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Interview With Sydney – Teaching in Taiwan During COVID19

Interview With Sydney - Teaching in Taiwan During COVID19

Interview with a Reach To Teach teacher who arrived in Taiwan in Jan 2020. Learn about teaching in Taiwan during COVID19 and her experiences in Taiwan.

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5 Amazing Bookstores In Asia That Bookworms Will Love

5 Amazing Bookstores In Asia That Bookworms Will Love

If you’re anything like me, you spend half of your time on vacation with a margarita in one hand and a book in the other. That is why knowing where the best bookstores in Asia will help! 

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What Suits You? Taiwan or China?

What Suits You? Taiwan or China?

What suits you? Taiwan or China? Read about the differences between both countries. While both countries have similarities, they can vary in lifestyles.

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Taiwan Firsts – What To Expect When You Visit Taiwan for the First Time

Taiwan Firsts - What To Expect When You Visit Taiwan for the First Time

Taiwan Firsts – What To Expect When You Visit Taiwan for the First Time As my parents are getting ready to return to the U.S. from their trip to Taiwan, they reminded me what it’s like to not only visit Taiwan, but also Asia, for the first time. After being exposed to Asian culture for a majority of my life, it’s easy to forget that parts of it vary greatly from what people may be accustomed to in Western culture. Moving from a Western country to an Asian one can bring with it real culture shock. Here a few regularities that those of us living in Asia may have already gotten used to. What’s That Smell? As my parents and I were walking through some of the night markets in Taiwan they kept commenting on the awful smell in the air. For those of us living in Taiwan we know exactly what that smell is – Stinky Tofu. It took me a second to realize what they were talking about because I hardly notice the smell anymore; however, they’re right, it smells. I mean, there’s a reason it’s called Stinky Tofu. Trust me though, it delicious when fried with cabbage […]

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Joys of Free Time

Joys of Free Time

Ah! The joys of free time! A year ago, I was a busy beaver. There was so much to do back then; documents after documents needed to be filled, apostilled, signed- a long list of tasks needed to get done.

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Making Your Schedule Work For You While Living Abroad

Making Your Schedule Work For You While Living Abroad

Making your schedule work for you while living abroad is crucial to life abroad. It’s important to manage your time to take advantage of all possibilities Although a year sounds like a long time, it flies by before you can even realize it. Being in a new country and missing out on everything it has to offer is a mistake some travelers come to regret in the future. Making a plan for what to do in your spare time can prevent future feelings of regret or feelings of missing out on potential self-improvement and adventuring. Although teaching abroad will occupy a chunk of your time: making lesson plans, preparing projects and activities, writing progress reports for students; that doesn’t go to say you will not have free time to travel and continue to improve yourself. Potential Schedules Most people who come to teach in Asia have a few options with their work schedules. One option is to work afternoons and evenings in “training schools” or “cram schools.” These schools often cater to students ranging from elementary school all the way to adults. Work hours at such schools after start around 1pm and last until about 6 or 7pm. Usually these […]

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Cultural Challenges

Cultural Challenges

Cultural challenges will happen whilst you’re abroad, you will get lost, something in your apartment will break, or someone will laugh at you for pronouncing something wrong in another language.

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An Aboriginal New Year

An Aboriginal New Year

An aboriginal new year celebration is a unique and wonderful experience that I have had the privilege of taking part in. It would be amiss to say Western New Year celebrations are far and few between in Taiwan.

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