Our First eBook “Add your brick to the Great Wall” is OUT!

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We are pleased and honored to announce that our first eBook titled Add Your Brick to the Great Wall: Experience-based Advice for China from Expats, written together with an amazing travel blogger Sarah Bennett of The Further Adventures of Bennett, is now available in the Kindle Store (US, UK, and all the other Amazon websites). This eBook sums up our two-year experience of teaching, living and travelling in, of the most magnificent and challenging countries – China. We started working on the eBook over a year ago and, although it took us some time to finally finish it off, we must admit it has been an amazing journey for all of us. We would like to say thank you to Sarah for being such a great support to us and we hope it is not going to be the last piece of work we will write!

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Celebrating with a bottle of wine!

 

About the eBook

Do you like travelling? Have you ever thought about what your life would be like if you were travelling and working in a foreign country? Deciding to work abroad can be a bit daunting, but really once you break it down it is just like applying for any other job, except thousands of miles away! There is nothing better and more exciting than breaking out of your comfort zone and starting to explore the world out there – just like we did. We are Agness, Sarah and Cez – 3 friends with a passion for travel, who found teaching in China as a way to broaden horizons without compromising on quality of living or career progression. Add your brick to the Great Wall: Experience-based Advice for China from Expats is a selection of helpful tips and in-depth information on working as a teacher, life and travel in the land of dragons and emperors – China.

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Add your Brick to the Great Wall

 

This book has been written from the perspective and hindsight of individual experiences, illustrated with specific examples to guide you through all aspects of living, teaching and travelling in China. First-hand and recent experiences and tips will equip you with knowledge needed for a safe and enjoyable time during your stay in China.

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It gives you advice on:

  • Why you might want to teach in China.
  • What you need to know before you leave your home country.
  • What the main benefits of living and working in China are.
  • How to get ready for your first teaching and travel China experience.
  • What to expect after arrival and throughout your stay.

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Since the Chinese economy has strengthened greatly and is advancing at breath-taking speed, there is still a very high demand for English teachers. Take this available opportunity and embark on the adventure of your lifetime!

Why We Wrote the eBook

The main purpose of writing this handbook is a desire to help people like you, open-minded and far-reaching world travellers and adventure hunters, to work as teachers, live like locals and travel like nomads across one of the most beautiful and ancient countries in the world. Based on our experiences living in China, we want to help you enjoy your time and get the most out of your stay. With our combined experience of working in both public schools and private English training centers, we realised that there are many people who want to work abroad and might like to read first-hand advice from people who have done it before. Of course we have made some mistakes along the way, so we feel obliged to prepare you for what awaits you and make sure you are best equipped for life out here. We want you to have the best gap year, sabbatical or maybe even a career in China.

 Who It Is For

Add your brick to the Great Wall: Experience-based Advice for China from Expats has been written for anyone who is willing to discover Chinese culture, cuisine and traditions in a different way: not as a regular tourist, but as an expat. Nowadays, working and teaching in China is available to anyone with a good grasp of English: whether you are a native speaker or a near-native speaker. Foreign teachers are always in demand and more often than not, as long as you are foreigner you can get a job.

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The main groups of people employed as English teachers in China are:

  • Recent graduates of any discipline who are looking to broaden their horizons, get teaching experience and /or escape the depressing news of graduate unemployment at home.
  • People in need of change in their lives, whether in regards to location or career in the long or short term.
  • Chinese culture enthusiasts, including those who want to learn the language.
  • Long-term or gap-year travellers looking to refill their wallets for further adventures.

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Realistically however, it doesn’t matter what stage you are at in your life; as long as you are in good health and think you can physically and mentally meet the demands of working in a foreign country then teaching in China could be for you.

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  • Juli+Sam November 11, 2013, 1:02 am

    Congrats guys! Good job ;)

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    • Agness Walewinder November 11, 2013, 6:35 am

      Thanks guys!

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  • santafetraveler November 11, 2013, 1:45 am

    Congrats to both of you. I know it’s a great book as I know how conscientious you both are. I bet it will be a great help to anyone wanting to teach in China.

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    • Agness Walewinder November 11, 2013, 6:36 am

      Thank you so much. We also hope it will be a great help to anyone wanting to teach, live and travel in China.

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  • Rika | Cubicle Throwdown November 11, 2013, 2:16 am

    This is amazing – congrats guys!! I have a friend interested in teaching in China so I sent her your way :)

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    • Agness Walewinder November 11, 2013, 6:36 am

      Thanks!!!!!!

