This Tuesday, our students and staff took part in a football Life Club at the Olympic Stadium. Students from across all 5 schools in Xuzhou joined together in lots of fun-filled activities and learning football skills, before finishing the evening with a friendly football match. Life Clubs give our students extra opportunities to practice their English outside of the classroom, and learn useful skills such as working together as a team, listening skills and communication skills. —————————————————————————————— Swipe and see how much fun the students had together. We can’t wait to share more citywide Life Clubs with you over the coming months.
Meet Alet, a specialist teacher who’s been working at EF School 1 for almost 3 years. Originally from South Africa, Alet made the move to China in 2018 after completing her degree at North West University. Here are 3 things she loves about working here at EF Xuzhou. —————————————————————————————— - Having the opportunity to learn and grow from your time here. Like myself, many of our teachers don’t have any prior teaching experience. Learning as you go means you pick up so many skills, such as organisation, time management and flexibility, that will be useful in any future career. Living and working in a very different country from your own can have its challenges, but you overcome things you never thought possible. The personal growth you experience is amazing. - The safety of living in China. Xuzhou is a very safe city, and crime rates are extremely low. Issues that you worry about when in your home country aren’t big issues here. I always feel incredibly safe, and very lucky to have the opportunity to live and work in China. - Making friends from all over the world. Our staff come from many countries, having very different cultures, religions and languages. Having the opportunity to meet people and learn from them is one of my favourite things about this job. You make friends for life.
Today, EF Xuzhou took part in a citywide Life Club, and staff and students from across all 5 schools completed a treasure hunt at the Botanical Gardens. ——————————————————————————————Students and staff had lots of fun exploring the gardens, and working together to hunt down the specific flowers, trees and features in the greenhouse and marking it off their treasure map. Swipe to see the team in action.
Yunlong Lake is one of the most beautiful areas in the city. There is plenty of things to do here, including boat rides, cable ways and lots of great places to eat. With the summer weather finally arriving in the city, now is the perfect time to explore this scenic area. —————————————————————————————— The Pagoda is a must see on any visit. With a great view of the lake and downtown Xuzhou, this quiet spot is the best place to spend a peaceful morning away from the crowds. In summer, the lake surrounding this spot becomes filled with water lilies, making this area even more beautiful.
Another weekend, another coffee shop trip. This time to Petals Lounge and Cafe, just a few minutes away from our school 2 campus. Recently opened, Petals is safely assured a spot on Xuzhou’s Instagrammable Coffee Shops Crawl. Swipe to check it out. ——————————————————————————————Having sampled much of the menu today, we can assure you that this place is home to a great cup of coffee. The perfect way to spend a Monday morning.
Can this book shop be any cuter? Located in the Botanical Gardens, this Instagram worthy store is home to books, plants and most importantly, coffee. —————————————————————————————— Entrance to the main greenhouse is just 20 RMB, and during the week, you will find that you have the place almost all to yourself. End your morning in plant heaven by visiting this store on your way out. Tucked away at the back of the park, you can treat yourself to a cup of coffee and a slice of cake. And yet another houseplant to add to your growing collection.
Happy Chinese New Year! Wishing everyone a wonderful 2021. ——————————————————————————————Some of our staff spent the afternoon at Dalong Lake, enjoying the warm weather and enough snacks to feed an army. With spring finally arriving in Xuzhou, we can definitely look forward to more picnic outings.
Xuzhou is home to some of the cutest coffee shops, and Moon Coffee is no exception. Plant and coffee lovers will rejoice at this Instagram worthy spot. Located in Suning Plaza in downtown Xuzhou, it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon. —————————————————————————————— What’s your favourite thing to do on your days off work?
Up to snow good. Who knew that EF had a novice ski team? Some of our staff spent the morning skiing and boarding their troubles away at Xuzhou’s very own ski slope. —————————————————————————————— Located just an hours drive outside of the city, Dajingshan Ski Slope is home to skiing, snowboarding and sledging facilities. Spend a few hours or the whole day practising your winter sports skills. Tickets can be purchased through Meituan, for just 118 RMB. —————————————————————————————— Here are some photos of our teachers latest adventures.
Winters in Xuzhou are cold, and this year has been no exception. With temperatures getting lower and more layers are needed to keep warm, our teachers have been enjoying the recent snowfall in the city. ——————————————————————————————Waking up and opening the curtains to see everything covered in snow will always feel magical, no matter how old you are. This magical feeling only increases when you realise the heavy snow means cancelled classes. Our teachers enjoyed every moment of this. Here are some photos of their snowy adventures. ——————————————————————————————What’s your favourite thing to do when it’s snowing?
The most wonderful time of the year and the most wonderful time making Christmas Wreaths.——————————————————————————————Our staff at School 2 spent this week crafting, drinking hot chocolate and watching Christmas films together. With staff from all over the world, Christmas traditions can vary, but watching The Grinch and eating plenty of marshmallows is a way to bring us all together. Christmas can be a tough time of year when away from family, but all of our staff work hard to make it the best time of year. —————————————————————————————— What’s your favourite thing about Christmas in China?