10 Things to Expect About Teaching English in China

If you’re looking for a reason (or few) to teach English in China, it has the potential to be a very long list. We know choosing a country to teach English abroad in can be a difficult decision—and there are so many factors to consider! But here are just a few reasons why you won’t regret teaching English in China: Continue reading

6 Questions to Determine if Teaching English Online is for YOU!

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Teaching English online is an amazing way to travel while working a fulfilling job. Since I started teaching English online with VIPKID, I’ve been able to travel full-time while house sitting across Europe. You’ve probably already heard about teaching English online, but is it the right option for you? Ask yourself these six questions find out! Continue reading

5 Reasons to Take Your TEFL Certification Course in Prague, Czech Republic

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Prague is a beautiful city in the Czech Republic in central Europe, begging for exploration and enjoyment! From the history to the architecture to the scenery to the beer scene, finding things to do outside of the classroom will be easy. Taking your TEFL certification course in Prague as opposed to anywhere else has a long list of pros, but we only need five reasons to convince you that it’s a solid choice for just about anyone! Continue reading

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

7 Tips to Save More Money While Teaching English in China

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You cannot measure the benefits of living, traveling, and teaching English abroad in dollars, euros, cents, or yen. However, there are some countries where teachers abroad are able to walk away from a year or more of teaching with at least a healthy savings account to show for it. If you do your due diligence and select good schools to work for in China, you can save over $10,000 while teaching English in China for one year. Below are 7 actionable tips to help you in save more money while teaching English in China. Continue reading

Want to Teach English Abroad Without a Degree? Here are the 8 Best Countries.

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Is it possible to teach English abroad without a degree? The short answer is YES, you can! The long answer sometimes includes stipulations, lower salaries, and even extra up-front cost, but there is ample opportunity for teaching English without a university degree. While having a TEFL certification will greatly increase your chances of finding work (in some cases, it’s your only chance), just because you don’t have a bachelor’s, doesn’t mean your work isn’t valued! While many of these locations prefer a bachelor’s degree, it’s up to you to put your best foot forward in the application process and to show that a degree isn’t everything! Continue reading

Teach English Abroad with Student Loans: Is it Possible?

In short, yes, it absolutely is possible to teach English abroad with student loans! Being straddled with debt is a commonplace thing nowadays—especially for students who have sought higher education. But what happens when you’ve got student loan debt holding you back from making career decisions, such as whether or not to teach English abroad? Well, it’s all about strategy! If you need a good reason to teach English abroad but don’t know the first thing about securing your financial plan beforehand, this blog post will give you great pointers. These are not one-size-fits-all options, but a combination of these efforts—or at least one of these options—will suit you. Continue reading

7 Benefits of Taking a Gap Year Abroad to Teach English

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You may have heard the phrase “gap year abroad” quite a bit over the last few years. While gap years have long been the norm in countries like Australia and the U.K., the truth is, Americans are starting to take gap years in increasing numbers. Harvard University alone has reported a 33% increase in the number of students taking gap years, including President Obama’s daughter, Malia, according to Business Insider on the benefits of gap years. Continue reading