Hi I’m Rachel!

A twenty-something American living in China

I first came to China in August 2015, where I taught English to university students in Hengyang, Hunan. I planned to stay for a year then head back to the states – but China got a hold of me. I taught university for one more year then moved to Guangzhou to teach the cutest kindergarten students. Now I’m living in Beijing, the capital city of China and a place I never thought I’d be.

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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. I studied abroad in Greece for a semester in school, and after I graduated I wanted to experience living in a foreign country again.

So I took a TEFL course and moved to China…and here I am almost 4 years later.

My time in China has been bizarre and challenging, filled with culture shock moments,  some delicious and weird food, travel adventures, and the most amazing students.


Curious about life in China? Start here:

Thinking about teaching in China? Check out these posts about teaching English and my students:

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.

And here’s some of my favorite places I’ve traveled around Asia:

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Hanging out with my new Chinese galpals next to the Forbidden City


“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  communicating with mostly Chinese people. I love sharing my experiences teaching and living abroad here on my blog and other social media platforms.

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.


Here’s one of my videos about a day in my life as a kindergarten teacher:



“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

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  1. Nice to meet you Rachel! My BF lived in China for several years, as a teacher, so I hear about all his crazy experiences from him. But one day I’d like to visit! Maybe even live there. I don’t know!

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  2. While the details vary, our paths have been incredibly similar! We even arrived in China in the same month! I’m happy to read about your experiences – and am jealous to see what you’ve accomplished on this blog! Making my own happen has been a nightmare of my own making (thanks, procrastination and indecision …). Will be eager to read more!

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