Work Abroad

Work Abroad in China

Without knowing Chinese

  • Do you desire to work abroad?
  • Would you like to get paid to travel?
  • Did you know that you don’t need to speak Chinese to teach English in China?
  • Did you know that you don’t have to be a teacher to teach English in China?
  • Do you realize that China needs thousands of English teachers every month?
  • Did you know that you can teach English as a second language, with no experience?
  • Would you like to stand out in a sea of job applicants?
  • How would you like to develop international relationships?
  • Did you know that you pay a lot less income tax while working in China?


The Internet has not only made the world smaller it gives us a glimpse of places, culture and people that we might not have ever known. For many it has awakened the desire to travel, the need to gain personal experiences and not just read about them in books. Some have set their sights on far-away lands, beyond the shores of their country. Visiting different countries taking in the sights for only a week or two. Then there are those who are lucky enough to work abroad, immersing themselves in a foreign culture like me.

Do you have the desire to travel abroad and visit new cultures? Meet new people? Then Do it. Millions of people go abroad every year, sadly, most of them don’t have much control over where and when, or even how long they will stay. There are a few job categories that offer a person the ability to travel and work on their terms. I would ask, why visit overseas for a week or two, when you can work abroad and have the time to see so much more? You probably already have the necessary skills, and there are thousands of locations wanting what you can offer. English.

There are many jobs that offer you the control over your travel. But many of them take years of training or practice to become proficient enough to make a living — for example a freelance photographer, a writer or a speaker. But there are some jobs that you already have the necessary training. Have you ever considered the enormous opportunities that Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) abroad has to offer?

There are thousands of jobs for TEFL teachers to work abroad every month in dozens of countries. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to speak the native language, as I personally found out. I worked overseas for several years teaching English in China and was surprised at how many major street signs have both Chinese and English. I found that most of the time I did not need to know any Chinese to get what I wanted. I could still watch Fox News, CNN and a lot of other American and international shows on their internet sites. Teaching English in a foreign country turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life, and glad that I had the opportunity to experience the Chinese culture. Whether you just graduated from college, looking to do something different or want to get paid to travel, a job teaching English as a second language might be just the ticket for you.

I thought that to get a job teaching English in a foreign country you had to have a teaching degree or a certificate, that is not entirely correct, but it does help. I went to China with a two-year degree on a tourist visa and with no experience as a teacher. Within a month had a teaching job at a large English school that paid better many jobs in the states. I would not recommend that you follow in my footsteps but learn from my experience. If I were going to do it again,  I would spend a few hundred dollars and get a TEFL certificate before leaving to teach overseas.

I would work abroad in China because it is the third largest country by land mass, the most populated and has the largest economy. China is one of the oldest civilizations dating back over 10,000 years. The Chinese brought us the compass, paper, gunpowder and silk. It is the home of the Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall of China, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world still standing, and the only man-made structure that can be seen from space. In 2008, China hosted the Summer Olympics for the first time. Pulling out all the stops to put their best foot forward, inviting the world to get a glimpse of this mystical country.

Having lived and worked in China for over three years, I can tell you firsthand that it’s truly a magnificent and spectacular country. I have seen rows upon rows of the Terracotta Warriors and the walked on the great wall, both in Beijing and Nanjing. I have sat in chairs over 2000 years old and walk in gardens designed over 1500 years ago. One of the other judges in an English contest told me that he had been teaching English as a Second Language for nearly two decades in over a dozen different countries. He said that the other countries are foreign and different, but China is another world.

I was invited to judge a group of plays at Nankai University that were written and performed in English. One of the other judges there told me that he had been teaching English as a Second Language for nearly two decades in over a dozen different countries. He said that the other countries are foreign and different, but China is another world.

When people find out that I lived in China, they assume that I speak Chinese, I don’t. I still boarded a plane and went to China, where I got job Teaching English as a Second language. China should be on your list of places to visit, and I can show you how to visit and work in China on someone else’s nickel. While there I was fortunate to take some Chinese tours, visiting some unusual and exotic places where I was an uncommon tourist. Find out just how easy it is to get a job teaching English, allowing you to travel and have the adventure of a lifetime.


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Road sign in Tianjin, found at workabroadchina

Many cities have the major road signs in both languages.
Chinese learning English for the Olympics.

Robert is teaching an adult ESL class for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Jade sculpture of a teapot sitting on coins.

Jade sculpture of a teapot somewhere outside of Xi’an.
Silk Dress Fashion Show in Hang Zhou

Silk Fashion Show in Hangzhou China
Hang Zhou Directions

Direction sign using Chinese and English in Hangzhou.
Four Terracotta horses pulling a Chariot and driver.

One of over 130 Terracotta chariots found just east of Xi’an China.