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
If you’re a traveler at heart, you probably feel that experiencing local culture is an essential part of every trip. From traditional music and performances to shops run by the locals, it’s important to immerse yourself in the community to learn what a place is all about. Part of diving into a foreign culture is sampling the time-tested cuisine of the region and enjoying genuine cooking that you likely can’t find elsewhere. Continue reading
After spending five winters in Moscow, Russia as an English teacher, I decided I needed a big change. After my contract was up, I slung my backpack on my back and headed to warmer climes: Central America. I traveled around Central America for about four months, spending the most time in Nicaragua.
After a few weeks exploring the country’s various surfing towns, I happened upon Granada and fell in love. Continue reading
Have you ever dreamed of immersing yourself in a culture anew? Of learning a second language? Of becoming a local in a foreign land, while working alongside locals?
One of the best ways to get the most out of a long-term meaningful travel experience is to teach English abroad.
Deciding to teach English abroad is not an easy thing to do. It’s a big life decision, and it’s scary. But if not doing it will leave you full of regret, then there’s only one choice: JUST GO. Continue reading
Matty Anderson moved his family of four to Thailand from New Zealand on one-way tickets. The goal was to see the world while living a laptop lifestyle. They wanted to live life by their own design, not someone else’s. We got in touch with Matty and asked him about his experience with teaching English in Thailand, a job that supplements their family income. Here’s what he had to say.
So you want to teach abroad in Thailand? I guess we are similar souls, travel-loving free spirits who want a tool to facilitate a brave new lifestyle. A few months ago, I lived out my dream of a laptop lifestyle and moved my family to Thailand, where I now teach the happy kids I’m proud to call my students. Continue reading