Hello everyone! Meet Fanie, one of our foreign teachers working at School 2. Living and working in Xuzhou for over 4 years, here are his words of wisdom. ——————————————————————————————Living in China is most probably not as you’d imagined it be. From the classic “splitty pants” to the uncertainty what your being asked by the delivery man, it’s a wild and exciting time. Now without any further ado, let’s list some interesting stuff. Here are three things I wish I knew before coming to China: -Learn some basic Chinese. Your good old “NiHao” and “XieXie” will get you some much needed help when you’re a bit lost or find yourself having an unplanned BBQ that you somehow agreed to. -Talk to some foreigners that work for your company. Knowing what to expect and asking some questions will make the culture shock a little easier to deal with. Adjusting takes some time, but this way you know people when you get here and you lessen the risk of having to use a squatter toilet. -From China’s insane traffic to the people generally not queuing at a restaurant or market, we need to remember people’s cultures aren’t all the same. Patience is a virtue and I wish I knew that earlier. Ask people nicely and I’m sure they’ll receive your request with a smile 😊.
Our foreign teachers Alet and Sophie spending their weekend exploring Xuzhou’s culture park. ——————————————————————————————Located downtown, this area is full of traditional buildings, containing lots of cute coffee shops, cocktail bars and restaurants. It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon with friends.
One of the prettiest spots to enjoy the summer weather in Xuzhou is Dalong Lake. —————————————————————————————— Located near School 5, this park is popular for picnic outings with both staff and locals. On a windy day, the whole sky will be filled with beautiful kites. But on the opposite shore, you’ll find a more secluded and peaceful area, and a way to escape the crowds of people. August is also the perfect time to see the lotus flowers beginning to bloom in the lake. The best way to spend a summer afternoon.
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?