Is Online TEFL Certification Worth It?

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There’s never been a better time to embrace online education. With a global pandemic upon us, we’re more grateful than ever for technology that helps us stay connected with our loved ones and friends, keeps us informed of the happenings around the world, and makes it possible for continued learning in all forms.

When it comes to online TEFL certification, we know some of you are questioning if it’s worth it. Can you still get the best TEFL certification course if it’s taught online? Will it be accredited? Will you learn as much in your online course as you could onsite? 

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Insider’s Guide to Teaching ESL in Mexico

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Are you thinking about teaching ESL in Mexico?

Teaching English in Mexico can be incredibly fun and rewarding. Mex-pat life is always an adventure. But when you’re new to the language and culture, day-to-day living can sometimes get frustrating. So we’ve prepared a few insider tips to help you make the most of teaching ESL in Mexico.

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How to Teach English in Mexico: 5 Exciting Ways

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Are you thinking about teaching English in Mexico? You’re not alone!

From a cultural standpoint, Mexico has it all. Cities like Guadalajara, Queretaro, and Mexico City overflow with art museums, world-class restaurants, and vibrant nightlife. Towns like Merida, Oaxaca, and San Cristobol combine incredible colonial architecture with a rich, indigenous background.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching English in Cambodia

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Southeast Asia is a popular destination not only for travelers, but also for people interested in teaching English abroad. Nestled between Thailand, Laos and Vietnam sits the culture-rich land of Cambodia. Teaching English in Cambodia is gaining popularity as more and more jobs enter the market, and its laid back lifestyle offers plenty for the teacher who wants to make a decent salary while living in paradise. 

If you are looking for a guide to everything Cambodia than you are in the right place! If you are like me, information is key to helping me make any decision including teaching abroad! 

Plus, taking time to learn about the country where you want to teach can give you the courage and knowledge to make your dreams of teaching abroad in Cambodia a success!

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Climate

Cambodia is considered to have a tropical climate with two different seasons governed by monsoons. The rainy season occurs from mid-May to October and their drier season is typically November – March. The coolest month is January with average temperatures of 82-83 degrees Fahrenheit or 28 degrees Celsius. April tends to heat up with temperatures of 95 degrees Fahrenheit or 35 degrees Celsius. So it’s safe to say that you won’t be freezing in Cambodia, but due to their rainy season you will definitely need a raincoat of some kind! 

Language

The official language of Cambodia is Khmer. If you are interested in learning some basic words and phrases that can help you transition abroad, check out a language learning platform called Memrise. It is completely free and provides you access to learning a foreign language at your fingertips!

Simply create an account, choose the languages you want to learn, and begin learning how to communicate with others in Cambodia in a matter of minutes! You won’t be an expert by any means, but knowing how to say words like “car”, “school”, “food”, “hotel”, “bus”, and other basic key words for travel are definitely helpful.

Religion

Another component that is helpful to know about the country is their main religion. The faith practiced most in Cambodia is Buddhism.  Although this is the most common religion, it is good to know that Cambodia is religiously tolerant of other types of faith. 

With this in mind, one site that may be cool to add to your bucket list is the Angkor Wat. It is a beautiful religious monument that is known to attract over a million people per year. 


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Regions of Cambodia

Cambodia is a beautiful country filled with many diverse landscapes that can be broken down into various regions. 

Phnom Penh

The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is a vibrant and bustling city in which many Cambodians work and live. The city is known for having authentic Khmer cuisine, along with other shops, and restaurants that could be fun to visit during your down time. 

Siem Reap:

Home to one of the most infamous and well-known sites of Cambodia, Siem Reap attracts many visitors for the chance of seeing the grand temple network called Angkor Wat. According to National Geographic, this historical jewel is said to be built in the twelfth century as a Hindu temple by King Suryavarman II for the religion’s “Lord Vishnu”. Later on the temple was converted to represent the nation’s current main religion, Buddhism. The temple includes beautiful stone carvings that tell amazing stories of significant faith such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Beyond Angkor Wat, you can try authentic Cambodian cuisine in Siem Reap  like kuthiew (traditional white noodle soup with your choice of pork or chicken). Yum!

South Coast:

The south coast of Cambodia is known for its beaches in places such as Sihanoukville, Takeo, or Kep. There are plenty of opportunities to try seafood local to their region and to get outside with activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, water sports, hiking, and more. Either way this area can give you the best of both worlds whether in the water or on land to help you get to know Cambodia even more than you did before. 

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Northwestern:

This region of Cambodia is home to many beautiful historic temples such as Preah Vihear Province and Banteay Chhmar. Plus, how can we not mention that this region is home to floating villages! Yes…floating! How cool is that? You can take boat rides to view the floating villages all while enjoying the Sangker River. One of the biggest floating villages in Cambodia is located in Kompong Luong on the Tonle Sap lake. Not a bad thing to add to your bucketlist!

