Internship in China via Gi2C

The site Get Into China, or Gi2C for short, is a site that offers a wealth of information about how you can go about getting an internship in China via their Gi2C internship programs.

The Gi2C internship program

The Gi2C internship program

The site itself is really easy to navigate, so helped with my wanderlust (no plans to be heading off to China in the near future, but a girl can daydream, right?). It all aims to create a community feel where people share their own experiences and can give advice to any potential newbie Gi2C intern … which I really like. I am all for creating a place online where people can gather and support one another, much like the ideals behind this blog, because going to live or work abroad can be a huge, daunting step so it is good to have a resource you can turn to.

The Gi2C group site has a great section on the internships offered in Beijing and Shanghai and has useful information like Shanghai being the home of China’s largest expat community and that it is a great place for couples to work as it is considered one of China’s most romantic cities – who knew? Well, now you do!

Shanghai is a potential Gi2C intern experience

Shanghai is a potential Gi2C intern experience

If you have any questions or concerns about any kind of Gi2C internship, the connectivity throughout the site is spot on – for example, just as I was perusing the amazing photographs of Shanghai (I have included some of them in this post because they are so enticing) a pop-up chat box floated on the page and asked me if I needed any help (I get really impressed by those because, frankly, I like the ease of finding the information I need instead of having to trawl for it). The site is also connected to their Facebook page so you can leave any comments or questions and someone from the Gi2C Internship Experts team will get back to you.

There is also a good breakdown of the costs involved for the Gi2C premium and standard internship programs, which incidentally, do not include airplane tickets, insurance, visa fees etc, so you get a heads up on the extra bits you have to cover alongside the program fee.
Having all the information available regarding finances is something I am really big on, as during my move to America, I got caught out more than once with unexpected fees for my visa, so I would always advocate knowing the real cost of everything before starting this kind of process.

The famous Shanghai XiaoLongBao dumplings and other food the Gi2C group entices you with

The famous Shanghai XiaoLongBao dumplings, and other food the Gi2C group entices you with

Generally I think the Gi2C group intern program site has the knowledge you need easily at your fingertips for this kind of endeavour – what else would you have to know before you did a move abroad or an internship somewhere?

Let me know your thoughts and do not forget to head on over to gi2c.org to check it out!

My American Kitchen: Spicy Turkey Lasagne

I love lasagne, but my current attempts at healthy eating and losing weight (21 lbs so far) do not always appreciate it. In order to keep enjoying the foods I like, I try to substitute certain ingredients for a healthier alternative – the main alternative in this recipe was a very low fat ground turkey instead of beef.

I loved eating this as it resembled the taste of an Italian sausage, and the spinach in the cheese mix added a lovely bit of flavour.

 

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Ingredients (serves 6-8):

3 lbs low fat, ground turkey

3 tsp dried oregano

3/4 tsp dried red chilli flakes

1 tsp garlic salt

x2 24oz jars of tomato pasta sauce

45 oz ricotta cheese

x1 10oz frozen spinach, defrosted

3 cups shredded cheese of your choice – and some to sprinkle on the top at the end

10-12 no cook lasagne sheets

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The finished turkey sauce (I forgot to take photos of the process - sorry)!

The finished turkey sauce (I forgot to take photos of the process – sorry)!

Ricotta, shredded cheese, spinach with salt and pepper

Ricotta, shredded cheese, spinach with salt and pepper

Directions:

In a large non-stick saucepan/skillet, brown the turkey until cooked all the way through (you may need to drain any fat/water)

Mix together the oregano, chilli flakes and garlic salt and add to the turkey

Add and mix in well the pasta sauces to the turkey (I used a tomato, garlic and basil blend) and simmer on low for 20 minutes (if you can, let it sit in the fridge overnight to let the flavours intensify)

In a large bowl, mix together the ricotta, spinach, shredded cheese and a good helping of ground pepper and a bit of salt (optional)

