I get it. The fear of long-term commitment runs deep, especially when it comes to uprooting your life and moving to another country to teach English. What if you don’t like it? Or maybe you just want to experience teaching English abroad while you travel, be it to finance your adventures, discover if you like teaching, or immerse yourself for longer than a few days in a particular community. If so, you might consider these three short-term ways to teach English abroad: Continue reading
We know choosing the best TEFL certification course for you can be almost as overwhelming (or more!) as choosing a country where you want to teach English abroad. While the onsite courses certainly have their appeal, we think the Online TEFL course advantages might be what you’re looking for if you haven’t yet decided on that country, you’re still working or in school, or you simply want a high quality course with maximum flexibility. Continue reading
Psst. I’m willing to bet that you’re teaching English in Thailand. You want to know how I know?
And, no. I didn’t stalk your Facebook photos, your Instagram updates of Pad Thai, or your WordPress blog meant to keep in touch with family. (Although, yes, I saw those!)
The truth is that there is just something about the people who teach abroad in Thailand. They love to experience new cultures. They love their jobs. And they love to seek adventure. Continue reading
The most important decision you’ll make while teaching English abroad is where. Teaching English might appear to be the same across the world, but the country you choose will have a great impact on your work and personal life. What’s our personal favorite right now? Teaching English in Nicaragua.
If you have ever envisioned yourself teaching abroad in an easy-going, fun-loving country with tons of beaches and great food, Nicaragua should be at the top of your list. Continue reading
If you were anything like me growing up, you were probably a little nervous before the first day of school. Each year, I would toss and turn, unable to sleep because of some timid anxiety I had about starting the new school year.
I wish I could say that the night before my first day teaching was different. But it wasn’t. Apparently the old adage is true: teachers ARE more nervous than you on the first day of school. Continue reading
Maybe you have a few years left in college. Or maybe you’re just a semester or two away from graduating. You’re not totally sure what you would like to do for the rest of your life, but you’re interested in traveling and seeing what else is out there. And since your parents aren’t going to pay your way around the world, you think you might like to teach abroad.
Deciding to teach abroad is a big step, but it’s a great choice for young people who want to travel and still have to pay off those pesky student loans. Continue reading
I’m slightly envious of people who are teaching English in South Korea. On top of the great food and fabulous nightlife, you will never run out of fun and interesting places to visit on long weekends for public holidays.
Are you a history buff? Maybe an amateur hiker with a love of the outdoors? Or perhaps you prefer to spend a leisurely time on the beach with books, beer, and seafood barbecue? You’re in luck because South Korea boasts some of the best day trip adventures and long-weekend holidays in all of Asia. Continue reading
On my first day teaching Kindergarten in Egypt, I was thrown into the deep end of the pool (Er, desert). While I loved working with young ESL learners, I had never taught Kindergarten before. The youngest age I had worked with previously was junior high. So all my class management tricks, games, and attention-grabbing-videos seemed obsolete in the face of a room full of four-year-olds.
Videos are a great resource for teaching ESL learners, for so many reasons. They can help introduce a new topic, review vocabulary, practice phonics, and also to generate classroom discussions. They can also help to redirect focus when the students’ minds are starting to drift. Continue reading
If you’ve ever envisioned yourself teaching English in a tropical paradise where the living is easy and the weather is great all year ’round: look no further. Costa Rica is one of the top up-and-coming places to teach English abroad, and for good reason.
Well, actually, for many good reasons. Continue reading
Every teacher has a story about their worst day as an educator. If you’ve taught for any amount of time, you’ve probably had one, too. It’s a normal part of the job to sometimes feel like you’re failing, and this can be particularly hard to deal with if you are a new teacher. Add in the difficulties of living and working in a foreign country as an ESL teacher, and one can imagine the challenge.
However, with each hardship there is a lesson to be learned. Each excruciating day leads to better preparation, more effective techniques, and a cooler head. These are the days that ultimately make you a better teacher. Continue reading