ImmerQi

ImmerQi

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Since 2005, ImmerQi has been providing prospective teachers with teaching internships in China in addition to regular internship, culture & volunteer programs. ImmerQi participants become culturally enriched and help strengthen the cultural ties between the East and the West. Due to ImmerQi's numerous partnerships with a wide variety of global organizations, ImmerQi participants can choose a wide variety of internships. Participants will not only develop themselves in a professional way, but also personally, from the thrilling experiences they will obtain during their time immersing into China.

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Founded
2005
Headquarters

Room 2201 Tower 2A, Pingguo Community, 32 Baiziwan Road
Chaoyang District
Chaoyang Qu
Beijing Shi, 100022
China

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Kelly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I went through Immerqi when I interned in Beijing for 5 months in 2016. They found me a great internship where I felt apart of the team and contributed real work, not busy work that most internships unfortunately hand out. The location of my apartment to my internship and out of work activities was fantastic and made it very easy to explore Beijing. They were always available at any hour of the day when needed and the Immerqi team helps make sure you are settled in. Housing was a little rough as I had to move midway through the 5 months and had a bug infestation at the second apartment, but other than that I have no complaints about my time spent there using Immerqi. I always look back on my time spent there and am excited for my next trip back!

For future participants, make sure that you have information prepared before heading to Beijing, like your phone and getting a Chinese bank account if you are staying there long term. Look up websites to help you find places to go and see so you are already aware of things going on before you get there. At your internship, be apart of your team. Go to lunch with them, hang out outside of work, practice your Chinese with them and let them practice their English with you. To truly understand life in China, you need to befriend Chinese nationals. My coworkers were amazed that I wanted to eat lunch with them when I first started and because of that I was invited to a lot of events that my other foreign friends never got the chance to go to. Be adaptable and open minded, you never know what experiences or invites you will get because of it.

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Kara
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Through ImmerQi, I was able to intern in Shanghai and learn about the worldwide players in the nuclear market, specifically the players in the Chinese nuclear market. The American-run company based in Shanghai that I interned with was in a unique position to provide on-the-ground China support to US clients. It works notably with the US Commercial Service for China’s bi-annual nuclear industry conference which I was able to attend. Seeing the business side of consulting, working for a small company, learning Mandarin, and living in China were all experiences I was able to have.

What would you improve about this program?
Perhaps offering the opportunity to do two 3-month internships in addition to the option to do the 6-month one. Most employers are more used to this length and would be able to utilize the intern well in blocks of 3 months. The intern would also get to see two different companies, perhaps in two different cities.
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Sikha
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Making a difference in the students lives and they giving me something to laugh about everyday has been rewarding. Experiencing China on my own terms (ie. taking bus / train rides, shopping at the Markets, touring during the exit weekends, etc.) Priceless! After 9 months of Internship, I strongly believe that taking up this opportunity to teach English as a Foreign Language in China rates amongst the best decisions that I have made thus far.

Students in each Year Group Class at the School have to prepare at least 2/3 two-minute demonstrations per Semester to perform at one of or all of the English Talent Shows. The atmosphere is normally joyous as both students and Teachers part-take of this event. One of the main aims of this show is to help students learn English namely through Music, Poetry, Drama, Public Speaking, etc. The performances also help build students' confidence and competence in using English publicly.

At the Talent Shows, the teachers have to lead by example: demonstrate their 'can-do attitude' by putting up a performance, too. Before the 1st show we dedicated half an hour of our lunch break to practicing and choreographing our act for big day. At the show the Foreign Teachers (that’s the term we go by at the School) put up a stellar performance of “I wanna be like you” from the movie, Jungle Book. We were not so lucky in subsequent shows, though, the flu claimed two of our colleagues, who had solo parts in the musical. Our act fell apart and sadly, we had to cancel. Shameless to say, we were rescued by two students from Y4 & Y5 respectively who gladly filled-in the spot with solo performances! In all honesty, we would have been outclassed if pitied against them!