Once all the layers were assembled it looked like this

Once all the layers were assembled it looked like this

Sprinkled with a little cheese on top

Sprinkled with a little cheese on top

To assemble, create layers in the following order:

1/2 turkey sauce

lasagne sheets

1/2 cheese sauce

rest of the turkey sauce

lasagne sheets

rest of the cheese sauce

sprinkle with cheese

Cook on 400F for 45 mins or until golden and bubbling – I used a 3qt dish, but it was packed to the top so I placed it on a foil lined baking tray to catch the drips

Leave for 5-10 mins before eating – if you can!

Fresh out of the oven and cooling down

Fresh out of the oven and cooling down

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What do you think? If you have a go at this recipe, let me know how it turns out!

Expat Worries About Returning Home

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Upon deciding to become an expat, I did not really have too many worries or concerns other than the actual process of getting to move to America. The visa paperwork and US immigration experience (mine at least) was so all encompassing I did not have time or the space in my mind to think about things I may or may not worry about when I got here.

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The harbour views I am so looking forward to seeing again

There has been a fresh new concern that recently reared its emotional expat head, one that is all to do with when I finally get to go back to the UK for a visit …

Will it still feel familiar to me? Will there be much change I have to get used to?

Will I feel like I still have a place there – a past footprint, if you will? Will it still feel like home – or should it even be that way since my physical home is now in America?

If you have been through this, I would love to hear your perspective.

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Happy memories of coastal walks

My expat life here began a little over 18 months ago, and I am loving being here, but I am so curious about what it will feel like to return – I wonder if I have picked up any Americanisms (I really do not think I have) and will that make me feel like a foreigner? So many questions – all of which can only truly be answered when I do finally visit home.

Feel free to weigh in on these thoughts and share your experiences.

Travel Wanderlust: China via Gi2C

I read quite a few blogs when I get the chance, and often find myself getting particularly interested in the ones that are about someone studying or taking part in an internship in a far flung part of the globe.

The trouble with looking into this – which I have done with an increasing level of wanderlust – is that I am interested in places that I know very little about, or are significantly different/outside of my own experiences, that I can get a little put off. So it was really great that I recently found Get Into ChinaGi2C for short –  which specialises in handling everything you need to know about potential work in China.

When reading through the site, it got me thinking about what you would actually need to know – would you know where to begin? Have you been on an internship abroad or even through an Gi2C intern program? Got a Gi2C review you can share?

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An infographic about Gi2C Internship

China is such an interesting place (if you have a travel or expat blog about it, I have probably quietly stalked you online) but I know very little about the work and lifestyle culture out there. When I was looking through the site, I found the Gi2C intern blog and found myself secretly stalking the latest posts from the latest interns (does anyone else do this, or do I have a wanderlust problem?) and I liked the fact there were people I could get to know and learn from.

Who would not be lured by the possibility of getting some work experience whilst being able to tour some new cities and get to know a new corner of the world?
I think if I was able to persuade the Hubby, I would show him what is available through the Gi2C group and see if the travel bug bites him … I am not holding out much hope of this at the moment, but you never know.

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So, if you are getting curious about getting into China, what do you hope to get out of the experience? Would you use a site like the Gi2C group or be brave and just kind of figure it out for yourself? I do know one blogger who just sorted things out as they went – which personally fills me with all kinds of fear – and it did make for some really interesting reading!

I am going to do a bit more research about Get Into China, and will share further findings with you on here – in the meantime, if you have any little gems about travelling, living or working in China, do share them in the comments. I would love to hear from you!

Throwback Thursday: 1979

This is a well known photograph of me within the family – mainly because of my cheeky smile – which was taken when I was eight months old.

As you can see, I was a happy, chunky baby and loved to smile (still do) who rocked a knitted white cardigan. My hair is still as red (and crazy) as it always has been and I will be completely honest, I would totally smoosh my cheeks if I met me – which many people did … repeatedly … smoosh, smoosh!

