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10 Things to Know About Meal Time in China

Perhaps you’ve decided that you’re going to study or teach abroad  in China , but you have no idea what to expect culturally. Like most countries, China’s culture is often most evident at meal times, which you will most likely find is much different than what you’re used to back home. The following tips will help you acclimate better and impress your hosts and friends during dinners in China:    1) Family Style Meals are eaten in a...
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I am native Chinese but I have to say... Well, who does so nowadays? You can just be casual, western dining behaviors are acceptab... Read More
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 21:31
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What to Expect When Moving Abroad to China

China  is the type of place where it seems like just about anything could happen. One day you’re walking down the street, a Ferrari passing your right while a man gets an open-blade shave on the sidewalk to your left. People are fishing in the river that runs through the big, polluted city and the pineapple vendors carve the fruit and sell it for 50 cents from little push-carts all day long. It’s a confusing place that throws just about ever...
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Istanbul on a Budget

Istanbul , formerly Constantinople , is one of the most incredible cities in the world. Sitting astride two continents, Istanbul is a city of gorgeous and iconic mosques. This city is filled with all sorts of exciting activities to do, delicious food to devour, and historical sights to absorb. However, while Istanbul is not as expensive as many cities in Western Europe, it can still be a pretty pricey place to have a good time. While off-sea...
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Language Study in Taiwan

Taiwan , officially the Republic of China, is a lovely little island off the coast of China that very few people seem to have ever heard of. I remember telling my friends that I was going to study abroad  in Taiwan only to hear, “Oh Thailand? Cool!” in response more often than not. In reality, Taiwan offers a unique, vibrant, rich culture with friendly people, a great language learning environment, and great food.  Taiwan  operates...
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The Perks and Drawbacks of Being a Global Nomad

Global nomads are an elusive bunch that never seem to sit still. Always on the move to seek out new places, spaces, and experiences, they can be tricky to pin down. If you want to be a part of this lifestyle, prepare yourself. If you are already living the dream, enjoy and hopefully you will find some familiarity.  1. You are always confused about what time it is because of constant jet lag.   2. You have no idea who to root for during ...
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Kristin Addis
Haha! So true. I love this. I especially like the "You are a pro at figuring out which app or communication program works best wit... Read More
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 11:48
Cecilia Haynes
So glad you liked the post! Haha, suggestions for Part 2?
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 12:34
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Especially loved the chef Ramsey prayer to not be poisoned again! Hilarious!
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 02:37
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8 Things to Know About Teaching English in China

Teaching abroad  is one of the best options available to native (or in many countries, such as China, even non-native) English speakers who are looking for some international experience, or perhaps don’t have the best job options back home. I had so many friends in the United States who searched high and low for jobs at home without realizing that there are plenty of opportunities to teach abroad if only they could take the leap of faith int...
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What Volunteering with Peace Corps Teaches You

Part of the adventure of volunteering abroad , especially with the United States Peace Corps , is accepting it comes with certain risks and lack of conveniences that will change how you live your life forever. What I learned as a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) has shaped how I have approached everything since. I served as an Education/Information and Communication Technology (ED/ICT) volunteer in Guyana , South America (2008-2010), with only basic n...
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Luis Armando Correa
How do you apply to become a volunteer abroad? I would like to know if there are any benefits involved.
Monday, 23 June 2014 12:44
Chase Chisholm
Dear Luis Armando Correa, Thank you for your comment! I encourage you to check out the links included in this article for more in... Read More
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 08:00
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Reasons Why You Should Teach English at a Public School in Korea

This is not a post about why you should not teach at a private institute, called a hagwon  in South Korea . This is an article about why you should consider teaching through the English Program in Korea (EPIK) , the leading, government-sponsored organization in charge of placing Guest English Teachers (GETs) in public elementary, middle, and high schools throughout Korea.     Orientation and Training  EPIK’s orientation is org...
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Mends Akenten
This is awesome and I am looking forward to be part as soon as I get the opportunity
Thursday, 02 April 2015 13:14
Chase Chisholm
Dear Mends Akenten, Thanks for taking time to comment. It really is a fantastic opportunity. I hope you get the chance soon, as ... Read More
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 07:10
HelpGoAbroad Ltd.
Hello Chase! I would be glad if you can walk me through the application process. I am eagerly waiting to join you in Korea to teac... Read More
Thursday, 09 April 2015 22:40
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Teach Abroad in Myanmar

If you want to make an impact in a country’s overall advancement, especially within education, teaching in Myanmar  is right for you. What you will experience is a beautiful, spiritual place colored by vibrant diversity and history, stuck between what was, and what is, a nation in extreme transition.     MYANMAR OR BURMA? This seems to be a touchy, somewhat sensitive topic. In short, saying Myanmar is okay. The word Myanmar in the ...
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Intern Abroad in India

India  is a roller coaster of a nation that will take you on a wild ride of extremes from the moment you strap in and touch down. Vibrant, intense, and full of spice, India is in your face and will stay with you long after you are gone. It is also one of the fastest growing and largest economies in the world. If you are looking to break into a new industry or need some important experience to improve your marketability to future employers, t...
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