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
Since the beginning of teachers in classes, there have been certain types of students. As reliably as the sun will rise, you will have kids in your class that are always running late, or “forgetting” homework, or doing who-knows-what as soon as your back is turned. Here is a list of some of the more common ones, and how to do your best to make sure you’re classroom stays in order. 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
After speaking with high school students, college students, working professionals and retirees, I’ve come to understand there are a lot of misconceptions about teaching English abroad. Sometimes working in one industry for an extended period of time can make one forget what those who aren’t as familiar with the industry do not already know. Since I firmly believe that teaching English abroad is one of the most meaningful travel experiences one can have, and that there is a program for everybody (as long as you speak fluent English!) I decided to squash those common misconceptions here. Continue reading
On the daily, people at various stages in their lives inquire about short-term teaching English abroad programs, and most are surprised to find they actually exist. The beauty of this industry is that there really is a country and a program for everybody, whether you’re a high school graduate, college student or recent graduate, working professional or retiree. 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
So you’ve made the decision to teach abroad. That’s huge. It has the opportunity to impact your life in ways you never thought possible, regardless if you’re interested because you just want a way to fund your travels, or if you’re a qualified teacher looking for experience. Making the leap to do it is a big step. But now what?
One of the first and often most difficult decisions to make is to choose which country you want to work in. Narrowing down the globe to just a few desirable options seems impossible at first, but here are a few questions to ask yourself before jumping into it: