Vacation Time in China & How it Works

By: Alyssa Driscoll

I just booked a trip to South Korea, which is really exciting and fun. One of the biggest perks of working abroad is seeing not just your home city, but so many others cities and countries. Especially coming from the east coast of the United States to Asia. It’s incredible. So vacations, how do they work?

5 Ways to Get Around Beijing, China


By: Alyssa Driscoll

When I was looking at a map of Beijing, China, way before I moved here, I remember initially thinking, ‘how is this city so incredibly huge?’ I grew up in a city with no public transportation and biking on the road was not safe (Ohio drivers, am I right?). I was worried about how I would handle being completely reliant on public transport and how much money it would cost.

Teaching English in Chongqing, China with Jessica Stanton [Video]

What's it like to live and teach English in China?

Watch this video to see ITA Ambassador, Jessica Stanton, share with us a day-in-her-life living and teaching English in Chongqing, China.

In this video, Jessica covers: 

  • A tour of her Chongqing apartment
  • Teaching English in Medellin, Colombia before moving to China
  • Dating in China
  • Securing her job prior to moving to China & Z-visas for working legally in China
  • What happens if you try to teach English in China without a visa
  • Being a person of color in China
  • A tour of her school and shows us where she works
  • Interviews her fellow American TEFL teachers about what they like about Chongqing
  • Takes us into her classroom to meet her adorable students
  • Her teaching schedule and the ages of the children she teaches
  • A breakdown of her monthly expenses in terms of salary, rent, utilities, transportation, food & drink, etc 

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.

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.