The following is a guest post by Melody Mukute, a Zimbabwean mother of three and an active member of my China Teach Abroad Community Facebook group. Melody is a certified teacher in Zimbabwe with six years of teaching experience. A few weeks ago Melody reached out to me and asked if she could share her experience teaching in China as an African non-native speaker. Of course, I was happy to share her experience!
This post is current and updated regularly. Last updated as of March 2020! If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me about teaching English in China, I could quit my day job. Teaching English in China is great. I taught for multiple different schools and companies all over China. That said, I […]
Your twenties are always a time of immense change, and for me, I wanted to start 2020 by thinking back on the most pivotal moments of the last decade! In the last ten years, I went from a teenager just graduating high school to a married woman with her own business. I took risks, moved […]
So many people are worried about getting scammed or signing a bad contract when it comes to teaching abroad, especially teaching in China. Seriously, I sent out a survey a while back and it was the #1 fear by a mile!!
I myself signed a crappy contract my first year teaching abroad (you can read all about that saga here), so it’s really important to me to make sure that no one else makes my mistakes. I can’t go back in time and fix my contract disaster, but I can at least give you the advice you need to make sure that the teach abroad contract serves your needs and interests.
Travelers can be some of the hardest people to shop for. How do you buy gifts for people who prioritize experiences over “things”? A few Christmases ago, I made the mistake of saying I wanted some candles for my apartment in China, and I ended up with no less than 8 candles as gifts. Trust me, trying to make weight with a bunch of perfumed glass bricks in my bag wasn’t easy. Whoopsies!
Teaching abroad in China is an incredible experience. You have the ability to make money, explore a new culture, and challenge yourself to have the adventure of a lifetime! However, making the move to Mainland China is definitely not easy. Whether you’re on the fence about teaching abroad, or you’re trying to choose between China and another country, these are my 10 main reasons why teaching abroad in China is amazing!
So what exactly is the Teach Abroad Squad, and why did I create this course and community for people who want to rock their first year teaching in China? Whether you’re looking for some teach abroad guidance, or you’re just really curious to learn more about this online course I’ve created, you’ve come to the […]
That’s right, yours truly did a full-on Hoi An photoshoot with a professional photographer. Thankfully despite my initial fear of being super awkward, it was actually amazing! I think we all know that I’m not an Instagram model that sets up elaborate photoshoots wherever I go. While I like to get a few photos here […]
This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info. After five years of living in China, and two years of This Beijing Life, things have changed. I left my job as a college counselor in China, and now I’m living a life on my terms. I’m my own boss, I travel when I want, and […]
I get it, the concept of working with a recruiter to find a job in China is a strange one. You’ve got all these weird middlemen coming out nowhere offering to help you find a job in China because…. why? Well, today I’m going to cover anything and everything you could ever want to know about using recruiters to find a job teaching abroad in China: Who they are, why they’re helping you, and if you can actually trust them!