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  • Bennett - The Further Adventures of Bennett November 11, 2013, 3:53 am

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
    That is all. :D

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    • Agness Walewinder November 11, 2013, 6:36 am

      Yep Miss Bennett, mission accomplished! :D

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  • Nicole | The Wondernuts November 11, 2013, 5:35 am

    Wow. Way cool! Congrats!

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    • Agness Walewinder November 11, 2013, 6:36 am

      Cheers Nicole x :)

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  • Shalu Sharma November 11, 2013, 6:46 am

    Well done and congratulations on your first book. I am sure this ebook will be useful to those are heading of to China. You deserve that wine. Best of wishes to you Agness.

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    • Agness Walewinder November 12, 2013, 5:40 am

      Thank you so much Shalu! Best wishes to you too!

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  • Becky Padmore November 11, 2013, 8:52 am

    So pleased for you both, congratulations! :-)

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    • Agness Walewinder November 12, 2013, 5:41 am

      Thank you Becky! That means a lot to us x

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  • Steve November 11, 2013, 9:26 am

    Well done Guys. I look forward to reading it and picking up some tips.

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    • Agness Walewinder November 12, 2013, 5:42 am

      Thanks a lot!

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  • Edna November 11, 2013, 9:33 am

    Congratulations! That’s such a cool accomplishment!

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    • Agness Walewinder November 12, 2013, 5:42 am

      Cheers Edna! That feels great to be authors!

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  • Callie November 11, 2013, 10:30 am

    Congrats guys! This is a huge accomplishment and I wish you every success with it :) xxx

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    • Agness Walewinder November 12, 2013, 5:42 am

      Thanks a lot Callie!

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  • Mike November 11, 2013, 10:57 am

    Great job, guys! Hope it sells well!

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    • Agness Walewinder November 12, 2013, 5:43 am

      Hey Mike! Long time no see, thanks a lot !

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  • The Guy November 11, 2013, 12:49 pm

    Many congratulations to you three! After all that time and hard work now is the time to savour the release. With your experiences and great writing style this should be a big success for the three of you.

    I’m certainly looking forward to reading it. Best of luck with the promotion of the book.

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    • Agness Walewinder November 12, 2013, 3:02 am

      Thank you ever so much. We really appreciate your support. We will do our best to promote the book :).

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  • Maria November 11, 2013, 2:05 pm

    Way to go, kudos and congats!

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    • Agness Walewinder November 12, 2013, 3:01 am

      CHEERS Maria x

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  • Kymee Martinak November 11, 2013, 2:41 pm

    How exciting for you congratulations, I really admire such a great accomplishment while you are still so young. Man what is next, I guess I get to see since I have been following you. ;o)

    Look forward to the ride

    God bless
    Kymee

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    • Agness Walewinder November 12, 2013, 3:01 am

      Thank you Kymee :)xx

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  • Sam November 11, 2013, 3:37 pm

    This looks excellent. Well done, guys! You must feel so proud!

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    • Agness Walewinder November 12, 2013, 3:00 am

      Thanks. Yes, we feel proud indeed.

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  • Stef November 11, 2013, 3:55 pm

    Congratulations and the best of luck with your book. I will definitely buy it as soon as I’m back in Germany!

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    • Agness Walewinder November 12, 2013, 2:55 am

      Thank you Stef!!

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  • Mike November 11, 2013, 5:43 pm

    You guys are such a fantastic success story and an incredible inspiration to us, Agness, Cez and Sarah! You have the world by the coattail right now so continue on your wonderful path! We appreciate you always :)

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    • Agness Walewinder November 12, 2013, 2:54 am

      Thank you so much Mike for your massive support and kind words. We really appreciate it!

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  • Jules November 11, 2013, 6:52 pm

    Wow, what an achievement. Congrats guys! :)

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    • Agness Walewinder November 12, 2013, 2:54 am

      Cheers!!!

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  • Casey @ A Cruising Couple November 11, 2013, 9:12 pm

    How exciting guys! We definitely know how hard it is to write an ebook- congrats on finishing the project!! I’ll be sure to recommend it to anyone thinking about China. Now go CELEBRATE! :)

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    • Agness Walewinder November 12, 2013, 2:54 am

      Thanks. We have already. Can you see the wine bottle in the photo? It’s already gone :P.

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  • Angela November 11, 2013, 9:31 pm

    Congratulations! Pretty sure it will be a big hit!

