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
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
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
Before Joanne Hart went to teach abroad in Thailand, she spent 14 years lecturing and teaching Psychology at home in the UK. In her words, “I gave my life to my job and I missed out on those care free years during your 20s when people go find themselves and travel the world.”
She had lived and worked briefly in Mexico before starting her career, but life took her down a different path and left her with an itch she couldn’t scratch. After some major life events occurred, she decided that the time was right to make her dream a reality, to scratch that itch and to stop creating reasons why I couldn’t. Continue reading
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
I am never going to diminish the potential for learning while traveling, but there are some things that a two week vacation just can’t teach you. Spending a significant amount of time in one location allows one to become a part of the community, to understand the culture, to learn what the locals think on a deeper level than what they’re willing to divulge to someone just passing through.
One of the ways to get the most of out slow travel, is to turn it into meaningful travel, with something as life changing as teaching English abroad. As a teacher, you are not only living in a community, but you’re working in it. And as a teacher in Thailand, you’ll be one of the most well respected in the town. Here are 40 things I learned teaching English in Thailand: Continue reading
Angie Remsen caught the travel bug at age 39 and left the U.S. for a job in Kuwait. After seeing what the world had to offer, she went to Thailand to teach English and eat her way through Southeast Asia. She is currently back in Florida where her latest adventure is navigating the U.S. job market so she can fund her future travels. Here’s her advice to those looking to follow her footsteps and teach English in Thailand.
I took a major gamble in 2012 when I applied for a transfer to Kuwait with the company I worked for at the time. I knew I was taking a chance because I had not lived outside of my home state of Florida. So here I was going 8,000 miles away. When I do things, I usually don’t do them halfway. Continue reading
Matty Anderson moved his family of four to Thailand from New Zealand on one-way tickets. The goal was to see the world while living a laptop lifestyle. They wanted to live life by their own design, not someone else’s. We got in touch with Matty and asked him about his experience with teaching English in Thailand, a job that supplements their family income. Here’s what he had to say.
So you want to teach abroad in Thailand? I guess we are similar souls, travel-loving free spirits who want a tool to facilitate a brave new lifestyle. A few months ago, I lived out my dream of a laptop lifestyle and moved my family to Thailand, where I now teach the happy kids I’m proud to call my students. Continue reading
They say nothing can really prepare you to step foot in a foreign classroom. Getting a TEFL course is the closest form of preparation one can get, but even still, there are unforeseen surprises that will catch you off guard. And every country will differ, with various cultural ticks and sayings and translations. There’s nothing to do but go with the flow, and laugh.
Here’s what it’s really like to teach English abroad…in GIFs.
So you’ve made the decision to teach English abroad. That’s huge. It has the opportunity to impact your life in ways you never thought possible, regardless if you’re interested because you just want a way to fund your travels, or if you’re a qualified teacher looking for experience. Making the leap to do it is a big step. But now what? One of the first and often most difficult decisions to make is choosing a country to teach English abroad in. Narrowing down the globe to just a few desirable options seems impossible at first, but here are a few questions to ask yourself before jumping into it: