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

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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)

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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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Becoming an expat in Fuzhou (Part 1)

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by Sarah Bucknall

The long wait for another vacation was never going to satisfy these itchy feet of mine that find it impossible to stay rooted to the ground. The direction I found led me to obtaining a TEFL certificate to teach overseas, and the path I followed b...

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How teaching English in China changed my life

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by Kim Ooi

We all know that teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) is the chance to get paid to work and travel. But can it be a life-changing experience too? Here are 12 ways in which teaching in China has changed my life. 1. It has saved me from...

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The tale of traveling 10 hours to see junk

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by Mike Cairnduff

I arrive in big, bustling Hong Kong. It’s as humid as hell, but who cares? It has some of the best shopping in the world! Time is limited. I’m here for just three days and there’s so much to see and do. I’ve been her...

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Why I left my life in the US to teach in China (Part 2)

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by Dan McElroy

Since leaving corporate America behind two years ago, I have been traveling across Europe and Asia in search of happiness and living a more meaningful life. My now-girlfriend Jess was supportive of my decision to accept the job in China. W...

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Why I left my life in the US to teach in China

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by Dan McElroy

Since leaving corporate America behind two years ago, I have been traveling across Europe and Asia in search of happiness and living a more meaningful life. I used to lie in bed at night and think about my life. I would often ask myself the q...

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