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Dr. Norman Bethune (Bai Qiuen), the heroic Canadian doctor, who died helping the Chinese people during the anti Japanese war, is probably the best-known Canadian in the world. This is due in part to the large population of China as well as Mao Zedong's eulogy to Bethune, which all Chinese were urged to read.

Don't make promises you can't keep otherwise you are most likely to disappoint people. So, when I promised my students that I would return in 3 years to attend their graduation, I was determined to keep that commitment.

You’re lying awake at night trying to decide if moving to a foreign country to teach English is the right thing to do. There are so many unknowns. What if you make the wrong decision? In theory, it should be good based on all the information you have, but what about the unknowns?

If you are considering flying half way around the world for a new job, at a new school in a new country you want to make sure you have made the right decision. This is literally a life changing decision, in every sense of the world, and the first step is making sure your resume is as good as it possibly can be.

Teaching jobs in China are a dime a dozen. We’ve helped hundreds of qualified teachers find excellent jobs in China.

Indeed, the jobs are ubiquitous, which is why they’re often overlooked in favour of jobs in the Middle East where money falls from the sky, or South East Asia with sublime beaches and low-cost living.

What is a gig?

A temporary job. Usually void of benefits, such as health care, and pensions. They pay either hourly or as one lump sum. Some longer-term gigs may be salaried but they’re also void of restrictive bosses that have a certain quasi-ownership of their employees.

Don’t get me wrong - over the past 10 years I’ve placed hundreds of South African teachers in rewarding jobs around the world. I like South African candidates - compared to North American or British teachers you are less entitled, you work hard and you have staying power.

An international teaching job was one of my best life experiences. I relocated to in Indonesia for two years and I struggled with the decision to teach abroad at first and whether that particular position was the best one for me at the time.

Most people have done interview practice in the past, learning about how to answer common interview questions and how to avoid common mistakes when giving interview answers. However, most articles, workshops, and seminars on the subject of interview technique are aimed at people applying to huge multinationals with skilled and professional recruitment teams.

It’s always a mistake when I get cocky and write in pen in my lesson plan book. Although it’s gotten a little easier over the years, pacing a lesson is one of the most challenging things for teachers. You have unexpected delays, events, differing abilities among students and difficulty in the material taught.

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