The teaching assistant program is designed for young adults (18-25) who have completed the high school diploma equivalent or are currently registered as a university student. The program offers the participants an opportunity to experience a teaching abroad journey in China. Participants may work in a variety of educational settings including secondary schools and higher education institutes based upon the match between their indicated preference and the hosting reality of the targeted CPO. The teaching assistant is expected to assist their supervisors who are generally the full-time teacher of a language subject (English in most cases) in classroom teaching and management, after-school tutoring, lesson plans, testing and assessment, as well as some administrative work, etc.. Meanwhile participants will have intercultural exposure through various activities and events such as orientations, cultural excursions and much more.
This teaching abroad experience offers the participants many opportunities, from learning a new language to gaining a real understanding of intercultural communication. While teaching their native languages and sharing their home cultures in a foreign educational setting, the teaching assistants (TAs) may be surprised at how quickly they make lasting friendships with their Chinese students who have been brought up in a completely different cultural background from their own. The teaching job can also be rewarding in the sense that TAs will get first-hand knowledge with respect to the education system, teaching approach and classroom management in China
1. TAs are expected to work as assistants with their supervisors on school administration work.
2. TAs work approximately 15 hours per week.
3. TAs will work as unpaid volunteers, though many schools do give a monthly stipend.
4. AFS China will provide each TA with a program participation certificate upon his/her completion of the program.