Introduction to teaching English as a second language in China
I didn’t train to become a teacher, or to teach English as a secondary language. But here I am years later in China teaching English after also teaching ESL in South Korea. In this guide I am aiming to show you why China is currently the best country to Teach ESL abroad, and why it could be one of the best decisions you ever make. As it seems to be one of the top decisions I’ve made for myself.
I am able to save TENS OF THOUSANDS of dollars per year, travel 2-3 MONTHS a year and live comfortably abroad, experiencing new languages and cultures around the world.
5 Movies Travelers Should Watch Before Visiting South Korea
In South Korea, film and travel are closely intertwined. South Korean studios are known for not dismantling the filming locations of movies that turn out to be globally popular, instead turning these locations into hiking spots, tourist traps, and other Instagram-worthy destinations. Here are some of the movies that you need to see before you set foot in gorgeous South Korea.
How to escape the rat race, forever.
Crouched over my desk with my face in my hands, and it was only Tuesday. It was mid month and I was far behind on my sales quota for the month. Generally that’s a stressful enough situation, as is. But I was a few weeks away from needing to find a new place to live or move back in with my parents far away from where I was working. Hey, at least it wasn’t the street, right? At the time I was convinced my next move was to purchase a house, so on top of this I was regularly viewing and working to put offers on houses. Which intensifies the stress of being behind on your sales.
Low disposable income, stressed out over acquiring and managing a mortgage, constantly grinding on a job that paid variably. ‘Fuck this’ I thought. I was a few years out of university working a less than ideal job than I had imagined for myself after completing a bachelor’s degree. I was in minimal debt but wasn’t doing much in the way of saving and I was looking to lock myself into a mortgage in a small city where I grew up, because I thought that was the right thing to do as an adult. I’m sure there are many others my age who can relate.
What do you want in life?
Since my multi-month-long vacation has ended, I’ve been back to work and in a steady routine again. Which mostly includes work. Also featuring a healthier diet, regular gym visits and occasional reading and writing. It feels like months since I’ve picked through a book. I’ve currently been reading ‘the monk who sold his Ferrari’. A nice story-style personal development book. I must admit, over the last few years I’ve started to see personal development books more as mental masterbation than anything else. Spewing the same ideas again and again. Thankfully, I’ve actually put into action at least one of the lessons or suggestions from the book. Meditation.
In search of excellence
Editor: This is a guest post from Matthew Bailey. He is a professional hockey player in Europe, a living testament to discipline and one of the most driven people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Learn how to pursue excellence directly from someone who has come closer than most people ever do. You can read more about Matthew on his website, Evolving Excellence.
I believe the key driver which has allowed me to achieve many goals in my life is to hold myself accountable to a very high standard. It is also my belief that it was my parents who instilled this attribute in me at a young age.