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
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
Teachers in Thailand, and the rest of the world, are often motivated by the desire to make a positive change for children. There are so many ways to enrich the lives of students, but obviously the main objective is to advance their education.
Most Thai public schools have mandatory English classes, even if the school doesn’t have foreign (native-speaking or fluent) English teachers. These courses are taught by Thai teachers who typically can’t speak English conversationally. Because they aren’t entirely familiar with the language, their lessons focus on vocabulary and grammar directly from the book. Continue reading