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This is us!!! Nations Abroad staff; China Office, hanging out

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 31. Des 2013



This is us!!! Part of the Nations Abroad staff at lunch together (picture on the left) coz we cool like that..haha!
Saying bye to Dave Anderson (picture on the right,second from left) former recruitment manager and ESL teacher for Nations Abroad Consulting.
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Facts About China: Food

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 30. Des 2013

Fancy Chinese and Western food Beijing China…kinda pricy but totally worth it..!recommended for the first week after pay-day..
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Live/Work/Study in China: Do not Get Scammed!!

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 29. Nov 2013

This is a continuation of the common-scams in China series I started earlier...
Scam # 3: Rickshaw Scam


Some first-time overseas tourists or even domestic travelers visiting the big cities in china e.g Beijing, Shanghai etc fall into the traps of some seemingly “humble rickshaw drivers”.
For example, let’s say, you and a rickshaw driver agree on
a price of RMB 40 for a pedicab ride. While you are on
the ride the price suddenly changes to RMB400!.
The rickshaw driver will pretend to be ignorant and he will
pull out a laminated price list and say it is 400 yuan instead of 40 yuan. When unsure, it is better take a taxi than a pedicab.

Below are a few places in Beijing that this scam is common:
1) Rickshaw Scam at the North Gate of Forbbiden CityThere are two entrances to the Forbidden City – the south gate
( Meridian Gate – Wumen) and north gate
( Gate of Divine – Shenwu Men). The south gate is linked
to Tiananmen Square to the south. You have to enter
Forbidden City from its south gate and exit from its northern gate,
which is officially set as a one-way south to north travel route.
Make sure you are taken by your taxi to the south entrance of Forbidden City
(better yet, take the subway line 1 – its very nice and very cheap!).
Don’t ever take a Rickshaw at the north gate of Forbidden City unless you
feel like getting lost and extorted.
So if you visit Forbidden City by getting to a wrong gate (north gate),
don’t use a local rickshaw to get back to the south gate, just walk to the right gate
(south gate). For the same reason, if you exit from the north gate after
visiting Forbidden City, don’t use a rickshaw for your next place.
2) Rickshaw scams also occur at the entrance to the “Legend of Jinsha”
which is performed at the Beijing Workers’ Stadium in Beijing.
3) Rickshaw
scams could occur at other places in Beijing and other cities. Be Vigilant!

Scam #4: “Black” Taxis
When arriving at the airport, keep away from the taxi
drivers who approach you in the terminal or outside the terminal as they
will charge you much more than the actual price. Just following the sign
pointing to the taxi line just outside the terminal. Taxi drivers should use
their meter; make sure that the driver puts down the flag.
Taking a taxi from
the airport to the downtown Beijing costs just over RMB 100 plus
RMB 5 toll fee.
Beijing legitimate taxi license plates will begin with the “Beijing B”
otherwise it is possibly a black taxi!
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Live/Work/Study in China: Do not Get Scammed!!

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 13. Nov 2013

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My next few posts will be on a few scams either me or my friends have fallen victim to at one point or another during my stay in China either as I work, live and study in China. It may never happen to you but it could especially when you are new here and sometimes you will not even see it coming.
Some may be harmless or may only cost you a little money but some may be dangerous or easily escalate into situations you would rather not find yourself in especially in a foreign land.

Scam # 1: Tea Scam
At some famous tourist areas, you will be approached by one or three attractive females or gentlemen, who are willing to have a natural and nice talk with you or even give you a free tour of
hutongs(traditional Chinese homes/courtyards). She or he will talk about the interesting
tourist sites in Beijing, or talk about the culture or history of your home country and even world affairs!
Then if everything goes smoothly, they invite you to a traditional Chinese teashop or tea ceremony. You get to the teashop,drink different kinds of tea, they would ask what your favorite teas are and all seems well. The scam starts when it comes time to pay the bill Lo and behold, you find that the tea you drunk apparently costs hundreds or even thousands of dollars! Simply don’t go for it!
To make the tea scam more natural, they would even offer to split the bill and you will even see them pay their part. It is a scam!
In Beijing, it mostly happens in the central part of Beijing mainly, especially around Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the surroundings.
If you find yourself in this situation just pay what you think you owe which shouldn't even go over 100yuan(about 15$) and leave.

