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10 Reasons Why Colombia Should Be On Your Radar

When you think of Colombia, what comes to mind? While the country has had its share of image problems stemming from drug cartels and corrupt government officials, the safety problems of the past have rapidly improved since the turn of the century. Tourism is on the rise and while there may be a new fascination […]

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Teaching English in Sichuan

If you’re interested in a unique experience as well as travel you may want to consider teaching English in China via a TEFL internship. You don’t need to know the local language or have any previous teaching experience. To teach English on the program, you need only a TEFL certificate. TEFL internships like this offer […]

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

10 Reasons to Love Argentina

If being in the world’s new TEFL hot-spot or the chance to live with a local family just wasn’t enough for you, we want to show you why you should experience Argentina first hand and fall in love with a country that can be sunny at the top, whilst locals spot penguins at the tip. […]

Monday, January 11th, 2016

21 Weird & Wonderful Facts about China

1. Fortune cookies were not created in China, but San Francisco in the early 1900s China uses 45 billion chopsticks a year Reincarnation is forbidden without government permission in China The world’s biggest mall is located in China, but is 99% empty Paper money was invented in China 1,400 years ago Table tennis is China’s […]

Friday, November 27th, 2015

The 6 Best Things About Living in Thailand

Thailand has been known for years as the ultimate destination for living out bucket list wishes and has been subject to long term travel goals for even longer, so there must be a number of reasons why people find themselves heading back to the South of Asia time and time again. A perfect balance of […]

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

14 Weird Facts about Colombia

Forget about everything you thought you knew about Colombia. The country is now one of the safest in South America, imposes short-term laws to avoid violence and has eradicated it’s drug-fuelled past to create an absolutely beautiful place to live, visit and teach in. These weird facts will help you get over the culture shock […]

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Top 5 Free Apps To Download Before You Travel

Top 5 Free Apps to Download Before Teaching Abroad Technology is everything nowadays and whilst some see this as a hindrance, having your phone stuck in your hand can be incredibly helpful when attempting to discover a new area. Whether you need help with the local lingo, are craving a speciality dish or are simply […]

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Why Sichuan?

Sichuan is a huge province located in South West China, and with a population of 81,100,100, it is the fourth largest province in the country. Famous for pandas, ancient artefacts and delicious food, Sichuan is a favourite among the ESLstarter staff and TEFL teachers alike. With our latest internship cohort settling into their orientation, we […]

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

The Benefits of a Home-Stay Placement

Moving to another country for a large chunk of the year can be quite daunting, especially if you plan on leaving your friends and family in your home country which is probably why in 2014 28% of TEFL students opted for a home-stay placement during their time in the field. Staying with a host family […]

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Why Teach In Argentina?

Argentina is beautiful country with a very varied landscape. From the high peaks of the Andes to the glacial wonders of the South, Argentina really packs a punch. Offering exotic and tasty food with a breathtaking backdrop, there really is no reason why you would not want to teach English in Argentina. Becoming an English […]

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Five Things I Learned From Teaching English In Asia

By Amy Blyth from Our Big Fat Travel Adventure I’ll never forget my first teaching experience. It was a Sunday and I was taking a summer-school class at a language centre in Hanoi, Vietnam’s chaotic capital. It was swelteringly hot, I had a sore throat and was visibly shaking with nerves. I’d spent hours planning […]

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

The Day Without A Temple: A Trip To Queen Saovabha Institue & Snake Farm

At some point in time you just get templed out. Yes, they are beautiful & full of history, but today we needed a break. And I’m not talking about a walk around a market not buying anything because it won’t fit in our backpacks kind of a break. We needed a non-temple, non-market somethin’ somethin’ […]

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Singapore Hostel Review: Royal Hostel

Apart from telling funny stories I figure I should do something that’s actually useful with all of this travel knowledge I’m gaining. That being said, I am going to try & do a hostel review for everywhere I stay. Please note that this was an afterthought that I didn’t actually have until sometime in Phuket, […]

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Singapore Book Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

  Let me start this post by saying I have no idea how to write a book review. There I said it, it’s out in the open now. That being said, I do know how to read! With lots of travel comes lots of down time. Whether it’s a layover at the airport, a lazy […]

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Why Hello Mr. Merlion!

