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Jack Kinloch (07-14) starts his own English tutoring school in Chengdu
After I left Merchiston I had numerous jobs in Edinburgh before heading to Eastern Asia with the aim of being self-sufficient and figuring out what I really wanted to do with my life. I made my way around most of Eastern Asia teaching English to children to earn money, as well as working in the marketing sector in the more economically developed places I travelled through. After a decent chunk of time had passed I ended up in Chengdu, the capital city of the province Sichuan in China. It’s famous for being the birth place of giant pandas, and for the city’s ludicrous taste for spice creating famous meals such as ?? (Huo guo (hot pot)), a spice filled meat fondue.

I have been in Chengdu for 2 years now and have fallen in love with the city’s unique atmosphere and relaxing lifestyle. Teaching English is in huge demand all over China but especially here in Chengdu. Over the last 10 years the Chinese government has been pumping money into the city with the idea of turning it into “the Beijing of the South”. With all of this investment in the city there has been a huge improvement in the quality of life for the city’s people. This has created a higher demand for English to be learned with more and more Chinese wanting to travel, explore, and study in the west.

After feeling relatively fatigued by working at Chinese language tutoring schools, I decided to create my own English tutoring school with my girlfriend Antonia starting out in our own flat. It’s been a great success and we are now looking to move the school out of our own flat and into a different apartment, to make room for extra classrooms and to allow us to employ more teachers.


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