Monkey Abroad

Videos and stories of the life abroad – food, culture, travel & work

don't speak chinese

April 3, 2016
by Kevin Cook
5 Comments

Live in China but Don’t Speak Chinese? Here’s How to Fix That

If you live in China (or plan to live in China) but don’t speak Chinese, this article is for you. Although it’s technically possible to spend a long time in China without ever learning to speak or read 中文, your life here will … Continue reading

squat toilet

April 6, 2014
by Kevin Cook
6 Comments

(VIDEO) How to Use an Asian Squat Toilet

If you’re a foreigner living or traveling in Asia, sometimes nature calls when you least expect it. And if you’re far from home, you’ll have to run to the nearest public restroom to take care of business. Unlike in western bathrooms, … Continue reading

living in china

February 17, 2014
by Kevin Cook
14 Comments

Living in China vs. Thailand: Which is Better for Westerners?

Let’s be honest. As a westerner, living in China vs. Thailand is an unfair fight. Thailand will win any day of the week because it’s geared toward outsiders and China is geared toward the Chinese. But before you totally discount … Continue reading

February 14, 2014
by Kevin Cook
14 Comments

Want to Teach ESL Overseas? 7-Step Guide (with Video)

Whether you’re a recent college graduate or a 40-something looking to escape from the 9 to 5 life, teaching ESL overseas is a perfect way to travel, experience a new lifestyle and make money all at once. Follow this 7-step … Continue reading

July 29, 2013
by Kevin Cook
5 Comments

Why Living Abroad is a Better Travel Lifestyle than Backpacking

Backpacking and living abroad are not the same thing. Backpacking involves frequent migration to new cities and countries until your savings are depleted. Living abroad is experiencing the lifestyle of a single foreign country for a prolonged period. Both are … Continue reading

TEFL Certification

June 25, 2013
by Kevin Cook
20 Comments

TEFL Certification Online vs. Onsite – Which is Better?

If you want to teach English as a foreign language, you’re probably considering getting a TESOL or TEFL certification. The question is, should you get certified at home or in the classroom? Both methods offer the same certification, but each … Continue reading

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