4 Personality Traits of Top-notch ESL Teachers

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ESL teachers living abroad come from all walks of life and professions. Some of my fellow teachers in Thailand studied subjects ranging from tourism and public health to accounting and video production. However, there are certain personality traits that link us all together.

First of all, we were courageous enough to move thousands of miles away from our families to a foreign country. Secondly, we all have some combination of these four characteristics that help us be the best possible teachers. Continue reading

Elephant Dos and Don’ts for Teachers in Thailand

If you had to list five words that you associate with Thailand, I bet “elephants” would make the cut. When I told people I was moving to the Land of Smiles to teach English abroad, one of their first reactions always had to do with riding elephants.

I figured I would probably ride one because that’s what people do when they come to Thailand and like…imagine the Instagram! I didn’t know anything about the various jobs elephants have in Asian countries and how poorly they’re often treated. Continue reading

Tips for Perfect TEFL Lesson Plans, Every Time

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Now that I’m a professional writer, I see the immense value in making outlines before I dive into an article. They help me organize research that I’ve gathered and find a logical progression for the information I want to present to readers.

But I wasn’t always this way. For many of my pre-college school years, I thought outlining writing assignments was basically extra work.

As time went on and my assignments became longer and more complex, I realized that actually writing outlines rather than simply creating a paper’s structure in my head could make a big difference. This seems a bit tangental, but I promise it’s relevant to your life as an ESL teacher. Continue reading

Teach in Thailand Weekend Getaway: Kanchanaburi & Erawan Falls

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Confession time: One of the reasons I chose to teach English in Thailand is because I wanted to see as many beautiful waterfalls as possible. If your Instagram “following” list includes travel accounts or friends who have taught in Thailand, you know that there’s no shortage of breathtaking natural sights — including waterfalls — in every region of the country.

As soon as I was settled in my new town in Thailand, I began searching for waterfall-filled destinations that were close enough to visit on weekends. It didn’t take long to discover Kanchanaburi, a rural town close to the Myanmar border. Kanchanaburi is home to the Erawan Waterfalls in Erawan National Park, where you’ll find seven different waterfalls to explore. Continue reading

An American Teaching in a Thailand High School Learns 3 Big Differences

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When I was in high school, I learned seven or eight different subjects each semester: the four core subjects, Spanish, health, gym, band, and either another elective or a study hall. I attended classes between 7:30 in the morning to 2:30 in the afternoon. Within these seven hours, there was a break for lunch, a few minutes to stop by my locker on the way to the next classroom between periods and hopefully a free period. Continue reading

Colombia Weekend Escape: Santa Marta’s rich history and jaw-dropping landscape

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As Colombia rids its cities and towns of crime, beautiful areas are being restored to the perfect getaway destinations they once were. One such place is Santa Marta, where beaches meet mountains and ancient history meets recent renovations. A combination of honeymooners and backpackers mesh with old school Colombian culture to create a unique vibe. Continue reading

7 Reasons to Love Teaching English In Colombia

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There are many hardships in teaching English abroad, but there are even more things you´ll fall in love with when you adjust to the rhythm of living and teaching in Colombia. While many people think teaching English abroad is just a way to survive, I am here to convince you there is a lot more to it than sticking to a textbook.

If you love languages, interact with people easily and have a little courage, here are seven reasons why you will likely love teaching English in Colombia: Continue reading

Learning to be a Teacher While Teaching English in Thailand

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I’ve had my fair share of nicknames throughout life, but this year I added another moniker to the list: teacha.

After working in the journalism and marketing fields during and after college, I decided to try something different. I can’t say I thought too much about becoming a teacher until I spoke to fellow recent graduates who were teaching English abroad. Continue reading

Is it Safe to Teach English in Colombia?

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When it comes to teaching English in Colombia, the first concern that always pops up in all the discussions is safety. Is it even possible to stay out of trouble in such a dangerous country? Won´t you get robbed immediately after you step out of the plane? Can you even take photos there without getting threatened? How come you decided to work there in spite of the alarming crime rates? Continue reading

Why Thailand is a Popular Place to Teach English Abroad

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When I told people that I was moving to Thailand to teach English, the most common response was, “Oh! My [friend, cousin, sibling, grocery store cashier, etc] did that!” And I wondered why Thailand is such a popular place to teach English abroad.

There has been a large influx of recent graduates – as well as people who have been out of school for a while – accepting ESL teaching jobs in countries around the globe instead of seeking work domestically. Continue reading