Top 4 Reasons to Get TEFL Certified in Costa Rica

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When I first moved abroad to teach, I went where my TEFL institute had a job for me. They said, Heredia, Costa Rica. I said ok and left less than a month later. I would have gone anywhere. My goal was simply to go, be traveling, be somewhere new.

I knew nothing about Costa Rica, but I learned. And I fell in love with the people and the landscape and the rum. I stayed a year longer than I planned. I grew and I explored. I should really write a thank you letter to whoever it was who randomly sent me to Costa Rica because it couldn’t have been a more perfect place for to me to begin. Continue reading

10 Best Places to Visit in Thailand You’ve Never Heard Of

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Dreams of Thailand often reveal karst rock formations projecting out of crystal blue waters along its southern shores, or lanterns glowing against a night sky in the northern jewel of Chiang Mai during Loy Krathong, the festival of light. With more than 26 million tourists who flock to these destinations each year, there’s no doubt that places such as Krabi, Phuket and Ayutthaya are worth visiting.

However, if you’ve had your fill of overcrowded tourist markets, party beaches and interpretations of local culture via dinner shows and sidewalk displays, I’ve found there are still a few spots that remain largely untouched, where similar sites can fulfill those cultural, adventurous and scenic fantasies of a paradise nearly to yourself. Continue reading

Top 5 Reasons to TEFL in Nicaragua

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There are so many places around the world to get a TEFL certification course that it’s often hard to decide what’s right for you. Choosing a location often depends on where you want to teach English abroad, what your timeline is, and what your goals are aside from teaching English (ie save money, learn a language, travel cheaply, etc.). It’s a personal choice, of course, but it helps to have some solid information to help you choose. If you’re thinking of going South, a course in Nicaragua is at the top of my list. Following are just a few of the reasons why you might choose to TEFL Nicaragua. Continue reading

What to Pack for Teaching English Abroad

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If you’ve never taught English before, it may be nerve-wracking to know how to prepare for your teaching English abroad experience. Even if you’re a skilled educator with years of experience under your belt, you may still not know what to expect! While we can never be completely prepared and confident for an endeavor like this, it may help if you pack the right supplies. What are these supplies? Glad you asked. Continue reading

5 Benefits of Living Abroad in Costa Rica

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So you’re thinking of going abroad? The decision to do so is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. At least it was for me. Living abroad completely changed my life. I’m originally from the States, and I’ve lived in Central and South America. Both were unique, challenging, enlightening and fun experiences I still think about often today. Living abroad in Costa Rica is a great place for your first big experience. Below are just a few of the reasons you should consider moving to Costa Rica. Continue reading

Top 7 Things to do in Krabi Thailand

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Krabi (pronounced “crabby”) is known for providing the perfect amount of comfort and adventure. The locals are friendly, the food is fragrant, and the beaches are second to none. With over 200 islands in the area, Krabi is the ideal town for those who love to spend their time outside. Catered to travelers (though not overrun by them), Krabi is home to tour companies, temples, spas, restaurants – and of course, postcard-worthy beaches. There’s always something to do that’s relaxing or exciting, depending on your mood, and here are our top suggestions for things to do in Krabi, Thailand. Continue reading

6 Reasons to Get TEFL Certified Abroad

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You have three choices when it comes to getting TEFL certified. You can take an in class course somewhere near where you currently reside. You could take an online course from anywhere you happen to be, or you could get certified abroad, in the country you’d actually like to teach. Looking back it seems like a no brainer to me, and if I could do it all over again I most certainly would have chosen to get TEFL certified in the country I first taught instead of in a classroom in Denver, Colorado. Here’s why: Continue reading

4 Benefits of Living Abroad in Nicaragua

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After spending five winters in Moscow, Russia as an English teacher, I decided I needed a big change. After my contract was up, I slung my backpack on my back and headed to warmer climes: Central America. I traveled around Central America for about four months, spending the most time in Nicaragua.

After a few weeks exploring the country’s various surfing towns, I happened upon Granada and fell in love. Continue reading

The Essential Travel Packing List for Moving Overseas

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So many belongings, so little luggage! A travel packing list is absolutely essential to make sure you have everything you need, and nothing you don’t, when moving overseas to teach English abroad.

In all my adulthood moves, I have not once hired a moving truck. Most of the moves involved nothing more than packing all my belongings into just a few suitcases according to the airline’s luggage restrictions. As you prepare to teach English overseas, you may wonder how you could possibly spend months, or even years, in a foreign country with limited baggage. If you pack the right things and keep the following tips in mind, you’ll feel like you’re living in plenty, no matter how much you take with you! Continue reading

Top 5 Things to do in Chiang Mai Thailand

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Nestled in the quiet North of Thailand, Chiang Mai is a welcome break from the madness of Bangkok. Despite lacking a beach, Chiang Mai is extremely popular due to it’s culture and laid back atmosphere.

Chiang Mai has so much to do at both daytime and nighttime, and is often referred to as the Adventure Capital of Thailand. During the day you can explore the many cultural sights and treat yourself to a massage. At night you can enjoy not only Thai food but international food such as Mexican and English. Chiang Mai has many bars too including ex-pat bars and local bars. There is something for everyone. Continue reading