What to pack
|Spring/Summer(End of February-August 1st):||
||Lots of nice clothes/shoes|
|Fall/Winter (September-Mid January)||
||Lots of nice clothes/shoes|
|Stuff you should know||
||Google, YouTube, Facebook and some other social websites are blocked in China. You will not be able to access these while you are here unless you download a VPN program on your phone/computer. Astrill is a pretty reliable VPN service that many people use.|
An important note about Internet in China!
Gmail, Google, YouTube, Facebook, and some other social websites are blocked in China. You will not be able to access these while you are here unless you download a VPN program on your phone/computer. You should download a VPN before you arrive because it is difficult to download one once you are here. Astrill, and VPN Express are some reliable VPN services that many people use.
Classroom Dress code:
(The following extracted from our teachers’ guidebook)：
Goal: Teachers should wear smart casual, and present a simple appearance that doesn’t draw attention to the teacher or clothing.
For example, all program teachers should follow these general principles during all working hours:
- Wear nametag in a visible place.
- Shoes: Outside: No slippers, flip-flops, or shoes without a heel strap (tennis shoes are acceptable). You may also want to bring a pair of boots/rain-boots for the rainy season (March-June).
- Shoes: Inside: In China everyone takes off their shoes indoors. You may want to bring slippers/sandals/flip-flops for cold tile floors. (All the floors are tile)
- No sleeveless shirts.
- No writing visible on clothing with possible exception of a tiny brand name.
- No images or pictures on clothing.
- Modest and appropriate dress (use your judgment).
During the day, you will play outside with the children, do sports, art activities, etc. Plan your clothing accordingly (Jeans and a t-shirt are good)!
Comfortable footwear will be a huge advantage, and is hard to find here unless you have very small feet!
Clothes for free time:
- Public places don’t typically use heat/AC nearly as much as in America, so be prepared to be cold/hot all day when you go out.
- There are lots of opportunities for sports/outdoor activities, so feel free to bring sportswear.
- Bring one nice outfit in case you have the chance to participate in a formal event.
APPs for your Phone
DingTalk : You will need this app for your job. Once you arrive we can help you connect with the Fountains workgroup
WeChat: This app will allow you to keep in touch with friends and neighbors. It’s basically Chinese Facebook.
Should you be interested in learning Chinese, or if you just want a good Chinese/English Dictionary on hand, these apps are highly recommended. Also, if you are interested in Chinese lessons, many of the teachers here will be happy to do language exchange with you.
Pleco: This is the best Chinese/English dictionary currently available.
Chinese Skill: This is a fabulous (and free) app that has lessons and exercises for any skill level. A