I've been in Shenzhen, China for almost a year now. While this is my first time exploring any part of the world beyond my home in America (Wisconsin, USA), I've come to find an exciting and rewarding experience here that I never thought was possible on this level... mostly. There are downsides here, a lot of them. The culture shock is a big one, but overall its been great (I have a good school, spacious enough apartment with no problems like "rodents", and my food is free in the school cafeteria, even the apartment is free since its IN the school). I'm looking for a change though, and having a hard time deciding what to do. I have a great family and friends I am desperate to get home to, even though I have a decent apartment and living conditions here, the "life" is more lively (my hometown is smaller and there isn't much to do or people to meet), yet I don't want to stay at home too long, so I may stay just for the summer and look for something this coming year, or the next. Home is very important to me, but I've realized by coming to China that building my portfolio can be done, and be exciting at the same time. I could stay here in China one more year and save several thousand dollars (the food and everything is cheap), or I was considering relaxing at home for a year (building my computer game industry projects on the Internet... which I can do here in China technically, but still...), or trying to teach somewhere in the Czech Republic. My ultimate goal I should mention is the computer game industry. Soon I want to move headlong into that industry. I already work at a prominent media site for computer games in the MMO genre, and have done many community related things in the game industry (such as visit press events), but I haven't been IN the industry yet you could say, development wise. That is my true career goal. I am using this teaching as a portfolio builder and personal builder more than anything else right now. So, what are the benefits and drawbacks of moving to Czech next year for a year or so? I know there are a lot of game studios in Europe, so I'd make an effort to see them. I don't want to move though if its extremely expensive and the pay and living conditions are abysmal. I am trying to figure out if there is a way to move with minimal hassle, especially considering I have a year of teaching experience already. I came to China with an official teaching group, and that seems to be a nice way to go about it. If I go to Czech Republic I'd like to do the same, or similar. Thoughts? I really need help deciding, and I'm having a hard time doing so. Right now my only real reason for staying in China next year is to save money, and I technically am OK in that regard right now (I'm not in debt...). Thanks for any feedback anyone. Again, if I move to Europe for a year (actually, if I can teach for just 3-6 months that would be ideal), I'd like to ensure its a worthwhile experience as much as I can, naturally.