Help me Teach English in China!

Natasha Gilbert Start Date: Apr 17, 2018 - End Date: Jan 16, 2019
  • China
  • Qingdao, China

My Travel Story

by: Natasha Gilbert Start Date: Apr 17, 2018 - End Date: Jan 16, 2019
Hey everyone!
I've never done anything like this before, asking people for help. I'm not good at it and usually like to do everything alone. I'm very independent. However, the past few years have been so hard on me financially, I don't have a choice.
Right now, I'm working two jobs just to keep my head above water, but have almost nothing I can put aside to save.
I have been able to travel in the past when I had a good paying job (and had to put in 60 hours a week, at least). I've mostly been on a few cruises, because they're the cheapest way to travel and can be made in payments.  I've always been a budget traveler. I know once I actually get to the job and get paid, I can save money there, but it's the getting there I need help with. 

I've always wanted to leave and live in another country, but I know it takes a lot of money and swallowing your fears to do so. I've thought about it for years and had somethings that were holding me back, but no longer. 

I have always loved English. I am a bit of a writer actually, having one published novel.  I have been a paraprofessional twice, once with high school kids and once with elementary kids.  I love working with kids. My first volunteer job was at 13/14 in a daycare, actually. 

I'm ready to leave the American grind behind and try a new world and help people learn a new skill at the same time.
  • China
  • Qingdao, China


  • Accommodations

    Hey, I know some of you may wonder why the accommodations costs are so high, especially if you look at the links I've shared. Well, the thing is, as I've read China will offer either a housing stipend or free housing while you're teaching there, WHICH IS AWESOME! However... the first month that you're there (if you don't get free housing), you are off to find a place.
    In China, when paying rent you pay at least 3 MONTHS at a time, plus a deposit (usually same cost as rent, like here in the USA). So you need to have almost 4 months of rent at a time.
    Whew. Who literally has that much money!?!?

    That's why it's high. I shouldn't be paying (if I have to pay in full that is) $300-400 a month on average, and will easily be covered in my Chinese wages. It's just the getting set up (if I do not get offered free housing, that is)
  • TEFL Course

    TEFL Course
    Well good news, thanks to that good 'ole Groupon, I found an online TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) course 80% off! I paid $38 instead of almost $300!!!! Whew.
    I took that off of the cost chart and it's now smaller!