How to Teach English Abroad

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Have you ever dreamed of immersing yourself in a culture anew? Of learning a second language? Of becoming a local in a foreign land, while working alongside locals?

One of the best ways to get the most out of a long-term meaningful travel experience is to teach English abroad.

Deciding to teach English abroad is not an easy thing to do. It’s a big life decision, and it’s scary. But if not doing it will leave you full of regret, then there’s only one choice: JUST GO. Continue reading

40 Things I Learned Teaching English Abroad in Thailand

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I am never going to diminish the potential for learning while traveling, but there are some things that a two week vacation just can’t teach you. Spending a significant amount of time in one location allows one to become a part of the community, to understand the culture, to learn what the locals think on a deeper level than what they’re willing to divulge to someone just passing through.

One of the ways to get the most of out slow travel, is to turn it into meaningful travel, with something as life changing as teaching English abroad. As a teacher, you are not only living in a community, but you’re working in it. And as a teacher in Thailand, you’ll be one of the most well respected in the town. Here are 40 things I learned teaching English in Thailand: Continue reading

Life Lessons in Travel

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Annemarie is a passionate traveler and storyteller, capturing her adventures on her blog and social media channels to inspire others to head out into the big wide world to find and chase their passions. We caught up with her to ask for her advice for others looking to do the same. Here’s what she had to say: 

When I tell people I had been on the road all by myself, exploring six countries on three continents for one year and three days, people are usually very much in awe. It’s true, traveling for a long period of time requires perseverance, a certain level of bravery and a skill set that includes budget management, flexibility and adaptation. Continue reading

Advice to Those Who Want to Teach English in Thailand

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Angie Remsen caught the travel bug at age 39 and left the U.S. for a job in Kuwait. After seeing what the world had to offer, she went to Thailand to teach English and eat her way through Southeast Asia. She is currently back in Florida where her latest adventure is navigating the U.S. job market so she can fund her future travels. Here’s her advice to those looking to follow her footsteps and teach English in Thailand. 

I took a major gamble in 2012 when I applied for a transfer to Kuwait with the company I worked for at the time. I knew I was taking a chance because I had not lived outside of my home state of Florida. So here I was going 8,000 miles away. When I do things, I usually don’t do them halfway. Continue reading

Teaching Abroad in Thailand: An ESL Teacher Tells All

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Matty Anderson moved his family of four to Thailand from New Zealand on one-way tickets. The goal was to see the world while living a laptop lifestyle. They wanted to live life by their own design, not someone else’s. We got in touch with Matty and asked him about his experience with teaching English in Thailand, a job that supplements their family income. Here’s what he had to say.

So you want to teach abroad in Thailand? I guess we are similar souls, travel-loving free spirits who want a tool to facilitate a brave new lifestyle. A few months ago, I lived out my dream of a laptop lifestyle and moved my family to Thailand, where I now teach the happy kids I’m proud to call my students. Continue reading

Teaching English in Spain

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For my fifth and final year of college, I decided to utilize my Spanish minor and spend two semesters abroad in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. It was great; I had purposely waited until my last year so I could finish all my requirements and not worry too much while in Spain. My only real concern was money, so I thought I’d look into teaching English as many of the other foreign students were already doing so. Continue reading

ESL Adventures: Teach ESL in Europe

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I graduated from college and, after dabbling in pastry chef, advertising copywriter, and actress, I still had no idea what I wanted to do “when I grew up.” But something out there in the universe pulled me toward Europe; something told me that, while I hadn’t yet figured out what direction my life path would go, it’s route definitely drew through Europe. Continue reading

What it’s Really Like to Teach English Overseas

They say nothing can really prepare you to step foot in a foreign classroom. Getting a TEFL course is the closest form of preparation one can get, but even still, there are unforeseen surprises that will catch you off guard. And every country will differ, with various cultural ticks and sayings and translations. There’s nothing to do but go with the flow, and laugh.

Here’s what it’s really like to teach English abroad…in GIFs.

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Introducing Volunteer Thailand Programs

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We know many of you are avid volunteers, doing everything from helping out with local community efforts to globe trotting for various causes, and we’re so excited to introduce two new volunteer programs in Thailand! We’ve had lots of interest from hopeful volunteers, and we listened. Now we can provide an exciting experience for those of you wishing to donate your time to teaching English in Thailand.

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5 Questions to Consider Before Choosing a Country to Teach English Abroad

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So you’ve made the decision to teach abroad. That’s huge. It has the opportunity to impact your life in ways you never thought possible, regardless if you’re interested because you just want a way to fund your travels, or if you’re a qualified teacher looking for experience. Making the leap to do it is a big step. But now what?

One of the first and often most difficult decisions to make is to choose which country you want to work in. Narrowing down the globe to just a few desirable options seems impossible at first, but here are a few questions to ask yourself before jumping into it:

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