A recent Kentucky State University alumnus has signed on with EF English First to teach in China for at least one year.

W. Marcus Sanders, who graduated in May with a degree in public relations, will be traveling to China for the second time in his lifetime beginning in early November. His first trip to China occurred two summers ago during a month-long study abroad trip.

“I’ve always been intrigued by international studies and traveling. (The first trip) kind of led me to looking for opportunities to go back abroad,” Sanders said. “Teaching became one of the options, so I took the opportunity to teach.”

Sanders has signed a one-year contract to teach English as a foreign language in Beijing.

During his last visit, Sanders visited five different provinces, including Beijing.

“It’s a totally different culture in regard to community and how people function,” Sanders said.

With an extended stay, Sanders will have much longer to entrench himself in the community.

“It’s a much longer trip this time so I know I’ll probably miss a lot of friends, family and a lot of my fraternity brothers,” Sanders said.

Sanders will have to complete teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) training, as well as other certifications, once he arrives in Beijing.

Though he hasn’t received his exact assignments yet, Sanders departs in early November. Stay tuned for updates on his travels through Kentucky State University social media.