What were you doing in 1979? Got any baby photographs of yourself that everyone seems to have a copy of?

Smoosh those cheeks!

Smoosh those cheeks!

Also in 1979 …

 

Need Help Going Abroad?

I am not planning on doing another international move any time soon, but I always like to look around and find bloggers or sites that I can look through to satisfy my wanderlust or general curiosity about the world.

One site, helpgoabroad.com has some really useful information, especially if you are looking to work or study abroad, or find real information about global destinations from people who have blazed the trail before you.

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Some of the articles available on the site

One thing I particularly like about this site is the section about being a volunteer. As I am someone who does like to help people or make a positive impact on the community around me, the list of available volunteer programmes really got me thinking – how can you not get excited with listings like game reserve conservation in South Africa, teaching music to children in New Zealand or archeological research in the Caribbean – all complete with a good break down of all the information you need like qualifications, highlights, and what is included? There is also some really useful advice and tips so you get a good understanding of whether something like this would be for you – and I will admit, I am pondering deeply about it.

Have you volunteered before – what were your experiences?

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Another part of the Help Go Abroad site that I like is the easy access to other travellers or people who are looking to live/work/volunteer abroad via the discussions page. I often have questions that need answering and it is good to know there are other people who are curious about the same things. The categories are easy to navigate and if you want, you can join the site to become a community member – which makes things feel even more accessible. I am a big advocate of gaining as much information as possible before you make a big change or choice in life, and if you can get that from those people who have done it already, it is all for the better.

Just think about all the things you wished you had known before you worked or studied abroad – what advice would you give?

There are plenty of sites available to look through for travel support and advice, and I think Help Go Abroad is a good, accessible example of this – what do you think?

Also, if I have triggered a serious case of wanderlust within you – where would you like to go next?

From the volunteer page

From the volunteer page of Help Go Abroad

Life Lately | American Easter Candy

For a closer look, click on the photographs below.

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Life Lately has been all about writing, writing, and more writing and doing some vlogs which will be coming soon – so keep an eye out for those!

The next vlog will include trying these Peeps for the first time. As an expat, I like to try new foods and share what I think about them. I thought a video would be fun to share my thoughts on these American Easter classics … apparently you either love them or hate them. Which one do you think it will be?

UPDATE: Vlog is now below for you to watch!

What Easter treats do you enjoy?

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What have you been up to lately?

 

OneDad3Girls

A Very British Celebration

a very british celebration

I am putting the bunting up because on The Move to America today I thought I would hold a little British party where I get to share with you all the things I love, miss, and adore about good old Blighty!

What quirks of Great Britain do you appreciate? Do share them in the comments!

I miss a good cream tea, and love the fact that upon finding a place near me where I can get one, I still felt moral outrage that the clotted cream was from Devon and not Cornwall. Wars have been fought over lesser things, you know?! How do you have yours? Jam or cream first?

I have brought with me to the United States a deep obsession fascination with the weather – all much needed here in Ohio where you can go from sunshine to dodging snow in the matter of a day or two … I digress … my family and friends back in the UK endlessly update on social media with potential horror stories about epic bouts of rain (usually, but not always, to no avail – you get a bit of mizzle and feel slightly disgruntled that your apocalyptic preparations all came to nothing). I miss the expectation of bad weather – because I get it – for real – in abundance here!

I could make it myself, but the cream is so expensive to import!

I could make it myself, but the cream is so expensive to import!

 

I am super proud of the UK when it came to the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaderships all backing gay marriage – which came into law last year. I feel like this shows that equality is taken seriously, and even though there were people against it in the UK, there was not the general hysteria as I saw here in the US. I think the UK will show that two people getting married will not end civilisation. Good on you, Britannia!

