Discover what it's like to live and work in China


Elizabeth Sealey studied BA Drama and Theatre Practice at the University of Hull before spending ten months abroad teaching English as part of The China Teaching Experience

Why did you choose The China Teaching Experience?

The idea of finding a graduate job was pretty daunting, and quite difficult. I also wanted the chance to explore and travel before accepting adult life. The China Teaching Experience offered something different, a chance to live in a new country, and embrace a new culture, while gaining valuable work experience.

Where did you live? What was it like?

I lived in Foshan, a big city in the southern Guangdong province. It's about a two-hour train ride from Hong Kong. There's lots of open space and it's very well connected, which was great for travelling around China, as well as the rest of Asia.

To give you an idea of living costs, four of us would go out for dinner and drinks for less than £20. Luckily for me, a lot of the Foshan locals spoke some basic English, which certainly helped at the start.

What were the biggest challenges?

It was probably learning to accept that China is a world away from anything I'd ever known. It's almost impossible to describe it to somebody who hasn't been. The Chinese eat, communicate, negotiate, and even sleep differently. It really is like going to a different planet.

What have you gained from the experience?

Teaching in China was an experience that I would never have expected to affect me in so many ways. I've made friends for life, and have memories that I'll never forget.