Language Exchange Program
Aston offers a special language exchange program to learn Mandarin and teach English.
Teach 10 hours of English lessons per week in our school and we will give you the same amount of Mandarin lessons. (English lessons range from 20 to 120 minutes in length.) We might occasionally offer you overtime teaching, for which you will be paid. Teaching hours are flexible from week to week, with the total being counted at the end of the month. Any hours in excess will be paid then.
The Language Exchange Project is open to anyone who is interested in Chinese language and culture. It is perfect for current undergraduates and recent high-school graduates but we also welcome participants who are older and have life and professional experience. Participants not only gain teaching experience with us, but have a unique opportunity to study Chinese in very small classes.
Arrive in Shanghai or Nanjing, one of our staff picks you up at the airport.
Tour of downtown Wuhu
Observe experienced teachers' lessons
Basic Chinese lessons (how to order food, how to ask where things are, etc.)
Dinner out with all the new LE participants, teachers and Aston staff.
Social events, such as movies, outings, etc.
Begin Chinese classes
Autumn Term 2018/9 (Exact Dates to be Decided)
Airport pick-up 1 or 2 September
Training and orientation 3-15 September
First day of term 15 September
Last day of term 13 January 2019
Spring 2019 (Exact Dates to be Decided)
Term will begin mid to late February
Term will end around the end of June
Summer 2019 (Exact Dates to be Decided)
Term will begin around the end of June
Term will end around the end of August
Cost of Participation:
1. Return flight/Round Trip
London to Shanghai, cost around £500 (GBP)
Sydney to Shanghai, cost around $900 (AUD)
New York to Shanghai, cost around $675 (US)
Los Angeles to Shanghai, cost around $720 (US)
2. Single entry VISA
£151 (GBP) for British nationals
€40 (Euro) for Irish nationals
$140 (USD) for US nationals
$142 (CAD) for Canadian nationals
$109 (AUD) for Australian nationals
$140 (NZ) for New Zealand nationals
3. Overseas Travel Insurance (optional, but recommended)
The school provides:
1. Free Accommodation. A private single room and a living/dining room, bathroom and toilet shared with other participants
2. Internet, gas, electricity and water are provided (the use of air-conditioner over 400kW/H units per term and telephone charges must be paid for by the participant)
3. Free lunch from Tuesday to Sunday during term time
4. Airport pick-up at either Nanjing or Shanghai airport
5. A stipend of 1200RMB per month
6. Free two-day trip to Jiuhua Mountain (or cash equivalent)
7. Ten hours of free Chinese lessons a week
8. Help with booking train tickets and hotels
Our Language Exchange Program is operated solely by Aston Language Centre (Wuhu). This opportunity is not intended to recruit participants for work outside Aston Language School and is not partnered with any other organisation or company.
1) Currently enrolled university students and graduates, or people who are interested in Chinese language and culture
2) A native English speaker level of English is required
3) Teaching experience an asset, but not essential (training and teaching materials provided)
4) Easy going personality, responsible and patient, especially with young children
Russell Forrest, Programs Director, Aston Language Centre
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Please note, if you are a holder of a Tier 4 visa you will have certain conditions and working restrictions attached to your visa. Generally, students studying towards a degree level qualification (NQF6) or above are restricted to a maximum of 20 hours work per week during term time, which is reduced to 10 hours per week for students studying below degree level. Please check your visa for more details. It is a criminal offence to breach the conditions of your visa, and anyone found doing so by UK Visas and Immigration is likely to have their permission to stay in the UK cancelled.
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