4 Common Misconceptions about Teaching English Abroad

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

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

Tips for Moving to Thailand to Teach English Abroad

Tips for Moving to Thailand to Teach English Abroad

Teaching English abroad is interesting. You get to experience a world different from the one you live in. You will discover that this planet is a home to different beautiful sceneries, cultures, and peoples. English is a language used universally and teaching it can earn you a ticket to an adventure of a lifetime. Continue reading

3 Embarrassing Moments You’ll Have While Teaching English Abroad

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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

Is Teaching English Abroad for Me?

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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

Teaching English Online — Everything You Need to Know

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Every year more than 1.5 billion students take some sort of English class. Most of you will find that unsurprising given the abundance of traditional ESL jobs, but what you might not know is that the ability to work from home, or telecommute, has risen nearly 80% since 2005. Where these two figures meet has created a new and fast-growing industry — teaching English online. Continue reading

How to Use Technology for Teaching English Abroad

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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

What to Expect When Teaching English in Thailand

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As you walk through the doors of the Thai school that you will call home, you’ll be brimming with conflicting emotions. Of course, you will be excited beyond belief. You’re about to begin a new career, maybe in an entirely different field than you’ve worked in before, in a foreign country full of adorable children. However, you will probably be nervous as well. It’s totally normal not to know exactly what to expect when teaching English in Thailand. Continue reading

8 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Moving to Thailand to Teach

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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

4 Ugly Truths About Returning Home After Teaching Abroad

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There’s something nobody tells you about before you take off on your first big trip overseas. I think that’s because most of us who have experienced it still struggle to put it into words, or to even fully comprehend what happened to us. And after some time has passed, we forget about it entirely. But the truth is, returning home after teaching abroad is hard. It’s worse for those who travel to cultures vastly different from their own, but it’s still true for Americans who venture to Australia, for example.

The good news? It’s still entirely worth it. Continue reading

5 Best Countries for Teaching English in Asia

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Once your adventurous spirit draws your attention to Asia, there are many countries you could teach in. Whether you’re attracted to the beaches of Thailand or the rich history of China, your new home is waiting for you across the world. As you look into a TEFL course and plan your departure from the US, check out the top five countries for teaching English in Asia. Continue reading