Did you know that teaching English abroad is not just for those with a high-ranking degree or a ton of experience? There are also ample opportunities for non-native speakers and people from all walks of life. One of most laid back regions in the world when it comes to qualifications for teaching abroad is Latin America. We’ve put together a list of the nine best places to teach English in Latin America that we think will peak your interest in a region rich with culture and history. And sure, the pay may not be as high as other places in the world, but the experience is truly unrivaled. With benefits like learning to speak Spanish, full cultural immersion, home stay opportunities, a chance to boost your resume, and an opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life (not to mention your own), the pay will feel secondary.
The most important decision you’ll make while teaching English abroad is where. Teaching English might appear to be the same across the world, but the country you choose will have a great impact on your work and personal life. What’s our personal favorite right now? Teaching English in Nicaragua.
If you have ever envisioned yourself teaching abroad in an easy-going, fun-loving country with tons of beaches and great food, Nicaragua should be at the top of your list. Continue reading
Warning: don’t choose a TESOL/TEFL certification course until you read this.
I’m guessing you’re a little lost on how to get started teaching English abroad. You’re probably emailing multiple program providers and following them on Facebook. Maybe you’ve even talked to a few on the phone, and you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the different offerings out there.
I get you.
I was in your shoes once, too.
And that’s why I started Teach English: ESL — to make it easier to help people like you get started on their teach abroad adventure.
Something I’ve learned in the process of my own trial and error is that choosing a training course (commonly referred to as TEFL certification course) can be one of the biggest challenges to getting started.
Do you study online or onsite? What are the things to look out for? Are all courses accredited? Will they help you find a job?
So I wrote this handy guide to help you navigate the process and ultimately find the BEST TEFL course for YOU!
There are so many places around the world to get a TEFL certification course that it’s often hard to decide what’s right for you. Choosing a location often depends on where you want to teach English abroad, what your timeline is, and what your goals are aside from teaching English (ie save money, learn a language, travel cheaply, etc.). It’s a personal choice, of course, but it helps to have some solid information to help you choose. If you’re thinking of going South, a TEFL course in Nicaragua is at the top of my list. Following are just a few of the reasons why you might choose to TEFL Nicaragua. 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