I like to set challenges for myself. Most of my challenges have always been based around health and fitness. It just goes to show that it is something that I have always struggled with. After University, I spent two years backpacking through Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. Although I loved every second of it and would not change my experience for the world – I completely lost any sense of being healthy along the way. That is, until I moved to Thailand to teach English abroad. Continue reading
It’s 4am, and the only glow on the street is coming from the corner bakery. The men all have their top buttons loosened; the women are carrying their heels. We haven’t slept, but the morning came anyway—the smell of freshly baked bread and pastries fill the shop as we make our selections and pile back into the taxi. I have only known these fellow travelers one day, but traveling solo in Colombia has led me to this moment: exhausted from dancing all night in Cali, the birthplace of salsa, with new friends and a delicious cheese-filled baguette. Continue reading
There are a lot of glamorous and exciting aspects to life teaching English abroad. Earning money teaching (many times without paying rent), means more nights out, paying down student loans, and exploring more of the world all while engaging with and experiencing a new culture. But in the classroom things are slightly less glamorous. Kids are kids, and English is funny, so here are three embarrassing moments you’ll have while teaching English abroad in the privacy of your own classroom: 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
As we all know, it can stressful when your plans for the future change. Other times, this spontaneous shift provides you with an endless supply of exciting adventures that help you see the world in new ways. When people decide they want to teach in Thailand, they usually sign a 6-month or 12-month contract, and many expect to return home at the end of their initial commitment. However, Thailand’s easy-going atmosphere, affordable cost of living, and tendency to attract kick-ass expats and foreigners convinces quite a few ESL teachers to change their minds and stay. Continue reading
When it comes to teaching English in Colombia, the first concern that always pops up in all the discussions is safety. Is it even possible to stay out of trouble in such a dangerous country? Won´t you get robbed immediately after you step out of the plane? Can you even take photos there without getting threatened? How come you decided to work there in spite of the alarming crime rates? 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
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
Annemarie is a passionate traveler and storyteller, capturing her adventures on her blog and social media channels to inspire others to head out into the big wide world to find and chase their passions. We caught up with her to ask for her advice for others looking to do the same. Here’s what she had to say:
When I tell people I had been on the road all by myself, exploring six countries on three continents for one year and three days, people are usually very much in awe. It’s true, traveling for a long period of time requires perseverance, a certain level of bravery and a skill set that includes budget management, flexibility and adaptation. 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