Hello, my name is Ryan Mathews. This is my third year living in China and teaching at Wuhan No. 1 High School.
I would describe myself as someone that at first glance, wouldn’t seem like a person to move to the other side of the world for a job that I had no experience in doing. I’m an introverted picky eater, and the only thing I knew about China was that the Great Wall was there along with a TON of people. However, I thought to myself that living in another country would be an adventure. Besides, I could do anything for just 10 months!
Two and a half years later, I’m extremely happy I took the risk to teach here. I have absolutely loved learning the culture and language every day. There have been plenty of challenges. Teaching 60 kids with different English levels can be tough. It once took me two hours just to find and buy shoelaces! However, the relationship I’ve built here with my Chinese students, co-workers, friends, and Zhong teammates have been incredible. I’ve grown in almost every facet of life and made countless memories.
Every year I teach in China, I tell myself this is the last year. Instead, I’ve loved it so much that I keep returning!
If you want to have an amazing adventure and a positive impact on people’s lives, I would strongly recommend you look into Zhong Relations. I know you would love it. Besides, even if you don’t, you can do anything for 10 months!