Holidays & Festivals to Celebrate While Teaching English in China

By Amanda Barrows

As with most other world cultures and countries around the world, China has various unique national holidays which exemplify the values of family, tradition and national pride. These holidays span the history of China’s development and are strong indicators of the importance of cultural tradition in the midst of modern society. Every season brings a new holiday and reason to celebrate. Whether one is setting off fireworks to commemorate success, exchanging red envelopes or cleaning ancestral tombs, there is a sense of community of unity and a shared culture of collectivity.

Ambassador City Fact Sheet: Guangzhou, China

To help our students and graduates make a smooth transition to their new lives teaching English abroad, we've enlisted our ITA Ambassadors to provide us with insider facts and tips for making the most of life in major cities around the globe like Guangzhou, China.

Whether it's finding an English-speaking doctor, opening a bank account, or simply finding a supermarket where you can find the odd comfort food from home (peanut butter!), our ambassadors have actionable on-the-ground-tips to help you feel at home in your new home city.  Please note that things change and we will do our best to keep these "Fact Sheets" updated over time and that current and future ambassadors will continue to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information possible.

The 5 W's of Teaching English Online

By: Kathleen Graham

Say WHAT? You Can Teach Online?

While living and teaching English in China in 2016, I met all kinds of Chinese people obsessed with learning English. I was surprised to find so many people learning English just for their own enjoyment (my wonderful, hilarious, crazy, scatter-brained landlord included), but of course there were those that were competing for spots at universities or in the workplace and dreaming of their bright futures. The people I noticed the most were parents pushing their kids to learn English from a very young age, similar to parents in a few other countries in Asia. However, it was clear from my everyday experience at a Chinese school near Guangzhou that students didn’t and probably never would get enough speaking time in their over-crowded classrooms.

So when I first discovered VIPKID (pronounced V-I-P-kid) from their bright orange advertisement with the yellow dinosaur, I thought to myself, “Why didn’t I think of that?” The market for young students learning English online, especially with one-on-one classes, is booming in China, and there are already quite a few companies that are popular with TEFL professionals living all over the world. Even though I live in the United States, I still get to “teach in China every day” and make a difference in children’s lives from halfway around the world!

5 Expert Tips On What to Pack for Teaching English in Suzhou, China

By Amanda Barrows

Packing for life abroad can seem like a daunting task. One doesn’t want to turn up to a new country empty-handed. Yet, at the same time, bringing everything is not practical. After some careful thought and planning, I’ve devised some strategies and helpful tips that helped me as I prepared for my new life teaching English in China. I’m here to share 5 helpful tips to make your packing experience a cinch as you prepare for your new life abroad.

3-Month English Home Tutoring & Cultural Exchange in China

By Shay Ames

Are you between school as a student? A teacher? Do you have a three month window of opportunity to teach abroad & experience the international adventure of a lifetime?

International TEFL Academy is proud to offer our students & alumni a unique opportunity to teach English in Beijing or Shanghai, China while living with a local family for three months! This unique program exclusively available to ITA students & graduates provides a fantastic short-term teaching opportunity in one of the historic nations on earth.

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!