Exactly one year ago this month, I boarded a plane to become an English teacher in Thailand. Originally it was supposed to be a six-month experience, but a year later and counting, it’s become my life. Six months prior to boarding that plane, I was graduating university and becoming a teacher had never even crossed my mind, nor was it ever something I really wanted to do. But with graduation ahead of me, and the pressure to find a full time job and begin my career like everyone else around me, I knew I needed something different. I knew I wanted to travel. So one of my best friends and I decided we should go teach English abroad. Continue reading
Let’s say you’ve been wanting to teach English abroad and China intrigues you, but you’re not sure how big or long of a commitment you’d like to make. China can be an intimidating place! The beauty of becoming a part of our Language Exchange Program in China is that your commitment is up to you—two months? Three months? Four, five, or six? Whatever you choose, it’s the perfect way to get your feet wet in an exciting, strange, and fascinating culture! 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
Moving overseas to teach English abroad is something that most people often dream about — and taking a TEFL certification course is an easy way to get you started. But with so many options available — like getting certified online, or at home, or in your country of choice abroad, it’s hard to narrow down your decision. I’ve been teaching English in Thailand for the past year, and I love it! But narrowing that down wasn’t easy. Deciding you want to move overseas to become a teacher is hard enough already; now just imagine deciding WHERE you should go. The world’s a big place, and picking a destination can be very overwhelming. Which is why I’m here to tell you that teaching English in Thailand should be at the top of your radar, and it starts with taking a TEFL certification course in Thailand! Here’s why… Continue reading
Have you ever wanted to try traditional Chinese food?
Or, maybe you are looking to visit a few historic places, such as the Great Wall of China…
Well, then China should be on your bucket list!
But, aside from the tourist attractions and good food, China also offers an abundance of career opportunities — specifically in teaching English. Continue reading
If you’ve been wanting to teach English abroad and are looking for a meaningful travel experience in a beautiful location, look no further than Colombia, Latin America. With colonial charm, friendly locals, vibrant cities — including the world’s third highest capital of Bogota — and diverse landscapes, Colombia is an up and coming traveler’s paradise. Having shed it’s reputation of the past and become one of the safer countries in Latin America, Colombia tries hard to attract travelers and teachers. But once you’re there, they don’t have to convince you to stay. That’s the easy part. Continue reading
Teaching English abroad, for many of us, is simply a way to facilitate our travel. When we look for teaching jobs around the world we sometimes forget to consider the type of students we might have or what our classroom will function like. Instead, many of us are guilty of looking at the culture, food choices, and tourist attractions first in order to make the most of our adventure. While teaching English overseas certainly guarantees adventure, it’s important to also remember why the job exists in the first place. 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