The EF English First Blog is proudly supported by dedicated bloggers and teachers from various centres across China. Our bloggers are on a mission to inform, educate, entertain and inspire those who are looking for a new adventure teaching English in China. Through stories and experiences, our team will answer burning questions, dispell myths and give you an insight into what life is really like in China. Learn more about the team behind the best blog in ESL.
Eunice KU – Shanghai
- Hometown: Hong Kong
- How long I’ve spent in China: Seven Years
- Current Profession: Fashion Design Student
- Who I’d invite to my dream dinner party: Buddha, Jesus, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Yohji Yamamoto, Gigi Hadid, Osho, Edgar Cayce
- Cool facts: Eunice can speak English, Cantonese, Chinese, Shanghainese, Japanese
- Why I like writing/blogging: I enjoy sharing my experiences with others
Eunice grew up in Hong Kong and studied abroad in the US. She moved to her parents’ hometown, Shanghai, after graduating from law school in San Francisco. After working at as a legal editor in Shanghai for several years, Eunice decided to follow her passion and study fashion design. Eunice is currently a part-time fashion design student. She enjoys practising yoga, violin, drawing and trying out all kinds of handicrafts in her free time. She is also interested in spirituality and healing. She hopes to create an eco and ethical clothing brand as well as start a delicious vegan restaurant in the future.
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Jaye Plant – Shanghai
- Hometown: Rugby, England
- How long I’ve spent in China: Two years
- Who I’d invite to my dream dinner party: David Bowie, J.K. Rowling, Tina Fey, Stephen Fry, Peter Dinklage, Cleopatra
- What keeps me here: Ease of travel, new experiences, language learning and friends
- Why I like writing/blogging: I like channelling my creativity through words, attempting to inform others and connecting with readers online.
- Blog name: itchyfeet-blog.com
Jaye enjoys the simpler things in life: good books, cups of tea, country walks, the rain… all of which can be found in her homeland of England. Two years ago, she decided to leave all of this and relocate to the other side of the world to teach English. Jaye now enjoys the not so simple things in life; daily conversations in Mandarin, navigating busy roads and inquisitive taxi drivers. Every day is an adventure; every experience is new.
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3 Minute China Travel Guide
Adam DiFrisco – Beijing
- Hometown: Chicago
- How long I’ve spent in China: Almost two years
- Who I’d invite to my dream dinner party: Walt Disney, Anton Chekhov and Kim Henson
- What keeps me here: The people, the language, the nonstop opportunities
- Why I like writing/blogging: It’s a spot where I can both reflect on my travels as well as give readers a head start on things they may do in their
Adam is an avid traveller with an obsession for language learning and teaching. Among all the things in the world, nothing pleases Adam more than being surrounded by his big Italian family, endless wine bottles, and homemade pizza to secretly feed his two fat yellow labs.
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Chinese Eating Customs – 8 Tips To Survive Dining In China
Patrick Hyland – Shanghai
- Hometown: Laois, Ireland
- How long I’ve spent in China: A few months
- Who I’d invite to my dream dinner party: Paolo Coelho, Joe Rogan, Anthony Kiedis, Jennifer Lawrence, Sarah Kay
- What keeps me here: The opportunities for growth
- Why I like writing/blogging: It provides me with an outlet for my inner world.
- Blog name: The Irish Introvert
Patrick left Ireland upon graduating from university, on a plane bound for the Middle East. His interest in travel was aroused, and soon after he would set sail for South Korea, where he spent 3 great years. China was the next port of call, and he currently lays his hat in Shanghai. Patrick’s passion for writing is fueled by a desire to explore the self. He takes pleasure in the simple things; hot beverages, good books, belly laughs.
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Why I Teach Abroad And Why You Should Too – Inspiration From The Other Side Of The Desk
Paul Chan – Senior Director of Studies – Shenzhen
- Hometown: Los Angeles, California, USA
- How long I’ve spent in China: Over six years
- Who I’d invite to my dream dinner party: Rupert Everett, Bruce Lee, Frank Sinatra, Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall, and Larry Bird
- What keeps me here: The challenge of running a school, the opportunity to explore Asia, and having the ability to improve the lives of people around me
- Why I like writing/blogging: It’s my passion, but I’ve always wanted outlets like this to exercise. And the additional benefit is providing value to prospective readers!