Scam # 02: “Art Student” Scam
Usually at some big tourist sites or public transport hubs: you may be approached by some young man/woman disguised as an "art student" They offer you a free tour of an art show. Thus begins the “Art Student” scam.
They will even take you to an art shop selling all kinds of “artsy” stuff.
This is just a waste of time. You can easily find these art pieces on the market anywhere for dirt cheap. They sell the same “art” at exorbitant prices.
Simply walk away from them.
It happens mainly at tourist sites and public transport hubs They are good actors(actresses) indeed.
To the Chinese locals, they would claim to be job hunters and/or
penniless; to overseas travelers they say they are art students. They are usually very properly dressed and can easily fool the unsuspecting traveler.

Article compiled by, Danielle Russell
Visit www.daniellegoestoschoolinchina.wordpress.com

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FAQs: About Travelling in and out of China: within the city travels: Travel by Taxi

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 23. Okt 2013

Beijing Taxi:

The taxi industry in Beijing is very well developed and you will find taxis everywhere in the city. At present, there are about 67,000 taxis in Beijing! The car types vary, and include Citroen AZ, Volkswagen Jetta, and Sonata; Elantra and Citroen AZ (Fukang) being the most common types.

In Beijing, almost all the taxis are new cars, but the colors of the taxis under different companies vary: these can be green, red, purple and blue, and they usually feature a yellow stripe across the middle.
On the roof of each taxi, there is an indicator lamp stating 'TAXI', and a license plate starting with '京B' on the front of the car. If the taxi is unoccupied, a label with the red symbol '空车 (loosely translated as "empty car ")' in the middle of the front window of the taxi will be up. After you get in, the taxi driver will drop the 'empty car' label indicating the taxi is occupied. The rates are clearly displayed on each of the rear windows of the taxis, showing price by kilometer (per 0.62 mile). Inside the car, an official driver should display the Service Supervisor Card and his identification card displaying his photo, name, and company in the front of the cab.

The taxi driver, who along with his or her warm personality, is an excellent ambassador for presenting the rich culture of the city. Beijing taxi drivers can be warm,friendly, posses a genuine interest in learning about other cultures and very helpful in terms of helping you find here you are going. Of course this is the ideal driver but sometimes some taxi drivers as is in any part of the world can be rude, not too well groomed,indifferent and discriminative as to the types of passengers he would stop for.Some taxi drivers in Beijing can speak a little English, while most cannot. When taking a taxi, we suggest that you firstly show a card/paper/text with the address to your destination to the driver if you are unable to speak Chinese..

The fare for a Beijing taxi ride is rated by taximeter, starting with the initial fee or 'flag-down price' of CNY 13. The flag down price includes an initial distance of 3 kilometers (1.86 miles). After the initial distance is traveled, an additional unit fare for each kilometer traveled is calculated and added to the flag down price. The unit fare is CNY 2.00 per additional kilometer.

When taking a taxi, you are quite within your rights to demand that the driver use the taximeter, and to ask for an invoice when leaving the taxi. The invoices are printed with the plate number of the taxi, the company and the complaint telephone number, and this helps to safeguard your rights or find your lost things in case you leave anything behind in the taxi. If a taxi is not metered, the driver will be fined in accordance with the seriousness, ranging from CNY 100 to CNY 2,000.

Once the driver says the taximeter does not work, you should take another taxi.There are 'No Smoking' signs in the taxis. The taxi drivers are not allowed to smoke in the taxi; as a passenger, you should not smoke and the driver will also discourage you from smoking. Once drivers smoke in taxis, passengers may take a photo by using mobile phones as evidence, and complain to Beijing Municipal Transportation Administration Bureau. The drivers will have to pay CNY 100 or 200 as a fine. If you are dissatisfied with the service, you may complain to the relevant administrative department.
Taxi Companies Hot Line Service: 010-68351150, 68351570

Do not take a taxi which has no license. It is recommended that you should reject the cruising taxis and the drivers who tell you the total charge of your trip in advance of your ride for these taxis are always illegal, popularly known as (hei che)"black taxis" which may not always be black in color.. If you arrive in Beijing by train, there is a taxi rink just in front of the Beijing Railway Station.

