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chiang mai travel guideI spent the last month traveling in Chiang Mai, Thailand meeting other people doing location independent work (aka digital nomads).

While living there I worked on my online course, Land a Job in China and took time to travel around the area and see some of the sites.

This is a guide for those interested in spending some time in Chiang Mai either for work or play or both.

In this Chiang Mai travel guide you’ll learn about:

  • Where to Stay – great apartments available for less than $170/month
  • What to See & Do – Temples, waterfalls, freaks
  • Food – You can find almost every type of food but why bother when all you need is khao soi
  • Transportation – Rent a motorbike
  • Thai Language – 1: Neung, 2: Song, 3: Saam
  • Working in Chiang Mai – Chiang Mai is ideal for starting an online business

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chinese pod reviewIn addition to having a Chinese teacher, Chinese textbook, dictionary and people to practice with at all times, Chinese Pod is the listening resource I have used most over the years. Because of this, it seemed like a good idea to write a Chinese Pod review.

Chinese pod review

When first starting out learning Chinese I listened to all their Newbie and Elementary lessons with Ken Carroll, Jenny Zhu, and John Pasden as the hosts. Later, Chinese Pod was there again with work-related content when I needed to learn more vocabulary related to working at a company in China.

Whether your goal of learning Chinese is for work, travel or romance, Chinese Pod has all of this covered in their nearly 4,000 lessons.

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Today I am starting on a new adventure in Asia, and by the time you are reading this I will already be en route to Chiang Mai, Thailand.

job in taiwan

You might be wondering, “Why not back to China? Why Thailand and why Chiang Mai?”

While I plan to visit China during my travels, the main reason I am going to Chiang Mai is to meet people who are location-independent with their work. Another name for this kind of person is a digital nomad.

Thailand - Asia

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This is the third and final post in a series about non-teaching jobs in China for foreigners.

Here is the first post, about technical editing.
Here is the second post, about ODM/OEM international sales.

Today’s post is about teacher placement program coordinator, specifically:

  • What is a Teacher Placement Program Coordinator?
  • What Does a Teacher Placement Program Coordinator Do?
  • Job Requirements
  • The Ideal Candidate
  • Salary and Cost of Living
  • Finding Coordinator Jobs
  • Growth Opportunities

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IMAG0614August 2017 will mark the 10 year anniversary of when I moved to China to first teach English. Since then, I’ve worked at 6 – 8 jobs in the US and China, interviewed for several others and had several other job offers.

Below are 10 lessons I’ve learned about finding China-related jobs in China and the USA.

Lesson 1: Teaching English Gets You a Job in China Fast

As a foreigner in China it’s hard to go more than a few weeks without getting a job offer to teach English while walking down the street or hanging out at a mall.

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Hong Kong LightsThis post is the second in a series of posts about non-teaching jobs in China for foreigners.

Here is the first post, about technical editing.

Today’s post covers ODM/OEM international sales rep jobs. Specifically:

  • What is an ODM/OEM international sales rep?
  • Job requirements
  • Can a recent college graduate get this kind of job?
  • How to find a job an ODM/OEM international sales rep job
  • Salary and cost of living
  • Job duties and responsibilities
  • Demand for international sales jobs
  • Growth opportunities

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Jobs in China for ForeignersWhat non-teaching jobs are available to foreigners in China?

This is the first post in a series of posts about non-teaching jobs in China for foreigners. In this post we cover technical editing and localization, specifically the following:

  • What are localization and technical editing?
  • Job requirements
  • Can a recent college graduate get this kind of job?
  • Salary and cost of living
  • Demand for localization and technical editing jobs in China for foreigners
  • Growth opportunities
  • Types of companies to look for
  • Visa requirements
  • Finding a localization or technical editing job in China

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teach english in chinaIf you want to learn about what it’s like to teach English in China, read on.

This article is complete with images and student-made videos from my own 6 years spent teaching English in China.

It includes what it’s like teaching, how to lesson plan, what your students are like, humorous student English names like Santa, class size, class length, classroom media devices, and more.

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airport-in-asiaWhile you are considering working in China and looking for work there, there are several things you may be thinking about with regards to work sponsorship and visas.

In this post I explain how the work visa process works. It is basically the same whether you are teaching English or working for a company.

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In the United States things get pretty quiet in the city after rush hour and dinner, even on weekends in the city. In China however, evenings are very lively every night of the week. Many streets turn into markets with vendors hawking things like perfume, underwear, and radios.

In this video not only do we take a look at these products and hear about Nick’s purchasing criteria, but we learn a simple and effective way to practice Mandarin.

Stay for the end and you’ll also witness a dance party!

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