Blog name: picassosinatra
Paul has become an optimist due to the trials and tribulations working at EF; nothing phases him much anymore. Everyday running a school of over 2000 students has its challenges, and he faces daily mishaps. Fortunately, he has that internal governor that tells him everything will be alright and he operates accordingly, and the problems almost always meet their solution. Paul is also fortunate enough to have a wonderful, dynamic, and caring wife that supports his professional and charitable endeavours. He is a lucky man that is currently living life to the fullest and has a great team at Kids and Teens Shenzhen School 4 around him to take their school and their students to the next level!
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Reflective Teaching The Occupational Imperative
Adam Benson – Guangzhou
- Hometown: Brisbane, Australia
- How long I’ve spent in China: 8 Years
- Who I’d invite to my dream dinner party: My parents, my two boys, Richard Branson, Rowan Atkinson, Nelson Mandela and Gordan Ramsey
- What keeps me here: There’s always a lot to learn in my job and many opportunities to advance my career
- Why I like writing/blogging: I like writing because it’s an escape. I can share my experiences and state opinions more eloquently in writing
Adam has spent the last 8 years living and working in China. Of those 8 years, Adam has spent 7 working for EF because he has been offer opportunities to learn and progress professionally. When Adam isn’t teaching or spending time with his two boys, he likes reading and blogging about his experiences in China.
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Victoria Waller – Shanghai
- Hometown: Washington D.C.
- How long I’ve spent in China: Less than 6 Months
- Who I’d invite to my dream dinner party: My parents, Jesus, Isaiah Ross, President Obama and Drake
- What keeps me here: The chance to see the world
- Why I like writing/blogging: I love sharing my experiences with others in the hope that I might inspire someone to step out of their comfort zone and experience something new
- Blog name: Venture with V
Hi! I’m Victoria, a teacher at the EF Kids & Teens centre in Shanghai. I have always been an avid traveller and adventure seeker, but before becoming a teacher I was a Relationship Marketing Manager in Maryland, USA. My hobbies include travelling, blogging, exercising, and listening to music. For more pictures of my latest adventures follow me on Instagram or SnapChat at: Stacie_Victoria
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Perpetua Mbali – Shanghai
- Hometown: Secunda in the province of Mpumalanga in South Africa
- How long I’ve spent in China: Over 9 Months
- Who I’d invite to my dream dinner party: My Mom and Dad, my sisters, Lorraine Hansberry, Trevor Noah, Nina Simone & Jeremy Scott
- What keeps me here: There is still so much to discover and explore
- Why I like writing/blogging: I talk too much and there aren’t enough ears or hours in a day to say everything that goes on in my head. When writing, no such restraints exist, writing is an unrestricted alternative form of speaking.
- Blog name: Perpetua Mbali @africanredhead
Trendy geek who sneezes alphabets and cries sentences for a living. Find me on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @africanredhead
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Aly Brunson – Harbin
- Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
- How long spent in China: a year and a half
- Who I’d invite to my dream dinner party: Brandon Sanderson, Samantha Bee, Mrs. Hall (my former teacher), Steve Kaufmann, and Lindsay Williams
- What keeps me here: Language learning and constant new experiences
- Why I like writing/blogging: Writing brings me clarity and insight. I rarely know how I feel or think until I’ve put pen to page, and I love those eureka moments I get when I write.
Aly is a lover of words. She spends her time nose deep in books, collecting new Chinese vocabulary, and writing. She also enjoys exploring China with her camera, doing yoga in her pajamas, and consuming far more coffee and tea than is good for her.
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- Beinng A Vegetarian In China
- The Top 5 Teaching Skills That You Will Use For Life
- How To Navigate Chinese Social Etiquette And Make Friends
- Advice For Your First Solo Trip In China
- Tips For Surviving Your Next Spring Festival
- Time Off With Other Teachers