Cultural misunderstandings I’ve experienced in China

Personal stories

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?

Personal stories

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 now a marketer for English First (EF). Jonathan explains how TEFL in China can open up career doors. Jonathan, can you tell us about your career journey so far? I graduated from un...

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From loneliness to happiness: how getting a girlfriend made me enjoy teaching in China even more

Personal stories

by John Smith

Teaching English in China is a great experience as I am sure you have read on blogs such as this. However, moving thousands of miles away from the comfort of your own home, away from family, friends and your beloved sports team can be daunting....

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Teaching in China in your 50s: it's just what the doctor ordered

Personal stories

by Mike Cairnduff

Meet Doctor X: a male, mature-aged Brit who has been teaching English in China for over six years. He’s written a tell-all memoir of his adventures and strange encounters in this country he now calls home. Fascinated, I interview him. Bef...

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Becoming an expat in Fuzhou (Part 2)

Personal stories

by Sarah Bucknall

One pastime in China that is unfamiliar to me is the dancing. (Missed Part 1 of Sarah's story? - Read it here first) There are a variety of parks all around Fuzhou, my teach-abroad destination, where the older generation gather to listen to...

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