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
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 hate the saying “the grass is always greener on the other side” because it’s annoyingly accurate. Living in Thailand, there were days that I missed a million things about the comfort and stability of life at home in the U.S.. Conversely, while living in America, I have constant ants-in-my-pants to see new places and try new things. I’ve been back in the States from teaching English in Thailand for a few months and I have a lot of feelings about my return. Continue reading
If you’ve dreamed about traveling the world without draining your savings account, teaching English abroad is the ideal job for you. While completing a TEFL course can indeed lead you to an entirely new and rewarding career, it also will allow you to see more of this big, beautiful world. As an ESL teacher in Thailand, you’ll earn enough money to cover your living expenses and even some weekend adventures. However, if you have big plans to travel for longer stretches of time during school breaks and between semesters, you may have to think your budget through and put more effort into saving. 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
We know choosing the best TEFL certification course for you can be almost as overwhelming (or more!) as choosing a country where you want to teach English abroad. While the onsite courses certainly have their appeal, we think the Online TEFL course advantages might be what you’re looking for if you haven’t yet decided on that country, you’re still working or in school, or you simply want a high quality course with maximum flexibility. Continue reading
Psst. I’m willing to bet that you’re teaching English in Thailand. You want to know how I know?
And, no. I didn’t stalk your Facebook photos, your Instagram updates of Pad Thai, or your WordPress blog meant to keep in touch with family. (Although, yes, I saw those!)
The truth is that there is just something about the people who teach abroad in Thailand. They love to experience new cultures. They love their jobs. And they love to seek adventure. Continue reading
If you were anything like me growing up, you were probably a little nervous before the first day of school. Each year, I would toss and turn, unable to sleep because of some timid anxiety I had about starting the new school year.
I wish I could say that the night before my first day teaching was different. But it wasn’t. Apparently the old adage is true: teachers ARE more nervous than you on the first day of school. Continue reading
Maybe you have a few years left in college. Or maybe you’re just a semester or two away from graduating. You’re not totally sure what you would like to do for the rest of your life, but you’re interested in traveling and seeing what else is out there. And since your parents aren’t going to pay your way around the world, you think you might like to teach abroad.
Deciding to teach abroad is a big step, but it’s a great choice for young people who want to travel and still have to pay off those pesky student loans. Continue reading
I’m slightly envious of people who are teaching English in South Korea. On top of the great food and fabulous nightlife, you will never run out of fun and interesting places to visit on long weekends for public holidays.
Are you a history buff? Maybe an amateur hiker with a love of the outdoors? Or perhaps you prefer to spend a leisurely time on the beach with books, beer, and seafood barbecue? You’re in luck because South Korea boasts some of the best day trip adventures and long-weekend holidays in all of Asia. Continue reading