There are usually some unlicensed taxis around the station, which do not have taximeters, and may refuse to offer service if your destination is within the flag-down distance. If you encounter this problem, you should go out of the station square and across the street to take a taxi.

Many legitimate taxis wait on the COFCO Plaza for passengers. In Beijing West Railway Station and in most airport terminals, taxis are berthed in an underground hall, queued up for passengers. These taxis are not allowed to refuse to serve the customers, regardless of distance.
www.beijingtrip.com/transport/taxi.html

license plate starting with '京B'
Article compiled by, Danielle Russell
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FAQs: About Travelling in and out of China: within the city travels:Travel by bus

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 12. Okt 2013


Beijing Bus

If you want to explore the true color of Beijing, travel about the city by bus. Taste the real flavor of Beijing city by the local public transport. However, It is difficult to use at first if you don't understand Chinese.
Few bus staff speak little English, though there are some bus lines in the city center that broadcast stop names in pinyin (system used to transliterate Chinese words and sounds into the Roman Alphabet). Bus stop signs are also entirely in Chinese.While traveling in Beijing China, keep a map of the bus routes you frequently use.
Bus Routes
Bus transport in Beijing is cheap, convenient and covers the entire city, Beijing buses are numbered 1-999 . There are presently over 500 bus routes crisscrossing the city. It is estimated that the city operates over 20,000 buses!
  • Buses numbered 1 to 100 operate within the 3rd ring road.
  • 200-212 offer only night time travel 300s travel through the suburbs
  • 400s travel from downtown out to the suburbs 600s – 700s travel through residential areas
  • 900s connect Beijing with its "rural" districts(Changping, Yanqing, Shunyi, Miyun, etc) that are not considered part of Beijing proper.
Beijing Bus Fares
Most bus fares are relatively cheap! For passengers paying by cash:
  • Lines 1-199 operate on a flat rate of ¥1 per journey.
  • Lines 300-899 charge ¥1 for the first 12 km of each journey and ¥0.5 for each additional 5 km. Buses with air-condition (800-899) start at ¥2.
  • The night buses (200-299) charge ¥2 per journey.
If you get a public transportation card from a metro station(a card that acts as a debit card for the metro and buses) you can get a 60% discount on all fares:
  • Lines 1-499 operate on a flat rate of ¥0.40 per journey.
  • Lines 500-899 get 60% off the cash price.There are also 3-day, 7-day and 15-day passes available for travelers.There is no return ticket or day ticket.
Beijing Bus System
Improvements to Beijing's bus system over the last 5years include the installation of IC card readers on some routes,bus lanes and the introduction of many low-emission buses.A lot of these were done in time for the 2008 Olympic Games. Pinyin for all the bus stops along the bus' route will also be displayed.
Some buses are equipped with electronic display panels which announce the upcoming bus stop in pinyin.Many buses now feature air-conditioning (heating in winter),TVs, a scrolling screen that displays stops in Chinese,and a broadcast system that announces stops.
If you are having problems navigating the bus system,call the English-speaking operators at the Beijing Public Transportation Customer Helpline(96166).
Beijing Bus Operating Hours
Most buses with a line number under 200 run daily from 5:00 to 23:00.Buses with a line number greater than 300 run from 6AM till 10PM.All buses with a line number in the 200s are night buses.Many routes get very crowded during rush hours(6:30AM-9AM and 5PM-9PM).
On all major holidays, there will be more frequent service on most city routes.
http://www.beijing-travels.com/beijing_guide/bus/

compiled by Danielle Russell

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FAQs: About Travelling in and out of China: within the city travels: Travel by subway

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 10. Okt 2013

The Beijing Subway
In Beijing, a blue sign marked with '北京地铁 (Beijing Subway)' indicates that there is a subway station nearby. Access to the subway station is marked by a square grey pillar on top of which is a lighted blue sign with the letter 'B'. The ticket window is at the entrance of the subway station. After buying a ticket, go downstairs to the platform where you will board the train. You gain access to this platform by swiping your ticket on a machine.
N.B:Please check that you board the right train that goes in the direction of your destination. Getting the right direction can be confusing especially with the circular lines so double check when unsure and wait on the platform for the train. Inside the subway station, notices on the pillars provide detailed information and direct you to your destination. Station names are broadcast on the train in both Chinese and English.
The subway station is equipped with rest rooms, a commutation ticket office, entrance and exit lifts (elevators), public phones, and a lost and found office.

