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6 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be an ESL Teacher

6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be an ESL Teacher

  I’ve taught English Language Learners (ELL) in the USA, South Africa, China, and now in Mexico. I have learned a few things in my short career as an ELL/ESL teacher and I thought I would write this article to inform you on the inevitable circumstances you will find yourself in if you decide to pursue a career in teaching ESL students.    1. terrible pay You are probably aware of how terribly teachers get paid, in almost every country, except maybe Luxembourg. Teaching…

Northern Lauren: Latin American Expat Blogger Series

This article is the first of a new series on Always a Gringa that features other gringas living as expats throughout Latin America. They will be sharing their experiences, encounters,  and thoughts on living in a Latin American country.  I'll be kicking off this series with Lauren Cocking from Northern Lauren. Lauren lives in Mexico City and blogs about Mexico travel, culture, food, and feminism. Her blog encompasses dreamy Mexican music playlists, reflections on living abroad, and guides to finding the best burgers,…

Ubuntu: A Philosophy to Adopt during a Trump Presidency

Ubuntu: A Philosophy to Adopt during a Trump Presidency... and any other presidency How an African Philosophy found it's way to an American Expat living in Mexico My husband and I were driving around our new city in an effort to gain a better understanding of our location. Driving near a plaza we passed a small shop, one of them made my heart skip a beat; Ubuntu. A few months ago I encountered this term three times in one day, once at the end of yoga class, a…

San Miguel de Allende Cathedral

A Guide to San Miguel de Allende; An Artist’s Paradise

San Miguel de Allende is in the eastern part of the state of Guanajuato. The town is super artsy and has attracted foreign retirees, writers, artists and tourists alike. There are over 12,000 foreigners believed to live or own homes here. The city is filled with historical buildings dating back to the 17th and 18th century, narrow cobblestone streets and colorful shops.  Getting there and around // San Miguel de Allende San Miguel de Allende is only 2 hours away from San…

jardin botanico

Visiting the Botanical Gardens of San Miguel

Jardín Botánico El Charco del Ingenio The botanical gardens are about 1.5 km Northeast of the main part of town in San Miguel de Allende. This 88-hectare (over 170 acres) space is not only a garden, but also a recreational and ceremonial space and a wildlife sanctuary. El Charco hosts an extensive botanical collection made up of cacti and other succulent plants, many of which are rare, threatened or in danger of extinction.  In 2004 El Charco del Ingenio was proclaimed a Peace…

boxes and minimalism

How Being an Expatriate Taught Me About Minimalism

Packing our things At the end of June we waved goodbye to all our belongings as they were neatly packed into cardboard boxes and driven away. The only belongings we had to our name were in a trusty suitcase and a pack on my back. Days later we left Michigan with the expectation that our things would be meeting us in Mexico in 6-8 weeks.  I would be in Asia for the next 7 weeks and B would be in Mexico.   Learn about how to land an expat assignment here.  Arriving…

San Luis Potosí

San Luis Potosí City Centre Tour

San Luis Potosí, Mexico is the capital and the largest city of the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. The city sits at an elevation of 6,700 feels. The city is named after Louis IX of France who is the city's patron saint. Potosí was added in reference to the rich mines of Potosí, Bolivia. The exploitation of silver and gold mines in Cerro de San Pedro near San Luis, was the main reason for the founding of the city…

6 Tips on How to Land an Expat Assignment

This post was written by my husband who worked really hard to land us an expat assignment in Mexico. Some of you may have the desire to travel but want to keep your current job or stay in your career field. Not all companies offer international opportunities, but if yours does and you are interested in living abroad, check out this article! 1.) Review your company's "International Mobility" Policy An International Mobility (IM) assignment is ALOT of work so make sure your…

Hanging Ornaments Surrounded by Green Trees in Lingnan Tiandi

A Journey through Southern China in 21 Pictures

This summer I traveled to Foshan, a city in the Guangdong Province of China to teach at a language center. While in China we had the opportunity to travel around some areas in the Guangdong province with our host. Some areas we visited include the Dialou Castles, the Ancestral Temple in Foshan, Guangzhou, and Xiamen city. I am fortunate to be able to visit areas of China that most travelers don't have the opportunity to see. Lingnan Tiandi in Foshan Lingnan Tiandi is a city…

Dialou Chinese Castles, Guangdong Province, China

Dialou Chinese Castles

Chinese Castles? Our host has been taking us on trips over the past few weeks, hoping that we will get a well rounded perspective on Chinese life and culture. Last night he told us we were going to see some Chinese castles. My understanding of where we are going and what we are going to see is pretty minimal. This is due to a combination of things including my absence of Chinese language skills, my host's limited English and my inability to…