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Two Places Retro Gamers MUST See in Japan!

There are many paths to developing a lifelong interest in Japanese culture. When I moved to Japan in 2014 to teach English, I got to know how many of my fellow ESL teachers came to be there. Some practiced Japanese martial arts like judo or karate, while others were there for the food, the trains, or anime. For me, ...

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Shop Till You Drop at a Thai Weekend Market

   When I got the chance to teach English in Japan through the JET Programme, I knew I wanted to take the opportunity to travel and explore the country as much as possible. One of the biggest draws of teaching abroad for me was the idea of seeing as much of Japan – its castles, shrines, and mountainous landscapes – ...

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Culture Shock! How to Plan for it and Make the Most of Your New Adventure

If you’ve been considering a career abroad, you’ve probably run into the term “Culture Shock” more than a few times. This expression gets bandied about in expat teaching circles quite a bit, but if you’re planning to move overseas for the first time, it’s important to make sure you have an in-depth understanding of this issue. That’s what I’d like ...

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Teaching Life in Colombia — Is it Business as Usual? – The Teaching Abroad Pod (Episode 7)

In this episode, James and Rowan conduct a wide-ranging interview with Oxford Seminars graduate Abigail Entrican, who is now hiring business English teachers in Colombia. Learn all about stunning cities and beaches to visit, popular foods to try, the ins and outs of teaching business English, and so much more!

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The ‘New’ Italian Job (and the Pineapple on Pizza Debate) – The Teaching Abroad Pod (Episode 3)

The 'New' Italian Job (and the Pineapple on Pizza Debate) - The Teaching Abroad Pod (Episode 3)   In this episode James and Rowan discuss their favorite (and not-so-favorite) pizzas from around the world, and attempt to spark the great Pineapple on Pizza debate. After the break we learn about the best pastas in Italy, and how to succeed ...

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Love Is in the Air – The Teaching Abroad Pod (Episode 1)

Love Is in the Air - The Teaching Abroad Pod (Episode 1) James reminisces with co-host Rowan about falling in love in Korea, while an interview with guests Becky and Mike uncovers how they found love in China. They also discuss some uncommon but amazing Korean and Chinese dishes, and incredible off-the-beaten-path travel destinations.  

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6 must try foods you can't miss while teaching ESL abroad

6 must try foods you can’t miss while teaching ESL abroad

Teaching English overseas offers a wide variety of benefits for every teacher. Whether you’re into traveling and exploring a different landscape, gaining work experience and making money, or making a difference in the lives of others, there is something for everyone. But there is another benefit that should never be overlooked: The food. Traveling and teaching English abroad is ...

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Fall in love with travel - Celebrate Valentine's Day around the world

Fall in Love with Travel – Valentine’s Day Around the World

With Valentine’s Day almost here, it’s time to make those last minute dinner reservations, or buy those chocolates you were supposed pick up. Or, maybe it’s time to get comfortable on the couch and get caught up on Netflix. But what if you want to try something new this Valentine's Day and celebrate in a whole new way? You’re in luck because ...

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Do I need to know a foreign language to teach ESL overseas?

Do I Need to Know a Foreign Language to Teach ESL Overseas?

Many prospective teachers ask whether they need to know the language spoken in the country they hope to teach in. "Do I have to speak fluent Korean to teach in South Korea, or fluent Japanese to teach in Japan?" The short answer is no, you do not have to speak the language, but the more of the language you do know, the easier ...

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5 Travel Tips for Anyone Teaching English in China

5 Travel Tips for Anyone Teaching English in China

So, you have your ESL teaching certificate; you have done all the research on the country you want to live in; you have a job lined up in that country; you have begun the tedious job of getting all your paperwork and travel arrangements in order; you have narrowed down your life to fit in a few suitcases. Now, ...

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