When I boarded my first plane bound for China, I hadn’t given much thought to where I was going. My decision to take a job teaching English in China was one based on the sole fact that I’d recently returned to Oregon, USA from eight months of traveling around Southeast Asia and teaching English in Thailand, and that I wasn’t ready to be back home. I felt like I’d left Asia prematurely and I desperately wanted to go back. In the midst of my rash decision making, I stumbled across a position in China and thought, I might as well try somewhere new! Within a month I was on a that plane. Continue reading
Since the beginning of teachers in classes, there have been certain types of students. As reliably as the sun will rise, you will have kids in your class that are always running late, or “forgetting” homework, or doing who-knows-what as soon as your back is turned. Here is a list of some of the more common ones, and how to do your best to make sure you’re classroom stays in order. Continue reading
Teaching English abroad is without a doubt one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for myself.
I remember staying up late, getting lost in the Google-sphere of options for various programs around the world, and going to sleep giddy with excitement. But how to choose one?Continue reading
On the daily, people at various stages in their lives inquire about short-term teaching English abroad programs, and most are surprised to find they actually exist.
The beauty of the teach abroad industry is that there really is a country and a program for everybody, whether you’re a high school graduate, college student or recent graduate, working professional or retiree. Continue reading
As you plan for the next great chapter in your life, what are you looking for? Delicious beer? Unique culture and history? A flexible work schedule that allows you to travel frequently? If so, the beautiful and vibrant city of Prague is waiting for you. Czech Republic is a former soviet country that has been consistently blossoming since gaining independence in the early 90s. These days, it usually tops the lists of destinations for travel to Europe. However, a quick visit to Prague simply does not do this amazing city justice. The best way to delve into the culture of Prague and learn what this vibrant country is all about is to teach English in Prague. Continue reading
It’s likely every traveler hopes to conquer Europe’s expansive stretch of countries at some point during their adventures, whether they take the EuroRail across the continent on an extended vacation, backpack for a few months or relocate to an European country for work. If you’ve been thinking about teaching English abroad, perhaps Europe is where you’re meant to be. Continue reading
I hate the saying “the grass is always greener on the other side” because it’s annoyingly accurate.
Living in Thailand, there were days that I missed a million things about the comfort and stability of life at home in the U.S.. Conversely, while living in America, I have constant ants-in-my-pants to see new places and try new things. I’ve been back in the States from teaching English in Thailand for a few months and I have a lot of feelings about my return. Continue reading
The beginning of the school year will always be associated with good old fashioned pencils, notebooks and textbooks. There’s nothing like scrawling across lined paper in class or flipping through a book full of future lessons. That being said, it’s 2017 and there are new ways of teaching English abroad that past educators only dreamed of. Continue reading
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 it comes to any job, we all know it pays to be properly trained. That’s why those who want to teach English abroad — whether they want to do it simply to support their travels or for a career change — like to take a TEFL certification course.
In these courses, you’ll learn how to teach English as a foreign language by discussing grammar points, lesson planning, how to deal with cultural sensitivities and more, as well as gain hands on teaching practice before you ever step foot in the foreign classroom. If you read our Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best TEFL Course for you and decided on the Online TEFL course option, here are seven ways to get the most out of it. Continue reading