My Classroom Experiences while Teaching English in China

By: Amanda Martin

When I first arrived in China to teach, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Would the children hate me?

Would they understand what I was saying?

What would I be able to get my point across?

All of these questions floated around in my head, and it made me feel a bit uneasy. I had previous experience working with children in Texas, but this was a whole other ball game. I was already in China when these thoughts occurred, so there was no turning back. I had to dive into it and give it all that I had.

欢迎您到中国来 – Welcome to the Middle Kingdom

By: Anthony Fehr 

The Beginning

Having lived in China for two and a half years now, I can safely say that I would have never expected any – if not most – of what I’ve experienced had I stayed at home. Home for me is Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I do love my country, but I felt as though I needed a new adventure in my life. That’s where International TEFL Academy (ITA) came in. After researching many options, I couldn’t be happier that I chose ITA for my TEFL certification. My primary country of choice was, without question, Italy; I wanted to get in touch with my culture. However, once I finished my TEFL course, I spoke with an experienced traveler/teacher from the ITA Alumni Facebook Group and he recommended China. He even recommended a company to work with, so I felt like everything was falling into place faster than I could plan it. I had a Skype demo and signed a contract and before I knew it, I was on a plane flying to a country that I never thought I’d experience.

What's Next? My Journey from China to Spain

By: James Ritchey

What’s next? Isn’t this the question we ask ourselves throughout our lives? It’s certainly gone through my mind more than I can count. I’m James Ritchey, a 30-something graduate from Arkansas with a degree in biology and Spanish. I think that, like most of you, I’ve spent the majority of my life asking myself what happens next. Graduating from university, being unable to find work with my degree (I didn’t have experience, but how can you get experience without a job, right?), and ending bad relationships have all left me worrying about this seemingly simple question. Unfortunately, it’s not one that ever seems to have a simple answer.

How Do You Say Spanish in Chinese?

By: Jessica Stanton

So Jess, what’s next? That’s the question everyone seems to ask as soon as I’ve gotten completely comfortable with what’s now. I’ve gotten so used to saying “I don’t know” it spills out of my mouth even when I do know sometimes.

Once I decided to change careers from medical assistant turned hairstylist & bartender to teach English abroad, I knew I’d end up teaching English in China. During my online TEFL course at ITA, my cultural sensitivity essay focused on just that. What I didn’t know was that my road to the Far East would begin in South America.

Unexpected Outcomes

By: Michael Geer

In the fall of 2014, I left the United States. I said goodbye to my friends and family and headed off to South Korea for a new career in teaching. It was a terrifying leap into the unknown. I flew with the intention to make my expat life temporary, two years tops. Then I’d come home and figure out the next phase of my career.

Five year later I left Korea, but I didn’t go home to the States. I came to China.