– TIP Summer Programs 2018-
2018 Summer Sessions
Serve in Community
You’ll join many other like-minded facilitators in serving
We’ll Help you prepare for life and service here
With many teammates from all over the world, you get to serve hundreds of students
The Great Wall of China, scenic parks, and other landmarks await!
Fees & Expenses
We’d like to keep cost low for you. ESEC will cover your on-campus housing expenses. You will be responsible for covering your own visa and airfare expenses + daily expenses such as meals.
Apply today!APPLY HERE FOR OUR SUMMER PROGRAMS
Your TIP Application
- Step 1.
Start your application by letting us know what month(s) you’d like to serve with us, your contact information and personal information. You can save and return to finish your application at any point. so handy!
- Step 2.
We ask you to submit two/four references (we only require two for summer sessions applicants). For those applying for long-term service, we’d ask that you submit 4 references. (pastor, supervisor, close friend and a family member)
- Step 3.
we’ll ask you to write a few brief essays reflecting on your desire to serve in China and on some personal experiences. Don’t worry, you can pause your application, finish your essays, and finish from there.
- Step 4.
After you submit your application and all your references have come in, our Beijing office will be in touch with you shortly to invite you for a Skype interview. But don’t wait until then to give us a ring! We’d love to hear from you
Contact our office
Contact Mrs. Christina Moos
Phone: (+1)(818) 583-6830
Contact our Beijing Office
Who we look for
Whether short or long-term, serving with ESEC is a meaningful way to help the people of China and impact our students’ lives. We’d love to evaluate whether serving with ESEC will be a good fit for you. We eagerly seek to open our doors to as many as are willing to give their hearts and lives to serve China through serving with ESEC. However, there are some common values that we look for and several requirements to obtain a visa for service at TIP and. Below are the basic requirements for the TIP Yearlong program. Some exceptions exist, so please feel free to contact us about those at firstname.lastname@example.org
Values and qualifications we’re looking for in new team members and volunteers:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes! We encourage families to serve together at TIP. As long as the children have a heart to serve, for the most part, they can have a place alongside their parents or even other adults in the classroom. If they are young children, they are welcome as well, given a few adjustments made. There are options for child care to be arranged. For specific details on what that could look like, please contact us at email@example.com and we’d love to discuss the possibilities with you.
Yes! We hope that the TIP facilitator community may be one that embodies the full church, with its fullness in variety of ages and backgrounds. Life of course is a bit different for families, so we’d love to talk to you more in detail about what that may look like for you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss the possibilities with you.
Teaching experience is not required for serving at TIP. At TIP we do not “teach” English, but “facilitate” the English learning process for students. ESEC will give you a short training on how to do this effectively. The amazing key to learning a language is really just putting it into practice! So your most important responsibility as a facilitator at TIP is to get your students speaking, and to help them to have fun while they do it. This can be accomplished by any facilitator who speaks English – no experience or skill necessary.
Teaching experience is not required for serving at TIP. At TIP we do not “teach” English, but “facilitate” the English learning process for students. ESEC will give you a training on how to do this effectively. The amazing key to learning a language is really just putting it into practice! So your most important responsibility as a facilitator at TIP is to get your students speaking, and to help them to have fun while they do it. This can be accomplished by any facilitator who speaks English – no experience or skill necessary.
Facilitators committed to serving for the year long (11 months) receive a stipend of Y3000 RMB (about $500 USD) per month. Upon completion of the year, facilitators receive a reimbursement for their airfare to China up to $1200 USD. Housing also is provided on campus free of charge, as well as Chinese medical insurance.
You do not need to raise support. There is a suggested donation or fee of $50 USD to cover miscellaneous costs that ESEC makes on your behalf, including things like airport pickup, small site-seeing trips, team meals, etc. Housing is provided on campus free of charge. Facilitators need to cover their own visa costs, airfare, and meals. For these costs, a facilitator may choose to raise support, but it is not required by our organization.
You do not need to raise support. There are no organizational fees or requirements to raise support. All major costs are covered (housing, airfare, and medical insurance) by ESEC, and the monthly stipend covers the remaining costs for food, personal items, in-city travel, etc. Some facilitators may choose to raise support to help cover additional costs of choice, such as funds for international medical insurance (coverage back at home in the U.S. and also for international hospitals here in Beijing), or for travel to visit students on breaks, etc.
For “short term” trips, of less than 30 days or 60 days, you will obtain a Tourist (L) visa, for 30 days or 60 days (in some cases 90 days), respectively. All that is needed to obtain this visa is a simple letter of invitation from ESEC that we will create and mail to you. You will bring this letter to the Chinese consulate (or to a visa agency if you choose to use one) when applying for your L visa, which can be obtained in 1 week, unless expedited, which can be obtained in 1 working day for an extra fee.
For facilitators serving for the year, or 11 months, we will help you to obtain the Work (Z) Visa, valid for a one year’s stay in China. The requirements for this visa are that you must be a native English speaker, citizen of the U.S., Canada, U.K., or Australia, have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher, and are under 60 years of age. If you do not meet one of these requirements, please let us know and we can discuss possibilities for any alternatives. Once accepted to the program, we’ll instruct you step by step on how to obtain your visa.
(10 min) Welcome, and students teach their new vocabulary words to each other
(30 min) Mini-debates on controversial life topics
(10 min) Discussion in small groups
(10 min) Break
(20 min) Charades
(30 min) Role play practice and presentations
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch with the students
2:00-3:00 pm Holiday Club
Introduce an American holiday such as Christmas or Thanksgiving to students. Lead them in fun activities about the holiday.
3:00-4:00 pm PE Time
(30 min) “Have you ever…?” Get to know you game
(20 min) Play badminton or basketball
4:00-5:00 pm Computer Lab
Monitor students as they work independently on computers practicing their English pronunciation.
5:00-6:00 pm Dinner with students
There are no age restrictions if you are coming for short term, or for less than 3 months. Like other short-term volunteers, you can come to China on a Tourist (L) Visa. Make sure your doctor approves of your going, for the time at TIP can be intense, and the new environment could take a toll physically on you.
While we as an organization do not hold any restrictions on age, and we have previously had several facilitators serving with us over the age of 60, it is getting quite difficult for those 60 and above to obtain Work (Z) Visas. We don’t want to close any doors and encourage you to pursue serving with us even if you are over 60. However, it is not a guarantee that we can help you obtain a work visa for the year, due to the China visa requirements that are getting increasingly more restrictive.
Facilitators live together in simple dorms on campus. Facilitators share bedrooms with 1-3 other facilitators. The dorms have communal bathrooms, showers, living room, and kitchen. It is a small campus, with restaurants and shops just outside the gate. Our campus is in the city, with many fun areas of the city nearby, but about an hour away from the downtown area and most tourist sites.
Facilitators live together in simple dorms on campus. Most facilitators have their own room but at times may share their bedroom with another facilitator. Each bedroom has its own bathroom with toilet and shower. Facilitators share a communal living room and kitchen. The campus has a cafeteria, a clinic, and a small convenient store, and our classroom building is just a one-minute walk away from the dorm building! It is a small campus, with restaurants and shops just outside the gate. Our campus is in the city, with many fun areas of the city nearby, but about an hour away from the downtown area and most tourist sites.