Over the past couple of weeks we’ve had several interviews with schools and language centres based in China and last Friday we heard the news we’d been waiting for. We’ve been offered jobs working at a language centre in the city of Kunming in Yunnan province!
We’re extremely happy about this as it was the job we wanted from the bunch we interviewed for and after a gruelling three-hour interview process we’re pleased to say we’ve accepted a job with Shane English School in Kunming starting in April 2014.
We’ll be working with kids aged 3-16 either in the same language centre or in two different locations within the city. The contract is for 12 months and the timing is great for us as it means there’s no rush before our Thai visa expires on March 31st and also we’ll have time to acclimatize and sort out housing when we arrive in Kunming before training starts on the w/c 14th.
Kunming has been described to us as larger than Birmingham but slightly smaller than London with a population of over six million. It is the capital of Yunnan province which has lots of scenic landscapes including the Stone Forest and sharing its northern border with Tibet.
We’ll be working roughly 26 hours per week (full-time) during mostly evenings and weekends with every Monday and Tuesday off as the centre is closed which allows for lots of free time together to do some exploring 🙂
We’ll be getting an apartment of our own choosing which I cannot wait for given our current digs not meeting standard. We’ve been told that Kunming has western conveniences such as shopping malls, cinemas, western fast food and restaurants but also is still quite a ‘Chinese city’ with not too many westerners. That being said there is a good expat community and a great little forum we’ve been introduced to for questions etc
All in we’re very happy to have landed this role and it means we can now enjoy the rest of our time in Thailand without the hassle of worrying about getting work. The plan is to finish up in Loei in mid-March (if all goes to plan) and then head down to Bangkok to get our Chinese visa processed (including the medical) and then debate at that point whether we go south or not depending on timing/funds etc (but the hope is that we’ll see some beach!) After that we’ll be flying out of Bangkok no later than March 31st on a direct flight to Kunming and then we’ll be put up in a hotel until we secure our accommodation.
We can’t wait! 😀