How to take the stress out of teaching

Advice

October 22, 2017

When taught how to become a teacher, you learn many things except how not to let the job get the best of you. A few evenings ago, I was playing Mahjong with my wife. This was our seventh round, and I had won all but one of them. For those of yo...

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Travel truths: what you need to know about China

Advice

September 16, 2017

I recently came across a great blog that outlined 40 travel truths you should know by age 40. Naturally, my brain turned to ‘China mode’ and as I ran through the list I considered how each of the truths applied to China. So here are...

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China’s new Z visa procedure - what it means for foreign teachers

Advice

September 04, 2017

Up until 2017, the procedure for getting a Z visa to teach English in China was fairly straightforward. When you applied for a vacancy, all you needed to do was submit your resume, photo, references as well as scans of your passport, degree and TE...

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10 questions you should ask before accepting an EFL job offer

Advice

July 02, 2017

The dreaded job interview – you’re trying to appear confident and professional whilst your heart is beating like a sledgehammer. And why wouldn’t it be? The outcome of the interview could have a major impact on your life. Accepti...

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10 ways to avoid loneliness in China

Advice

May 27, 2017

Loneliness can be a problem for foreign teachers in China. You’re in a new environment where you don’t know many people, you may not speak Chinese and you may not know where the sightseeing spots are in your city. Students are gener...

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