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 SABEH Summer Teaching Program Terms and Conditions

Ni Hao!  

Thank you for your interest in SABEH’s Summer Teaching Program. This program is an exciting opportunity to teach in China in collaboration with teachers from around the U.S. Below are some important aspects of our program for your consideration. The purpose of this overview is to give you a sense of what a summer in China with SABEH would be like. The items herein will be discussed in detail at the five pre-departure meetings (see below). We encourage you to ask any questions you may have.

Sincerely, SABEH Board of Directors    

Teaching

1. The SABEH program emphasizes the sharing of methodology and pedagogy of student, rather than teacher, centered classrooms. We build the content of our lessons on the three key principals of effective teaching promoted by the Center for Applied Linguistics in California. Through a variety of different subjects making up what we call American Studies, we seek to 1) Increase Comprehension, 2) Increase Interaction, and 3) Increase Higher-Level Thinking Skills.

 

Costs, Fees, Expenses:

2. Plan on this teaching/study tour costing $2000. You will pay for your air ticket and visa up front. The full visa fee and ½ the airfare (yours or that from Boston to Shanghai, whichever is less) will be reimbursed within five days after arrival at your host school. Receipts are mandatory.

The airfare usually ranges from $1,700 to $2,200 depending on the date tickets are purchased. The visa fee ranges from $140 to $225 depending on whether you or the travel agent takes care of it. 

3. There is a $225 administration fee after you are accepted. It is payable when you send in the registration form no later than five days after you receive the acceptance letter. At that time you will also send us via email a scanned copy of the first two pages of your passport, a brief one-paragraph bio, and a picture (head shot).

4. Tipping is not expected in local restaurants or in taxis, but tour guides and tour drivers do expect tips. We also tip a few people at each school site who go out of their way to be helpful. Small gifts from your school are a nice touch also. Since we have about six days of travel, we will collect approximately 500 Yuan from each person on the tour to provide for this. 500 Yuan is approximately $80 USD. 

 

Pre-Departure And Debrief Meetings: 

5. You are required to attend 5 workshops prior to going to China either in person or via Skype or other electronic connection. The dates will fall between March and June. Bryant University will provide professional development points/certificates for participants.

6. There is one follow-up debrief meeting and reunion in the fall, usually in October.

 

Forms And Insurance:

7. You will need to have your doctor sign a health form. Please be advised that the temperature in China is extremely hot and humid in the summer, that you may be walking 2-3 miles per day and that climbing 4-5 flights of stairs to and from classrooms is expected. We strongly suggest you consult with a trip medical advisor in regards to inoculations and medicines before leaving.

8. You will notice on the Chinese Visa form a question about travel/health insurance. Please check with your insurer to make sure you are covered. We also require that you buy trip/evacuation insurance. There are many on-line trip insurers. Allianz is recommended. 

 

Room And Board:

9. While you are at the school, you will have your own air-conditioned bedroom. When we are traveling on the week’s tour, however, you will share a bedroom with another teacher. Although 3 meals are provided on the tour, teachers often opt to have dinner on their own or visit another venue other than the planned site. Such extras are not reimbursed. 

Also, although we inform the schools that we do have vegetarians and vegans, we know that there is less variety available in public restaurants and cafeterias. Packing a few staples in your suitcase is a good idea. Peanut butter, granola bars, oatmeal, cream of wheat, etc. are good choices and travel well.

 

Topics to Avoid:

10. Certain topics including democracy, freedom of speech, and past mistakes of the Communist party are banned from discussion in Chinese classrooms, according to an article in the Boston Globe dated December 11, 2013. Other topics to avoid are Tiananmen Square, Tibet, and Japan.

11. Certain TV shows/YouTube videos are banned in China including The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, etc. Please check before you include any videos in your lesson plans. 

 

Technology:

12. If you intend to use music, YouTube videos, etc. for lessons, make sure you have downloaded them onto a USB stick. You cannot access many websites while in China. Also, find a way to keep friends up to date other than Facebook. Yahoo and Hotmail do work well, but Google + is an unknown.          

13. You will have Internet access in both your classrooms and in your living quarters. Laptops or notepads are strongly recommended. Skype is also available and a great way to keep in touch with family and friends. 

Expectations: 

14.  We work in teams of three. Each team has a team leader. If you need to discuss an issue or need classroom supplies and your assistant can’t help, please direct your concerns first to your team leader, and if (s)he cannot solve the problem, (s)he will refer the matter to the lead teacher, who is on site every day, before discussing issues with the host school administrators.

15.  Flexibility and patience are key words when working with different cultures. You are expected to be an ambassador of the United States and need to be diplomatic in the classroom and in public.

Additional Forms: 

16. After receiving your registration form, you will receive a packet of forms requiring your signature. Please read these over and return original, signed copies either by mail or at the first meeting. 

Updated January 2016