Building Bridges as a Chinese American: An EA's Take by Heather Wilson

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Building Bridges as a Chinese American: An EA's Take by Heather Wilson

Join us twice a month as we showcase an Educational Ambassador's or Alum's view and thoughts on their journey in China and in other parts of the world. This week we head to Jiangshan, Quzhou, Zhejiang.

"Uprooting yourself for a year to teach abroad in China promises many exciting challenges and adventures. There’s exploring a new city, making new friends, overcoming culture shock, and learning how the metro works if you are from a small town like me! While most Educational Ambassadors face these obstacles, being a Chinese American presents its own set of unique challenges."

Meet Heather Wilson...

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Game of Loans?

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Game of Loans?

When people talk about traveling the world, they talk about the rich experiences and ways you can benefit from adventures abroad – but most people forget to mention all the planning and preparation associated with it.

Student loans are a concern for the majority of recent college graduates, which make up the bulk of our AYC cohort. I know many people who come to China so focused on paying their loans that they limit themselves from actually experiencing all that they could. Although the AYC program cannot directly provide student loan advice, we want to share some possible options to maximize your experience without having to sacrifice anything at the hands of your student loan debt!

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Dating in China

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Dating in China

Dating across cultural boundaries does bring additional challenges, but the rewards, as in any successful relationship, are obviously worth it.

Special thanks to contributions from Josh Wilkes and Adam Mulvey. Happy 11.11!

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What's an EA?

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What's an EA?

Many come to China as an English teacher, but few come to China as an Educational Ambassador (EA). So, what is an EA?

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Autumn ESL Ideas that Incorporate Kinesthetic and Tactile Learning

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Autumn ESL Ideas that Incorporate Kinesthetic and Tactile Learning

Ahh, Fall! We might not have Pumpkin Spice Lattes here in the PRC, but that's hardly an excuse not to celebrate Fall. It's the perfect time of year to take class outside; teach about fall traditions and the way westerners essentially celebrate the season. Here's our collection of classroom activities to mark this time of year!

Cover photo c/o www.meaningfulmama.com

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Short Videos to Vivify your ESL Lesson Plans

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Short Videos to Vivify your ESL Lesson Plans

Videos can be incredibly useful in the ESL Classroom, especially if your students have short attention spans and you're looking to cater to different learning styles. If you're looking to add something new to your lesson plans or free and fun resources, look no further: Here's several great videos to incorporate into your foreign language class.

Cover Photo c/o Sora Sagano on Unsplash.

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I'm Homesick in China. Now What?

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I'm Homesick in China. Now What?

China is about as different from the West as it gets. Living abroad is exciting and eye-opening, but sometimes we long for the familiar. What do you do when homesickness strikes? 

Cover Photo c/o Andrew Branch on Unsplash.

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Orientation Photo Album!

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Orientation Photo Album!

Here's the highlights reel from both week-long Orientations: August 14-21, and September 3-9, 2017. Cover photo was taken from our office, overlooking People's Park! Cover photo c/o Panda Ren

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Chinese Alternatives to Western Websites

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Chinese Alternatives to Western Websites

These are great alternatives to Western websites and other resources when your VPN isn’t working. Or, maybe you're one of the brave souls who wants to navigate China like the locals! Either way, sometimes when in Rome, it's nice to do like the Romans. In addition, there's Chinese alternatives to Uber, Amazon, and social media. 

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