1.  I am thinking university teaching jobs might be best.  Among the conditions I like would be:

a.  Work at any university in China, teaching English literature.

b.  Ideally, this would be a low density job, such as 10-20 hours a week.  Most professors I know, around the world, teach only about 7-10 hours a week.

c.  I am willing to work for low pay, such as 7000 RMB a month.  Yet, I would want access to a cheap/free apartment or dorm.

2.  Ideally, I would also be teaching English literature like in a Western country.

a.  All students read about a book a week, before class, maybe of well-known novels like "Tom Sawyer" or British literature.

b.  We would have discussions about this during the week.  This develops listening, and speaking skills.

c.  At the end of each week, a short essay paper would be due.  This develops planning and writing skills.

3.  Can anyone tell me how to do this?

a.  My guess is just speak to many university programs in China, and ask for details?

b.  I have no bachelor's in English, only history.  I may get one soon, as second/additional bachelor's take less than one year.

c.  I do have a CELTA.  Any bachelor's + CELTA may be the best.

4.  Thanks for the advice.
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: What's the Best Deal on Drinking Water?
« Last post by Ivyman on December 19, 2021, 07:09:16 PM »
Thanks.  I guess I need some more exploring, both online and in-person, for Beijing water suppliers.
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: When Can China Import Expat Teachers Again?
« Last post by Ivyman on December 19, 2021, 07:08:46 PM »
Thank you much.  Escaped Lunatic, and everyone else who is active, you make this forum quite informative.
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: When Can China Import Expat Teachers Again?
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on December 16, 2021, 04:13:24 PM »
Focus on getting a couple of native speakers in first.  Those will be more straightforward and give you an idea of how the system of invites and visas is currently running.  Even then, some aspects of a new visa and permission to get on a plane to China will vary even within a country - based on which consulate the person goes through (not an issue if it's a smaller country with only an embassy and no consulates).

If you're successful with that, then if there's a place ready to consider non-native speakers, get ready for some really interesting paperwork.
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: What's the Best Deal on Drinking Water?
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on December 16, 2021, 04:08:39 PM »
Boiled water should be reasonably safe in most places, but taste will likely vary.

The big bottles can be done by independent companies, but many are franchises.  When things got strange in early 2020, my water guy got stuck in his hometown, but I found another franchise of the same company so I didn't have to worry about any surprising taste changes.

More recently, my wife decided to change to an under-sink filtration system.  This involved some rough calculations of how often filters (expensive!) needed replacing vs how many bottles of water we typically used.  It looks like the one she selected will pay for itself after about 18 months or so.

If you don't want to sink money into  filter, first, check to see what brands deliver in your area and what the prices are.  Some of these even have smaller bottles available in grocery stores, so you can buy a 500 ml bottle to test them out.
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / What's the Best Deal on Drinking Water?
« Last post by Ivyman on December 16, 2021, 04:27:08 AM »
Hi Everyone,

Getting back into exercise, I am drinking more fresh water.

1.  Before we get started, if you have ever been to Switzerland, Austria, New Zealand, or some other countries, you must try their tap water.  They pride themselves on tap water tasting better than most bottled waters, and it is true.  I could not believe it until I tried it.

2.  Onto the point...where is the best place in China to get drinkable water?

a.  I know, I could just boil tap water in a teakettle.  But, that does not taste good?

b.  Getting one of those 20 liter bottles on loan?

c.  Buying one of those water filtration services?

d.  Any specific company, WeChat ID, etc. that has proven themselves?
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: When Can China Import Expat Teachers Again?
« Last post by Ivyman on December 16, 2021, 04:23:06 AM »
Thank you very much.

This process is difficult for me to understand.

But, I am trying to get natives and non-native English speakers to China.

I applaud the Chinese government for managing everything.
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: When Can China Import Expat Teachers Again?
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on December 15, 2021, 03:52:24 PM »
A PU letter is some form of formal invitation letter.  It's needed to apply for a visa.  The hiring organization needs to be properly certified to acquire foreign employees in order to arrange one.

Vaccination is a whole other ballgame.  China does acknowledge some other vaccines, but the paperwork is a lot simpler for someone who's had 2 doses of the approved Chinese vaccines.

If it's specifically an English teaching position, it will be MUCH easier to get permission to hire someone from an English speaking country.  It may be possible to get the invite letter for someone where English isn't the native language, but it will likely be a far more difficult process convincing everyone involved to agree to issue the invitation letter.
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: When Can China Import Expat Teachers Again?
« Last post by Ivyman on December 14, 2021, 08:18:02 PM »
I agree.

1.  People from all over want to come to China.

2.  I will tell them to get a PU letter.  Isn't that the same as Chinese vaccine certificate from a doctor?

3.  Do they need to be from a native country, or can my other friends come in, too?
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