Weather – The climate of Guangxi is similar to Hong Kong. In the summer the weather fluctuates between 25 degrees to 36 degrees during the day. It is very humid and there can be torrential rain occasionally.
Timezone – Guangxi and Hong Kong are in the same time zone. Vancouver is 16 hours behind China, while Toronto is 12 hours behind China.
- Please bring a valid Canadian Passport (does not expire with in 6 months of traveling date) and China Visa, or China Home Permit, or HKID if you are going through Hong Kong.
- Must : Please have an extra photocopy of all your documents and store them in a separate place from your original documents. In case you lose your travel documents, you will use your photocopies. Also please take photos of these documents on your cell phone.
Gifts for Students
- Each class will have 20-25 students each, please prepare 30 gifts between you and your teaching partner. Please contact your teaching partner to figure out what gifts you may want to bring.
- Something small and light with Canadian symbol on it – stationary, pins, keychain, pens or even Canadian coins…etc.
What to bring for your classroom?
- Please work out the following between you and your teaching partner/s.
- 1 set of portable speakers that can be plugged into your phone, this is for songs we will be teaching them in class.
- Decorations for your classroom – such as thing with Canadian symbols, posters (sports, English learning materials…etc)
How much money to bring?
- $300.00 CAD worth of RMB (Chinese money)
- $100.00 CAD worth of Hong Kong Money if you have transit in Hong Kong
- It is recommended that you do currency exchange in Canada first, rather than doing it after you arrive in China because:
- Our schedule is very packed and there may not be enough time
- Usually the currency exchange rate is cheaper in Canada than doing it in China.
- Small towns in China may or may not have the service of exchanging large amount of Canadian cash to RMB currency.
China Cell Phones
- If you decide to bring an unlock phone that can be use in China, please prepare your own sim card. From our experience, buying a sim card locally in China may sometimes not work .
- Therefore our recommendation would be that you purchase a China Sim card that is good for “roaming” the whole country of China. You can either buy it in Hong Kong (if you are going through there), or buy it locally in your city in Canada but you need to do your own research, probably in Chinese own cell phone stores they would know how to obtain such a sim card for you.
- Please give your China Cell phone number to your Team Manager.
- Pack 1 luggage, pack light and minimize luggage weight. Main luggage weigh must not exceed 40 pounds (18 Kg) for domestic flights in China.
- Pack enough clothes for 10 days; expect to wash your own clothes if the hotel has no washing machine.
- DO NOT OVERPACK!
- Please bring along your own medicines for personal use.
- For girls – If you usually have intense cramps during your period, please talk to your doctor to get the right medication for this trip.
- Carry on Luggage – always have one set of extra clothing (with undergarments) just in case your luggage is lost.
- Towels – Hotel provides towels, but you may bring your own if you wish (Suggest – microfiber towels are much thinner and easier to pack)
- Small bottle of hand sanitizer are useful
- Hair dryer – ask team manager if the hotel we are staying in will provide this or not.
- Contact lenses user: recommend to use daily dispensable contacts for hygiene purposes, bring your own eye drops.
- Tissue packages / wet wipes – Always have tissue with you, China toilets or restaurants do not always provide free tissue.
Clothing / Outfits (Rules)
- Modesty is the key – even though the weather is hot, but as English teachers our clothing must remain modest and respectful. In China they view highly of teachers.
- Not allowed
- Tight or revealing clothing that shows stomach or cleavage.
- Sleeveless tops (spaghetti strap tank tops).
- Thong slippers are not allowed for teaching.
- Shorts or skirts cannot be shorter than 2 inches above your knees.
- No ripped jeans shorts for teaching.
- Guys: cannot be topless. If your ears are pierced please take it off when teaching.
- Piercing on face (other than ears) – please take it off when teaching.
- If you wear leggings/tights
- Wear a looser shirt that is long enough to cover your butt.
- Do not wear another tight shirt on top
- Do not wear a short shirt that shows your belly
- The key is to cover up so people can’t see the whole shape of your body
- For teaching
- Smart casual: some collar shirts (Polos or blouses)
- Skirts for ladies, appropriate length and style.
- Some sports wear, microfiber shirts are good as you will be sweating.
- Bring 1 set of more formal clothing (maybe a dress or better shirt) , but not long sleeve or long pants.
- Tip of packing clothes – roll it up, squish them into a big Ziploc bag. Squeeze out the air form the bag.
- You will be receiving a Project Shine T-Shirt, this will be passed out to you in China unless you live in Vancouver.
Shoes – 2 or 3 pairs.
- For Teaching
- Nice sandals or nice comfortable shoes
- Runners or sport sandals are OK too.
- No flip flops or slippers for teaching
- For hotel use and showers – Flip Flop Flippers are recommended for the shower floor in hotel
- Project Shine Summer Trip Hand Book
- International plug if you want to use electronics in the hotel – Electronics are 220v, please use the two or three pronged flat plugs (Like those from the UK, NOT North America).
- Fan (Chinese style hand held fan)
- Sun protection – Sunscreen, Hats, sunglasses, Small foldable umbrella
- Bug repellent (exp: skintastic cream, deet bug spray)
- Pictures of your family, hobbies, pets, life in Canada
- Some over the counter medicine: allergy pills, gravol, Tylenol, Imodium, cold medicine, Chinese menthol oil…etc. (your own discretion)
- Bible – bring only 1 for personal use, or just use your phone (download bible app).
- Safety traveling pouch for passports and money
Do not bring
- Big bottles of shampoo or soap or other liquids. Please pack these in small bottles or you can purchase these in supermarkets in China.
- Winter jackets or a lot of jeans – the weather is extremely humid and hot.
- Intense smelling hairspray or perfume / cologne, your roomate may be allergic.
- In order to prevent loss, please do not bring large amounts of cash or expensive items. If a personal item is stolen or lost, CRRS will not take responsibility