07 Apr
    I won’t deny that I’ve asked myself and I’ve been asked that several times: why live in China? Going abroad, sure, that sounds like an adventure: new cultures, new food, music etc.  A different flavor from the everyday life you know. But China?  It’s not a different flavor but rather a different dish altogether. It’s more like an adventure straight out of National Geographic: harsh conditions, eating funny looking foods and languages that make you cry. Yet China is where the masses are flocking to. And after living here for over a year, I can give you the inside scoop as to why this massive rooster shaped country is so appealing.
02 Apr
To many of us the thought of going to a third tier Chinese city can be pretty daunting. Although, if you’re looking to experience the “real” China there is no other option.
29 Mar
    It occurred to me that some people may go to teach abroad and assume that just because they are in another country that amazing things are going to happen to them. In some cases this may be true, if you lie low and don’t do much, it will probably still be a great experience.  Of course this is the “easiest” path, stay in your comfort zone and let time pass you by.  But that’s not the kind of person you are, that’s not why you’ve chosen to teach abroad, is it?  Depending on which country and city you’re teaching in, this will be more relevant to some of you than others. Some of you lucky people will get placed in cities where you are one of very few foreigners, which will make following these steps easy. Others will end up in huge metropolises with McDonalds on every corner and an operator service that will send you text messages in the language of your choice.  I write this more for the ladder situation.  For those of you preparing to go abroad, put these items on your to-do list and if you’re already abroad maybe you need a reminder of…


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