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The Thought Card: Travel Tips, Travel Hacking, and Personal Finance For Financially Savvy Travelers

Sep 20, 2018

Richelle Gamlam is a serial expat, travel blogger and spicy food lover who has spent the last five years living in China and traveling around Asia.

For more stories and misadventures, be sure to check out her blog Adventures Around Asia where she writes about Asia off the beaten path.

During her time in China, Richelle taught and worked in many different capacities. As an oral English teacher she taught over 1,000 high school students at a Chinese public high school. She has also worked part-time at agencies teaching children, tutored pre-schoolers and even taught Business English to Chinese businessmen. Most recently she worked as a college counselor where she helped Chinese students get into U.S. universities.

Richelle has since quit her job to become a digital nomad exploring places, activities, and cultures most people miss in Asia.

In this episode we chat about:

  • What inspired Richelle to study abroad in Beijing and Xi’an
  • Why teach abroad programs may not be the right fit for you
  • What is the TEFL certification
  • Do you need the TEFL certification to teach English online
  • Types of teaching jobs in China
  • Salary ranges for teaching in China
  • Spicy foods to try in China


Resources Mentioned:

Do I Need a TEFL to Teach Abroad in China?

TEFL Promo Code- Get 30% off with promo code "SAVE30".

Teach Abroad Mini Course: Teaching in China Made Easy

China Job Board


Join Richelle's 3-Part Training Series.

  • Find a high paying job
  • Learn how to teach
  • Learn how to thrive in China


Join Richelle's Facebook Community: China Teach Abroad Community.

This group is for you if you:

  • Want to teach in China someday
  • Are in the process of applying for jobs in China
  • If you're already a teacher in China


Connect with Richelle:


Facebook: @adventuresaroundasia

Twitter: @adventures_asia

Instagram: @adventuresaroundasia