Two Yuan Flat Fee System is implemented on the existing Beijing subway lines. This is with an exception of the airport express line which will cost 25yuan for a one way trip to the airport.People use rechargeable 'Yikatong' IC cards or cash to buy tickets. A ticket entitles an adult to take one child whose height is less than 1.1 meters (3.6 feet) for free. Children less than 1.1 meters (3.6 feet) in height are not allowed to take the subway alone. The machine that examines the IC card requires just 300 milliseconds to recognize it. Swipe the card over the scanner, and wait until a beep is heard that informs that the IC card has been successfully read by the machine.
There are currently 17 lines in operation including the airport express line. Different lines have different times of operation but generally, the first run is at about 05:00, and the last is at about 22:30.
Beijing Subway:-
Tel: 010-6834 0565 (Monday-Friday, daytime) 010-6834 0563 (Monday-Friday, night, the whole day of Saturday and Sunday)E-mail: bjsubway.com|dtserviceSupervisor for passenger transport:010-6827 5087 (round-the-clock service)
http://www.beijingtrip.com/transport/taxi.html
Article compiled by, Danielle Russell
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FAQs Series: About teaching English in China

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 18. Sep 2013

Q.Where will I teach?
A. Every teacher we hire has a guaranteed English-teaching job in China. We find you a job before we get you on a plane.
We partner with an array of schools and training centers which have a students ranging from kindergarten(2-6 year olds) to adults (over 30 year olds). All our partner schools are located in beautiful cities with developed transport and other infrastructure. We ensure that where you will teach and where you will live has easy access to all utilities or amenities needed for you to live and work without any discomfort.

Q. What about my preferences?
A. Of course we care about your teaching preferences in terms of age and English proficiency level of your potential students and we will therefore try to fit match these with the positions that open up.If we are not able to match them perfectly we will still make you aware of other opportunities you could try out and who knows, with a little experience you may find your preferences may change for the better!

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About the Weather Series

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 17. Sep 2013


Begins early September to Mid-November.
For many Chinese people and foreigners living in China alike, qiutian(autumn) is the most loved and preferred season...speaking specifically for Beijing it's mostly cool, a few days of rain here and there but mostly blue skies(when it's blue that is during low pollution days)...good weather for outdoor activities e.g going to the park, swimming, boating, hiking, romantic walks in the moonlight(wink wink)....
For clothing I would advise having a light jacket handy as early mornings and evenings may get a little chilly but most afternoons are warm and maybe a little humid at times. You could also invest in an umbrella during this season.
T-shirts and shorts are still functional during this season but for the chilly mornings and nights, trousers and long sleeved t-shirts and shirts could work better.
On average, temperatures range from 19.1C/66.3F to 4.3C/39.7F
Common phrase to describe weather in autumn: Jintian hao shufu (今天好舒服):loosely translated as 'It is very comfortable today.'

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FAQs Series: About teaching English in China

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 17. Sep 2013

Q: How will I know what age I can teach better?
A: Since both kindergartens and English teachers vary in style, age, and experience, we will take you to do a 10-15 minute demo class before you begin teaching. This demo class helps us to decide where you will fit in best as an English teacher.

Q:Is the demo a requirement?
A: In our experience, all schools and training centers will ask interviewing teachers to do a demo class for about 10-15 minutes. They will be interested to see certain aspects of teaching such as; confidence, grasp of content of the lesson, class presence, teacher's reaction to indiscipline amongst the students, teaching style. Our advice: have a standard demo "pre-prepared" that you can customize at a moment's notice for kids and adult-age students. Pop interviews have been known to happen.

Q: I have never done a demo before, what do I do?
A: First of all Nations Abroad has staff who have teaching experience in China so besides formal training they will help you prepare for your demo and give you advice and tips on how to do a demo for different ages. Having been in this industry a while we know what is expected of any teacher and we can advise accordingly.
Secondly if you go to our website www.nationsabroad.com you will find videos of demo classes that were done by teachers we represent and are currently working in China.

