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.  

8 Wicked "Weekend" Getaways for English Teachers in Singapore

By: Kelsey Ax

If you’re a teacher at a tuition center like me here in Singapore, your weekends are not your typical Saturdays and Sundays. Most teachers (at least at the company where I work) finish work around 6 PM on Sunday and are not needed to be back at work until Wednesday afternoon. This unconventional schedule provides the perfect opportunity to travel all around Southeast Asia more affordably and take some time away from this little red dot we call home.

10 Photos That Will Inspire You to Move to Teach English in Hong Kong

By Tyler Parsons 

The Peak

One of the most iconic shots of Hong Kong, The Peak provides 360 degree views of the city and Victoria Harbour. Visitors to The Peak can enjoy a nice uphill stroll, but make sure to bring your good walking shoes and a water bottle, as it can be steep! Not feeling the exercise? That’s cool too- just catch the tram that shows off the beauty of the mountain side.

Once at the top, enjoy lunch, coffee shops, or snap a photo on the observation deck.

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.

Xiamen and Hong Kong - A Vacation While Teaching English Abroad

By: David Chen

Going from a small town in rural Montana to the world’s largest nation can really change one’s perspective.

Though, having the opportunity to travel through Fujian Province as well as China’s special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau was regardless an absolutely wonderful experience, and I really have to credit International TEFL Academy for helping me achieve this opportunity. At the time, it was Spring Festival, the time of year in China when everyone, and I mean absolutely everyone, goes back to their hometown to see friends and family again. I had ended up doing the same, and I stayed with my hometown family for about a week. Honestly, it was kind of boring, though I did somehow imbibe a very large amount of rice wine. Afterwards, I started my solo trip by going first to Xiamen.

Teach English in Asia's World City: Hong Kong

Known for its stunning skyline, bustling street life  and fantastic cuisine, Hong Kong is a city of contrasts where East and West truly meet. A modern, vibrant and cosmopolitan center of world commerce and finance, Hong Kong also offers plenty of traditional culture, colorful street life and great cuisine and shopping. Its history and its present have been shaped by Cantonese Chinese and British influences, but as a city of the world, this is place where you can meet people and eat food from nearly every corner of the globe from Vietnam to Italy. Ruled by Britain from 1841 - 1997, Hong Kong is now officially part of China, but retains its own government, law, immigrations controls and financial system. While its population is Chinese and speaks primarily Cantonese, Hong Kong's British roots and its role as an international center of trade and finance translate into huge demand for English skills and English teachers. That’s why if you want to live in this fantastic city, teaching English in Hong Kong may provide you with the opportunities you are looking for.