What would you improve about this program?
In general, it is often difficult to find a position that is the right fit, but this is where Immerqi come in. While it may not always be easy to place Interns as per their school requests, Immerqi could to certain extent (ie. using information from the Interviews and Application Forms) at least prioritise the Province Requests. Being lost in the maze without fellow Interns can cause an Intern grief. Breaking through the Language and Culture barrier is a mean fit. By the time one breaks down some these barriers, it is almost time to leave.
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Susari
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had the best time teaching English in China for a semester and would highly recommend anyone fancying themselves a would-be teacher / adventurer / gap-year / travel enthusiast look into going with a professional agency that will be able to make this happen for them.
In TEFL you might make great friends from different backgrounds, you might even have intense amounts of fun with your new peers. This is about teaching, though, so keep that in mind. You might be working quite hard some days. I learnt to teach and find my confidence in the Chinese classroom in front of (arguably) the most wonderful four- to fourteen-year-old students. Their enthusiasm was the real highlight for me. I once had a competitive activity (read: game) go so completely off the rails that some of the students were demonstrating "swimming" on the floor while others were "diving" onto said floor. I've had students launch eraser projectiles all over the classroom in an attempted game of ruler-badminton. Another time the Halloween dress-up game (in a cultural lesson) was so fun we completely overshot our time and I was hurried to a "bonus" class for more of the same by the students' demand. That was in a public school and although I think the next door teachers were annoyed with our noise, they were probably enjoying the spectacle too.
I sometimes miss TEFLing so much and wish I wasn't sitting in an office doing my "primary" thing now. I might do another semester in future.

What would you improve about this program?
Provide more Chinese language training or at least more supervision over (or structure to) the two-hour lessons a week. It is essential to making the most out of the China experience.
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Navita
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

5:30pm and it's time to leave work - a great day of teaching my minions, listening to them speak english after delivering a class is the most rewarding feeling, but the amazement doesn't end there... We are here to teach and travel right? So I run home to grab my bag and head to the train station - three other friends with me (we are practically family by now). We board the 2.5 hour bullet train from Beijing to Tai'an and come face to face with our challenge - Mount Tai (Mount Tai is known as the eastern mountain of the Five Great Mountains of China, a place of worship for approx 3000 years and measuring 5,069 ft tall) We begun our ascent at midnight, pitch black, only the stars and our torches lighting the way - 7 thousand steps up hill to go. The journey is something that I can only try to articulate - masses of stars, some shooting stars and some planets, looking ahead, a stream of lights that simulate an illuminated waterfall, looking behind, so many different people making their way up. Each step lead to a different discovery of ancient Chinese artefact, it was all so magnificent - giant marble arches named 'gateways to heaven', 'the bridge of clouds', stones with ancient chinese engraving, little base camps selling street food, water and trinkets. Around 3 and half thousand steps up there was a little man, long grey beard with a shop selling the most unique items. 6 and half hours later and we make it to the top ! 7 thousand steps done and the feeling of accomplishment is incredible. So many different spots to search, however we waited on 'Life abandoning cliff' hoards of people dotted all around waiting... Waiting for what? Of course the sun to rise ! Peeking like a little lady bird slowly rising, everyone begins to clap - the view was spectacular and the appreciation for how high up in the world you were at that very moment is unbelievable. I mentioned earlier that I went with three other friends that were practically family, may I explain? I had never met these people prior to my internship, two are from Ireland and one is from Australia, we were teaching at the same school and I can honestly say, by sharing so many experiences with them, we are truly friends for life! I feel like I didn't just gain the experience of a different culture and an alternative work ethic, I was also discovering more and more things about myself, truly understanding who I was as an individual. I had met people from all over the world! Denmark, Malta, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Scotland, America ! We became so close and enjoyed many, many weird and wonderful experiences together - things like hiking the great wall, eating scorpions and tarantulas, learning to make dumplings, bargaining in mandarin, translating strange words to students. Reaching out of your comfort zone, being forced to learn a new language, not being able to rely on everything that has been made convenient for us in Western World?! Sounds scary and sounds like a major risk, but it was all worth it - I wouldn't take it back for anything, and I don't think I know anyone who would :)

What would you improve about this program?
More advisors per placement. I feel like our guys (Dom, Duncan and Jane) had far too much on their plate to be able to provide enough support for everyone !

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Alumni Interviews

Alumni interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Becky Morgan

Becky is a 24 year old Geography graduate from Wales. She had been working as a Teaching Assistant and a weekend cashier before deciding to pack up and leave the UK behind in search of a new adventure.
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Why did you pick this program?

I chose the ImmerQi program because although I knew I wanted to go abroad, I didn’t know where to even start with getting a TEFL qualification, then finding a job, sorting out visas and flights etc…

When I stumbled upon the ImmerQi website it seemed all my worries were solved – I liked that it included the TEFL course, with the training, guaranteed you a job for 5 months and, better yet, my boyfriend could come too! Not many programs can guarantee that you and your partner can work and live together, but ImmerQi did, and that’s what made up my mind.

It seemed ideal that we could gain this qualification and valuable experience and do it together. It’s a program that can introduce you to a new culture and allow you to immerse yourself in it, while gaining brilliant teaching experience and being supported throughout it. It was the perfect programme for us!

What do you wish someone had told you before you went abroad?

You need to be prepared for the weather here. I was placed in South China and it is a lovely 35 degrees (centigrade) through the summer. However, it is also ridiculously humid, and can get stuffy and uncomfortable during the day (and night too if I’m honest!). It rains an awful lot during monsoon season too. But the winters can get cold, so you do need to pack for all weathers!

