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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…

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19 Destinations in Mexico You Need to Visit

When considering a trip to Mexico you might picture sandy beaches, beach cabanas and margaritas. I like relaxing on the beach just as much as the next person, but resorts and tourist towns are such a small piece of what Mexico has to offer. In an effort to crush that status quo belief that Mexico is just overcrowded beaches and taco stands, I collaborated with some top travel bloggers to create a list of the best spots in Mexico. Prepare yourself for some…

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…

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Visiting the Botanical Gardens of San Miguel de Allende

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…

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…

Prayer Flags, Clouds, and Trail Map Mt.Fuji Japan

Once a Wise Man, Twice a Fool – Climbing Mt. Fuji

There is a Japanese proverb about climbing Mt. Fuji: “He who climbs Mt. Fuji is a wise man; he who climbs twice is a fool.” 「富士山に一度も登らぬバカ、二度登るバカ」 My mother and I decided to travel to Japan Prior to spending 6 weeks teaching in China. Growing up I remember playing with my mom's hiking stick from Mount Fuji. She shared her story of climbing Mount Fuji and told us of how special the hiking stick was to her, I imagine in an effort…

Bungee Jumping Face Adrenalin South Africa

Face Adrenalin Bungee Jumping, That Time I Fell Off A Bridge

  3-2-1 Bungee! I reluctantly stepped off the bridge, concluding on a whim that pencil diving to my death was the best method to meet my maker. After coming out of my adrenaline coma I found myself free-falling some 700 feet in the air, staring at the sky with my hands firmly clasped around the rope. Let's rewind a bit here... I like to think that I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie, but with a healthy full-functioning amygdala. However, I am almost always…