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Describe yourself in a few lines
Which country do you teach and what age group do you teach?
I have been in China for the last 17 years and in that time I’ve done a lot of teaching a lot of types of teaching I taught universities at corporate I taught adult business, children, middle school, high school, kindergartens, all kinds of teaching but right now and my company Easy Kids I focus mostly on kids of course but I still do some work for some international departments in certain schools and I do a few corporate lessons as well. I dedicate a lot of my time to actually train the teachers that work for me that’s a very important part of my week.
What made you get into teaching?
How did you find your first job?
Well, my first job upon finishing my studies was working for Berlitz back in my home country. I worked for Berlitz for about a year or something like that.
The first international position I worked was in San Diego and San Rafael primary school in Oceanside with Mexican kids that needed to learn English so that was my first international position as a Colombian right and my other international position out of the US and out of Colombia was China.
What do you like most about Teaching?
Tell us about your best teaching experience
What do you like most about the country you are living in?
What was the biggest shock in moving abroad?
be next to it right but no just you have to draw things so you have to try at least say in Chinese or something that’s that’s the biggest hurdle and it was a big shock that people would not be able to understand what I say or what I what I what I’m trying to show what I’m trying to say which worked very well in any other country that I lived before even though I was teaching people who spoke Spanish and I speak Spanish but when you’re teaching and you’re not using the native language yeah then you act a lot of things and people will get it not here in China that was that was weird.
Do you have any extra private work? How did you find out about it?
well this question doesn’t really apply to me I have my own training center, but I could mention when I used to work for somebody else which is the first five years of my time here they basically gave me as much work as I wanted I was paid extra for that so I didn’t really need to to find work anywhere else. At that time I was working about 60 hours a week – for example a full day would be okay I would do three hours of kindergarten in the morning then three hours or two and a half hours of middle school in the afternoon and then I would do three hours of adult in the evening and that would be Monday to Sunday I wouldn’t take a day off so it was it was hard work but yeah that was it. I didn’t really need or have the time to work anywhere else and I was making pretty good money so I didn’t have the need and well now that I work for myself I decide how much I want to work based on needs or desires that I have for example as I mentioned I was training for triathlons and Ironman races, that takes a lot of time I would train between 3 and 5 hours a day so that’s a lot of time so I was working a little bit less and plus you’re tired physically tired so I was working a lot less but now that I stopped training and going back to my crazy crazy weeks of you know 60 hours a week 70 hours a week.
How much money do you save per month?
thousand remember a month her transportation another thousand a month, food and entertainment let’s say four thousand a month so if she spends let’s say she spends six thousand or eight thousand, yeah living here in China. Out of twenty-five thousand then you could save seventeen eighteen (thousand RMB).
In fact, she just recently joined a center so this is the first time she’s gonna go through Chinese New Year hiatus in which we stopped working for one month because our contracts are hourly you can see here and is on this conversation that I’m letting her know, hey look just be financially savvy. Look after your money don’t spend it all on the holidays because we’re gonna come back in March and we only get paid on the fifteenth I mean that’s when you will get paid so some managing money carefully it’s another sign of how I treat my teachers I meanI want them to have a good experience here in China so working for me somebody could save and I know let’s say a low figure of twelve thousand RMB which is about two thousand dollars a month the issue with working with me is that you need to prove your worth basicallyyou come work for me with a minimum salary and I start selling your time and depending on your performance it will be easier or harder to sell more hours so once you reach a certain number of hours the income becomes really really good and it’s stable income so it’s recurrentlike term after term you always have the same groups unless you mess up and and and you lose some of your groups but nobody is going out there to take your groups they are yours and you keep them for as long as they stay with the center. as long as you keep them satisfied or as long as you as you want to be with the center so yeah it’s pretty good to work for us you can get to save a lot of money.
Do you have any regrets about moving abroad and starting a new career as a teacher?
No regrets whatsoever. No regrets. I mean I’ve had ups and downs but it’s a very welcoming country there are many opportunities here there are many chances to to do many things as you’ve probably seen on other videos in my mind in my channel I’ve don’t work as consultant I’ve done voiceover work I’vedone TV appearances of them movie appearances all kinds of things so it’s not exactly related everything to teaching but to language so yeah it’s been very very a variety of projects and things that I’d done because I moved to China to teach so no no regrets.
What is dating like in your new country?
What are you planning to do after teaching?
Well, teaching is my life. Teaching is what I do, this is what I studied for and my whole career has been about teaching so I don’t I don’t see myself doing anything else there’ll be retirement I guess 65 of all the retirement in China theoretically around sixty / sixty-five you start