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COVID-19 Update, June 20th, 2020

June 20th, 2020

These past few weeks have seen a lot of important changes for our schools in China. The governments in Fujian and Guangdong provinces have now allowed students to return to their public-school classes, and training schools have been allowed to resume in-person classes once they have passed government safety checks. All York English schools have begun this process, submitting safety plans, having all staff tested for COVID-19, and preparing PPE for staff. We are hopeful that by the end of June all our branches will be back to class (albeit with masks on and temperatures taken).

This month we will also be launching the first of our blended learning classes – allowing students to combine both online and offline study together. This new class style has created opportunities for many former York teachers, as well as our new teachers whose plans to come to China were delayed by COVID-19, to teach online for us. There may be more opportunities in the future so if you are interested in knowing more about our online teaching positions please send us a message.

On the streets of Fuzhou and the surrounding areas, Xiamen and Shenzhen life has returned for the most part back to normal. Shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs are open and as busy as ever and more and more of our staff are getting out for weekend trips. Within China there are very few restrictions on domestic travel, though quite a few places require you to use an APP that uses your location tracking data to show you haven’t been to any high-risk areas in the past two weeks.

Over the past few weeks many people have been asking about when China will allow foreign travelers to enter the country. In late March the government closed the border to all foreign travels, but in May they began to allow executives or senior managers of companies with operations in China to return. We hope that as the COVID-19 outbreak is contained in other parts of the world, China will continue to loosen restrictions and allow other foreign workers to return. With this hope in mind we are currently conducting interviews and hiring teachers for placements in late Summer and onward; however, this timeline may change as the situation continues to evolve.

If you have any more questions or concerns regarding anything we have mentioned, don’t hesitate to message us. This is an unprecedented time for everyone and we want to do our best to give as much information as possible. If you are interested in learning more about what it’s like being a teacher at York English, or how you can get started on this amazing journey, send us a message today and we will arrange for one of our team members to get in touch.

Meet Our Counsellor Sam

Sam

Hi everyone, my name is Sam, it’s nice to meet you. 

I am a level 7 Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. This means I studied for 7 years and worked for 2 years as a Psychotherapist – a talking therapist. I have helped people between the ages of 4 and 70, with varying issues, get their life together. I have mainly worked with children between the ages of 4 and 11, in addiction (drugs, alcohol, and gambling), and in bereavement services. 

I taught with York for three years before getting back into therapy by cross-training in Online therapy. This means that I can help York teachers in Shenzhen, Xiamen, and the rest of the world too. I live in Fuzhou and can offer face to face counselling here. I mainly work as a Person Centred Therapist, though I am trained in CBT, Social Constructivism, Psychoanalysis, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, and Play Therapy, among others. 

Here I work mainly helping people through Culture Shock. Culture shock can work both ways; you may miss the support from your family and friends, but they will also miss the support that you provide for them. Its okay to be in a difficult place emotionally – it means that you care. However, you don’t have to be there alone. 

York is aware of the emotional strain of coming to China and are committed to supporting in every way that they can. Therefore, they employ me in a therapeutic capacity as well as writing Mental Health focused training and guidance for their staff. 

I hope to see you in China soon. If you’d like to contact me for help, information, or just for a chat, my contact details are as follows:

sammartin1990@live.co.uk and my wechat is SamMartin1990