My first year teaching abroad in China as an English teacher was a disaster. I was teaching English (one of the most popular teaching jobs in China for foreigners) and was severely underpaid. Living and working on a factory-lined highway (where I was the only foreigner for miles), I was working for a school that wasn’t legally allowed to hire me. I even had to owe up to $8,000 (my entire salary for the year) if I tried to leave early. Yikes.