A Canadian expat that has been living abroad in Asia since 2003, Carrie moved from China to Taiwan in 2006 to teach English as a Second Language. Today, she and her husband are co-owners of Reach To Teach Recruiting . Carrie also works as a freelance travel writer and photographer, providing regular content to several publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. Follow Carrie on Google+ or on Twitter @globetrotteri.

16 responses to “Teach English Abroad Series: Why Teach Abroad?”

  1. range

    Teaching in Asia is great.

    New cultures, new ways of living. Less stress and a bit less hassles. It’s like living an adventure, and we haven’t traveled yet around too much.

  2. scopettg

    Actually I would like to teach in China as well.
    But they just want White people. :)
    Hey! ALl the best!

  3. globetrotteri

    Every day in Asia is an adventure as far as I’m concerned. Even now, after four years, my eyes are still filled with child-like wonder. Every day presents new challenges and new sights to be seen.

  4. jorees

    I have to agree with your comments about racism and the cultural benefits of traveling abroad. Moreover, I would like to hear more stories about your travels and teaching.

  5. globetrotteri

    Unfortunately, you’re right. China has really started to crack down on who they’re bringing in to teach. When I first arrived in China, I met ESL teachers from all over the globe, such as Colombia, Singapore, Phillipines, Malaysia, South Africa, Nigeria, and Spain to name a few. These days, teachers have a much harder time finding jobs because so much of their teaching application rests on the color of their skin.

    I once worked with a woman who was Australian-born Chinese. She didn’t speak a word of Mandarin. When she started teaching with us, parents immediately started pulling their kids out of her classes because they didn’t want a Chinese teacher teaching their child in a foreign language school. Having a white foreign teacher is a status symbol in Northern China, and having a good-looking white teacher is even more coveted. Teachers aren’t always chosen for their teaching credentials, which is really sad. There’s absolutely no harm in having different English accents in the classroom. In my opinion, if a student is exposed to several English accents, it makes them a better student all around.

    Anyways, I’ve rambled long enough. Many thanks for your comments and kind wishes.

  6. globetrotteri

    This isn’t going to be a problem for me Jo. I’ve got plenty more where this came from. Thanks for your continuing support and interest!

  7. Claire

    My teaching experience in China was the best ever, i got to do things i would NEVER have been able to experience back home and it definitely made me a better/stronger/wiser person for it but best of all

    I GOT TO MEET CARRIE and she is now my family.!!!!

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  9. Julius Ferraro

    Hi Carrie!
    Thanks for sharing your experience.
    I am currently considering doing something different with my life and teaching ESL abroad has been forward in my mind. I have heard, however, that things have changed with the new economy, mainly that jobs (not ESL jobs, but other jobs abroad and at home) have become more scarce. As a result, many people who do return home have had a wonderful experience but cannot find a job with which to pay their student loans and living expenses!
    This is the biggest question on my mind right now – with my large loan restrictions, will a trip abroad be little more than an escape, or will it in fact help me to expand my resume and find enriching work at home or abroad once my ESL experience is over?
    If you have any feedback on this, or know anyone who does, I would really appreciate a response. Thank you!
    -Julius Ferraro

  10. Brian Buick

    Hi, i live in Australia i am a photographer though i would love to work teaching english and
    photography overseas (asia).
    I am in my late 50s do you think this would be a disadvantage teaching english in asia.?

    Kind regards

  11. Christy

    After looking at several sites for teaching jobs, and checking that I have the requirements necessary (experience teaching-check, MA in French – check, etc) I find there are very few for actual TEACHERS in France- as opposed to babysitters (BTW: I did look at Dave’s ESL cafe’…nothing much there either). I am looking for next year – 2013/2014. Am I just too early in my searching? I figured the earlier the better, but maybe not so much??
    Hmmm, Christy.

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