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

Why We Teach English As a Foreign Language (TEFL)

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Teaching English abroad, for many of us, is simply a way to facilitate our travel. When we look for teaching jobs around the world we sometimes forget to consider the type of students we might have or what our classroom will function like. Instead, many of us are guilty of looking at the culture, food choices, and tourist attractions first in order to make the most of our adventure. While teaching English overseas certainly guarantees adventure, it’s important to also remember why the job exists in the first place. Continue reading

4 Ugly Truths About Returning Home After Teaching Abroad

There’s something nobody tells you about before you take off on your first big trip overseas. I think that’s because most of us who have experienced it still struggle to put it into words, or to even fully comprehend what happened to us. And after some time has passed, we forget about it entirely. But the truth is, returning home after teaching abroad is hard. It’s worse for those who travel to cultures vastly different from their own, but it’s still true for Americans who venture to Australia, for example.

The good news? It’s still entirely worth it. Continue reading

3 TEFL Books Every EFL Teacher Should Read

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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

5 Reasons To Consider Teaching English in Rural Thailand

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Isaan is situated in the northeast of Thailand. It is not known for being part of the tourist trail; it’s mainly known for its flat farmlands. It’s where the majority of the country’s rice is produced. But don’t let the thought of ‘rural’ put you off. There are some hidden gems to be found in Isaan, and it is as beautiful a region as the rest of the country so commonly seen on picturesque postcards. Continue reading

TEFL or TESOL — What’s the Difference?

TEFL or TESOL? CELTA and ESL? When you’re first starting to think about teaching English abroad, the whole game can seem like all the players know the rules and you’re left on the sidelines just trying to figure it out. Right?

We felt the same way, too.

One of the most confusing things in the industry is how many acronyms are used, and often without explanation. So, what is the difference between them all?

We’re so glad you asked. Continue reading