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FAQs Series: About Nations Abroad Consulting LTD

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 16. Sep 2013

  • Q: How much does Nations Abroad charge for this service?
  • A. To you the potential teacher, Nations Abroad provides this service is absolutely free!We get your resume, we circulate it to schools we partner with through our database, we pick up the phone call up our partners, we visit their offices to find out if they have any positions open and what their requirements are. We match these up to your qualifications and preferences and we get you to China!
  • Q. Do you take your fee from my salary?
  • A. NO! The school or training center you will work for will transfer your salary directly to you. You will have your own bank account specifically for that.

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FAQs Series: About Nations Abroad Consulting LTD

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 16. Sep 2013

Nations abroad staff at lunch together because we are a family!(right), Nations Abroad at the office..
  • Q. Where is Nations Abroad Consulting LTD based?
  • A. Am sure you have heard the horror stories of expats who have been promised the world by recruiting agencies that are not even based where they say they are. Well that's how nations abroad is different as we are based in Beijing China, on the very ground we will bring you to. We also have offices in Chicago USA and Dallas USA.
  • Q. How long have you been in China?
  • A. We have been operational for four years now, we have a mix staff of both local Chinese and Foreigners who have vast experience on living and working in China. We know this place like the back of our hands and what we do not know, you can bet we have ways to find out!

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Fun, Food, Friends, People, Places Series: People

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 27. Aug 2013

There's A LOT of them!! If you ever wanted to face your claustrophobia head on; this is the perfect place to be..Don't believe me? Read on and see for yourself..



Fun, Food, Friends, People, Places Series: Fun

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 27. Aug 2013

Tian-an-men(gate of heaven), city square

Fun: You know what they say about the big-C if they don't have the real one, they probably have a pretty close to real replica..Italian Street, Little Germany, Little Spain, Little (insert your country name here)..I kid you not..man-made beaches, lakes, rivers, forests. Real stuff too like the great wall of course which is a must see,beautiful mountains, old cities, war museums, cultural museums n all; its a 5000year old civilization so you best believe the history is pretty rich and the culture runs pretty deep!. These places are pretty fun to visit..
I just recently went to the amusement park for my first time ever n my oh my was it amusing...the roller coaster rides had my stomach hoping into my mouth constantly plus a few other crazy rides. Next stop, the water amusement park!

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Fun, Food, Friends, People, Places Series: Places .

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 27. Aug 2013

Pretty streets
For this section I will let the pictures speak for themselves as the photographic representation will speak way deeper than my words ever could..there is no shortage of beauty in this 9,706,961 km² huge country. More detailed descriptions of these places and my/my friends' time there later on this blog!


Tian-an-men square(Beijing)


Taking a cool relaxing walk in winter(Beijing)

By the beach in Qingdao city





Fun, Food, Friends, People, Places Series: Friends

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 27. Aug 2013

Travelling to a new country can be scary; travelling to a new country with a completely different culture, different rules, different people; that's crazy scary. Plus your friends reactions when you tell them 'So am going to China to study/work/do business' don't exactly have you hoping on the next flight to the far east.
But China proved me wrong and am not ashamed to say it! Now I can't imagine leaving this place after 3 years. Why?


Friends: There is no shortage of friends you can make here basically because there's no shortage of expats here and no shortage of Chinese colleagues, schoolmates ,random subway n bus dudes dying to make friends with foreigners; true story... For some Chinese people you may be the first foreigner they have ever seen or at least interacted with.
You will get more dinner, lunch, come-to-my-home-for-new-year invites than you'd know what to do with. BE CAREFUL! you are still on earth therefore there will still be 'scammers' and con-artists preying on the unknowing laowai(foreigner) so do your own little background check and have your antennae up before you hop on a train with some random dude going to some random place whose name u can't pronounce on your 2nd day in China..
Stay a while, get to know the place, get a map of the subway and get to know your way around, how taxis work, download a Beijing bus-app on your phone, get your colleagues, class mates, church mates to show you around or give you advice, learn a few key Chinese phrases like “I don't speak Chinese, do you speak English?”,”Are you trying to steal from me?”,“Where is the nearest subway station?”
Note: In my experience getting the right directions here may be tricky so don't throw a fit if you find yourself go round in circles a few times or walking for an hour yet the guy told you 'it's pretty close,no worry!', Learn your home/school address in Chinese in case you have to take a cab, some cab drivers have navigation systems installed making it way easy...subway,bus and cab fare are comparatively cheap here which is one thing I will truly miss about this place so you will love it too!
If you can help it, don't be a loner! There is so much 'awesomeness' you can experience here if you are open....!



