Men’s Health Awareness Month
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by yorkenglishschools
2y ago
Moving to another country to travel, work, and learn attracts a whole host of different people. Here at York, we try hard to look after everyone as holistically as possible. This month being Men’s Health Awareness Month, we have been focusing on Men’s health.  The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (WHO, 1948). Although women are more likely to be diagnosed with mental health disorders, more men die from suicide worldwide. Without good mental health, are we even health ..read more
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What does 2021 look like for you?
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by yorkenglishschools
3y ago
With the craziness of 2020 and a year of barely any travel, are you feeling like we do and desperate to experience new things and places? After such a turbulent year we can’t wait to be able to travel again once it’s safe to do so. We want to see old and new friends, create new memories in some of the places we’ve dreamt of going to, and just do things we’ve wanted to do for such a long time. Does that sound like you too? Ask yourself, what does 2021 look like for you?  Is it time to grab life by the hands and turn those dreams a reality? The dreams that have been lingering in your mind f ..read more
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What is the cost of living like in Fuzhou?
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by yorkenglishschools
3y ago
Fuzhou is the capital and one of the largest cities in Fujian province, China. It’s home to nearly 8 million people and boasts some of the cleanest air in China, making it a highly desirable place to be. But what is the cost of living like in Fuzhou? We’re going to run you through some of the things we know you’ll need if you’re living in Fuzhou and what costs are associated with them. Rent Rent in Fuzhou is relatively cheap in comparison to other places in China like Shanghai or Beijing. You can rent a one bedroom apartment downtown in the city for around $375 compared to the $1200+ you’ll fi ..read more
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How best to prepare for an ESL interview
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by yorkenglishschools
3y ago
If you’re wondering whether heading to China to teach is for you and how best to prepare for an ESL interview, then read on for our top tips. Teaching English in China can be rewarding as it is fun. With so many opportunities to earn a wage whilst experiencing a new culture, making new friends from around the world and experiencing new things, it’s no wonder people are flocking to China to teach English even during a worldwide pandemic. During lockdown, the way in which companies hire employees has changed drastically. With most interviews and onboarding happening online, we’ve put together so ..read more
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Travelling in Yunnan Province | Part 2
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by yorkenglishschools
4y ago
If you haven’t read Part 1 of this blog post yet, go read it here! Having started our journey in Kunming, and spent time in Dali and Lijiang, our Yunnan Province trip continued as we arrived Qiaotou, the stop for Tiger Leaping Gorge hike, after a 2-hour bus journey from Lijiang. Being dropped off at the ticket office for the hiking route, we were able to leave our luggage on the bus which would be taken to Tina’s guesthouse at the end point of the trek. Tiger Leaping Gorge Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the most famous hikes in South-West China, and spans 15km in length while the gorge itself h ..read more
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Travelling in Yunnan Province, China
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by yorkenglishschools
4y ago
Yunnan Province in southwestern China is known for its ethnic diversity and beautiful landscapes, including mountain ranges, gorges, rice terraces and lakes. That in mind, with 9 days off work, myself and fellow teacher Emma, headed to Yunnan’s Capital Kunming, or ‘the city of eternal spring’ to begin a whistle stop journey through Yunnan Province to some of its most renowned destinations including Dali, Tiger Leaping Gorge and Shangri La! Kunming Our first destination was Yunnan province’s capital city of Kunming, which took three hours to reach by plane from Fuzhou Changle airport. Kunming w ..read more
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Teaching English in China Salaries – What You Need to Know
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by yorkenglishschools
4y ago
Teaching English abroad, particularly in China, has often been labelled as the thing to do if you want to save money, and if we’re honest, there is good reason for that. In this blog post, we will explore salaries when teaching English in China, and all those extra things you should be looking out for. We will help you navigate the minefield of jobs that shout impossibly high salaries at you, allowing you to understand what benefit package you really should be asking for when you decide to teach English in China. China is a country that attracts thousands of TEFL teachers each year, and I know ..read more
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Off the Beaten Path Travel in China
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by yorkenglishschools
4y ago
China can be a bit overwhelming when you start diving into where to spend your holidays, there’s just so much choice. It’s a massive country with so many options, but often it’s harder to find those off the beaten path travel options. Sure, we all want to go to The Great Wall (although two and a half years of living in China and I never got round to going…!) Xian and the Terracotta Warriors, and see the pandas in Chengdu. But there is so much more to see and tick off that ever growing bucket list! 1) Guizhou Province Not all our off the beaten path locations in China will be whole provinces, b ..read more
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10 Reasons to Teach English Abroad
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by yorkenglishschools
5y ago
The opportunity to teach English abroad is a chance to do something amazing and adventurous that will change your life forever. The idea of earning money abroad, growing as an independent individual, adding important skills to your resume, all while having fun sounds like a pretty good chapter in anyones life! 1) See the world while getting paid Yes, you actually get paid to be abroad! And, it’s easy travel! If you choose to teach English in China, the massive country of China is your backyard. South East Asia is now on your doorstep. Japan is your neighbour. That’s pretty cool! Teaching Engli ..read more
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Visiting Wuyuan
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by yorkenglishschools
5y ago
After seeing this amazing restored 300-year-old Chinese mansion on Instagram, I knew I wanted to stay there. It was only a 2 hour train ride away from Fuzhou, so we decided to head there for a weekend of relaxation, fresh air and some quiet. A 20 minute taxi ride from the train station and we landed in a beautfiul ancient village, it was historic and well maintained, quiet and utterly charming. Just what I was hoping for! The mansion we were looking for is called Wuyuan Skywells, and is located in the heart of the village. The guest house is owned by British-Chinese couple Ed and Selina, who l ..read more
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