Singapore was oodles of fun! Yong Jing was a terrific guide & showed us some really great spots. Our first stop was by far the most beautiful. We headed over to Gardens By The Bay. This massive place boasts not only a large outdoor garden, but also two large garden enclosures; Flower Dome &  Cloud Forest. YJ […]

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Oh, The Fruit Of The Spirit’s Not A Durian!

As I have previously mentioned, we love to eat all the foods. Among our more memorable dishes in Singapore was the notorious durian. Bump, bump, buuuummm! Wikipedia has this lovely little description for you: The edible flesh emits a distinctive odour that is strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Some people regard […]

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

You Ate What? a.k.a. The Tour De Food

As I have previously mentioned, Tom & I are fat kids. We love food, & we don’t shy away from new foods. So when we go to a new country the main thing we want to do is to eat all the foods! So when Yong Jing told us that we were going to spend […]

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

First Stop: Singapore!

I never thought I was going to get myself packed up & moved out of my apartment in Seoul, but I did it! (Super special thanks goes out to Alana!) Tom is paranoid about being at the airport on time, but also hates to wake up so all of our flights are at a reasonable […]

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

I’m Going On An Adventure!

After spending two years teaching English in Korea I am ready for a change. No, there’s nothing wrong with Seoul, Korea, or even my school. I just get antsy when I’ve been living in the same place, or doing the same job for more than a year or so, & I wanted to leave while […]

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

The End

Tonight we had our last farewell-dinner with faculty friends and spent the evening in our office visiting with students when they came to say their final goodbyes. There were tears and hugs in safe-travel-wishes throughout these last couple of weeks, as we said ‘so-long’ to library hour, English corner, and our class students. This has […]

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015


This week we were invited to Deyang by one of the administrative staff here at Chuan Bei. Li Xi is here working in the office while she waits for an opening for her opportunity to take an exam that will enable her to become a teacher. We took a four hour “bed train” early in […]

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Traditional Tea Ceremony

The reportedly most famous tea-house in Guangyuan is named after the only female emperor that China has ever had. Wu Zhao Tea Artistic Trade Co. LTD. has a small tea house in the third floor of a tall retail building nestled amongst a cluster of other like structures with a multitude of street vendors lining […]

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Made in China

China, as a nation,  celebrates Christmas minimally and even this slight recognition of the traditional Western Holiday is a modern, commercially provoked endeavor. is an e-commerce site that connects global buyers with wholesale products manufactured in China. According to their Christmas Products Industry Analysis Report, during the first three quarters of 2012 Chinese Christmas […]

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

If they say it on TV, it must be true!

The first week that we were here at Chuan Bei College we participated in filming a promotional video for the school. A few weeks ago, some of the students gave us the web address where the video is posted. It is about five minutes long. There is a classic piano melody being played in the […]

Sunday, December 14th, 2014


Wandering through Guangyuan, one can’t help but notice the elderly street and grounds workers. They are often dressed in bright orange jackets with a thick, reflective stripe around the girth. Although the locals candidly toss their wrappers and other waste products wherever they happen to be during unwrapping, there is rarely an accumulation of garbage […]

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

A Day in the Life: Chuan Bei College

Now that winter season is upon Guangyuan and the temperatures have dropped, everyone seems to constantly have a mug or thermos with floating floral herbs. The hot water is typically procured from public water dispensers placed in various class or office spaces around campus. However, coffee is essentially non-existent. Although, neither the dorms nor classrooms […]

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Family Unit

In China, a person’s surname comes before their first name. This is demonstrative of the familial value that is a defining characteristic of individual purpose in this country. An adult is charged with  supporting his parents once they are unable to care for themselves and the majority of free time is spent in the company […]

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Educational Illusions

Last week the mayor of Guangyuan visited Chuan Bei College where we are employed as English teachers. A few hours before this event, the entire campus was buzzing. Students had brought easels out in the normally vacant courtyards and were working on paintings of the surrounding scenery. The grounds were being swept by hand, as […]

Thursday, November 20th, 2014


Hi guys, I have moved my blog because I am really limited with how many pictures I can put on here. This is my new webpage address… Please continue following my adventures …. Until then… turn your Upside down xxxFreebsxxx

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Living for the weekend….

So this weekend I had it all planned… I was going to stay at home, chill out listen to music etc I’m running a little low on money until the end of the month I’ve had a few busy weekends so I thought that staying at home wouldn’t be an issue. I woke up earlier […]

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014