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Fun, Food, Friends, People, Places Series: FOOD!!

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 27. Aug 2013

The land of FOOD, you can't go 10 feet without finding atleast 2 food restaurants here..It's a thing


If you are picky about food as I know most people would be because of the horror stories you hear or read about what the Chinese eat/can eat.

I can tell you now that aside from a few stories, most are myths. Also the array of food to be eaten in China is probably the most varied in the world for instance they have over 1000 types of noodles and even more ways to cook 'em so am thinking there has to be at-least one that you can eat.
Street food is a must try; they have it all from barbecue( vegetable, meats and other kinds of 'barbecu-able' birds and insects, yes I said insects), to tofu(stinky tofu included, yes I said stinky), fried and steamed dumplings, fried noodles, Chinese hamburgers, roasted n fried duck, and all kinds of sandwiches..oh and something called malatang( I have no idea what it's called in English but it's basically meats and vegetables on skewers but instead of barbecue, it's boiled in spiced soup! )
Malatang
....I don't think I need to tell you to be careful where and from whom you buy food from.

Personally I absolutely love Chinese food I mean yes they fry almost everything and yes there is no part of animal or vegetable that goes to waste so they have invented recipes for everything from hooves to roots but overall if you are one who likes variety, you would love Chinese food too.


The really really picky-about-food types would stick to western-food restaurants and fast food joints like Mc-donalds, KFC,Pizza hut and all but those are a bit pricey in comparison to 'real' (I put it in quotes because even the global fast-food chain restaurants put a Chinese twist on their menu here)Chinese food where you can get a full meal plus drink for under $3!

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Working In China and loving it!! (Jarette's success story )

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 26. Aug 2013

Have you ever asked the question, “Is this really where I'm supposed to be?”


Jarette, Vanessa (middle) and Charles (right)- all teachers represented by Nations Abroad

I was asking this question a lot about a year ago. I had spent three years volunteering for an organization I was passionate about but after 3years it was time to move on. The trouble was, I didn't know exactly which direction I was moving. I knew I wanted to teach but there were many obstacles to cross to get there : My current degree did not qualify me, going back to school was an option but I already had undergraduate student loans I was paying off and I wasn't really looking for more. My plan was to find a good job and try to save up for college. I wanted something professional, something 'WOW!' on my resume. I ended up working for a company called Barnes and Noble in the US. Not a bad job but it certainly wasn't helping me save for the future. It was about this time I met a guy who had just got back from China. He was studying there and told me about the great opportunities to teach English there. He connected me to Joseph Castillo, Founder of Nations Abroad Consulting LTD. The first thing that struck me about Joey was his determination to get me to China. He and Nations Abroad worked hard to get me everything I needed to meet my goals.


Jarette(left) and Charles- 2 English teachers currently with Nations Abroad

Now instead of asking “Is this where I'm supposed to be? I was asking “What great adventure awaits me in China?!”
I have been in China over six months now and I must say its been a great adventure indeed!


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Worked in Beijing with Nations Abroad & LOVED IT!!! Jeremiah's story

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 23. Aug 2013


Living and working in China was a blast. I made so many cool friends, visited several places in and out of Beijing.
I worked in 2 schools for the one year I was in China. Both were in Beijing and in both I was an English teacher. I taught kids for the most part. The first school was great, they had most of the material, equipment, props and lesson plans I needed for my classes. I had to write a few plans and kinda add my own twist to the lessons but other than that it was all smooth. The management had a few issues but nothing I couldn't handle.
In the second school I had to come up with all the material from flash cards to lesson plans; a fact that the manager conveniently failed to mention during the interview. Some of the teaching assistants spoke a little English and were very helpful but others, not so much. It was all hunky dory until the end when I broke my arm and the school had the audacity to cut my pay in half! They seemed to be implying I was 'half' a teacher because of the injury even though I had since re-tailored every game and lesson to achieve the required result without needing the use of my broken arm which was pretty brilliant if I do say so myself but the school didn't think so. At some point they even went as far as threatening to not pay me at all and were it not for my Agency's(Nations Abroad Consulting LTD) intervention I would have left there without a penny. They sent a Chinese representative from their office who went back and forth to my school for three days to get what I was owed!
Working in China as an expat comes with many hurdles and a few headaches so you have to be smart. Thank God I had someone who knew the ins and outs to guide me through.

