The biggest and most important difference between travelling abroad, and living and teaching English overseas is the opportunity to learn about a wholly different culture and become a part of the community in which you’re living. It may be easy just to stay in your apartment and only have fellow TEFL teaching, native-English speaking friends, but that would simply be a waste of the opportunity you have provided for yourself! Here are some simple ways not just to make friends, but to totally immerse yourself in your new community: (more…)
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WHO: You, most likely a student. Even if you’re not a student, there’s no shame in wanting to travel on a budget. Why spend money where it’s not necessary? The less money you spend in each location, the more places you will be able to afford to visit and the more Piña Coladas you will be able to buy.
WHAT: Everyone dreams of travelling. Whether you’re teaching abroad, working abroad, or just yearning to see the rest of the world, humans have a natural inclination to travel, especially in youth. (more…)
When travelling through a foreign country, we should remember the three ways to experience a culture: sightseeing, shopping, and my personal favourite, eating. Now, we all have that one friend who will order a hamburger and chips where ever he goes, even if he must conjure it out of thin air. If you find yourself in this situation whilst travelling or working in China, you might consider chucking this (more…)
When heading to teach TEFL in a new continent, country, and culture, it can be hard trying to decide what kind of town or city would suit you best. For some the bright lights and fast pace of big city living is what life is all about, while others don’t feel at home unless they are surrounded by nature and wilderness, but for many it’s not such a clear cut decision.