Hey there, thanks for stopping by. I’m a 37 year-old Canadian who lived the expat life in South Korea for 10 years, experiencing weird and wonderful things on an almost weekly basis. I became thoroughly addicted to kimchi during my time there and now can’t imagine a life without it.
I worked as a lecturer at a university teaching just about everything related to English. Some of my favorite classes to teach included: presentations and public speaking, academic writing, test preparation, interview preparation and business English. But, I’ve taught just about everything ranging from the ABC’s to advanced TOEFL preparation.
I moved to Canada in February 2016 and now live in Coquitlam, BC (a suburb of Vancouver). I’m hoping to avoid the 9-5 for the rest of my life so work at home on websites and other various endeavours. If you have any projects that you think we could work on together (guest posts, books, content writing, etc.), please contact me at: email@example.com. I also do some work in Vancouver’s booming movie industry to change things up a little bit.
When I’m not working, you can often me hiking up a mountain, surfing on my stand-up paddle-board, biking up and down the torturous Vancouver hills, and drinking a lot of coffee while cuddling with the cats.
Self-Hosted WordPress Sites by Jackie Bolen
Kitchen Gadget Reviews is the site for all things reviews and kitchen. Blenders, panini presses, pasta makers, juicers and more. Adding content to this site, then trying to rank on the first page of Google for quite a few of them wast the main focus of 2016. Adding more content to this site will continue in 2017 too!
Best CrossFit Shoes is the first website I bought instead of making it myself. I purchased it for just under $10,000 USD in April 2016. I improved the content with the goal to rank for more keywords in Google. More content is continually being added because the shoe companies love to come out with new products!
Spy Cameras Reviewed is the second websites I purchased in June of 2016 for just under $5000 USD. It was quite a small site with not a lot of content, but the potential is there. The good news is that security cameras are very expensive, so selling even two or three of them each month could possibly result in some nice profits. I added a lot of related content to this site including reviews of drones, spy pens and other spy gear, etc.
Love Deep Fried Turkey is a small project I’m gradually working on, adding a couple of posts per week. I ran across this niche when doing keyword research for Kitchen Gadget Reviews (see above). While there aren’t a lot of products in this niche, there are enough and the other websites selling and reviewing them are pretty terrible! These other websites look like they’re from the 1990’s and I thought that I could do better!
Menstrual Cups is my foray into the world of niche sites, and content/affiliate marketing. Menstrual cups are an eco-friendly alternative to disposable pads or tampons. Although I really didn’t know what I was doing with affiliate marketing when I started this site, I made some money and learned an astounding amount along the way.
Best Foam Rollers is another site in the fitness niche that has a lot of potential. The plan is to add lots of new content and get it to start ranking more highly in Google. It’s a new site that I only bought at the end of 2016, so it’ll take time to start seeing some sales.
Freedom Through Passive Income is all about my journey to build passive income streams with the goal to find financial freedom. I talk about investing in the dividend paying stocks, building an online business and everything related to frugal living.
The Wealthy English Teacher is for English teachers abroad who are looking to secure their financial futures by paying off debt, frugal living and investing in the stock market. It really is possible to use your time working abroad to do all these things!
My Life! Teaching in a Korean University is all about teaching ESL in Korea, with information most specific for uni teachers. It has a bit of everything: lesson plans, activity ideas, ESL industry commentary, advice for how to get a uni job, and anything that I feel like writing about!
University Jobs Korea is the site for anyone who wants to get one of the best ESL teaching jobs in the world-working at a South Korean university. These jobs really do have 4-5 months of paid vacation and less than 15 teaching hours per week. It’s a dream job but the competition is fierce.
ESL Speaking: Activities, Games and Resources is for English teachers looking for some fresh, new ideas for their ESL speaking or conversation classes. Lesson plans, games, activities, textbook recommendations and even more can be found over at ESL Speaking. It’s going to be time well-spent if you want to make your classes awesome.
ESL Activities: Resources for Busy Teachers is the site for teachers who are short of time but want to have some ESL awesome going on in their classes. It will save you a ton of time, guaranteed and if you’re an ESL teacher, you’d be crazy not to check it out.
The Eco-Friendly Woman is for women looking to live in an environmentally friendly, sustainable way.
Jackie Bolen: Self-Published Author
How to Get a University Job in South Korea: The English Teaching Job of Your Dreams contains all the information you need to help you get one of the best English teaching jobs in the world. 12 teaching hours a week with 5 months paid vacation sounds pretty good, right? The competition for these jobs is intense so get a leg-up by reading this book and get the job of your dreams.
The Wealthy English Teacher: Teach, Travel, and Secure Your Financial Future is about personal finance for English teachers living abroad. It’s the book you really can’t afford not to read and has plenty of advice about paying off debt, building a pool of money and then investing in the stock market to ensure long-term financial success. Use your time abroad in the best way possible and set yourself up for some financial awesome in your future.