Something that once got me into a bit of trouble with the Hubby, which I miss hearing, is the fondness for reducing names to words ending in -ozza, -ezza or -azza. For example, the English chef Antony Worrall Thompson becomes Azza Wozza Tozza. Or the fabulously crazy Mayor of London, Boris Johnson becomes Bozza. This just does not translate over here, and you get very concerned, sympathetic looks like you are having some kind of neurological event where names/speaking has suddenly escaped you.

Helen Glover's golden post box in Penzance, Cornwall

Helen Glover’s golden post box in Penzance, Cornwall

 

I also greatly adore (and miss) the slightly bashful pride we have for our own. We do not toot our trumpets overly loudly too often, but instead show our appreciation for someone and their achievements with a quiet, slightly quivery stiff upper lip – like when the gold medal winning British athletes from the London Olympics in 2012 had the iconic red post boxes in their home towns painted gold in their honour. It is enough to make you weep (quietly) in to your tea.

Do you have anything you love/miss about the United Kingdom – or do you have a query about some of the truly fabulous idiosyncrasies you have encountered there?

Dear Expat, Traveller, Wanderlust Wanderer or Life Changer …

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I have been feeling rather reflective recently after receiving several emails from readers who have asked for advice on various topics – a common one being making or going through a big change in life (travel related or not), and I thought I would write an open letter for anyone who may need a little something to help them get through whatever it is they are going through.

Here is what I have learnt about making a big change since my move abroad:

Dear Expat, Traveller, Wanderlust Wanderer or Life Changer,

After 18 months of living abroad, I can say that I am starting to really feel like this little corner of the world is home, but that does not mean that I will not sometimes still feel like a fish out of water.

To anyone who is dipping their toe in a new or wider part of life/the world, and there is a bit of trepidation, I say this …

There will be moments, probably throughout your life (old and new), where you get annoyed at how things are done or have turned out, when you miss all things familiar, when you feel frustrated and it seems like things are stagnating or just do not make sense – but that is all part of the journey, and the journey is not one that ends – it evolves, as you do.

Life is always moving in various directions, keep being brave and going with it if it feels right or adds something to who you are, do not over think things, keep your sense of adventure and make the most of the changes your life has afforded you – good and bad.

All too often a big move or change can sometimes feel like the answer or the end point at which you say ‘this is it’ but it is just a milestone – and there will be many more to come, also good and bad.

Take time to figure out what you want out of life and how you will go about getting it and how you will deal with the crap that comes your way, as it is how you choose to deal with that, more often than not, that helps define who you are – keep looking to the horizon and thinking ‘that is what I want to experience next’.

Try things out and do not worry if it is not what you thought, does not work out or looks like it may never happen – stay brave, stay curious, stay well-informed and educated about what options you have and go for it. Sometimes, the path you take may be unexpected, but it maybe, just maybe, will be the best one yet.

We are the sum of all our experiences – make them count.

Good luck!  

Molly @ The Move to America

LDR Survival Tips

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Sometimes life can be about the survival of the fittest, but in my experience of a long distance relationship, it was all about survival of the most resilient, patient and creative. Coming up with ways to remain close and have your own life can be exhausting, so I thought I would share a few ideas that may get you thinking …

Acknowledge the distance but do not make it all you talk about – it ends up sounding moany and can get te.di.ous

Go old school (sorry the teacher in me cannot bring myself to write ‘skool’) send a mix tape/playlist cd or Pandora link to a collection of music or send a letter … you know the kind of thing, something that takes a little bit of effort rather than the instant access modern technology affords us these days.

Learn how to be flexible with your time – you have to understand that life for both of you goes on in your respective time zones and having time for each other may be cut short, or difficult to fit in.

Take a moment for yourself – obviously the aim of an LDR is to actually spend time with one another, but you need not be defined by the fact you are in one. It is ok to have days where you get to do the things you want.

It can be scary but do not panic!

It can be scary but do not panic!

 

Got any other tips about surviving an LDR? What experiences have you had and what worked for you?