Why We Teach English As a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Teach English As a Foreign Language

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

Teach English Abroad in 4 Steps

I wanted to call this post, “Teach English Abroad in 4 Simple Steps,” but then I remembered that although breaking the process into steps may appear simple, the decisions involved often are not. If you’ve been thinking about teaching English abroad for a while now, or maybe you didn’t realize it was something YOU could do, it helps to break the process into one decision at a time. Continue reading

A Week in the Life of an English Teacher Abroad

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No matter which country you teach English abroad in, or which time zone you visit, or the varied types of students you have, a teacher’s week can go in only one direction…

Here is a typical day in the life of an English teacher abroad: Continue reading

4 Employer Differences to Expect When Teaching English Abroad

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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

8 Things I Wish I’d Known BEFORE Teaching English in China

When I boarded my first plane bound for China, I hadn’t given much though to where I was going. My decision to take a job teaching English in China was one based on the sole fact that I’d recently returned to Oregon, USA from eight months of traveling around Southeast Asia and teaching English in Thailand, and that I wasn’t ready to be back home. I felt like I’d left Asia prematurely and I desperately wanted to go back. In the midst of my rash decision making, I stumbled across a position in China and thought, I might as well try somewhere new! Within a month I was on a that plane. Continue reading

4 Types of Students You’ll Encounter in Your Classroom

Types of Students

Since the beginning of teachers in classes, there have been certain types of students. As reliably as the sun will rise, you will have kids in your class that are always running late, or “forgetting” homework, or doing who-knows-what as soon as your back is turned. Here is a list of some of the more common ones, and how to do your best to make sure you’re classroom stays in order. Continue reading

10 Reasons You Should Teach English in Thailand

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Teaching English abroad is without a doubt one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for myself.

I remember staying up late, getting lost in the Google-sphere of options for various programs around the world, and going to sleep giddy with excitement. But how to choose one? Continue reading

Finding a Healthy Lifestyle While Teaching English in Thailand

healthy lifestyle while teaching english in thailand

I like to set challenges for myself.  Most of my challenges have always been based around health and fitness. It just goes to show that it is something that I have always struggled with. After University, I spent two years backpacking through Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. Although I loved every second of it and would not change my experience for the world – I completely lost any sense of being healthy along the way. That is, until I moved to Thailand to teach English abroad. Continue reading

4 Common Misconceptions about Teaching English Abroad

After speaking with high school students, college students, working professionals and retirees, I’ve come to understand there are a lot of misconceptions about teaching English abroad

After speaking with high school students, college students, working professionals and retirees, I’ve come to understand there are a lot of misconceptions about teaching English abroad. Sometimes working in one industry for an extended period of time can make one forget what those who aren’t as familiar with the industry do not already know. Since I firmly believe that teaching English abroad is one of the most meaningful travel experiences one can have, and that there is a program for everybody (as long as you speak fluent English!) I decided to squash those common misconceptions here. Continue reading

A Woman’s Perspective on Traveling Solo in Colombia

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It’s 4am, and the only glow on the street is coming from the corner bakery. The men all have their top buttons loosened; the women are carrying their heels. We haven’t slept, but the morning came anyway—the smell of freshly baked bread and pastries fill the shop as we make our selections and pile back into the taxi. I have only known these fellow travelers one day, but traveling solo in Colombia has led me to this moment: exhausted from dancing all night in Cali, the birthplace of salsa, with new friends and a delicious cheese-filled baguette. Continue reading