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Downside of being an Expat:Saying Bye Sucks!!! My story

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 22. Aug 2013

I've been in China almost two years now. I just said bye a few days ago to half of a wonderful family that have been fellow-shipping with us in the same church and that I had began working closely with since I started my intern-ship this month; n last month to a few friends who were here for a one year course.. My friend Demi,who's still here was fine, holding it in,acting tough until one of the girls from her home country who she had grown really close to was leaving then came the waterworks...!:)
Thing is,as an expat you will meet hundreds of foreigners in whatever country you are currently situated;you'll make friends with people who,unless you were extremely outgoing you would have never made friends with if you were back home. We are all 'new-kids' so that common factor automatically brings people together. But when schools out at the end of the year or contracts' up or God-forbid u get kicked out of the country coz of visa hiccups;you cannot escape the sometimes dreaded "bye, stay in-touch" goodbye hug,handshake,hi-5,wave that u either give or get.
'Staying in-touch' well let's face it; its easier said than done and sometimes it's just a polite way of saying "yeah I know we have been friends since I came here and you are cool and all but you are probably soon going to be reduced to a story I tell my friends about 'this cool dude I met when I was in China'"
Sad but true. I can't say for sure that I will religiously keep in touch with all the friends I have made hear but I will surely try coz I have met some of the coolest people I know here..I even thought I was in love once but turned out to be a false alarm..haha

Anyhu I guess what am saying is it depends on the value you put on your friendships and how much you are willing to go to keep them....

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You know you've probably been living in the big CN too long when...

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 22. Aug 2013

  • you visit your home country, go to a restaurant and carry your own chopsticks coz you forgot how to use a spoon.
  • you take 2 full minutes saying “ok, bye” when ending a phone conversation…
  • your denim shorts have lace and leather hem and pockets….
  • The I-heart-you teddy bear on your top is beddazled and studded at the same time and you thought it would go well with your orange leather pants with spiked back pockets…
  • You see a rhinestones’ shop and a tear falls down your cheek coz it looks like heaven…
  • Random guy on the street asks you for directions to nearest dog-meat restaurant n u say “Down the street first turn on your left, right by the donkey-sandwich stall,tell them Mike sent you, they give u good price”...
  • Random guy on the subway/bus/train sneezes/coughs/yawns/clears throat in your face and you don't flinch or jump out the window..

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Welcome to China!!!

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 20. Aug 2013


It is said that China is constantly changing; lets just say,you cannot get anymore dynamic than a country with over 1.5billion people constantly on the move. This 24-hour economy is like a living, breathing organ that grows, moves and is already causing quite a bit of uneasiness especially amongst the current 'The Powers That Be' as it becomes a force to reckon with on a global scale!
For instance the Mr. Li's small baozi(steamed dumplings) shop that used to be just down the road would soon in a matter of weeks since opening be replaced by a juice stall, then bakery, then tailor's shop, then shoe shop, then fried tofu shop, then restaurant then maybe one of Mr. Li's distant cousin finally having saved up enough and remembering his cousin's words as the latter bragged about his Baozi shop being at a prime location moves into the city n sets up his own baozi shop where the new restaurant just moved from. All this would happen in a matter of months! I have been in Beijing for 2 years now and I can bet u anything that this is true.
And that's just on a small scale and would maybe only cause ripples in my tiny world, but can you imagine it on a large scale and the kind of ripples that would make globally?!
As Nations Abroad we were not about to sit back and get left behind as the world moves to the east..
Moving to a new country where you do not speak the language and have no relations nor existing friends can be scary, but it could also be the greatest move you could ever make in your life..an experience of a lifetime if you would!

....and now you dont even have to be alone or make your own way and take all the risks of being a clueless Laowai(foreigner) like I was when I first came hence my joining Nations Abroad so I can help as many foreigners to skip over all the hurdles....
Check out this blog for more 'How-am-I-ever-going-to-survive-in-China tips'

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