Ellie – Suzhou, Jiangsu Province

Hi! My name is Ellie and I come from a town in the North of England called Preston. I have a small family, consisting of my father, Stephen, my mother, Susan, and my older sister, Katie. My father is an art teacher, my mother is a social worker and my sister works in international development in Edinburgh. I have two cats called Malibu and Kimi who have been part of our family for 12 years. I have never had a definite idea of what I wanted to do, but always enjoyed arts. I danced (ballet and ballroom), did drama, gymnastics and enjoyed drawing in my free time. I eventually discovered that turning to academia would be the safest option for my future and went onto study Law, Film Studies, and Combined English at A-level. I continued with my gymnastics throughout my studies at college. I also love to travel. I like to see as many places as I can and am very keen to continue travelling.


I went on to study History at the University of Derby which I enjoyed very much. I specialized ininternational history and wrote my dissertation on the British response to genocide in Bosnia and Rwanda. I decided to take a module on Chinese history in my third year and developed a strong interest in Chinese history and culture. It was then that my partner (who also took this module) and I decided to applyto come to China. I realized that international experience and a new language would benefit me very much in my future. With China’s ever growing place in the world and my strong interest in the country, coming to teach here would be the best way to gain the experience I wanted. Not only would I gain the many applicable skills offered by teaching English as a foreign language, but I would also learn a new language and get to experience China’s unique culture.


My time in China so far has been extremely hectic but also exciting. Throughout the training I got to work at a very welcoming school, which provided me with a great opportunity to practice teaching. I met lots of new people, and learned new skills in the TEFL training. Since moving to Suzhou I have felt very at home. The locals have been kind and always there to help. I have enjoyed the teaching and over all I feel that I have already learned a lot from China.