It’s been a minute since I’ve posted anything, but other than getting ready to leave and hanging out with everyone one last time, I haven’t been doing anything worth posting about. At the bottom of this post you’ll find a schedule of what I’ll be up to during my first week in China and some frequently asked questions.
I leave for China in one week! To describe how I feel about that in one word: Yikes. I’m also very excited to get going and start my first ‘big girl’ job! I officially leave Tuesday, August 21st first thing in the morning, and I can’t wait.
This past month has been insane. I finally got my visa, finally booked a flight, finally confirmed all of the details with my company, had a going away party, “started” packing (I’m using the word ‘started’ liberally here), and did a bunch of things for the last time before leaving. Cue me eating as much Chipotle and drinking as much Mocha Monkey as possible.
I’ve gotten a lot of questions about what I will be doing when I first arrive in China, so here’s a quick overview of my first week in China!
Day 1 (August 22nd): Arrive in China and meet some of the other ‘future’ teachers who will be going through orientation with me.
Day 2-3: Start orientation and begin to look for an apartment. When I first arrive, my company is paying to put me up in a hotel for the first few weeks, so I won’t have to worry about not having anywhere to live. They will then help me figure out exactly how to work with agents and sign a lease on my first ever apartment. I will also have a medical check on one of these days as part of finishing my visa process.
Day 6-7: After a free weekend to find an apartment and explore Shanghai, I’ll go back to orientation. These days I’ll be getting trained in using the software, meeting some people at the center I will be working at, and finally I will be setting up a Chinese bank account.
Day 8: The eighth day is when I will officially be done with orientation at headquarters and will begin my teacher orientation at my center. I’ll be observing, helping in the classroom, and finally teaching my own students! At this point, I can either remain in the hotel for the week or I can move into my apartment (assuming that I’ve found one by now).
That’s the plan for the first week!
- Where will you live?
- I’ll be in a hotel, but I have all the control when it comes to exactly where I’ll be living. I get to apartment hunt during my first week and with some luck, I’ll hopefully find something super cute and affordable.
- What if you get hurt while you’re gone?
- I will have Chinese health insurance, so if I get hurt or need to go to a doctor or a dentist, I’ll be covered.
- How can we contact you?
- With my VPN, I’ll have all the normal social medias that we use in the states, but I will have a different phone number, so texting won’t work.
- Are you coming back to the states at all?
- Because of my limited breaks and how expensive it is to fly during holidays, I won’t be coming back at all during the year. If you miss me, feel free to Facetime/Skype/Message/Email/snail-mail me or you can always come visit!!
- How long will you actually be gone?
- 1 full calendar year!
- Aren’t you scared?
- Nope! At this point, I feel like I’ve had my fair share of bad luck (flashbacks to getting lost, robbed, running out of money, staying in nasty hostels with cockroaches, not having proper identification, etc.) when traveling, so I’m confident that I can handle everything China decides to throw at me.
Next time you hear from me, I’ll be on my way to China!!!
Love you all,