Hi I’m Rachel!
A twenty-something America 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.
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:
- 16 Things I’ve Learned Living in China For 3 Years
- 10 Tips For Your First Trip to China
- What Do You Eat In China?
- Living in China: Big City VS. Small City
- Living in Beijing vs. Guangzhou
Thinking about teaching in China? Check out these posts about teaching English and my students:
- 10 Reasons You Should Teach English In China
- A Typical ESL Lesson For Young Learners In China
- A Day in the Life of a Kindergarten English Teacher in China
- Meet My University 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:
- Solo Traveling Hanoi Vietnam
- Hiking The Avatar Mountains in Zhangjiajie
- A Guide to Coron: Palawan, Philippines
- 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 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.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Here’s one of my videos about a day in my life as a kindergarten teacher:
FIND ME OTHER PLACES
I currently work at the Digital Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for Career China and First Leap China. You can read some of my articles here:
- First Leap China Articles by Rachel
- Embracing the Quirks of Chinese Culture
- 7 Chinese Activities You Must Try
I’ve also written and collaborated with other online sites. You can check those out below:
- Culture Trip – How To Spend 24 Hours in Beijing’s Central Business District
- 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
- 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