7 Tips for Dealing with Reluctant Parents Before Moving Abroad

Sharing the news with your parents that you’ll be moving abroad, is usually not an easy task for anyone. When your parents meet you with a thousand questions, strong emotions, and disbelief, it’s easy to get caught up in their reaction instead of focusing on why you decided to move abroad in the first place. Going to travel the world for a year? Becoming an expat in your favorite culture? Maybe you found the perfect TEFL certification course for a year abroad, and you plan to stay there after it ends (do your parents know that part?). No matter why you’ve decided to pick up your life and head somewhere new, these six tips and tricks will help you! Continue reading

7 Creative Ways to Pay for Your TEFL Certification Course

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One of our latest blog posts gave you seven reasons why it’s not smart to consider teaching English abroad without a TEFL certification, and now we’re back to let you in on seven little ways to take care of the cost of that TEFL certification course (you’re welcome). The benefits of TEFL certification (as outlined here) are plenty, but we also understand that almost every endeavor worth its salt comes with a necessary upfront investment. Sometimes that can be difficult to come up with, and we thought of a few ways to help you out.   Continue reading

7 Reasons Why You’ll Fail Teaching English Abroad Without Certification

If you’ve been thinking about teaching English abroad but don’t yet have a TEFL certification, don’t make the mistake of thinking you can make it work without one! It’s tempting to jump in with both feet before being fully prepared, but thinking you’ll just figure it out along the way might actually set you back. Here are seven reasons why you shouldn’t consider teaching English abroad without certification: Continue reading

10 Best Places to Teach English Abroad in 2018

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If teaching English abroad has recently crossed your radar as a likely opportunity, then you’re probably already asking yourself the hardest questions of all — where? Will you head to Latin America? Asia? The Middle East or maybe Europe? No matter which corner of the world interests you most, each has an experience of a lifetime awaiting you. As the demand for Native English speakers continues to climb, more countries are entering the scene and each year different countries make our list for the best places to teach English abroad. Here are our top 10 picks for the best places to teach English abroad in 2018. Continue reading

Pros and Cons of Taking Your TEFL Certification Course Online vs. Abroad

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So, you know you want to teach English abroad, and you’ve done the preliminary research and realized that being TEFL certified will put you above other applicants who aren’t…which brought you to this question: where do I take my TEFL certification course? There are two options: you can complete the TEFL certification online in your home country, or you can complete it abroad in a specific country—one you know you’re interested in, or one you want to learn more about.

Here’s a list of pros and cons to help your weigh options, getting you closer to choosing the best type of TEFL course for you! Continue reading

How Becoming an English Teacher in Thailand Improved My Life

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Exactly one year ago this month, I boarded a plane to become an English teacher in Thailand. Originally it was supposed to be a six-month experience, but a year later and counting, it’s become my life. Six months prior to boarding that plane, I was graduating university and becoming a teacher had never even crossed my mind, nor was it ever something I really wanted to do. But with graduation ahead of me, and the pressure to find a full time job and begin my career like everyone else around me, I knew I needed something different. I knew I wanted to travel. So one of my best friends and I decided we should go teach English abroad. Continue reading

10 Reasons to Take Your TEFL Certification Course in Thailand  

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Moving overseas to teach English abroad is something that most people often dream about — and taking a TEFL certification course is an easy way to get you started! But with so many options available — like getting certified online, or at home, or in your country of choice abroad, it’s hard to narrow down your decision. I’ve been teaching English in Thailand for the past year, and I love it! But narrowing that down wasn’t easy. Deciding you want to move overseas to become a teacher is hard enough already; now just imagine deciding WHERE you should go. The world’s a big place, and picking a destination can be very overwhelming. Which is why I’m here to tell you that teaching English in Thailand should be at the top of your radar, and it starts with taking a TEFL certification course in Thailand! Here’s why…   Continue reading

Teach English Abroad in 4 Steps

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

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

Prepare for Teaching English Abroad with 3 Necessary Steps

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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