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Hong Kong, China

I currently reside in Hong Kong after my first ten months have proven to be the best year abroad. I originally came to Hong Kong on a work visa in August 2014 to teach English at the local college called the Institution of Vocational Education (IVE). For nine months, I worked in the language centre, creating a positive English learning environment for students through workshops, discussions, tutorials and events. I helped students improve their pronunciation and presentation skills, as well as taught IELTS and other examinations on the side.

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Paris, France

I’ve spent a hard 9 months living and surviving as a language assistant in Paris. From dealing with administration, to language barrier and a lot of misfortune, I describe my year in France as a “sink or swim” experience. Yet despite all these challenges, coming home was never an option and these are the stories that kept me alive.

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Quebec, Canada

I started my teaching English and learning French career in Quebec, Canada. After graduating university in 2012, I went to study French for the first time in Montreal for 5 weeks , followed by living 10 months in Alma, where I taught English. Living in a small town was tough, and it was here where I learned to survive the cold winter, isolation and becoming independent. “Fake it til I make it.”

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Toronto, Canada

Toronto holds a special place in my heart. It is where I am from, where I was born and grew up in, and a place I always call ‘home.’ While living abroad, I always compare and contrast what are the differences with Toronto, and I find myself to appreciate more of my hometown the longer I am away. I don’t know when I’ll go home or whether I’ll live there, but my family is still there and I love exploring the city when I’m back home.

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