Hey I’m Rachel
A twenty-something Texan living in China
I first came to China in August 2015 to be an ESL teacher. I taught English to university students in Hengyang (a small city in the Hunan Province) for two years, then taught the cutest kindergarten students in Guangzhou for a year, and now I’m living in Beijing doing digital marketing and social media for a company here.
I didn’t plan on becoming a teacher, let alone a teacher in a foreign country. I studied PR and communications at my university in the U.S. and I’ve always loved writing and sharing photos and stories. After I graduated I wanted to try living in a foreign country and doing something a little different, so I took a TEFL course and moved to China…and here I am 3 years later.
My time in China has been bizarre and challenging, filled with culture shock moments, some delicious and weird food, a surprise date, travel adventures, and the most amazing students. This blog is a way for me to share those experiences, stories, and photos!
Curious about life in China? Start here:
- 16 Things I’ve Learned Living in China For 3 Years
- What Do You Eat In China?
- 10 Reasons You Should Teach English In China
Thinking about teaching in China? Check out these posts about teaching English and my students:
- Welcome to Kindergarten in China!
- A Day in the Life of a Kindergarten English Teacher in China
- Meet My University Students
And here’s some of my favorite places I’ve traveled around Asia:
- Solo Traveling Hanoi Vietnam
- Hiking The Avatar Mountains in Zhangjiajie
- Magical Places You Can’t Miss in Ubud
- 15 Things You Should Do In Hong Kong
FOLLOW MY ADVENTURES
“If you want to step outside your comfort zone, go skydiving. If you want to forget you ever had a comfort zone, buy a ticket to China.”
Living and working here is exciting and challenging – some days are spent traveling and trying new things, and a lot of other days are spent teaching and communicating with mostly Chinese people. I love sharing my experiences teaching and living abroad here on my blog and my other social media.
Here’s one of my videos about a day in my life as a kindergarten teacher:
Follow along for more tips on living and teaching in China, a closer look at the beautiful people and places I’ve encountered abroad, or just a laugh at the ups and downs of navigating life in a foreign country.
If you’d like to come teach in China, check out Career China – they partner with lots of schools across China and have fantastic training programs and support services. You can learn more about their jobs here.
FIND ME OTHER PLACES
I’ve written and collaborated with other online sites, and been featured on other blogs as well. You can check those out below:
- Career China – Embracing the Quirks of Chinese Culture
- Teach Future – 3 Amazing Blogs for a Better Understanding of What Life is Like Abroad
- Feedspot – Top 35 Teaching in China Blogs, Websites and Newsletters To Follow in 2018
- The Fewer Things – 10 Reasons You Should Teach English In China
- First Leap – Top 10 Things New Teachers Should Do In Beijing
- Stacey Teaches China – Q & A: Rachel Meets China
“The one thing I know about China is I will never know China; it’s too big, too old, too diverse. Thats the joy of China, the certain knowledge that even if I dedicated my life to learning about China, I die mostly ignorant.” – Anthony Bordain