Tips for Retired Folks Seeking to Teach English Overseas

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People often think of teaching english overseas opportunities as a short stint for young, 20-somethings to experience in their gap years, or to broaden their horizons and learn who they are. It is a great way to do all of that and more, but it doesn’t mean those in their later years should rule it out. It can be a life-changing experience at any age. Continue reading

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Teaching English Abroad

There’s a new trend on the rise, and you may want to jump on board. Along with globalization came cheaper and more accessible travel, cross-cultural connections (made easy with international social media channels) and an ever-increasing desire to speak the English language. With demand comes supply, and fluent English speakers are now traveling all over the globe to teach something they know well: English. Continue reading

Teach English Abroad in 4 Steps

I wanted to call this post, “Teach English Abroad in 4 Simple Steps,” but then I remembered that although breaking the process into steps may appear simple, the decisions involved often are not. If you’ve been thinking about teaching English abroad for a while now, or maybe you didn’t realize it was something YOU could do, it helps to break the process into one decision at a time. Continue reading

An American Teaching in a Thailand High School Learns 3 Big Differences

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When I was in high school, I learned seven or eight different subjects each semester: the four core subjects, Spanish, health, gym, band, and either another elective or a study hall. I attended classes between 7:30 in the morning to 2:30 in the afternoon. Within these seven hours, there was a break for lunch, a few minutes to stop by my locker on the way to the next classroom between periods and hopefully a free period. Continue reading

Learning to be a Teacher While Teaching English in Thailand

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I’ve had my fair share of nicknames throughout life, but this year I added another moniker to the list: teacha.

After working in the journalism and marketing fields during and after college, I decided to try something different. I can’t say I thought too much about becoming a teacher until I spoke to fellow recent graduates who were teaching English abroad. Continue reading

Want to Teach Abroad After College? Do This Now.

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Maybe you have a few years left in college. Or maybe you’re just a semester or two away from graduating. You’re not totally sure what you would like to do for the rest of your life, but you’re interested in traveling and seeing what else is out there. And since your parents aren’t going to pay your way around the world, you think you might like to teach abroad.

Deciding to teach abroad is a big step, but it’s a great choice for young people who want to travel and still have to pay off those pesky student loans. Continue reading

6 Easy ESL Games to Play in Any Classroom

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Sometimes, no matter how much planning you do, your lessons will fall apart in the classroom. Maybe the collective energy is low. Or maybe there is too much energy. Whatever the reason, no amount of planning will make your lessons impervious 100% of the time.

How do you navigate this problem and redirect focus? How can you bring the energy up or, perhaps, bring the energy down? Continue reading

TEFL or TESOL — What’s the Difference?

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TEFL or TESOL? CELTA and ESL? When you’re first starting to think about teaching English abroad, the whole game can seem like all the players know the rules and you’re left on the sidelines just trying to figure it out. Right?

We felt the same way, too.

One of the most confusing things in the industry is how many acronyms are used, and often without explanation. So, what is the difference between them all?

We’re so glad you asked. Continue reading

How to Teach English Abroad

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Have you ever dreamed of immersing yourself in a culture anew? Of learning a second language? Of becoming a local in a foreign land, while working alongside locals?

One of the best ways to get the most out of a long-term meaningful travel experience is to teach English abroad.

Deciding to teach English abroad is not an easy thing to do. It’s a big life decision, and it’s scary. But if not doing it will leave you full of regret, then there’s only one choice: JUST GO. Continue reading

ESL Adventures: Teach ESL in Europe

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I graduated from college and, after dabbling in pastry chef, advertising copywriter, and actress, I still had no idea what I wanted to do “when I grew up.” But something out there in the universe pulled me toward Europe; something told me that, while I hadn’t yet figured out what direction my life path would go, it’s route definitely drew through Europe. Continue reading