Who is ERRC?
ERRC (Education Resources and Referrals – China) is a 501c3 publically supported non-profit organization whose participants are all professing Christians. ERRC has a 50-year history of sending dedicated Christian teachers to some of China’s most prestigious universities.
What is the vision of ERRC?
ERRC’s vision is to touch the heart and soul of China by inspiring, educating, and equipping its future leaders. Our teachers are intentional about helping to provide a quality learning experience in the classroom and making a difference in the lives of their students.
How long do assignments with ERRC last?
ERRC’s Vision Trip and Chinese Worldview Today Seminar last 2 weeks. Our summer teaching programs last from 3-6 weeks, and business teaching in China lasts 1-3 months. If you teach in China during the school year, assignments are one semester (4 months) or one academic year (10 months). If you want to stay in China longer, you can renew your contract and return with ERRC.
ERRC’S SHORT-TERM PROGRAMS
How much will it cost for these programs?
The cost for our “Short-Term” Programs is between $1500-$2500, plus international airfare. If you are interested in pursuing any of these opportunities, please check with the ERRC office for details regarding dates and costs.
ERRC’S SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM
What is the Chinese school year like?
The Fall term in China runs from September to January. The Spring term runs from February to late June or early July. There is a six-week break between each semester, but the dates for the winter break varies depending on when the Spring Festival. In addition, each semester has a one-week national holiday (National Day and May Day).
What are the minimum requirements?
Most importantly, you must be a professing Christian and have a vital and consistent walk with Christ. You must have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in any subject, and have some teaching experience. If your major is not English, a TESOL certificate will be required.
Will I need a valid passport and visa?
Yes, you will need both. After your application has been processed and you are accepted by ERRC, your resume will be “presented” to the university where you will be placed, and then they will issue the invitation letter or work permit. After that, ERRC will help you get a Z visa.
Where will I live?
The school will provide you with your own apartment consisting of a living room, dining area, bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom (with a western toilet). Your apartment will be furnished and linens are provided. In many cases, your apartment will have been used previously by another ERRC teacher, who will leave essential items for you like cooking pots and pans and dinnerware.
Will I be isolated?
No, you will be living in an apartment close to other ERRC teachers, usually in the same building. We value teams, and you will be placed in a university with experienced ERRC teachers who will help you get settled and prepared for living and working in China.
Will I be paid for my teaching assignment?
Yes, as a member of the foreign faculty, you will be paid by the university. It won’t be much (maybe $1000 per month), but with your furnished apartment provided by the university, it is plenty of money to live in China with some savings. Many assignments also reimburse airfare costs if you commit to teaching a full year in China.
What will I be teaching?
ERRC specializes in placing teachers of many subjects, so we will review your resume and find a placement for you that suits your qualifications.
How will I prepare for my teaching assignment?
A few schools in China will provide you with a syllabus or curriculum that you are required to use. But, it is much more common for you to be afforded a good deal of flexibility and creativity in how you structure your courses. ERRC has a curriculum consultant to help you prepare, and other ERRC teachers readily share materials with new teachers, especially to teach English writing or oral English.
What are my financial obligations?
Since host institutions provide housing and a stipend (as well as international airfare for most year-long contracts), financial obligations are very low. Each teacher must raise funds to cover a partnership fund and visa costs. After this, budgets are individually determined and depend largely on each person’s needs. ERRC also requires that all teachers have international medical insurance, so many teachers raise support for this expense. Budgets can be as low as $3000 and as high as $30,000. (It depends on the length of the program and whether you are repeating the program.)
Will I need to raise support?
Even if you are independently wealthy, we encourage all of our Field Partners to raise up a team of prayer and financial supporters. This is one of the most humbling experiences as you prepare for your assignment in China, but at the same time, it is a way for those who love you and believe in Christ’s work in you to invest in a way that will make a difference in the lives of others. We will provide you will fund-raising materials, and offer feedback on your fundraising letter.
STARTING THE PROCESS
I’m interested! What is my first step?
The first step toward teaching in China is to talk with one of our recruitment staff so we can get to know you. In order for us to give you the best information about which openings might suit you, we suggest you send a resume or CV by email. After speaking to you and receiving your resume, we will send you application materials.
How does ERRC partner with its teachers?
ERRC will secure you a placement in China and negotiate a contract. Once your placement is complete, we will help you attain a work permit and process your visa. We provide you with reading materials and orientation before departure, and ongoing communication (including pastoral visits) in the field. In the case of any issues, ERRC will act as an intermediary to bring conflicts to a fair resolution. Additionally, we will help you raise support by providing you with guidance and processing your donations. We will help you with practical matters, like international medical insurance and travel arrangements. Additionally, we will provide you with teaching resources, spiritual reading, and information about where to get Christian resources in China. Each year, we hold a midyear retreat to provide fellowship, spiritual renewal, physical rest and refreshment. We will pray for you and serve as a resource for your home church. When you return home, we will provide you with debriefing and evaluation.
LIVING IN CHINA
How do I practice my faith in China?
You are free to practice your faith openly in China. Foreigners can attend an international fellowship, and both foreigners and Chinese nationals can attend a three-self church for worship. You will also have fellowship with other ERRC teachers. It is not permitted to proselytize in China, but you may answer student questions about your faith.
Do I need to speak Mandarin?
Because your students will be “required” to speak only English in your classes, you will not need to speak Mandarin to survive in China. We will provide some “basic” Mandarin lessons during orientation, and if you have time, you can learn more after you arrive.
Is there air pollution?
Just as you have heard on the news, there is air pollution in almost all Chinese cities. However, there are many clear and pleasant days where there is virtually none. There are some precautions that you can take to limit the effects of the pollution. If you have a respiratory condition, we encourage you to speak with your doctor before travel to China.
What immunizations do I need before travelling to China?
The CDC recommends that you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip abroad, including travel to China. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. They also suggest a Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccination. If you have time, you can optionally also get the Hepatitis B vaccine.