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    • Agness Walewinder November 12, 2013, 2:53 am

      Thanks! Hope so too :):).

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  • Beth November 12, 2013, 12:56 am

    Congratulations you guys! This is so exciting, I wish you nothing but success (and for more eBooks to be written!) :)

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    • Agness Walewinder November 12, 2013, 2:53 am

      Thank you Beth. I guess 1 E-book is more that enough :D, at least for now.

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  • Hippie In Heels November 12, 2013, 3:45 pm

    WOW! congrats, I’ll have to check it out. I have been reading your site for a while, it has given me inspiration for my own. I never have had a strong desire to go to China, but if anyone can convince me you caN!

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    • Agness Walewinder November 13, 2013, 8:29 am

      Hey! Many thanks. China is a must go place, seriously, it’s an awesome country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Rachel M November 12, 2013, 5:10 pm

    Hats off, and wish you all the best …

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    • Agness Walewinder November 13, 2013, 8:29 am

      Thank you so much!

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  • Zara @ Backpack ME November 13, 2013, 2:24 am

    This is great news for you guys and I’m sure many people will find the advice from other “real people” useful when planing to move to China. CONGRATS! :D

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    • Agness Walewinder November 13, 2013, 8:27 am

      Many thanks Zara!

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  • Constance - Foreign Sanctuary November 13, 2013, 2:52 am

    Wow!! Huge congrats to all three of you!!! What an amazing feat and accomplishment to write and publish your very own e-book!!

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    • Agness Walewinder November 13, 2013, 8:27 am

      Thank you so much!

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  • Digital Nomads November 13, 2013, 2:38 pm

    Congrats guys, so happy for you :)

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    • Agness Walewinder November 14, 2013, 1:55 am

      Thank you!

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  • Tom Williams November 14, 2013, 4:40 am

    Great theme for a book guys! We were considering teaching in Shanghai… Would definitely grab a copy if we end up deciding to do it!

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  • [email protected] November 14, 2013, 2:22 pm

    Hey guys, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That is just awesome. I’m sure your e-book will be of big help and inspiration to those aspiring to explore China as expats. I hope that it will be a very big success.

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    • Agness Walewinder November 15, 2013, 1:55 pm

      Thank you so much Marisol! That’s a huge milestone for us and we are happy to share it with you as well :-).

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  • Freya November 17, 2013, 11:39 am

    WoW way to go ! Congratulations guys !!

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    • Agness Walewinder November 18, 2013, 3:05 am

      Thank you!

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  • Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) November 19, 2013, 5:49 am

    Congratulations, guys! What an excellent achievement and it must feel SO GOOD to see your year of hard work finally come to fruition. Tony & I know first-hand just how difficult traveling in China can be, so I’m sure your guide will be of great use to the many people who want to set down roots there.

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    • Agness Walewinder November 20, 2013, 2:04 am

      Thanks sweetie. Yes, China can be a challenging travel destination :).

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  • Cipri @Travelocafe November 21, 2013, 9:41 am

    Congrats! I wish you good luck with your ebook and all other great projects.

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    • Agness Walewinder November 22, 2013, 12:48 am

      Thank you so much!

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  • rebecca kroegel November 22, 2013, 3:22 am

    congrats guys! love the front cover!

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    • Agness Walewinder November 25, 2013, 12:32 am

      Thank you so much Rebecca!

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  • Jacqui November 23, 2013, 8:24 pm

    Congratulations guys! I can relate to the feeling of completing an ebook – relief and satisfaction but also a bit scary as you wait to see if it sells well :) I wish you lots of sales!

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  • Marysia @ My Travel Affairs November 26, 2013, 3:19 pm

    Congratulations guys! Gonna check it out!

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    • Agness Walewinder November 28, 2013, 12:21 am

      Cheers!

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  • The Indie Traveller January 16, 2014, 1:01 am

    Wow! Let me join in the congratulations. A lot of work must have gone into this. Hope it does well :)

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    • Agness Walewinder January 16, 2014, 2:01 am

      Hey man! Long time no see! We’ve been missing you here! Thanks a lot!

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      • The Indie Traveller January 16, 2014, 10:00 pm

        Haha yeah it’s been a while. But hopefully now I’m back for good. Once again, congratulations about the book. Hope the hard work brings lots of future opportunities :)

      • Agness Walewinder January 17, 2014, 1:59 am

        Thanks again! Hope to keep in touch. Great to see you back here!

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