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
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
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
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
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
If you’re planning on moving across the world, there are many items that can add extra convenience to your life abroad and improve the travel experience. Luckily, the holiday season is the perfect time to acquire these things, even if you’re not yet sure when you’re leaving or where you’re heading. Here are some great ideas to add to your travel Christmas list: Continue reading
Once your adventurous spirit draws your attention to Asia, there are many countries you could teach in. Whether you’re attracted to the beaches of Thailand or the rich history of China, your new home is waiting for you across the world. As you look into a TEFL course and plan your departure from the US, check out the top five countries for teaching English in Asia. Continue reading
Teachers in Thailand, and the rest of the world, are often motivated by the desire to make a positive change for children. There are so many ways to enrich the lives of students, but obviously the main objective is to advance their education.
Most Thai public schools have mandatory English classes, even if the school doesn’t have foreign (native-speaking or fluent) English teachers. These courses are taught by Thai teachers who typically can’t speak English conversationally. Because they aren’t entirely familiar with the language, their lessons focus on vocabulary and grammar directly from the book. Continue reading
The Caribbean coast is praised for its striking natural beauty, turquoise ocean and surprising biodiversity. Many people don’t think of Colombia when they think of the Caribbean, but if you are traveling to Colombia, you simply have to see it! But where to head first? Let me give you some inspiration – these are the seven absolute best places to see on the Colombian coast: Continue reading
Even if you’re teaching a few hours away from Colombia’s sprawling capital city, you will undeniably spend a weekend or two there. From pretty much anywhere in the city, you can see Mount Monserrate in Bogotá. Continue reading