Eastern:

The eastern region of Cambodia is also very diverse with an array of wildlife ranging from dolphins in the sea at Kratie to elephants in the forest at Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri. This section of the nation also provides a culturally rich representation of ethnicities such as the Bunong people of Mondulkiri or the opportunity to view tribal cemeteries belonging to Ratanakiri. 

Why Cambodia is a great place to teach English abroad:

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Beyond the stunning beauty that comes along with being in Southeast Asia, Cambodia will leave you with amazing memories for years to come. Teaching English abroad is a great opportunity for you to go out of your comfort zone (literally), experience a new culture, learn a new language, form new relationships, build your professional resume, become a global citizen, and to simply find a home away from home.=

Plus, you are sure to leave with a unique perspective on Cambodian culture. It is one thing to visit a country, but completely another to live, work, and interact with the people that represent the true essence of the place in which you are teaching abroad. Teaching in Cambodia gives you the chance to become a part of a global community that you can carry with you no matter where you go next! Also, you can look back and be proud of how much you have grown not only as a teacher abroad, but also as an individual!

Requirements for teaching English in Cambodia:

Teaching in Cambodia is not an impossible mission! In fact, it may be simpler than you think.

What you need is:

  • To be a fluent speaker of the English language
  • To have at least a High School Diploma
  • To have a TEFL Certificate (try our course with job placement
  • To have a genuine interest in living and teaching the English language in Cambodia

Salary

During your time teaching abroad in Cambodia, you can earn a monthly salary ranging anywhere from $700-$1000 USD. Plus, there’s ample opportunity to make extra cash by private tutoring or teaching English online

Teaching online allows you the flexibility you need all while earning some extra cash to support your bucket list (or pay off those student loans). Not to mention, depending on your company you can earn anywhere from $18-$24 USD per hour. Not too bad for a side hustle! 

Another way to make additional income is through private tutoring to members in the area which you will be teaching. This gives you the ability to set your own rates, interact with different age groups, as well as further immersing yourself in a new culture and create community.

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Types of Teaching Jobs

There are many potential teaching sites where you can teach English in Cambodia. Here are some of the different types to help you become aware of what your new job may look like.

Private Language Institutes:

Private language institutes allow you the opportunity to teach English to students of all ages and beyond the normal school week. You’ll have the chance to design a more varied teaching experience with some classes being held during the evenings and weekends. Not to mention, private language institutes stay open throughout the year which means you can pick up more classes during your time abroad! For those of you looking for an experience outside of the traditional school work week, than this may be a wonderful teaching site for you.

Public and Private Schools:

Teaching in a public or private school can offer you the ability to teach children along with the time table of a traditional school week, Monday through Friday with holidays and school breaks off. Be sure to be flexible and open to public and private schools as they will not always have the highest salary when compared to other teaching sites.

Companies/Businesses:

Many companies and businesses can benefit from supporting their employees in learning English. This means companies often hire teachers to hold English language classes (focused on business English primarily). Your schedule would most likely correlate to the business hours of the business you are teaching. This can be a great opportunity for those of you who are wanting to teach English to adults and enjoy teaching English designed for business professionals in mind.


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Getting a visa/work permit to teach abroad

To teach English in Cambodia you will need a visa. Specifically, most people can stay and work here for a long period of time if they enter the country with an E-visa. This is inexpensive and will only cost $35 USD. 

For countries unable to obtain an E-visa when arriving to Cambodia, a tourist visa is the best option. In this case, you’ll have 60 days to find employment before having to leave. Once you obtain employment you can then begin the process of applying for an E-visa that will let you stay for one year.

Great apps to use for communication during your time abroad

Some tools you can use to communicate with friends and loved ones during your time abroad is through communications apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Skype, Email, Postcards, FaceTime, and other various communication methods.

So if Cambodia is still on your radar, then go for it! You are sure to make an impact through your time abroad while making memories you will never forget.

Happy travels!


Words by Melody Lipford.

6 Ways to Experience Thailand Like a Local

Thailand is home to many expatriates (people who live in a country outside of their own) who have come to work. The country is a great place to get a teaching job, as the Thai schools will assist you until you get relocated and settled. No matter what may bring you to Thailand, the best way to experience this amazing country is to see it through the eyes of a local.

Here are six simple ways you can do that:

Eat Like a Local

Thai cuisine is globally renowned, so we suggest you eat what the locals love. You can start with the tom yum gung, which is described by CNN Travel as a masterpiece. It is made of mushroom, shrimp, tomatoes, lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves. It is flavorful, and you can get the best at Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu.

But to truly eat like a local, you must venture out of Bangkok. Thailand’s northern region serves some of the most delectable som tam, or spicy papaya salad. The Taling Chang food market just outside Bangkok, meanwhile, has some of the best Pad Thai and prawn dishes in the country. Here you’ll be eating authentic Thai food with the locals themselves.

Remember, if you’re unsure about eating at a certain restaurant or street cart, judge it by how many locals are there. If there’s a line of locals, it’s probably a safe and delicious choice!

