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Richelle Gamlam

Teach Abroad & China Expert
Beijing, China

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3 years 6 months

Traveler, blogger and serial expat, Richelle has been living and working in China for the last four years. From high school English teacher to college admissions consultant, Richelle has tried her hand at many different jobs in China. She spends all of her vacation days traveling Asia off the beaten path, and in her spare time, she loves to scuba dive, salsa dance and try weird foods no one else will eat. For more of Richelle's crazy misadventures, check out her blog .

George Washington University
Travel Experience
15+ Countries
One of the scariest aspects of being a new teacher is meeting parents -- the same is true even if you've been teaching for years! Learn about when you might interact with parents while teaching abroad, situations where this occurs, and how to manage these interactions.
You know you want to teach abroad, and then you hear the dreaded words: "demo class." Here's everything you need to know: learn what demo classes really are, how to prepare for one, and how to ace a demo class.
When you decide to teach abroad, you might wonder: Do I really need a recruiter to land a job teaching abroad? Learn more about recruiters, what they do, and when to use one to find a placement teaching abroad.
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If you're planning to teach abroad -- or just got your job offer -- it's important to understand what you're signing up for. Your teaching contract tells you a lot, and here's how to understand it all.
When you decide you want to teach abroad, there are practical things to consider. Many schools have specific requirements and qualifications you need to teach abroad, and here's the full list of them.
Unsure which TEFL course type to take? We can help! Take our 6-question quiz to get a sense for which TEFL course is right for you, and then read about different considerations in choosing a TEFL course.
Want to create a career in ESL, but unsure what that looks like? Take a look at some of your ESL career options and additional qualifications you can get beyond the TEFL Certification.
Are you preparing to teach English in China? Read these 11 insider tips to make sure you're ready to go, and the entire process will be smooth sailing and stress-free.

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Great question!… What's the normal workload for teachers in China? 09/30/2017
I think the most challenging… What's the most challenging part of teaching in China? 09/30/2017
Definitely! I've been living… Is it realistic to make a career and build a life teaching English in China? 09/30/2017
Hi Kayla!
If you're a native
I have done a TEFL course but do not have any other qualifications. What countries can I still teach English in? 09/20/2016
I actually created a salary What is the range of salary I will receive in this field? 09/20/2016
I definitely think so! I have Is it realistic to make a career and build a life teaching English at any of these countries? 09/20/2016
Hi Lauren,
I actually wrote a
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Just to add to CIEE's What’s the normal workload for teachers in China? 09/20/2016
I actually had a friend teach How do you go about teaching in Burma? Is it safe to teach there? 09/20/2016
it depends on the country. Do you need a TEFL certificate to teach overseas? 09/10/2016
In China, usually teachers in Can you come home for holidays while teaching overseas? 09/10/2016
As someone who has taught and Is it dodgy to work for a school in China that has teachers working there illegally? 09/10/2016
Hi Shanequa,
That depends on
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