10 ways I’ve personally grown and developed my career in China

Personal stories

by Stacy Dahl

I didn’t know what to expect before moving to China. Knowing what I do now, I don’t think there is anything that could have really prepared me. Teaching in China for the past three years has taught me many things about being a teach...

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What it’s like teaching online in China during the coronavirus crisis

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by Kim Ooi

As you’re no doubt aware, the world is currently in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic. In an effort to stop the spread of the virus, China has instituted a lockdown which has delayed the start of the school semester. It was due to have...

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My experience teaching in an international school program in China

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by Nicholas McKay

In my one and a half years of being in China, teaching in an international school program has proven to be the most fruitful professional experience I’ve had so far. That said, it isn’t always a cakewalk, and I’ll touch on that b...

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Cultural misunderstandings I’ve experienced in China

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by Nicholas McKay

A lot of people talk about culture shock when coming to China. Though yes, the focus is often on us foreigners experiencing the ‘shocks’, that does not mean it doesn’t go both ways. You might be wondering, ‘what does Ni...

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The benefits of teaching in China that no one tells you about

Personal stories

by Kim Ooi

You might already know about some of the main benefits of teaching in China, like airfare reimbursement and free accommodation at some schools. But let me fill you in on some of the benefits of teaching in China that I really wasn’t expecti...

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Disastrous dating dilemmas in China (Part 2)

Personal stories

by Nicholas McKay

So, you want to date in China? In my last post, I looked at a great social app to meet women online, some advice on work place romance, and a key difference between Western and Chinese relationships. Today I want to discuss some of the problems...

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Disastrous dating dilemmas in China (Part 1)

Personal stories

by Nicholas McKay

So, you want a girlfriend in China? You’re single, and ready to mingle, as some might say. Maybe you’re a ‘rice chaser’? Or, to put it another way, perhaps you have ‘yellow fever’? Before beginning to teach i...

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What happens if you get sick in China?

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by Kim Ooi

I’m normally a very healthy person and hardly ever need to see a doctor. I didn’t think that I’d ever be able to write this article. However, I’ve recently had a couple of interesting encounters with medical professionals i...

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Lessons I learned in my first year of teaching in China

Personal stories

by Sarah Bucknall

I can remember when I first made the decision to move into the challenging world of teaching. I didn’t know what to expect but could foresee the promise of travel and absorption into another culture. I was sold! I gained so much from my...

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How TEFL in China can open up career doors

Personal stories

by Mike Cairnduff

In this blog, I talk to Jonathan Arthur, ex English teacher and marketer for English First (EF), about how TEFL in China can open up career doors. Jonathan, can you tell us about your career journey so far? I graduated from university in the UK...

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