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Thai Food

The Secret to Thai Food & Why You Have to Experience It

Known for its tropical jungles, exotic beaches and humid weather, Thailand exudes life and friendliness to its visitors. Whether you're in the busy, packed and ultramodern city of Bangkok or the historic Chiang Mai, there is so much to see and do in this country known as "The Land of Smiles." (Don't miss our blog post on how teaching ...

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What I Wish I'd Known

4 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Diving in to a TESOL Job

Picking up and moving to a different country isn't something to be taken lightly. It takes courage and fortitude to immerse yourself in a culture that is different from your own, let alone learning the language spoken locally. On the other hand, the adventures you'll have and the friendships you'll develop, along with the work experience you'll gain will ...

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Land of Smiles

Teaching English Abroad: Waking Up Daily in the Land of Smiles

Sawasdee kah! Or should I say, "hello" from Thailand, the "land of smiles". I’ve been living here for awhile now and each day is a totally eye-opening experience. I’m located in Kabinburi which is a rough, 3 hour cramped mini-van ride to Bangkok and about two hours west of the Cambodian border. It’s a small town where everyone knows ...

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Japanese Museums

The Offbeat, Funky and Just Plain Weird Museums of Japan

The Japanese have come to be known for sharing both a fascinating cultural heritage that spans thousands of years as well as a modern love for technology, gadgets, anime and pop culture. For individuals embarking on a career teaching English abroad in Japan, this dichotomy often shows up in weekend outings and days off spent exploring all that this ...

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How Vietnamese Food...

Teaching English Abroad: How a Year of Vietnamese Dinners Changed the Course of My Life

From chopsticks and sushi in Japan to kimchi and rice in South Korea, I was able to travel around the world while teaching English. My journey started as a volunteer English tutor for a Vietnamese woman who wanted to pass the U.S. citizenship test. She insisted on cooking dinner for me twice a week for the year that I ...

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Chinese Culture

Chinese Culture 101: Understanding How to Live as an ESL Teacher in China

China, the world's most populous country with over 1 billion people, is an intriguing mix of ancient and new cultures that commands respect and awareness for their way of life. Whether you're thinking of just visiting or are headed over to be an ESL teacher in China, here are some culture tips and guidelines to smooth your way: [caption ...

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Adapting to Culture

Adapting to the Culture & Everyday Life as an ESL Teacher

While going to a new place is exciting, it can also be challenging. We’ve talked about it before, but culture is an area that sometimes takes the most adjustment for a newcomer to a country. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, culture is defined as: The beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time; a particular ...

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TESOL, TEFL, TESL - What's With All the Acronyms

TESOL, TEFL, TESL – What’s With all the Acronyms

If you’ve been considering a career teaching English abroad, you’ve likely been doing some research and asking around about certification options, classroom styles and job requirements. Chances are, you’ve run across one or more of the common acronyms like TESOL, TEFL or TESL that are used to describe the various ESL (English as a Second Language) certification programs. Many ...

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