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Living in China can be difficult because you will be dealing with language barriers, cultural shock and to top it of all, everyone in the country uses a different set of social media websites and apps. So I am going to introduce some basic websites and apps so that you don’t feel like living in a black hole where you couldn’t connect with friends and families.

During my orientation in Canada, my vice-principal gave a prep talk on what to expect in China. I remembered something he said that stayed with me even until now. “You have to be fiercely independent to be in China” he said over and over. All the new teachers acknowledge that there will be a massive cultural shock upon arrival; there also will be an immense sense of homesickness.

Oh no, it’s here. You can feel the back of your throat swelling up, your ears are blocked and you know what’s going to happen next: your nose will start running and you will start coughing. Where did you get it from? Was it from school? Was it from someone? Or is it just your lungs acting up from being in a foreign country? Is it the pollution?

A Short Disclaimer

Please note that I am not an accountant, nor am I an international tax expert. I’m an English teacher in South Korea who is interested in personal finance and did a ridiculous amount of research for a book I wrote (The Wealthy English Teacher-find it on Amazon). Heck, I’m not even American!

Going home after teaching English abroad can be pretty intimidating, especially the job part of it. If you don’t want to teach ESL in your home country, what exactly can you do for work? In order to see what people were actually doing, I surveyed 55 old friends and random Internet strangers to find out all the details for you (and myself as well!).

After 10 years teaching English in Korea, I’ve decided to return to Canada within the next year. It’s not without trepidation that I make this decision and truth be told, I’m kind of terrified.

Teaching overseas can be a great experience - countless articles and blog posts provide advice on how to find the perfect job teaching abroad and what an amazing experience teaching overseas can be.

So, you have followed my advice from previous blog posts – you wrote a great resume and found an awesome job. You got your visa and are getting ready to embark on the experience of a lifetime. Here are some tips from someone who has both taught abroad and vicariously experienced the successes and occasional failure of many other teachers through my job as a recruiter.

In my last article I covered how to write a resume for teaching English abroad. This week I’d like to cover some conventional and non-conventional job seeking strategies you can employ to help you find a great job teaching abroad. Many of these same strategies are also applicable to the domestic, non-teaching job market as well.

After several years of somewhat stagnant growth, Anqing has been developing at a good pace recently, both in the commercial and residential sectors. For example, for years the city had only one major supermarket chain called Jin Hua Lin. Now however, we have two new international stores (Carrefour and Auchan, both from France) and RT Mart from Taiwan.

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