2018 Summer research funding for East Asia

Chase Conrad and a friend snapped by a Yangjuan student who had a knack for his camera.

Davidson students are eligible to apply for the Hirose Award, which will fund independent projects in East Asia. This year, the Dean Rusk Program will make three Hirose awards of up to $6,000 each, but funding cannot be used for study abroad programs or group trips. Applications are due February 17, 2018.
For more information, contact Dr. Chris Alexander, chalexander [at] davidson.edu.

2016 Pre-Departure Orientation Schedule

Announcement: Teach in China

James English (“James 英语”), Ma’anshan, Anhui, China Overview of Employment Package

  • 7,000 – 9,000 RMB monthly salary, depending on experience
  • 12 months employment
  • Contract completion bonus (equal to one month’s salary)
  • Resettlement Allowance (3,500 RMB)
  • Travel Allowance 60 RMB/month
  • Paid Airfare to China and a monthly stipend toward return trip
  • Monthly Housing Allowance (1,500 RMB)
  • Training Completion Bonus (3,500 RMB)
  • 3 weeks paid hotel
  • Approx. 20 days paid holiday (including approx. 10 days paid leave for Spring Festival)
  • Comprehensive Health and Dental Insurance, including 2 teeth cleanings and 20 therapy visits (covers psychiatrist, physical therapist, acupuncture, or therapeutic massage) annually

What you need to know:

  • English Language Instructors provide a highly engaging and effective learning experience to children between 3 – 12 years old through the delivery of innovative and immersive educational content.
  • Successful English Language Instructors have high energy! Delivering curriculum with energy and enthusiasm is a must. Our Instructors use immersive learning techniques such as storytelling, singing, dialogue and role-playing in combination with formal exercises.
  • English Language Instructors work a 40 hour work week (20 – 25 contact teaching hours (up to 30 hours if working with our special summer or winter courses) including evening and weekends.
  • Measuring progress as well as educational results while providing on-going support and development to the students is required for success.
  • English Language Instructors build strong relationships with parents and keep them “in- the-know” on their child’s journey with us.

To qualify for a visa you’ll need minimum one of the following:

Bachelor degree and above with a major related to education OR
Bachelor degree and above (Major is NOT Education) AND an internationally recognized TEFL or CELTA qualification
Teaching Experience: Highly desirable but not necessary.

You’ll need all of the below:

  • To be at least 21 years-old
  • American nationality
  • Native English speaker with strong writing skills
  • Able to communicate with learners where English is not their first language
  • A flexible “can do” attitude, a thirst for learning and an adaptable approach to working
  • Passion for working with young children is essential

What we offer:

  • Salaries start at $1, 129 USD (7,000 RMB) per month (dependent on qualifications/experience)
  • Monthly housing allowance of $242 USD (1,500 RMB)
  • Resettlement allowance of $565 USD (3,500 RMB)
  • Onboarding Training/Orientation Completion Bonus of $565 USD (3,500 RMB)
  • Paid airfare to China and a monthly travel stipend toward return trip
  • Three weeks hotel accommodation provided upon arrival in China
  • Health, dental, paid sick and vacation time
  • Robust academic training including assistance obtaining a TEFL-C certification as well as a Rosetta Stone Mandarin software
  • Discounted Mandarin Chinese lessons

If you would like to apply, complete the attached application and e-mail it to jamesbenflieder@hotmail.com

Suggested Packing Lists

Better to travel light and smart, than to try to bring everything with you. Here are some suggested packing lists, one for men (this is essentially my standard packing list) and one for women (put together by Rebecca Ruhlen, our new Assistant Director).

While you are allowed 2 checked pieces of luggage for your international flight, I would recommend only checking in one bag (less than 50 lbs) when going to China, and then checking in two bags when you return (with gifts, souvenirs, custom-built clothing, and whatever else you will inevitably buy during 4 months in China). See this other post for smart packing hints.

As for luggage, I used to travel with backpacks like this one from Eagle Creek (the kind where the straps can be hidden when checking in bags at the airport). As I’ve gotten older, I switched to wheeled luggage like this bag from e-Bags. Don’t buy the biggest duffel, since you will end up paying exorbitant excess-baggage fees; keep your luggage size reasonable (less than 5,000 cubic inches) so as to force yourself not to over-pack your bag.

Remember, you will only be allowed one carry-on (total length+width+height less than 45 inches) and one “personal bag” (purse, computer bag, tote bag – something you can fit underneath a seat). Do not check in your computer or any other valuables (i.e., money); if you have medication, take a couple of days worth with you on the flight. Always keep your passport with you (once you get them back from Jessica), and before leaving any plane, do a quick check to make sure that your passport is with you.

Packing Smart – start with luggage, and plan

I’m about to leave for close to a month in China, including a conference where I need to look “presentable.” I will have fieldwork equipment (video, audio); and everything will be in one carry-on bag that I can carry on my back. I will not have any checked luggage.

So much of succeeding in fieldwork is preparation, and the logistics of travelling smart are crucial to your success abroad. Take a look at this website, Onebag.com for hints on travelling smart.

Here is the bag that I use the most for travelling, either domestically or internationally – the Rick Steves convertible. Ebags has a version that I’ve used in the past, but I found the Rick Steves version to be lighter.