Having said all this, no amount of internet-research or a front-to-back-cover read of the Lonely Planet guide can fully prepare you for China. It was so wonderfully diverse from north to south, east to west, with a rich culture, history and geography.

You have to come here with an open mind and a smile and enjoy the ride! Sometimes things don’t go to plan. Chinese customs are very different to Western ones, but that’s why you should choose to go to China! It’s a fantastic place, the people you meet are friendly and willing to help, and almost anything that could happen will invariably happen at some point in China.

What do you tell your friends who are thinking about going abroad?

To absolutely go and do it! It’s an amazing experience! For starters you get full TEFL training and valuable experience in the teaching field for 5 months, which gives you plenty of employment opportunities after the internship, in China and elsewhere in the world.

It opens doors to travel further, as a way of traveling and earning money in teaching. Besides which, you’ll probably find that teaching is lot of fun! Yes it has its stressful moments, but it’s such a rewarding job! The 5 months were so much fun, and you experience things that you just can’t by not doing it.

You immerse yourself in a new, foreign country and learn about all its quirks, which gives you a new appreciation of other cultures. Not only that, but it’s 5 months doing something different and exciting, meeting new people and learning new things. If, in the end, you decide teaching’s not your thing then it is only for 5 months. If, however, like me, you loved it, then it’s 5 months well worth doing!

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

One piece of advice I would give is to take full advantage of the free Mandarin lessons offered at your school! I had two lessons at my school and then the Chinese English teacher conducting them got waylaid and it kept getting pushed aside. At the time I wasn’t fussed, but now my internship is over, I am moving to North China, and I still can’t say much more than ‘Hello’ in Chinese!

It is also a fantastic opportunity to learn about the different Chinese languages – in Jinjiang they speak Min Chinese, and the students were more than happy to help us learn a few phrases! There are also multiple apps for your phone that can help you learn to speak Chinese, and also to learn to read the Chinese pictograms, such as Memrise (such a great app; it takes you through a typical menu first, which is great when you’re ordering in a restaurant).

What made this trip meaningful to you, or how did this trip change your perceptions or future path?

Without a doubt, other than being able to share the whole experience with Marc, the students are what made the trip so wonderful. Altogether we taught about 700 students at Jiyan High School, and all were so helpful, friendly and enthusiastic.

The students and teachers in the English Corner Club took us out and about around the city, Jinjiang, meaning that we saw parts of the city that we probably wouldn’t have thought of going to visit otherwise. Places like traditional Chinese houses, little temples that aren’t in the guidebooks or on the internet… those are the things that made the trip so great. Right at the end we received so many letters, postcards and photographs from the students. Knowing that they appreciate you is the best feeling.

Our time at Jiyan has been such a success that we actually decided to stay in China for another year, and teach at another school! This trip has allowed us a wonderful glimpse into life in China. Being on this program has made us realize just what this country has to offer, in employment and culture, so we don’t intend on going home anytime soon!

Staff Interviews

Staff interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Rice Li

Job Title
Program Manager
Rice has been working in education & culture exchange/internship fields from China with foreign students for over ten years, it has given him a very good understanding of western culture.
Cultural exchange in China

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory was from last year while I was visiting a place called Guilin in Southwest of China, everything there was so natural - nice mountains, rivers, rice fields.

It was so unbelievable when I took a cruise on the river and was able to enjoy the beautiful scenery alongside. I stayed in a small village surrounded by rice fields. It really felt peaceful there compared to the noisy cities.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

From work, I have had the chance to meet many different people from different countries all over the world. By speaking and making friends with them I've gotten to know different cultures and different ways of life.

It has made me more open-minded and westernized, even though I'm still very Chinese but I also look at western thinking from a different prospective.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

In 2010, I met a student called Oley from our program. This year we managed to meet again while she was traveling to China on a business trip. She told me that she was still with her boyfriend whom she met on our program 6 years ago, and she's now working for Confucius college at a University in UK.

Since leaving, she has always missed China, and at her new job, her experience in China is greatly valued. She has had the chance to come back to visit China from time to time.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would choose our teaching internship program, I have always had a passion for teaching. I like being with kids and our company has been running the teaching internship program for over 10 years. The program structure was very well built and everything is very organized.

By being a TEFL qualified teacher, I shall be able to find a job to teach English as a foreign language in another country, which will fulfill my dream of working and traveling.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

We are an international company with all staff in high sprit, and we are really building a bridge between the East and West through culture exchange programs.

I'm especially proud of my team when we work together to get through difficulties and we receive great feedback and appreciation from our customers.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Listening to your customer and solving their real needs.

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