4 Employer Differences to Expect When Teaching English Abroad

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The dream is there, and the intention is real—you want to teach English abroad. As you sit in your old familiar bedroom, this sounds like a perfect plan. Anywhere in the world would be amazing. But even if you have a certain country in mind, chances are you are picturing a work environment similar to one you’ve worked in from the past, with kids the way you know them to act, and a boss that holds the same values you do. But it turns out, there are strange curveballs that emanate from every country depending on the culture, region, and/or religion. And it could make or break your experience if you don’t plan ahead. Here are four employer differences to expect when teaching English abroad. Continue reading

4 Types of Students You’ll Encounter in Your Classroom

Types of Students

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

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