Name of School: Huaibei Aston English School
Location city: Huaibei City, Anhui Province
Address: 50 meters south from Lanyu Square,Yingshan Road,Huaibei City ,Anhui Province
At Huaibei Aston we have a team of young, energetic staff and we are looking for motivated, professional, and open-minded people who want to make a difference. There are fantastic career opportunities for ambitious people in our organization. Huaibei Aston focuses on keeping their teachers happy and with 4 consecutive days off per week, a great location and a supportive team we do achieve that goal.
Chinese and Foreign Teachers
You will get to meet all the other teachers before you begin teaching: other new arrivals during training and the veteran teachers during orientation events, team building, and out on the town. Some of the teachers have been at Aston for a long time and will be able to give advice about every sort of problem, from teaching issues to information about living in Huaibei. If you are having problems with your class, you can also get support from the Franchise Division who have a team of Regional Support Officer’s whose job it is to help teachers adjust and provide training support. The Franchise Division currently runs an ongoing online teaching program to provide continuous training throughout the year with a new topic every 6 weeks. If you would like to know where you can buy a particular product, or service, speak to your Chinese Teacher first. They know where to find the best deals around the city. Many of them are eager for opportunities to practice their spoken English and can show you around the town.
Throughout the year Aston holds various parties at our schools, this is an opportunity to have more fun with the children and less of a focus on teaching English. We will often have fancy dress, play games, sing songs, give out gifts and have competitions. All to give the children an experience of Western culture and the festivals we most commonly celebrate. We encourage our foreign teachers to share their culture with the students and devise new and interesting ways to do so. Every year we hold a Christmas and Halloween party, but we may hold one-off parties such as Mother’s day party, Thanksgiving Day party, etc. We also host “Star of outlook” English talent competition every year. We would also love to learn about new traditions and festivals so if you have any other ideas you want us to do we would love to work with you on them!
Here are some pictures from our recent activities and events.
The apartment is less than 10 minutes’ walk from the school. It consists of : sofas, a coffee table, TV ,a kitchen area with a table and chairs, sink, fridge , microwave, 2 ring gas hob, a bathroom with western toilet, sink, electrically heated shower and a washing machine，air conditioning units. There is a drinking water dispenser (hot and cold, RMB 4 per 18 liters) and the apartment has floor tiles throughout
Huaibei has an urban population of over 900,000 and is situated on the upper reaches of the Huai River water system bordering the Yangtze River Delta to the east and servers as a stepping-stone connecting the north to south as well as linking the east with the west.
What to do here?
The school is located in the Centre of Huaibei .Traditionally has been where much more of the businesses, restaurants, supermarkets, fast- food stores, mountains, etc.
Sui and tang dynasties canal ruins
What is there to eat and drink?
Teachers have a multitude of choices when popping outside for lunch during the one hour forty-five-minute lunch break on a Saturday, or Sunday. Although there are too many Chinese restaurants to mention, I would just like to just show you some pictures of a couple of the places near the school. The school manager, CCs, CTs and the other foreign teachers would all be happy to show you them when you arrive. There are also several bars and clubs you could visit for great nights out as well our favorite...KTV!
If the taxis are available there will be a small red light with Chinese lettering, which means the taxi is available. If there is no red light visible, then it is occupied or on break. The colorful taxis start off at 5RMB. The later in the evening it gets the higher the taxi fee will become. Always make sure the taxi driver puts the red sign down and the taxis computer will begin to calculate distance and cost.
The public bus system is a good method of travelling in and around Huaibei as cheaply as possible. Payment is usually either RMB1 or Rmb2. You can put the money in a little metal box next to the driver when you get on the bus, otherwise there will be someone on the bus that will come to you to collect payment and give you a ticket when you tell them your destination. Drivers and ticket sellers usually don't speak English, so make sure you know when to get off the bus before you get on it. Buses are often crowded, pushing and shoving is to be expected. Passengers enter at the front of the bus, exit at the back. Remember t keep your valuables safe. Google Maps and its Chinese counterpart, Baidu Maps, now give directions from place to place using the bus system.
Where else can I go and see?
We now have a high speed train and below is information on how to get to various places from our location:
Beijing-3.5hours away by fast train:
Beijing is based in the north of China and is the capital of the country. Beijing is considered a must see when living in China and being in Huaibei gives you the freedom of seeing this famous capital with ease whilst being able to go to a more relaxed (and much cheaper) atmosphere in Huaibei when you are done.
Qingdao-1.5 hours away by fast train
Qingdao is in a city situated near the sea. It is a port city of skyscrapers, parks and beaches bordering the Yellow Sea. You can also find great German beer here.
Nanjing-2 hours away by fast train
Nanjing is one of the six ancient capitals in China, has a long history and many cultural heritage. Nanjing has lots of beautiful spots in the downtown of the city, such as Confucius Temple, Xuanwu Lake and Olympic sports center. Nanjing was treated as the fortune place of the Han’s renaissance and has an unique status and value in Chinese history.