Monthly Archives: August 2018


What are the schooling options for children?


One question commonly asked is: What are the schooling options available to the children who have parents working at Sias? At first glance, there may seem like limited options as many parents primarily home school and/or send their child to the Chinese primary school. However, there are many opportunities for your child to have a fruitful educational experience while living abroad. Finding Your Homeschooling Styles Preference Perhaps you’ve been dreaming of homeschooling your child, or maybe it’s never been a thought that’s crossed your mind. To begin, it may be helpful to find your personal educational preference. There are many [...]

What are the schooling options for children?2019-11-11T07:53:23+00:00

How Much Could I Save?


Just about all your expenses are covered when you work at Sias University. Airfare, Visa, Housing, Electricity, Internet, Cable TV, Culture Trips, weekly trips to Zhengzhou, and 6 weeks of paid holiday. $100 spends more like $500 in Henan Province. But, not everyone budgets their money and many like to travel to Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong or go to other countries like Thailand or the Philippines during our 6-week winter holiday. Don't plan on saving any money if you want to to travel to these places often during the school year. To help you plan, open this Excel document: Salary estimator updated [...]

How Much Could I Save?2018-10-15T01:53:02+00:00

What to bring to China your first year


Aaron's Personal Story When Rachael and I first came to China in 2008 we just married and we were combining all of our life possessions while preparing to come to China. The task was intense and chaotic. I decided to convince Rachael to leave behind everything that had a "Made In China" label with the logic we can just buy that in China when we get there. Rachael was never convinced I knew what I was talking about, but we needed some filter as to what to leave behind. In hindsight, that is a good rule of thumb -- "only [...]

What to bring to China your first year2019-11-11T08:18:20+00:00