Use English to meet and interact with urban Chinese students and workers, being 'salt and light' amongst them, while studying Mandarin for one or two semesters (6-11 months)
The young professionals of China are the people who will be impacting policy and influencing society 10 to 20 years from now. As they seek to live successful lives, they are also thirsting for meaning and satisfaction and, being part of a rapidly modernizing China, are open to influence from the 'West'. This leaves many of them open to the Christian faith, which we hope might influence the whole of Chinese society for many generations to come.
As a key part of a weekly English Club, you will give presentations to and lead discussions with Chinese young professionals who are eager to improve their English. As you do this and build up relationships with regular attendees, and also learn their native language, it is our hope that the impact made on their lives will influence them and their communities, but also, give you a taste of what God is doing in urban China.
This large urban center in China is home to people from all over China. With modern conveniences, efficient public transportation, access to Western groceries, traffic congestion, high-rises, and a massive population, living here is much like it would be in any global city... only, completely different! Be prepared for chaos, friendly people, delicious street food, and the hustle and bustle as you brush shoulders with China's urban billion in one of the world's largest cities.
- As a full-time language student, you will have the opportunity to learn Mandarin 10 hours (private classes) or 20 hours (at university) a week
- You will also work alongside a long-term worker to help them regularly run an English club - leading discussion groups, on occasion giving presentations - and building relationship with locals - believers and non-believers alike.
- Willingness to learn
- A servant heart
- Willingness to overcome the fear of public speaking
Some qualities that will be useful:
- Ability to be flexible
- Ability to build meaningful relationships with others
- Willingness to take initiative in making new friends
*Australian citizens and/or residents only