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ESL Teacher Salary: How Much Can You Make?

Ah, the golden question. Money makes the world go ‘round, indeed. But we always try to guide our applicants with the advice that you should absolutely not be chasing salary or city in China — you should be chasing trustworthiness in a school. While some are not as...

China vs America: 6 Small (but important) Feats China Wins At

How can I say this without sounding rude or smug? I guess, to put it bluntly, I will never live in America again. And, no, it’s NOT just because I gained close to 10lbs while I was home. Thanks for force-feeding me tamales, grandma! It’s not that I didn’t have a great...

Meet Justin: Co-Founder of Sou Fudao

Can you introduce yourself? Hi guys! My name is Justin and I'm from a small island in Canada. I am the Co-Founder of Sou Fudao, a website that helps tutors and students connect throughout China. I have been teaching English here in Asia for the last 5 years, 3 of...

Reverse Culture Shock: How To Return Home

With nearly three weeks under my belt, being back in the US makes me realize I should have read some kind of reverse culture shock survival guide before arriving. I almost feel like moving to Beijing acted as an initiation for visiting The States, being that China’s...

Beijing Duck House: A Foodie’s Dream

I'm a ruined woman. Tacos, 64" pizzas, pasta, french bakeries, ice cream, all-you-can-drink, etc. etc. etc. insert all unhealthy foods/beverages here, etc. etc. etc. I did not have access to most of things in Hohhot. Even if I had access to the ingredients, I didn't...

How to Make Your ESL Resume Stand Out

A lot of you reach out to us about job opportunities as early as a year prior to your planned arrival date. And while we respect your OCD-driven need for planning out your long-term goals, there are a couple things you need to understand, one of them includes writing...

ESL Teacher Interview: Tobias from Sweden

As you plan your trip to come teach English in China, we know you’ve likely got tons of questions running through your mind. One of the questions I hear most often from potential teachers is what the experience is like coming to China and what they should be aware of...

Shenzhen City Guide- The City of Design

Shenzhen is located directly north of Hong Kong in China's subtropical southeast. Shenzhen is a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and is a Special Economic Zone (SEZ), attracting businesses from all over the world. Not only is Shenzhen affectionately known...

ESL Teacher Interview: Marianne From America

As you plan your trip to come teach English in China, we know you’ve likely got tons of questions running through your mind. One of the questions I hear most often from potential teachers is what the experience is like coming to China and what they should be aware of...

Beijing Tourist Attractions On The Cheap

I’ve come to a strange realization: There’s no better feeling than being a tourist. Not many locals are fond of tourists and I can definitely see why. The khaki shorts, running shoes, bulky cameras, Ray Ban’s with the neck strap. Oooh’s and aaaah’s, finger-pointing,...

Meet Marcos: Founder of Martini English

Can you Introduce yourself? Sure, my name is Marcos, I'm 25 years old and from San Francisco, California. I studied Ancient History and Education at the University of California Santa Cruz then headed out to China a few months after graduation. I grew up in SF my...

Teaching ESL to Kids: Do it at Least Once in Your Life

I taught my final ESL class last weekend. I’ve been working with the same students for three years and never anticipated telling them I would no longer be their teacher. I’ve watched them grow up. They’ve watched me grow up. I’ve met all of their parents, been invited...

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