Birmy International English school is a pretty crowded place, and this isn't a bad thing. It just reflects the kind of reputation this language school has in the community as a place for excellent English education.
Kids normally come to Birmy to study English after their regular school hours. This means that you are likely to teach in the evenings. In my case, I had 2 classes in the evening (5 to 7pm). Adult students and teenagers would normally come on Saturdays because most of them are in college or are employed individuals. My busiest day was actually Saturday, and my only real day-off was Sunday.
In terms of accommodation, Birmy will actually provide you with a place to stay for free. I stayed in a place that seemed like a university dorm. There were 15 other foreign teachers there (all from Birmy), so I had a lot of people to talk to during my free time. If it's your first time to work abroad, then you would want to have friends you can talk with and visit places with. This will help you overcome any feeling of homesickness.
If you want to live on your own and have some privacy, well, you can move to an apartment that's close to the school. Birmy will even assist you in finding a good yet affordable apartment if you want.
I was always curious to know why a lot of American and English-speaking teachers go to China to teach English. I did a research online, and read an interesting Birmy School review. After reading the blog, I decided instantly that it was an opportunity I couldnt miss.
Going to China and teaching at Birmy International English, Yuhua District, Changsha City is without a doubt the most amazing thing Ive done in my life. It was scary, challenging, but fun and exciting at the same time.
I can still remember walking in to class on my first day of teaching. I was so nervous, and it thought it was one of the most terrifying things I had to do in my career. Never did it occur to me that a class full of young children would be so intimidating for a veteran teacher like me! But as soon as I stepped inside, I was greeted with warm smiles from adorable first-graders. I instantly felt how thrilled they were to finally meet their English teacher.
Teaching in a foreign country was not easy at all. It was really frustrating at first because I felt that nobody could understand me. But with the help of the staff from Birmy head office, things got better and better. They provided me with the materials and teaching tools I needed to make my job easier, and for my lessons to be easy for my students, too!
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