FAQs

How much does it cost?

You cover the costs of getting to China: flights, visa, and health insurance. The program intends to cover all of the cost of transportation, food, and accommodation within China.

However, a small contribution towards these costs may be required - if so, ISECers will be informed in advance at the earliest opportunity.

Dates

ISEC starts the first week in July and finishes the second week in August. Please see the schedule for more about this year's start and end dates.

Where will we be teaching this year?

In the past, camps have been held in Beijing, Hebei, Jiangxi, Guangdong, Shandong, Liaoning, Zhejiang, Inner Mongolia, Fujian, and Shanxi provinces. Actual locations vary each year. Teachers are informed of exact details during Orientation.

Once I apply am I obliged to participate?

Application does not imply any sort of commitment. However, once teachers have accepted our offer of a place in the program, they are expected to participate in the entire ISEC Program. See the schedule for this year's program dates. Late arrivals or early departures are only granted if ISEC leadership has given permission, in writing, before the start of the summer.

What are the interviews like?

Interviews are taken over Skype or some other video chat application. They typically last 30 minutes, and will generally involve 2 interviewers who are themselves past participants.

What happens after I have been accepted?

We will help you prepare for the summer. Cross-cultural and English teaching instruction is provided online and in person, and you will begin receiving instructions about visas, flights, what to bring, and so on.

What happens after the program?

You are free to return home any time after the last day of the program; however, this is a great opportunity to go travelling on your own account, or maybe even with some of your new friends. This is essentially at your own discretion. You choose when to fly home, as long as it is after the last day of the program.

Do I need any spoken/written Chinese ability?

As all classes are conducted in English, with in-classroom translation provided by local Chinese university students, teachers do not need to have any Chinese language ability. However, teachers who are fluent in Mandarin Chinese are always a great asset, and we welcome Mandarin-speakers to apply.

What does the teaching involve? Do I need to have good knowledge of English grammar or prior teacher training?

ISEC employs the immersion English technique. Consequently, we aim to recreate a British or American style camp in China, allowing Chinese students to have an authentic cultural experience in their own country.

Teachers are therefore not required to speak Chinese, or to have had previous teaching experience (though both are beneficial). Teachers are expected to prepare a series of around 10 lessons on a theme of their choice.

Previous examples have included topics such as art, history, stories, heroes, festivals, travel, music, explorers, the weather. Lesson topics are, therefore, highly subject to the teachers own interests and knowledge.

After acceptance onto the program, teachers will receive information, guidelines and past experience of how best to structure and present their lessons during pre-departure training and on arrival during Orientation.

What is a typical day like?

Please see A Day in the Life for examples of a typical day.

Can I fundraise to help cover the cost of my ticket?

Absolutely! We encourage participants to not only raise funds, but to raise awareness and support of your trip with your friends, family, and local network.