CZECH REPUBLIC TEFL AMBASSADOR
Social Media Ambassador - Prague, Czech Republic
I was actually born in England so technically, I have “lived abroad” for most of my life. I moved to America when I was about two years old and have since traveled to Canada, Mexico, Germany, England, Ireland, Wales, France, the Netherlands, Hungary, Belgium, and Italy.
I chose to teach abroad because I was looking for a way to travel the world while helping others. These are my two greatest passions in life and I wanted to live a life where I could do both. When I made my decision I had a great job at a marketing firm in San Diego, but I felt very unfulfilled at the same time. I felt there was more I could be doing with my life to be in service
When I began researching ways to move abroad, I quickly found that teaching English was a popular option. I had some background in tutoring, mentoring, and training, but I had never formally taught English before. It was an intimidating career change for me at first, but the more I researched it, the more I liked the idea of it. I read testimonials from others who had never taught before and in teaching English had truly found their calling. I liked the idea that I could help others learn and improve their English. I knew for many people this knowledge could greatly expand their opportunities in life. All of these factors combined to make the decision to teach a no-brainer for me.
I chose to teach English in Prague because I fell in love with the city the moment I got here. Two years I came to Prague during a month-long tour of Europe without knowing much about the city. I was immediately awestruck by the fairytale-
Another factor that I considered when making my choice of where to teach was cost. While I wasn’t seriously looking at any city outside of Prague, I did do some research on salary and cost of living across Europe. I didn’t have as much time to save up for my move as I would have liked, yet I knew the dollar would go very far in the Czech Republic compared to a country that uses the Euro as currency.
The thing that excites me most about being an ITA Ambassador is helping others realize their dreams through TEFL certification. I found it so helpful to have people to whom I could ask all my seemingly random, annoying, or silly questions before I moved abroad. Even if you have your heart set on moving to a particular city or country, it is such a relief to hear and see an account of someone successfully living there. I am excited to answer questions about the entire moving, living, and teaching abroad experience and hopefully relieve some stress from those going through the beginning stages of their own process!