What to Eat in Costa Rica: 10 Tasty Eats & Drinks to Try

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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

Prepare for Teaching English Abroad with 3 Necessary Steps

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So you completed your TEFL course and were hired as an ESL teacher, and you’re feeling ready to set off on the adventure of a lifetime. But as your departure date approaches, you might find yourself overwhelmed by everything to you need to do before leaving. To be honest, there may be even more to take care of than you realize. To help you get your life in order as you make this major transition, here are a few boring but necessary tasks that you should do to prepare for teaching English abroad. Continue reading

Why I Miss Teaching English in Thailand

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I hate the saying “the grass is always greener on the other side” because it’s annoyingly accurate. Living in Thailand, there were days that I missed a million things about the comfort and stability of life at home in the U.S.. Conversely, while living in America, I have constant ants-in-my-pants to see new places and try new things. I’ve been back in the States from teaching English in Thailand for a few months and I have a lot of feelings about my return. Continue reading

Teaching English Online — Everything You Need to Know

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Every year more than 1.5 billion students take some sort of English class. Most of you will find that unsurprising given the abundance of traditional ESL jobs, but what you might not know is that the ability to work from home, or telecommute, has risen nearly 80% since 2005. Where these two figures meet has created a new and fast-growing industry — teaching English online. Continue reading

How to Use Technology for Teaching English Abroad

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The beginning of the school year will always be associated with good old fashioned pencils, notebooks and textbooks. There’s nothing like scrawling across lined paper in class or flipping through a book full of future lessons. That being said, it’s 2017 and there are new ways of teaching English abroad that past educators only dreamed of. Continue reading

What to Expect When Teaching English in Thailand

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As you walk through the doors of the Thai school that you will call home, you’ll be brimming with conflicting emotions. Of course, you will be excited beyond belief. You’re about to begin a new career, maybe in an entirely different field than you’ve worked in before, in a foreign country full of adorable children. However, you will probably be nervous as well. It’s totally normal not to know exactly what to expect when teaching English in Thailand. Continue reading

8 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Moving to Thailand to Teach

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I could barely point to the country on a map before I accepted a position to teach English in Thailand. As an American, we spend very little time learning about Asia in school, and even less time discussing the cultural, political or historical differences between us and the smaller, Southeast Asian Nations. So when I started looking into teaching English abroad, I didn’t even consider Thailand. But when I learned that Thailand offers short-term teaching contracts (as little as 3 months!) and is a tropical paradise to boot, I signed up and bought a ticket. Continue reading

3 Reasons You’ll Want to Teach in Thailand Forever

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As we all know, it can stressful when your plans for the future change. Other times, this spontaneous shift provides you with an endless supply of exciting adventures that help you see the world in new ways. When people decide they want to teach in Thailand, they usually sign a 6-month or 12-month contract, and many expect to return home at the end of their initial commitment. However, Thailand’s easy-going atmosphere, affordable cost of living, and tendency to attract kick-ass expats and foreigners convinces quite a few ESL teachers to change their minds and stay. Continue reading

3 Steps to Save Money While Teaching English in Thailand

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If you’ve dreamed about traveling the world without draining your savings account, teaching English abroad is the ideal job for you. While completing a TEFL course can indeed lead you to an entirely new and rewarding career, it also will allow you to see more of this big, beautiful world. As an ESL teacher in Thailand, you’ll earn enough money to cover your living expenses and even some weekend adventures. However, if you have big plans to travel for longer stretches of time during school breaks and between semesters, you may have to think your budget through and put more effort into saving. Continue reading

7 Tips to Make Yours the Best Online TEFL Course

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When it comes to any job, we all know it pays to be properly trained. That’s why those who want to teach English abroad — whether they want to do it simply to support their travels or for a career change — like to take a TEFL certification course where they’ll learn how to teach English as a foreign language by discussing grammar points, lesson planning, how to deal with cultural sensitivities and more, as well as gain hands on teaching practice before they ever step foot in the foreign classroom. If you read our “Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best TEFL Course for you” and decided on the Online TEFL course option, here are seven ways to get the most out of it. Continue reading