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RTT Trip to Jiufen

RTT Trip to Jiufen

After a week of non-stop rain, wind and generally miserable weather, I wasn’t expecting a great turn out for our day trip to Jiufen on Sunday. However, as you can see from the photos, I needn’t have worried. I had blue skies, glorious sunshine and plenty of great company! Seventeen of us met in Taipei on Sunday afternoon to make the trip up to Jiufen for a day of exploring and sightseeing. First stop: the gold ecological mining town in Jinguashi, but not before a quick pit stop to fuel up with hot dogs and fried food at a vendor stall. Walking, munching and talking we wandered around the park and the Crown Prince Chalet, taking in all of the historical Japanese architecture and beautiful Japanese gardens. We particularly liked the ancient crazy golf course in the Prince’s back garden! Unfortunately it didn’t look like it was open for business so we left the crowds and tourists behind as we headed up into the mountains towards the Golden Shrine. 5000 steps later, (maybe a little exaggeration, but it surely felt like 5000!) we reached the top where we enjoyed the spectacular views of the ocean and surrounding mountains, as well […]

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7 Classroom Tips for English Teachers Abroad

7 Classroom Tips for English Teachers Abroad

The classroom tips below are general in nature and are intended to be more of a navigational tool than anything else. As it is virtually impossible to account for every possible teaching style and method, think of these classroom tips for English teachers abroad as best practices.

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How To Survive Reverse Culture Shock

How To Survive Reverse Culture Shock

We all know what it feels like to walk into a new culture we know nothing about. Almost all of us have experienced culture shock. By the time we return to our home countries, the last thing on our mind is how different things might feel. You may have only been away for a year. Maybe you have been gone for 10 years, but one thing for certain is that it is easier to go to a new country then return to your home country! Here are some thoughts from our staff and teachers on reverse culture shock: “The first thing I noticed when I got home was that everything was expensive. After a year of living in Asia you start to take for granted how much lower the cost of living is. It takes a few weeks to get used to paying five dollars for a loaf of bread and tipping at every restaurant. The second biggest trial was the waste. You quickly become aware how much we westerners waste after spending time abroad. The other tests of the reverse culture shocked traveler, in my case, were readjusting to being around people en masse all the time, and speaking […]

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RTT March Event: Day trip to Jiufen.

RTT March Event: Day trip to Jiufen.

Reach To Teach’s monthly event in Taiwan takes us to Jiufen in Taipei County. Jiufen is a gold mining town built in the mountains of Northern Taiwan, with historical buildings, and break-taking views of the sea and mountains.

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Teach and Learn in Georgia Program!

A new adventure in the country of Georgia awaits. Cut off from the world for years Georgia has emerged as a stabilized country ready to step into the 21st century by using English to connect with teachers around the world. Up to 1000 new positions are available in Georgia alone this year.

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Teaching in China? Don’t Freak Out When…

China can be an out-of-this-world experience and many people aren’t prepared for some of things they might encounter in the Middle Kingdom. So, if you’re teaching in China, please don’t freak out when… people stare someone of the same gender holds your hand or asks you to dance (this is a sign of friendship) you wash your clothes for the first time and your rinse water is black people rummage through your grocery cart people put food on your plate people call you fat to your face you blow your nose and your snot is black (coal is used in some cities and the air is full of smoke) your water is turned off you can’t flush your toilet people get up close and personal (Our sense of personal space is different from theirs) people jump in front of you in line or you get pushed out of the way people randomly shout out, “Hallo!” and then giggle cars, buses, bikes and mule carts do not wait for you to cross the street you end up driving with a taxi driver who seems to have a death wish your empty or near empty glass is refilled to the brim someone […]

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RTT Teachers: Lisa Vinish

Lisa Vinish, a Reach To Teach teacher in South Korea, talks about her experiences living and teaching abroad.

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RTT January 2011 Event: A Night Out at On Tap.

RTT January 2011 Event: A Night Out at On Tap.

I should’ve known we were in trouble when we were offered a special discounted drinks menu with beers for 100 NT and shots for 50NT. A recipe for disaster you might say. Nope, apparently it’s the perfect recipe for a great Saturday night (and a not so great Sunday morning hangover!) These photos were taken upstairs at On Tap, smiles all round as usual from the Reach to Teach gang. It was nice to see some familiar faces and catch up with everyone. I hope that everyone enjoyed the evening and that the hangover on Sunday was worth it! Details about the next Reach to Teach event will be posted soon, so keep your eye out and make sure you get involved! If you have any ideas or suggestions for a future event which you would like us to organise, then please get in touch. You can email me on lisa@reachtoteachrecruting.com

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