Teaching English online is an amazing way to travel while working a fulfilling job. Since I started teaching English online with VIPKID, I’ve been able to travel full-time while house sitting across Europe. You’ve probably already heard about teaching English online, but is it the right option for you? Ask yourself these six questions find out! Continue reading
If you’ve been thinking about teaching English abroad but don’t yet have a TEFL certification, don’t make the mistake of thinking you can make it work without one!
It’s tempting to jump in with both feet before being fully prepared, but thinking you’ll just figure it out along the way might actually set you back.
Here are seven reasons why you shouldn’t consider teaching English abroad without certification: Continue reading
Is it possible to teach English abroad without a degree? The short answer is YES, you can!
The long answer sometimes includes stipulations like lower salaries, and even extra up-front cost, but there is ample opportunity (and plenty of money to be made) for teaching English without a degree.
The hard truth is that earning a TEFL certification will greatly increase your chances of finding work (in some cases, it’s your only chance). But just because you don’t have a bachelor’s doesn’t mean your work isn’t valued!
While many of the following locations may prefer a bachelor’s degree, it’s up to you to put your best foot forward in the application process and to show that a degree isn’t everything. Continue reading
You may have heard the phrase “gap year abroad” quite a bit over the last few years. While gap years have long been the norm in countries like Australia and the U.K., the truth is, Americans are starting to take gap years in increasing numbers. Harvard University alone has reported a 33% increase in the number of students taking gap years, including President Obama’s daughter, Malia, according to Business Insider on the benefits of gap years. Continue reading
Full-time travel is something many only dream of doing but are often too scared to for so many reasons. Two years ago, I decided that’s what I wanted to do — and so I did. I moved to Thailand to become an English teacher! Since then I’ve been using Thailand as a home base for traveling around Southeast Asia. Although teaching was a way for me to be abroad and still make an income, I quickly fell in love with the job (and everything that comes along with it) and decided to stay longer than the six months I originally intended. Continue reading
I’ve been in the Teach English Abroad industry for a while now, and I frequently talk to people who do not know that it’s a possibility for them. The idea of living and working in a foreign country to many sounds, well…foreign. They think it’s just for the movies or the rich, but the reality is that people from all walks of life have found a meaningful travel and work experience through teaching English abroad. Continue reading
Despite what many think, it is fairly easy to step off of a plane and land in a new country. If you’re lucky enough to have the finances and a couple of vacation days, you can try and soak up as much of a new place as you can in a couple jet-lagged days and staying long-term in a hostel or hotel like other tourists. You can visit the main attractions, eat the famous meals, and marvel at how different the world can look far from home. With a new stamp in your passport, you can feel proud that you went and explored another part of the world. You can check that country off your list—you’ve been to a new place. But have you really understood it? Continue reading
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
No matter which country you teach English abroad in, or which time zone you visit, or the varied types of students you have, a teacher’s week can go in only one direction…
Here is a typical day in the life of an English teacher abroad: Continue reading
The dream is there, and the intention is real—you want to teach English abroad. As you sit in your old familiar bedroom, this sounds like a perfect plan. Anywhere in the world would be amazing. But even if you have a certain country in mind, chances are you are picturing a work environment similar to one you’ve worked in from the past, with kids the way you know them to act, and a boss that holds the same values you do. But it turns out, there are strange curveballs that emanate from every country depending on the culture, region, and/or religion. And it could make or break your experience if you don’t plan ahead. Here are four employer differences to expect when teaching English abroad. Continue reading