Life After ESL: Foreign Teachers Returning Home is for those teachers abroad who are considering a move back to their home countries, but are perhaps a bit unsure about what to do for employment. It has plenty of solid advice from 55 people who’ve gone before in returning to their home countries after teaching ESL abroad and specific recommendations for jobs to consider.
How to Thrive in South Korea: 97 Tips from Expats is the ultimate guide for those who are new to South Korea. Get beyond just surviving and learn how to thrive so you can make your time in Korea as awesome as possible. There are tips from more than 20 long-term expat who’ve been leading some pretty amazing lives in the ROK.
ESL Activities for Teenagers and Adults by Jackie Bolen
101 ESL Activities: For Teenagers and Adults is for teachers who like to save time on lesson planning. If you’re tired of searching around on the Internet to find a new game or activity to use in your classes, you’ve found the right book. It’s so easy. All you have to do is go to the section you want (4-skills, listening + speaking, reading, writing, warm-up/icebreakers) and you’ll find engaging, fun and student-centred ESL activities that your students will love. The descriptions are very detailed so it’s easier than ever to just open up the book, choose an activity or two and get to class! Perfect for busy teachers.
39 ESL Icebreakers: For Teenagers and Adults is for teachers who want to get their semester started off on the right foot by breaking the ice. You can help the students feel comfortable with each other and also with you in order to make the rest of the course go more smoothly for everyone. If you’re tired of wading through the junk on the Internet looking for stuff that you can actually use in your classroom, you’ve come to the right place! More than three dozen games and activities that your students will actually enjoy. Lesson planning made easy so you can have more time for the stuff you really love to do.
39 ESL Warm-Ups: For Teenagers and Adults is the book you need if you’re an English teacher who wants to start their classes off on the right foot. Get your students active and engaged right from the start-it can really go a long way towards ensuring that the rest of your lesson is as stellar as possible. I guarantee that both you and the students will be happy!
39 ESL Vocabulary Activities: For Teenagers and Adults is what you need to make teaching vocabulary less boring than it usually is. It can be the most tedious thing ever to work on vocab in your ESL classes but it doesn’t need to be with these fun, engaging and interactive ESL vocab activities for teenagers and adults. Try them out and I’m sure your students will love them, and you.
39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities: For Teenagers and Adults is for anyone who teaches ESL speaking or conversation classes to teenagers or adults and wants to make their classes as awesome as possible, both for themselves and the students. The best thing about it is that you can save a ton of time when lesson planning, guaranteed. This means more time to go do what you really love instead of planning lessons.
39 Awesome 1-1 ESL Activities: For Teenagers and Adults will help any teacher who does private tutoring classes. These can be kind of hard to plan for because the ESL games and activities that you’d use with larger classes often won’t work. But, this book is lesson planning made easy, guaranteed.
ESL Activities for Kids by Jackie Bolen
39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities: For Kids (7+) is the ultimate resource for anyone who teaches speaking or conversation classes to kids, age 7+. Never run out of ideas for fun and interesting games and activities again! This book contains over three dozen games and activities which are classroom tested and have proven results.
39 ESL Warm-Ups: For Kids (7+) is what you need if you teach kids and want to get them energized and ready for the lesson, right from the start of class. The book contains 39 classroom tested games and activities from 2 teachers with over 20 years of classroom experience that are guaranteed to work for you. Try them out and get your classes started the right way.
39 ESL Vocabulary Activities: For Kids (7+) is going to help you teach vocabulary to kids in an interesting, engaging and fun way. It’s going to save you a ton of time when planning awesome classes and it’s the book every ESL teacher should have in their personal library.
501 Riddles and Trivia Questions: For Kids (7-13) is the book you need in your personal library if you teach elementary school kids. It’s got 501 interesting riddles and trivia questions, ranging from very easy to difficult. There are PDF files that you can print out to have worksheets ready to go in seconds. They’re perfect for time-fillers, warm-ups, early finisher activities, or group projects.
ESL Classroom Management
ESL Classroom Management Tips and Tricks: For Teachers of Students Ages 6-12 is the book you need to help you avoid the chaos that can come with your first few months teaching English to elementary school students. Trust me-kids quickly learn who knows what they’re doing and who doesn’t. Be the former, not the latter.
For English Learners
71 Ways to Practice English Speaking: Tips for ESL/EFL Learners is Jennifer Booker Smith and Jackie Bolen’s first book for English language learners. They take the advice they gave students during 30 years of teaching ESL/EFL and put it all into one single place! If you want to speak English more fluently, this is the book you’ll need to check out. What would it mean for you to be able to speak English more freely?
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