I'm Matt （吕迈修）, a graduating senior at Syracuse University. I'll be in Beijing this coming Summer in an intensive Chinese language program. Following that I hope to remain in China and, at least for a while, teach English. Which brings me to this post...
Like, I assume, many who've decided upon this course of action, I'm essentially feeling my way around in the dark right now and would be forever grateful for a helping hand from those who've been where I am before (or who simply know the deal).
So does anyone have any general advice for someone beginning 'the search'? Should a young (22 year-old), first time visitor to China try and stick to the cities rather than seeking employ in the hinterland? Should I stay north-east if gaining Mandarin fluency is a priority? What's the best way to avoid getting contract-screwed? Any popular institutions/websites to avoid (horror stories abound about many... but sour grapes?)?
So many questions, so little time. I hope this can be a resource for more than just me.
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