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
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
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
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
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
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
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