A few years ago I was really bored of my normal life in America. I had never left my home town and was looking for something new and exciting to do with my life. I didn’t want to wait until I was old and retired to start traveling, so I started looking for ways to travel ASAP.
I didn’t have much money and I knew I would need a way to make a living, so I stated looking into ESL jobs in China. I had heard from other friends that like to travel that teaching English is one of the best ways to be able to travel and see the world without having to worry about making a living, and many of them mentioned China as the best country to go teach right now.
I found a recruiting company called New Life ESL that is owned by three American expats living in China. Since they had already been through the experience that I wanted to have and they knew a whole lot about China, I figured I would talk to them about helping me find a job. I got in touch with them and they were able to help me find an awesome job in China very quickly.
After taking care of all the paperwork and getting my visa, I was on a plane to China less than a month later. I was very nervous when I first headed over, as I knew that life in China would be nothing like the small town that I great up in. But at the same time I was very excited for exactly that same reason. Many of my friends and family members had never even traveled outside of our state, let alone got on a plane and flew to China.
Some friends said I was crazy, a lot said I was brave, and my parents told me they would miss me but were proud of me taking this risk. When I arrived, everything was even more awesome than I ever could have imagined it being. I’ve been teaching here now for coming up on two years and I couldn’t be happier here. I might end up being a China lifer, as it seems hard for me to imagine going back to my old life in small town America.
I know that I’d miss so much about China. The food, the people, the beautiful scenery and culture, speaking Chinese with all my new friends, etc. It’s such a great quality of life here that I can’t even really begin to describe to people that haven’t been here. I would only say that if you’re thinking about teaching overseas, you should absolutely do it. It will be an experience that you’ll remember forever and it will change you for the better in so many ways. Don’t doubt yourself, just get on that plane and come enjoy life overseas.
If you have any questions about teaching in China, feel free to comment below and I’d be happy to answer them.Comments Off on Teaching English Overseas Will Change Your Life Forever