Isaan is situated in the northeast of Thailand. It is not known for being part of the tourist trail; it’s mainly known for its flat farmlands. It’s where the majority of the country’s rice is produced. But don’t let the thought of ‘rural’ put you off. There are some hidden gems to be found in Isaan, and it is as beautiful a region as the rest of the country so commonly seen on picturesque postcards. Continue reading
While it’s true there are still many countries where one can teach EFL without a certification, it’s also true that the market is changing. With travel getting easier and more affordable than ever before, more and more people are finding ways to stay abroad longer, and teaching English as a foreign language is one way to do so. Continue reading
Thailand is an extremely fun and easy country to visit, even as a first time traveler. In fact, it was my first trip overseas and I loved it so much I stayed for almost two years! While the tourist trail is quite well-worn, and Thailand has an amazing travel infrastructure to make things super simple, culture shock can still hit.
To make the most of your time, I’ve suggested a few travel tips for Thailand below. Continue reading
Thailand definitely isn’t lacking in the shopping department. Throughout the country, you can find bright and bustling markets and street-side hawkers selling everything from underwear to exotic birds. In big cities like Bangkok and Phuket, you can find a fair share of malls and supercenters.
If you forget to pack something, you can likely find it either down a sidewalk aisle or in a more traditional supermarket. But there are more than a few things that you should try to pack with you, as they can be more difficult or more expensive to buy once you’re in the Land of Smiles. Continue reading
TEFL or TESOL? CELTA and ESL? When you’re first starting to think about teaching English abroad, the whole game can seem like all the players know the rules and you’re left on the sidelines just trying to figure it out. Right?
We felt the same way, too.
One of the most confusing things in the industry is how many acronyms are used, and often without explanation. So, what is the difference between them all?
We’re so glad you asked. Continue reading
There’s a reason, or thousands of reasons, actually, why Thailand is one of the most visited countries in Southeast Asia, and perhaps in the world. It’s a nation rich in culture, food, friendly smiles, outdoor adventures, white-sand beaches and so much more. Because of this, many find it hard to leave. Luckily for fluent English speakers, you don’t have to. One way to stay in any country you love is to teach English there, and teaching English in Thailand is ever-increasing in popularity.
There are undoubtedly 100’s of benefits to teaching English in Thailand. Here are our Top 10: Continue reading
Thailand is an extremely diverse country. From trekking and mountains in the north, to a major metropolitan city in the middle, to multitude of island paradises in the south — there’s a LOT to see!
Whether you’re visiting for a week, a month, or even a year or more, these are our top picks for the most popular places to visit in Thailand. Continue reading
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
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
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 TEFL 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