Get Soaked during Songkran

Thailand is a country of festivals, and taking part in a couple of them is a great way to experience the country. But if you can only enjoy one let it be Songkran. This Buddhist celebration welcomes the Thai New Year and is observed throughout Thailand, usually in the month of April. Here the locals douse one another with water by having massive water fights. This is because water symbolizes a clean start. Needless to say you must take part in these water fights, and get soaking wet — just like a local would (but you can’t really avoid it even if you try!).

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Catch Some Muay Thai Action

An excerpt from Thailand Thailand: Traits and Treasures describes Muay Thai as the “most favorite martial arts of the Thai,” and being “in existence for almost as long as the Thai themselves.” The sport itself is rich in history, dating back to the Ayutthaya Period.

Catching some live Muay Thai action, therefore, is like watching years of Thai history and culture unfold in front of you. Most high-level Muay Thai matches are held at the Rajadamnern Stadium and Lumpinee Stadium. As you watch we suggest you soak in everything. That includes the Wai Kru, a ritualistic dance that marks the beginning of every fight. It is a big part of the Muay Thai experience, and is both exciting and enlightening.

If you really want to feel like a local you could also make some wagers on a fight. The overall experience is heightened by Thai bookmakers who offer prizes on the outcomes of the contests. If you are unsure who to follow, this is a good way to mingle with the locals and get some insider knowledge. Watching elite level martial arts, betting on fights, and having an enjoyable time is a very common thing to do on fight nights, but you should keep in mind that gambling is technically illegal in Thailand so take precautions!

Visit the Temples

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Thais are known for their spirituality. You can experience this by visiting Thailand’s temples, notably the historic golden temple of Wat Phra. It has for years been one of Thailand’s most spiritually significant venues. That’s because according to legend it was specifically built to house a bone from Buddha himself. You ought to visit Wat Pho, too, as it is the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok. You can even get a soothing massage here, as it is home to traditional Thai massage schools.

Explore Thonburi in a Hang Yao

The hang yao is Thailand’s version of Italy’s famed gondolas. It is a popular mode of transportation among the locals of Thonburi. Here they have hang yaos for rent, along with an expert navigator. While cruising the waters of Thonburi we suggest you start a conversation with the local manning the boat. It’s a great way to learn about Thai life and culture.

Watch Local Performers

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Thailand has its own version of Broadway in the Siam Niramit. This state-of-the-art theater in Bangkok hosts various stage productions, many of which feature local artists. Then there’s the Calypso Cabaret in Asiatique. Here you can watch top performers put on a burlesque show while you have dinner. Watching such shows, whether at Siam Niramit or the Calypso Cabaret, is an excellent way to experience the popular pastimes the locals love.

We hope this list will help you see Thailand in a different way. Living like a local will open up new doors and experiences, and give you a greater appreciation of Thailand.



7 Best Places for Teaching Abroad in Retirement

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Are you retired and looking to teach English abroad? If so, that’s amazing! Teaching English abroad is a great experience no matter when, what, or where, and it’s never too late. The over 50 crowd often asks the same question first, “Am I too old to teach abroad?” and the answer is always no!

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Is Teaching English in Peru Right for You?

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Teaching English abroad is a great option if you are looking for a way to not only travel, but also if you want the opportunity to make a difference through the lives of the students you will teach.

While teaching abroad can be a wonderful experience, it is also important to make sure that the place you choose to teach is the best decision. So before you take a TEFL course, sign a contract, hop on a plane, or start packing your suitcase, here are some things to consider so you can decide if teaching English in Peru is right for you.

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8 Considerations Before Teaching English in Peru

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Peru is a nation filled with rich history, varied landscapes (rainforests, beaches, mountains, and more), ancient traditions, and beautiful people. Many believe there is magic to be found in Peru, and we aren’t going to disagree.

If you are ready to make a difference while exploring and learning a new culture and language, then maybe teaching English in Peru is the place for you! 

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8 Things to Consider Before Teaching English in Vietnam

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Do you want to teach English in Vietnam? Are you ready to experience a new country and explore a new culture, all while making a difference teaching English? You are in the right place!

Beyond being a unique country filled with a rich history of art, culture, cuisine, and mesmerizing landscapes, you are sure to make a positive impact in the lives of those you encounter through teaching English in Vietnam.

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How to Find a Job Teaching English in Cambodia

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From the various awe-inspiring ruins of Angkor Wat just outside Siem Reap to the hustle and bustle of the capital city, Phnom Penh, Cambodia has much to offer aspiring EFL teachers. If you’re wondering how to find a job teaching English in Cambodia, you’ll be delighted to know that obtaining English teaching jobs here is not as challenging as some of its Asian counterparts.

Cambodia is currently one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia and English teaching jobs are on the rise along with it. It’s the perfect destination for any aspiring English teacher who wants to pioneer a special type of experience; one where you can be a backbone of an expat community and a role model figure in a country that will surely see its EFL teacher population begin to grow rapidly in the coming years. 

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