As a state school placement, class sizes will average around 50 students per class and classes will last around 40-45 minutes depending on the time of day. You may be teaching up to 20 classes of children from kindergarten to middle or high school level and will be expected to work around 20 hours per week (Mon-Fri). Basics like a blackboard, computer and a projector to display your PowerPoint will be supplied, however little else will be provided, so you’ll have to bring certain supplies yourself.
Last minute changes are common in state schools, so you will need to be ready to adapt if your teaching schedule changes. While knowledge of Mandarin isn’t necessary it is definitely helpful so it’s best to learn the basics in preparation.
Your school will provide a furnished apartment either on campus or in a nearby location. Your apartment will be equipped with all the essentials, including a shower, kitchen, western toilet, fridge and freezer, and a washing machine. The school will not charge you rent, and bills are usually covered as well. This will be confirmed in your contract. Your school will most likely offer food during the weeks, but on weekends you will need to eat out or cook for yourself.
Whether you live on campus or not, you may need to teach at more than one school. Your schools will usually be within walking distance of your accommodation, but in case they aren’t you will be picked up and driven there.