Founded in 1989, Rainbow Station originated in Virginia, USA and in 2012 Rainbow Station entered China and opened their first center in Shenzhen. Rainbow Station China is in the Nanshan, Longhua and Gongming districts of Shenzhen and also in Wuhan, Tiayuan and Chongqing.
Rainbow Station China teaches English to children through thematic-based classes that promote the principles of “The Leader in Me” program. Rainbow Station is one of over 2000 Leader in Me schools around the world, and is the very first FranklinCovey™ certified school in the country of China.
Rainbow Station Compensation Plan
Compensation and Travel Expenses
- For Shenzhen only: 14,000 RMB/month, after taxes
- For other cities: 12,000 RMB/month, after taxes
- For Shenzhen only: A one-time housing start-up bonus of 3,000 RMB and assistance finding and securing appropriate housing
- For other cities: Free housing
- All cities: Reimbursed for up to 5,500 RMB for a one-way flight to China (upon successful completion of a background check, as applicable)
Arrival and Orientation
- Pickup from the local airport and transportation to the city
- Assistance with securing a local SIM chip and Chinese cell phone number
- Orientation to local transportation, city geography and highlights
- Referrals to Mandarin language lessons/tutoring
- Rainbow Station’s early childhood teaching methodology and proprietary curriculum
- FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Signature Training and The Leader in Me
- American Red Cross CPR and First Aid certification training
- Five day work week (working weekends, two weekdays off each week)
- 40 working hours/week
- Teaching up to 20 classes per week. Each class is 60-75 minutes long.
- Cost of initial entry visa will be reimbursed (upon successful completion of a background check, as applicable)
- Assistance securing an appropriate visa. Application fees charged by authorities will be covered. Medical exam and re-entry related expenses are reimbursed upon completion of the contract.
Other Benefits and Opportunities
- 18 paid and 12 unpaid days of annual leave (inclusive of national holidays)
- Opportunities for promotion within the company and to serve in a leadership role
- Opportunity to sign a two year contract with additional benefits
- Raise of up to 15,300 RMB/month, net of taxes, for second year
- Entitled to 6,500 RMB/year for transportation to any chosen destination (13,000 RMB total over two years)
- 24 paid and 6 unpaid days of annual leave (inclusive of national holidays) for second year
- A one-year contract can be switched to a two-year contract within the first 90 days. All additional benefits will apply upon signing of this contract and both parties must approve the contract extension.
An Interview with Tre Tennyson in Shenzhen, China
Q: So, can you tell us a bit about how you first got into English teaching?
A: I first began teaching with Teach For America in Atlanta, Georgia, where I taught fifth grade. During my time in Atlanta, I taught all the core subjects, including social studies, math, English, and science. I enjoyed watching my students learn, discover, and challenge each other so much that I wanted an opportunity to continue this work in a different setting upon moving to China.
Q: What advice do you have for people about the recruitment and interview process when looking for jobs teaching in China?
A: The most important aspect of working in China, based on my experience, is flexibility. You are encountering a culture that may resemble your own in some aspects (especially in larger cities), but that can also make it easy to undervalue the differences that exist between home and China.
One of the major differences I’ve encountered since being in China is how most people here operate on a fluid sense of time. What this means is that times set for meetings and other engagements are often approximations rather than definite. For example, if you have a meeting beginning at 3:00, you may come to find that your colleagues arrive at 3:10. For many people outside of the culture, especially Westerners, this may be a point of frustration, yet with open communication and clear professional expectations, these discrepancies with time (and other cultural differences) can be easily mended.
Flexibility is always most important when considering living within a new culture, especially China. You will find that, by being flexible, you will come to more greatly understand and appreciate the differences between the two cultures, and they, in turn will have a greater sense of what it is you value and how they can also accommodate your expectations.
Q: You are teaching in Shenzhen at the moment, can you tell us about your impressions of the city? What do you like most about living there?
A: In Shenzhen you will find a city that is on the verge of becoming one of the world’s greatest cities. Within the next generation, it is sure to stand out amongst the Hong Kongs, New Yorks, and Londons of the world. Shenzhen is a relatively new city (only thirty-five years since its founding), but it is quickly growing with rapid infrastructural and cultural development. This creates a space where people, newly arrived in Shenzhen, can stake out their corner and infuse their own ideas into what the cultural identity of Shenzhen should be. I love being able to create opportunities for myself and others here, while also admiring the many talented people who have grown to call Shenzhen home. Here in Shenzhen, with the right idea, drive, and ambition, you can accomplish anything.
Q: What do you like most about teaching English?
A: Perhaps the most important part of teaching for me is opening the world to my students. They are going to inherit a planet that is at once much larger and much smaller than the one in which we currently live. With the increasing rise of technology, more and more cultures are being brought into greater knowledge of each other. Teaching, especially within a foreign culture, allows me to act as a cultural ambassador of sorts, bridging divides and mending misunderstandings, while also drawing the world a little closer together and preparing students for success in the 21st century.
Q: Can you tell us about your favorite class at the moment?
A: My favorite class at the moment is any of our signature Leader in Me classes. In these classes, we teach, outright, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to our students. Watching two, three, four, and five-year-olds grasp these important principles and apply them so readily to their own lives, has been the highlight of my teaching experience here. It is such a unique part of Rainbow Station, giving students a framework by which they can plan, achieve, and measure their own success. Anytime I am able to teach our Leader in Me classes, I feel that I am really connecting with our mission of ensuring the success of each child.
Q: Talk us through a typical day teaching English in China.
A: A typical day of teaching at our school involves arriving to school on time, meeting with your teacher’s assistant to coordinate class materials and any additional accommodations/modifications for that day’s class, going out to Station Square to meet and play with your students, teaching class, and then speaking with parents directly following class about what the students learned and did that day. Following that, our teachers provide an additional opportunity for partnership with our parents by filling out short written feedback about each child’s specific performance that day in class.
Q: What are the teaching resources like there?
A: There is an abundance of resources here with our school! From a limitless number of American children’s books, to craft materials, paper, and other office resources, our teachers always find exactly what it is they need to conduct the best classes possible within our school. If an item is not currently stocked at our school, we have systems in place where teachers can easily order the items they need in advance and have them delivered to the school in time for their class.
Q: How many teachers are there in your school?
A: There are currently 6 American lead teachers and 7 Chinese teacher assistants.
Q: China is full of surprises and unexpected adventures, tell us about one you have had recently.
A: Recently, some friends and I went on a hike at Wutong Mountain, one of Shenzhen’s more popular hiking locations. Near the summit of our hike, at the top of the mountain, we met a group of men from America who were in Shenzhen for work.
We were pretty thrilled when the guys then told us that they were here with Disney/Pixar, and they were working on a new film, especially because one of our friends worked as a voice actress with a local studio here in Shenzhen. When they found out she was a voice actress with one of China’s largest animation companies, they were instantly hooked and asked her if they could all exchange information.
One week later, my friend went to meet with these same gentlemen and the director of their film, and at the conclusion of the meeting, they offered her a role! It’s always fascinating the types of people you run into here in Shenzhen and the types of memories and networks you build.
|Locations||Shenzhen, Wuhan, Tiayuan, Chongqing|
|Student Level||ages 1-10|
|Monthly Salary||12,000-14,000 RMB per month|
|Number of Vacancies||6|