The ESL teachers here have been interviewed in Japan, Taiwan, China and Korea. All the videos below have been transcribed as well. Here teachers share what they like and don't like about teaching abroad. They share their challenges, offer advice and more.


ESL teacher Dale in Taiwan 1. Taichung Dale (7 years experience) talks about living and teaching in Taiwan.

ESL teacher Dale in Taiwan 2. Taichung Dale continued.


ESL teacher Graham in Tokyo, Japan 1. Tokyo Graham, Bryce and John (12 years) share some of their experiences.

ESL teacher Jeanie in Tokyo 2. Tokyo and Fukuoka Jeanie in Tokyo, Jay and MD (8 years of experience) in Fukuoka share their experiences.

ESL teachers Jay and MD in Fukuoka 3. Fukuoka Jay and MD continued.


ESL teacher Ian in Shanghai, China Money & Expenses Ian shares expenses such as rent, food, visas and more in Shanghai.

ESL teacher Danielle in Hangzhou, China 1. Hangzhou Danielle (1.5 years exp.) and new teachers Marilyn, Megan and Tara share their experiences.

ESL teacher Steven in Xiamen, China 2. Xiamen Steven, Ed (head teacher) and Steve (4 years) talk about teaching in China.

ESL teacher Matt in Xiamen, China 3. Xiamen Matt has experience living & teaching abroad in China and Taiwan.


Hagwan Owner Troy Jodoin Troy Jodoin - Korean Hagwan Owner Troy owns, manages and teaches at his hagwon.

ESL teacher Ian talking about money in Korea Money & Expenses I These expenses include: rent, utilities, food, restaurants, phone and salaries.

ESL teacher Ian in Korea Money & Expenses II These expenses include buses, subways and the KTX.

ESL teacher Sandra on Haeundae beach 1. Busan Sandra, Marret and Larry share their experiences on Haeundae beach.

ESL teacher Daniel on Haeundae beach 2. Busan Daniel, Rebecca and Katie talk about teaching English in Korea.

ESL teacher Sheila on Haeundae beach 3. Busan Sheila, Anne, John and John share some of their experiences teaching in Korea.

ESL teacher Paul on Haeundae beach 4. Busan Five teachers share their experiences.

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#2 Ian 2017-02-13
Quoting Michael:
Not to be critical or offensive of your video...
That's who is teaching abroad. While it may not be ideal it's a reality.

Most teachers don't do it for long or for the "teaching" part of it. Most are in it for a year or two and to travel, save money or try something new.

Well some did say to take your job seriously. I agree that anybody getting into "teaching abroad" should take the teaching part seriously.

Your idea about teaching people about the "beauty and culture of your own country" sounds a little ethnocentric.
#1 Michael 2017-02-13
Not to be critical or offensive of your video but to me, I saw only a group of people, mostly younger in the sun, relaxing and saying. things like check out the school...go where you want and research the area you want to live, just do it, be open-minded, it's not home, look at the economy back home...etc. some good but to me I find it astounding that no one said be qualified to teach, have a desire to help and educate people to the beauty and culture of your own country, be an inspiration and help the ones you are teaching to go further...if they fail, it becomes your failure too.....So I guess my point would be this, your video didn't really express their ideas about teaching abroad, at least to me.

Anyway, like I said in the beginning I mean no disrespect.

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