Happy Chinese New Year! Teaching English in Asia During Holidays

恭喜发财 - “Congratulations and Be Prosperous!"  


Greetings to nearly 2 billion people in China, Asia and throughout the world who are celebrating the Lunar New Year, the most important holiday of the year for millions from Shanghai to Singapore. Centuries old and based in ancient Chinese myth and tradition, the “Spring Festival” as it is known in China is a two-week celebration centered around family gatherings, special foods and other traditions that vary from region to region. Many of these customs revolve around the ideals of reflecting on oneself and ushering in good fortune for the New Year.  The Lunar New Year in 2019 begins on February 5 and is the Year of the Pig.  From ChinaKorea and Vietnam to Taiwan and Malaysia, this holiday is a cultural focal point in many of the most popular destinations for certified English teachers.  

A 6-Step Plan for Getting Hired to Teach English in China

How do I get a job teaching English in China?

Follow the insider tips below to help you get hired as an English teacher in cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and across China: 

  1. Call An Advisor & Begin Your Research
  2. Enroll in a TEFL Class
  3. Prepare For Your Job Search
  4. Interview & Apply for Positions
  5. Sign A Contract, Make Travel & Visa Arrangements
  6. Hop On a Plane to China and Begin Your New Adventure!

 

11 Tips for Budget Travel in Asia

By Paige Lee

One of the most beautiful things about teaching and traveling in Asia is how inexpensive everything can seem compared to costs in your home country. Paying a dollar for a beer or 30 cents for a bus ride can make cash feel like monopoly money! But if you’re planning to do a long backpacking trip before or after a year of teaching in Asia (like I did after my year teaching in China), spending money like it’s a toy can catch up with you. Fortunately, Asia is one of the easiest regions to travel and cut costs in!

Lucky for you, many of the ITA Admissions Advisors taught English in Asia (China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, etc…) so we’ve got cheap travel down to a science! Below are 11 of our favorite tips to get the most out an extended trip in Asia!

The Top 9 Public Transportation Systems Around the World

So you're moving halfway across the world to teach English abroad. The thought of waiting in the cold for a stalled train or not having right correct local currency to take the bus is enough to make you never venture out, especially when living in a foreign country. Indeed, wondering how you will get around is something that many first-time travelers and teachers worry about as they contemplate their options.

Not to worry, future teachers, your mind is about to be blown by some of the most efficient, clean and flat out cool transportation systems from abroad. Here are our top choices!

6 Culinary Adventures to Experience While Teaching English in Asia

By Chelsea Hendrickx

One of the best parts of living in a foreign culture is that you get to enjoy all the weird and wonderful foods it has to offer. You can order a pizza with reindeer meat on it in Finland or sample roast guinea pigs in Peru, but nothing tops the world’s list of culinary adventures like Asia, whose range of unusual foods sometimes baffle even the most ambitious foodies.

After polling teachers who have taught English in Asia about the good, the bad, and the ugly of the food scene abroad, here’s the list of things you’ve got to try, even if just for the story. Most of these foods can be found across many countries in Asia and even the west, but we’ve highlighted the ones each teacher remembers the most fondly from their experience abroad.

Top 5 Destinations to Surf and Teach English abroad


Love to surf and want to see the world?

Teaching English abroad provides a viable way to get paid to live overseas in any of up to 80 countries around the world, including many that offer great surfing opportunities. From Costa Rica and Brazil to Thailand and Taiwan, here are some of my top picks: