– TIP Summer Programs 2018-

2018 Summer Sessions

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    Serve in Community

    You’ll join many other like-minded facilitators in serving

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    Training Provided

    We’ll Help you prepare for life and service here

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    LARGE IMPACT

    With many teammates from all over the world, you get to serve hundreds of students

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    TOUR BEIJING

    The Great Wall of China, scenic parks, and other landmarks await!

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    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

SUMMER SESSION INQUIRIES:
Contact Mrs. Christina Moos
Email: mobilization@esec.org
Skype: esec-beijing
Phone: (+1)(818) 583-6830

GENERAL INQUIRIES:
Contact our Beijing Office
Email: info@esec.org

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 info@esec.org

Values and qualifications we’re looking for in new team members and volunteers:

  • You are a committed Christian
  • You are flexible, and OK with last minute changes
  • You are a team player and enjoy working and living together with a team.
  • You enjoy teaching English as a second language.
  • English is your native language (for year-long program only.)
  • You have a Bachelor’s degree in any field (for year-long program only.)
  • You are in good health and ideally have health insurance that has international coverage.
  • Keep in Mind:
  • You may come as an individual or as a family.
  • No teaching experience is required!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The beauty of the program is that it is the best service to the students to NOT speak any Chinese to them at all, but to speak English only to them! In fact, the program forbids students to speak Chinese during the entire duration of the program, helping keep the Total Immersion English-only environment. Any effort shown or explained to students regarding your work in learning Chinese can be an encouragement to them and can help in relating with your students. But learning Chinese is by no means required for serving at TIP. In terms of getting around Beijing during your free time, it is a challenge at times to get around or accomplish simple tasks without being able to speak Chinese, but the good news is that it is possible to survive in China only speaking English!
Summer or Short term (1-3 months)
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 humanresources@esec.org and we’d love to discuss the possibilities with you.

Year-long
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 humanresources@esec.org and we can discuss the possibilities with you.

Summer or Short term (1-3 months)
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.

Year-long
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.

Summer or Short term (1-3 months)
N/A

Year-long
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.

Summer or Short term (1-3 months)
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.

Year-long
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.

Summer or Short term (1-3 months)
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.

Year-long
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.

10:00-12:00 pm Class time
(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

The students participating in TIP are primary and middle school English teachers from different provinces around China. Some have been teaching for many years, and some have recently been assigned to teach English. Most students arrive at TIP with fellow teachers from their local districts, most of which are from the more impoverished provinces in the western areas of China. Guizhou, Shanxi, Yunnan, Gansu, Qinghai are provinces that are often sending their teachers to TIP. We also serve a handful of more affluent school districts such as the Chaoyang District in Beijing, and Shenyang, Liaoning province. Each session a small percentage of the students may be non-teachers. They may be recent college graduates that desire to study abroad. Or they may be professionals seeking an English qualification to boost their career. Students ages have ranged between 12 and 77 years old, but most are in their 30s. Just as the age range varies, the English level of our students ranges widely. China basic education requires 3-4 years of English study, but many have forgotten it since those years, and have especially not had much practice speaking or listening in English.
Summer or Short term (1-3 months)
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.

Year-long
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.

Summer or Short term (1-3 months)
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.

Year-long
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.

Yes, ESEC will help you in your preparation to come to China, including instructions on how to obtain your visa, packing lists, etc., as well as being available for any questions you may have! ESEC will help obtain any official documents you may need for your visa, and will step you through how to use a visa agency or how to go into the visa consulate yourself to obtain your China visa.