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
After speaking with high school students, college students, working professionals and retirees, I’ve come to understand there are a lot of misconceptions about teaching English abroad. Sometimes working in one industry for an extended period of time can make one forget what those who aren’t as familiar with the industry do not already know. Since I firmly believe that teaching English abroad is one of the most meaningful travel experiences one can have, and that there is a program for everybody (as long as you speak fluent English!) I decided to squash those common misconceptions here. Continue reading
Nowadays Colombia becomes a perfect destination to an immense number of travelers. It’s the second most biodiverse country on our planet yielding only to Brazil, which is approximately 7 times bigger! That’s why most of the 10 best places to visit in Colombia are natural.
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
There are a lot of things that attract people to teaching English as a second language (ESL) abroad. Recently, I’ve found myself thinking a lot about these reasons, and about why I have always assumed it was something I could never do. I want to travel. I’d love to get away from my life for a while. I always thought I would go right into my career, but at the moment I am completely uninterested in settling into a job right away. Is being tied down at 22, creating long-term responsibilities for myself, really what I want? Is teaching English abroad for me? Before I settle into my life, I want to be able to travel, see the world, understand more than just my corner of the planet. So, why shouldn’t I? Continue reading
So you completed your TEFL course and were hired as an ESL teacher, and you’re feeling ready to set off on the adventure of a lifetime. But as your departure date approaches, you might find yourself overwhelmed by everything to you need to do before leaving. To be honest, there may be even more to take care of than you realize. To help you get your life in order as you make this major transition, here are a few boring but necessary tasks that you should do to prepare for teaching English abroad. 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
ESL teachers living abroad come from all walks of life and professions. Some of my fellow teachers in Thailand studied subjects ranging from tourism and public health to accounting and video production. However, there are certain personality traits that link us all together.
First of all, we were courageous enough to move thousands of miles away from our families to a foreign country. Secondly, we all have some combination of these four characteristics that help us be the best possible teachers. Continue reading
When I was in high school, I learned seven or eight different subjects each semester: the four core subjects, Spanish, health, gym, band, and either another elective or a study hall. I attended classes between 7:30 in the morning to 2:30 in the afternoon. Within these seven hours, there was a break for lunch, a few minutes to stop by my locker on the way to the next classroom between periods and hopefully a free period. Continue reading
I’ve had my fair share of nicknames throughout life, but this year I added another moniker to the list: teacha.
After working in the journalism and marketing fields during and after college, I decided to try something different. I can’t say I thought too much about becoming a teacher until I spoke to fellow recent graduates who were teaching English abroad. Continue reading