8 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Moving to Thailand to Teach

I could barely point to the country on a map before I accepted a position to teach English in Thailand. As an American, we spend very little time learning about Asia in school, and even less time discussing the cultural, political or historical differences between us and the smaller, Southeast Asian Nations. So when I started looking into teaching English abroad, I didn’t even consider Thailand. But when I learned that Thailand offers short-term teaching contracts (as little as 3 months!) and is a tropical paradise to boot, I signed up and bought a ticket. Continue reading

4 Ugly Truths About Returning Home After Teaching Abroad

There’s something nobody tells you about before you take off on your first big trip overseas. I think that’s because most of us who have experienced it still struggle to put it into words, or to even fully comprehend what happened to us. And after some time has passed, we forget about it entirely. But the truth is, returning home after teaching abroad is hard. It’s worse for those who travel to cultures vastly different from their own, but it’s still true for Americans who venture to Australia, for example.

The good news? It’s still entirely worth it. Continue reading

Why Thailand is a Popular Place to Teach English Abroad

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When I told people that I was moving to Thailand to teach English, the most common response was, “Oh! My [friend, cousin, sibling, grocery store cashier, etc] did that!” And I wondered why Thailand is such a popular place to teach English abroad.

There has been a large influx of recent graduates – as well as people who have been out of school for a while – accepting ESL teaching jobs in countries around the globe instead of seeking work domestically. Continue reading

Teaching English in South Korea? Don’t Miss These Weekend Getaways!

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I’m slightly envious of people who are teaching English in South Korea. On top of the great food and fabulous nightlife, you will never run out of fun and interesting places to visit on long weekends for public holidays.

Are you a history buff? Maybe an amateur hiker with a love of the outdoors? Or perhaps you prefer to spend a leisurely time on the beach with books, beer, and seafood barbecue? You’re in luck because South Korea boasts some of the best day trip adventures and long-weekend holidays in all of Asia. Continue reading

10 Fascinating Work Abroad Jobs You Can Apply to Now!

Countries like South Korea, Japan, and China are synonymous with teaching English abroad, and by extension, the living abroad experience. As the demand for learning English continues to grow, more countries across the globe are hiring native English speakers and providing numerous opportunities for professionals looking to teach and live abroad.

But now professionals arent just limited to teaching if they want to move overseas. Start-ups, non-governmental organizations, and smaller companies are now hiring for a wide variety of positions all around the globe. With this many options, why would you ever stay at home? Continue reading

5 Benefits of Living Abroad in Costa Rica

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So you’re thinking of going abroad?

The decision to do so is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. At least it was for me.

Living abroad completely changed my life. I’m originally from the States, and I’ve lived in Central and South America. Both were unique, challenging, enlightening and fun experiences I still think about often today. Living abroad in Costa Rica is a great place for your first big experience. Below are just a few of the reasons you should consider living abroad in Costa Rica. Continue reading

Top 7 Things to do in Krabi Thailand

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Krabi (pronounced “crabby”) is known for providing the perfect amount of comfort and adventure. The locals are friendly, the food is fragrant, and the beaches are second to none. With over 200 islands in the area, Krabi is the ideal town for those who love to spend their time outside. Catered to travelers (though not overrun by them), Krabi is home to tour companies, temples, spas, restaurants – and of course, postcard-worthy beaches. There’s always something to do that’s relaxing or exciting, depending on your mood, and here are our top suggestions for things to do in Krabi, Thailand. Continue reading

4 Benefits of Living Abroad in Nicaragua

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After spending five winters in Moscow, Russia as an English teacher, I decided I needed a big change. After my contract was up, I slung my backpack on my back and headed to warmer climes: Central America. I traveled around Central America for about four months, spending the most time in Nicaragua.

After a few weeks exploring the country’s various surfing towns, I happened upon Granada and fell in love. Continue reading

The Essential Travel Packing List for Moving Overseas

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So many belongings, so little luggage! A travel packing list is absolutely essential to make sure you have everything you need, and nothing you don’t, when moving overseas to teach English abroad.

In all my adulthood moves, I have not once hired a moving truck. Most of the moves involved nothing more than packing all my belongings into just a few suitcases according to the airline’s luggage restrictions. As you prepare to teach English overseas, you may wonder how you could possibly spend months, or even years, in a foreign country with limited baggage. If you pack the right things and keep the following tips in mind, you’ll feel like you’re living in plenty, no matter how much you take with you! Continue reading