When I boarded my first plane bound for China, I hadn’t given much though to where I was going. My decision to take a job teaching English in China was one based on the sole fact that I’d recently returned to Oregon, USA from eight months of traveling around Southeast Asia and teaching English in Thailand, and that I wasn’t ready to be back home. I felt like I’d left Asia prematurely and I desperately wanted to go back. In the midst of my rash decision making, I stumbled across a position in China and thought, I might as well try somewhere new! Within a month I was on a that plane. Continue reading
Teaching English abroad is without a doubt one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for myself.
I remember staying up late, getting lost in the Google-sphere of options for various programs around the world, and going to sleep giddy with excitement. But how to choose one? Continue reading
I like to set challenges for myself. Most of my challenges have always been based around health and fitness. It just goes to show that it is something that I have always struggled with. After University, I spent two years backpacking through Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. Although I loved every second of it and would not change my experience for the world – I completely lost any sense of being healthy along the way. That is, until I moved to Thailand to teach English abroad. Continue reading
There are a lot of glamorous and exciting aspects to life teaching English abroad. Earning money teaching (many times without paying rent), means more nights out, paying down student loans, and exploring more of the world all while engaging with and experiencing a new culture. But in the classroom things are slightly less glamorous. Kids are kids, and English is funny, so here are three embarrassing moments you’ll have while teaching English abroad in the privacy of your own classroom: Continue reading
Moving to the other side of the world will bring about an endless number of changes, from missing your family back in the U.S. and other comforts of home to experiencing a new school system and culture. Fortunately, there’s an excellent network of expats that can help you adjust to your new life of teaching English in China. Here are 10 aspects of living and teaching in China that you should prepare for before you embark on this great adventure. Continue reading
I am never going to diminish the potential for learning while traveling, but there are some things that a two week vacation just can’t teach you. Spending a significant amount of time in one location allows one to become a part of the community, to understand the culture, to learn what the locals think on a deeper level than what they’re willing to divulge to someone just passing through.
One of the ways to get the most of out slow travel, is to turn it into meaningful travel, with something as life changing as teaching English abroad. As a teacher, you are not only living in a community, but you’re working in it. And as a teacher in Thailand, you’ll be one of the most well respected in the town. Here are 40 things I learned teaching English in Thailand: Continue reading