Canada Qingdao Secondary School
Qingdao, Shandong Province, China
Position: Secondary Teacher of Humanities
The Employer: Canada Qingdao Secondary School is under the ownership and direction of Canadian-Sino Education Exchange Centre (CSEEC), Mr. John Zhu, CEO. CSEEC is based in Yantai, Shandong Province and has been in operation for 8 years. CSEEC opened its first BC certified school in China in 2008 and now operates 4 schools, all located in Shandong Province. Mr. Zhu has partnered with Rodger Lindstrom in developing schools in which professional environments are nurtured in desirable locations with a good standard of living. Significant features that characterize each school are the high graduation rates of students, and staffs that are appreciated and well-supported in their daily activities. Our CSEEC schools have attained recognition from Canadian Universities for the quality of students graduating from each school. Our schools allow for teachers to teach those areas of the curriculum in which they are most competent and comfortable, and provide opportunities for movement into leadership positions. “When one succeeds, we all succeed”.
Contact: Mr. Rodger Lindstrom, BC Offshore School Representative, firstname.lastname@example.org, 604-760-7564 (Canada)
The School: Canada Qingdao Secondary School (CQSS), located in the city of Qingdao, Shandong Province, China, is presently in its seventh year of operation. The school is housed within the campus of a large Chinese school, Qingdao No. 9 High School that enrolls about 2000 grades 10 to 12 students studying the Chinese national curriculum. The school is planning relocation to a new, modern campus in the Huang Dao suburb of Qingdao for the coming school year.
CQSS enrolls approximately 180 students in grades 10 to 12 and is a British Columbia curriculum school, certified by the BC Ministry of Education. Six BC certified teachers and a teaching Principal and Vice Principal are presently employed at CQSS. The school is well resourced with textbooks and supporting materials to meet the needs of all courses offered. Classrooms are equipped with wifi, computers, projectors and Smartboards. The school contains a BC library and computer lab, and has access to fully equipped science labs, a gym and playing fields.
The school is in session from September to early July. Holiday periods include a National Holiday week in October and a 3-week holiday for Chinese New Year in January/February. The school operates on a two-semester system. The school day consists of four 50-minute to one-hour classes, and a tutorial of 40 minutes between 7:20 A.M and 1:40 P.M, with a 40-minute morning break, and a 65-minute lunch break.
The Students: Students are Chinese nationals and have studied English as a Second Language from their Primary years. Students are offered ELL classes in addition to the BC Graduation Program. Core courses include English, Social Studies, Math, Sciences, Planning, PE, and Information Technology. Additional electives are also taught. Students are focused on their academic goals and have a high level of respect for teachers. The goal of most students is to attend a BC or other Canadian University after graduation.
The Community: Qingdao with a population of about 2.7 million, is located in the Province of Shandong in eastern China. It is a port city of skyscrapers, parks and beaches bordering the Yellow Sea. With its historic European architecture and expansive seaside promenade, Qingdao is a popular tourist location within China. Endless sandy beaches, delicious seafood and several local sea festivals all serve to attract visitors, while traditional Chinese open-air markets, vibrant street life, and friendly people all add to the city's unique mix of Eastern and Western cultures. The city is also known for its beer, a legacy of the German occupation (1897-1914). The Qingdao International Beer Festival is major event.
Qingdao is well situated for adventurers who wish to hike or bike the surrounding area, sail, tour nearby islands by sightseeing boat, or explore the many beaches. The area surrounding Qingdao also has hot springs and several golf courses. The city is well served by fast trains and an International airport for travel to other points in China and beyond.
The climate is temperate, with four distinct seasons, and invites visitors to enjoy culture and activities all year round. Family and friends are encouraged to visit our teachers and take advantage the opportunity to enjoy the area’s many attractions.
Employment Benefits: Salaries are dependent upon training, qualifications and experience. Principal and Vice Principal and Teacher salaries compare very well within offshore schools. Motivated teachers are presented with opportunities to move into leadership and administrative positions.
- Annual round trip airfare between home city and Qingdao
- Subsidized furnished apartment-style accommodation near campus
- Basic health/accident insurance
- 7 paid leave days for illness/accident or bereavement
- Fees associated with visa and work permit
- Regularly planned Pro-D activities are extended to staff on a monthly basis
- Small, tight-knit staff within CQSS support and model strategies and methodology for each other
- Opportunities for staffs within the 4 CSEEC schools to visit, socialize, and collaborate professionally
Lifestyle and Other Benefits:
- Low cost of living
- Access to a vibrant and exotic culture; live in a tourist destination beach city
- Easy travel within China and surrounding areas such as Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia
- Opportunity to learn a new language
- Teach motivated students who have a high level of respect for teachers and are focused on their academic goals, resulting in minimal behaviour management issues.
- Teach with the opportunity to utilize best instructional practices with highly interested and motivated students.
- Many BC school districts recognize years of experience in China.
Why Teachers Choose CQSS: CSEEC schools have a reputation for fair, responsive and professional ownership and governance. CQSS is well supported by the leadership team of owner/operator, John Zhu; Offshore School Representative, Rodger Lindstrom; and the BC Principal and Vice Principal. These stakeholders work together to assure a welcoming and productive teaching environment and they work collaboratively with staff to address personal and professional challenges. CQSS is well served by an English-speaking, Chinese support staff that assures that teachers’ professional needs, as well as general living needs, are met. CSEEC salaries and benefits are competitive and allow among the highest net earnings within the BC Offshore Schools.
Application Process: Apply to Mr. Rodger Lindstrom at email@example.com. Include a cover letter, resume, professional references, BCTRB certification (or state certification status), and copy of signature page of passport.
If applicants do not yet have BCTRB certification, the cover letter should include plans and timeline for application for certification. Note that successful applicants will be required to submit a current Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check.