How to Find an Internship in China

How to Find an Internship in China

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info.  I’ve talked a lot about what it’s like to work as an English teacher or college counselor in China, but what about interning? My very good friend Lena from Lenaaround is currently getting her Master’s Degree in Beijing, while also working as […]

Confessions of an ESL Teacher in China

Confessions of an ESL Teacher in China

This article originally appeared on Go Overseas where I write as a Teach Abroad and China expert. Though I write intensively about teaching abroad, there are a few juicy secrets I’ve been holding back from you all. It’s confession time: I’m far from a perfect ESL teacher, and my experience teaching abroad wasn’t quite as […]

China Culture Shock #6: Chinese Fire Drill

China Culture Shock #6: Chinese Fire Drill

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, IT’S  CHINA CULTURE SHOCK!  Part of the reason I was interested in moving to China in the first place was to explore a culture completely different from my own. I wanted to experience “culture shock” and challenge myself. I’ve been living in China for over two years now, and I’m still constantly experiencing things that shock me, […]

How to Travel the World (Without Saving up a Ton of Money)

How to Travel the World (Without Saving up a Ton of Money)

Recently, there’s been a lot of backlash against travel bloggers who claim, “everyone can travel!!!” Can literally everyone travel? Probably not. Can most people travel if they really want to? Yes. I’ve read the blogs of so many people who have overcome major obstacles to live abroad and travel: overwhelming debt, life-threatening food allergies, and […]

How to teach English to Little Kids

How to teach English to Little Kids

For the last few months I’ve been a glorified English babysitter for two Chinese five-year-olds. I’d like to say I’ve done a pretty decent job. I taught them the basics like numbers, colors, the alphabet and how to write their names. While the writing is still a bit iffy (for some reason “a”s are a […]

2014: A Crazy Year of Adventure

2014: A Crazy Year of Adventure

As this year comes to a close I can’t help but think back on all of the crazy adventures I’ve had. This time last year I was struggling with my teaching placement in the Chinese countryside, wondering if I would abandon my contract half-way through and go back to America. I was lonely, a little […]