I thought I’d found the perfect job teaching abroad in China on a teach abroad program that would really look out for me.
Instead, I ended up underpaid on a factory-lined highway where I was the only foreigner for miles. My school wasn’t even legally allowed to hire me, and if I wanted to leave early I could owe my school up to $8,000 which was my entire salary for the entire year… Whoopsies!
How did this happen to me?? I’d studied abroad in China for 7 months. I was fluent in Chinese. I had traveled all over China, and other countries in Asia. I had even lived on my own in Beijing for a month!
I thought I knew everything and I STILL made a ton of mistakes.
How is that even possible? If anyone was going to be successful living abroad, it should’ve been me, right?!!!
There were so many things I didn’t know. I was too trusting, too naive, and too overconfident. But arriving at my first school in the middle of nowhere was a nice big slap of reality, straight in the face. Maybe I didn’t know as much as I thought I did…
Thankfully, I eventually figured things out. A few years later I was working as a high-level college admissions consultant in Beijing, making four times the salary with my own private office. I had a job I loved, saved up $40,000 USD in two years, and traveled all around Asia during my 20 vacation days.
I wish I could go back in time and give myself the advice I know now, but unfortunately, time travel isn’t a thing (yet). So instead I’ve made it my mission to make sure that it doesn’t happen to anyone else.
After five years of living and working in China, I’ve cracked the code and I want to teach you everything I wish I knew my first year.
I want to bring you up to my level, and teach you all of the things I’ve learned throughout FIVE years of living and working in China.
I’m the founder of Teach Abroad Squad and the blogger behind the award-winning China travel blog, Adventures Around Asia.
Over the last eight years, I’ve been helping hundreds of people take the leap to go on the adventure of a lifetime and teach abroad in China!
A while back I realized that the more I wrote about my own experience working in China, the more prospective teachers started to email me asking TONS of questions. So I wrote more posts, started a free mini-course, created ebooks, and spent literally all day answering a stream of never-ending emails. But the more helpful advice I created, the more questions I received!
Eventually, I realized that blog posts and e-books just aren’t enough. What you really need is a guide: someone to walk you step by step through the entire process from start to finish. Who wants to sit there reading blog post after blog post, when you can get personalized guidance from a dedicated coach you trust?
Teach Abroad Squad Coaching is designed to help you find a high-paying job you love, become an incredible teacher, and survive (and thrive) in China.
Teach Abroad Squad Coaching will help guide you through the bumpy road of teaching abroad in China. Whether you’re new to the idea of teaching abroad, or you’re trying to take it to the next level and land one of the top-tier jobs in China, or somewhere in between, we’ve got you covered.
So… What exactly can I help you with?
“While I was the Content Director at Go Overseas, Richelle was always our go-to writer for any questions about teaching abroad in China. Whether it was teacher salaries, job types, or navigating visas and scams, Richelle always had well-researched, practical, and relatable advice for our readers.” – Jessie Beck, Former content director at Go Overseas
“Working with Richelle has been amazing! I joined Teach Abroad Squad because I needed to meet and talk with a real-life person and mentor who had taken this journey before me. I wanted to move my family of five abroad and I needed to make sure I did everything the right way. Richelle helped me gain the knowledge I needed to secure the exact job I was looking for in the exact location I wanted in China. Joining Teach Abroad Squad was the best decision I made to begin my family’s adventure abroad!” – Michelle Melville-Kashon
“The thought of moving to China alone can be so overwhelming, but Richelle goes over everything you need to know to be successful during your time abroad. The biggest takeaway was how to avoid scams and what to look for in contracts. I’ve heard so many horror stories about companies promising one thing only for it to be taken away or changed later. I now know how to read contracts, negotiate salary and vacation days, and how to handle any complications down the road.” – Hilary Hancock
“I originally joined because I was overwhelmed by all the information out there and I was getting lost in the sea of it all. Then I came across Richelle’s Instagram and blog and realized this is a real person giving real stories of life in China. I felt really good about enrolling in TAS because I knew I’d need help and have questions to ask. Joining the Teach Abroad Squad gave me more confidence that I won’t be going into teaching abroad blindly.” – Sarah Anderson
“I just wanted to give you a quick update – I was offered a position with Enreach and I just accepted the offer. I cannot thank you enough for not only sharing your experiences on your blog – which was the catalyst for my entire career move – but for taking the time to answer all my questions. Seriously, thank you, thank you, thank you!” – Liz B.
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