Thursday, May 16, 2013

Want to Teach in China? 2013 Possibilities in Xi'an at the Bodi School

The head of the Bodi School in Xi'an is looking for 1-2 teachers teaching in the following areas:


The Bodi School is a private K-12 school in the suburbs of Xi'an, China. It is one of the first such schools in China, and has been at its present location in since 1993. It includes a program in English to prepare Chinese students for entry into American universities. 

This year there are job openings in History and TOEFL/ESL. The complete job descriptions including salary and dates of employment are forthcoming, but will be similar to last year's, which can be found here. In general, terms of employment would begin September 1st and will run until mid-June of 2014. The teaching load is similar to the teaching load of an instructor in an American high school. Further, It's been my observation that candidates do not need extensive experience in ESL to qualify.

The opportunities for travel are abundant, especially during the first week of October during the "Golden Holidays" period.  Xi'an itself is a fascinating city, centrally located in China, making it an ideal anchor for visits to all points of the compass. 

As a Cal Poly Emeritus Professor, I've had an opportunity to teach several times at the Bodi School and have found it a stimulating experience on each occasion. I've agreed to advertise the positions in the US, answer questions about the Bodi School and their expectations (to be the best of my ability) and to send on the names of candidates for whom I see an good "fit". 

Those interested should send a short vita to me at by July 1st.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Kindergarten Teaching Opportunity 2012

This is a description for a Kindergarten position near Shenzhen (not at the Bodi School).

If you know of anyone, please have them email me at by July 15th.

I'll be happy to answer any questions (if I can) and pass on the information to China.

1. Position: Kindergarten English teacher for children between 3-6 years old.

2. Teachers' Qualification: Bachelor degree or above (English desirable but not necessary); English Native Speakers; any experience in English teaching; physically and mentally healthy and able to carry out the duties of the position.

3. Contract Duration: Minimum one year.

4. Working Period: 8:00AM -11:00AM and 3:30PM-4:30PM

5. Working modes: (You can choose any one of the above working modes.)

1 20 hours per week, salary: $1,269 per month with free accommodation.

220 hours per week, salary: $1,500 per month without free accommodation.

6. Accommodation arrangement: Our school will rent an apartment to house 2 or 3 individuals. Your accommodation payment will be according to your accommodation choice (see #5). In addition, the monthly utility bills, such as electricity, gas, water, telephone charges and management fees will be shared by the teachers who live in the apartment.

7. Free meals plans (three times a day) are also provided except on weekends and all other holidays.

8. Reimbursement of round-trip tickets from Hong Kong or New York after working for one year.

Want to Teach in China -- 2012 Opportunities

The head of the Bodi School in Xi'an is looking for 1-2 teachers teaching in the following areas:

Math/Literature/History/Biology/Health/P.E./Music/Arts/Physics/Chemistry/Social Studies.

The term will be at at least 4 and 1/2 months (September to late January) and preferably two semesters. The pay will be $1,000 to $1,500 USD per month, depending on experience, with food and lodging (three meals per day at the hotel cafeteria) provided. International airfare will be covered in full for a successfully completed 2-semester contract and one-half covered for a successfully completed single semester. Additionally there will be one domestic travel airfare covered for either a one or a two semester contract.

Additional Information:

Education & Qualifications


Able to offer such high school courses as English, Literature & language arts, History, Geography, Physics, Biology, Health, Math, ESL, Arts, Music and P.E.

Two years' or more experience of school teaching

Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills

Open to and interested in Chinese culture

Duties & Responsibilities

Be enthusiastic, passionate about teaching and able to demonstrate a genuine care for every student

Plan, teach and fulfill the course(s) assigned

Be able to incorporate a variety of teaching and learning strategies

Be able to maintain open communications with work colleagues in building and help to create a supportive and encouraging team environment

Respect school policy and leadership

(The full application will include a full resume and listing of references.)

The accomodations and food at the Bodi School are great, as are the students. (I know because I taught there last fall and summer.) If you know of anyone, please have them email me at and attach a short vita. I'd be happy to tell them more about the Bodi School and pass on their information if there's a fit.

The timeline is moving pretty fast. They should contact me and send me a short vita by July 15th.


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

June 1st, Young Students Day

Bodi School celebrates June 1st with performances all day. The 1st-
graders are so cute! This is near our hotel entrance.

Door to door - About 24 Hours.

It seemed like one long night. Left Claremont before 8 pm Sunday, caught the 11:30 flight. They closed the windows and we landed in the dawn about 5 am, but 2 days later by the calendar. This is the best way!

Sent from my iPhone

Sunday, May 29, 2011