Student teaching abroad at Beijing Royal School in Beijing, China made me into a more culturally sensitive teacher. After spending time in a school abroad, I am much better able to understand just how different my students’ educational experiences can be from those typical in the United States.
Interacting with other teachers in China helped me develop into a better member of a teaching team. Working alongside Chinese teachers taught me to gracefully and clearly communicate with coworkers even when situations are new and challenging.
- Britton Holland (Student Teaching Abroad Fall 2014)
After I graduated from NCSU, I came back to China and got a job at Beijing Royal School teaching oral English to grades 7 and 8. Right now I’m living in the faculty dorms and will probably moving to an apartment in a few months.
Everyone is so positive that it makes me happy to be around them. I’m trying very hard to learn Chinese still. It is so hard to pronounce the words correctly! But I’ve got to start somewhere, and hopefully my efforts will pay off eventually.
- Ray Schmucker (Student Teaching Abroad Spring 2015)