An ESL Insider’s Ultimate Guide to Teaching English in China

Ahh, China. The land of ultimate dichotomy, fascinating controversy and governmental conflict is also a land of outrageous landscapes, rich culture and family traditions, and a seemingly endless history.

When I was getting started teaching English abroad, I saw China as dollar signs. It wasn’t a place to get rich as a teacher, necessarily, but the benefits TEFL teachers in China are often afforded can mean a quite comfortable lifestyle with a pretty laid back schedule and the potential to save enough to pay your bills back home.

That sounded good enough to me. Continue reading

10 Things to Expect About Teaching English in China

If you’re looking for a reason (or few) to teach English in China, it has the potential to be a very long list. We know choosing a country to teach English abroad in can be a difficult decision—and there are so many factors to consider! But here are just a few reasons why you won’t regret teaching English in China: Continue reading

7 Tips to Save More Money While Teaching English in China

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You cannot measure the benefits of living, traveling, and teaching English abroad in dollars, euros, cents, or yen. However, there are some countries where teachers abroad are able to walk away from a year or more of teaching with at least a healthy savings account to show for it. If you do your due diligence and select good schools to work for in China, you can save over $10,000 while teaching English in China for one year. Below are 7 actionable tips to help you in save more money while teaching English in China. Continue reading

Want to Teach English Abroad Without a Degree? Here are the 8 Best Countries.

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Is it possible to teach English abroad without a degree? The short answer is YES, you can!

The long answer sometimes includes stipulations, lower salaries, and even extra up-front cost, but there is ample opportunity (and plenty of money to be made) for teaching English without a degree.

The hard truth is that earning a TEFL certification will greatly increase your chances of finding work (in some cases, it’s your only chance). But just because you don’t have a bachelor’s doesn’t mean your work isn’t valued! While many of the following locations may prefer a bachelor’s degree, it’s up to you to put your best foot forward in the application process and to show that a degree isn’t everything.  Continue reading

10 Best Places to Teach English Abroad in 2018

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If teaching English abroad has recently crossed your radar as a likely opportunity, then you’re probably already asking yourself the hardest questions of all — where? Will you head to Latin America? Asia? The Middle East or maybe Europe? No matter which corner of the world interests you most, each has an experience of a lifetime awaiting you. As the demand for Native English speakers continues to climb, more countries are entering the scene and each year different countries make our list for the best places to teach English abroad. Here are our top 10 picks for the best places to teach English abroad in 2018. Continue reading

5 Surprising Benefits Our Language Exchange Program in China

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Let’s say you’ve been wanting to teach English abroad and China intrigues you, but you’re not sure how big or long of a commitment you’d like to make. China can be an intimidating place! The beauty of becoming a part of our Language Exchange Program in China is that your commitment is up to you—two months? Three months? Four, five, or six? Whatever you choose, it’s the perfect way to get your feet wet in an exciting, strange, and fascinating culture!  Continue reading

4 Best Cities to Teach English in China

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Have you ever wanted to try traditional Chinese food?

Or, maybe you are looking to visit a few historic places, such as the Great Wall of China…

Well, then China should be on your bucket list!

But, aside from the tourist attractions and good food, China also offers an abundance of career opportunities — specifically in teaching English. Continue reading

8 Things I Wish I’d Known BEFORE Teaching English in China

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When I boarded my first plane bound for China, I hadn’t given much thought 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

6 Short-Term Teaching English Abroad Programs

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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 the teach abroad 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

10 Things to Expect When Teaching English in China

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