Alumni Meetup Overview Section

Why host a meetup? It is a perfect opportunity for you to meet like-minded travelers, network with teachers, make new friends and share your travel stories over drinks and dinner. Read below to find out how to host your own ITA Alumni meetup.




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ITA Local Buddy Program - *Pilot Program In South Korea*


Program Overview:

Do you remember what it was like those last few weeks before your departure to teach English abroad for the first time? Most likely a combination of nerves and excitement — oh, and questions. Lots of questions. 

We are looking for both:

  • ITA alumni who have been overseas 3+ months to be a Local Buddy for incoming ITA alumni teachers in South Korea
  • Newly arriving ITA alumni teachers who want a little extra support when they land in South Korea for the first time.

Local Buddy Responsibilities:

  • Correspond via email or social media with your assigned new ITA teacher during the 30-days before their overseas departure and also during their first 30-days abroad. 
  • Coordinate an in-person or virtual meet-up during the new ITA teacher's first 30-days abroad. 
  • Provide support and share tips about living in your respective city and/or country. 

Want to be a Local ITA Buddy in South Korea? Click HERE!

Want to get a Local ITA Buddy in South Korea? Click HERE!

TEFL Course Reunions


Are you missing your TEFL course classmates and interested in hosting a virtual or in-person reunion? We'd be happy to help you pull it off.

This can be as simple as coordinating a virtual video chat or as elaborate as a face-to-face hangout if all (or most) of you ended up in the same place after your TEFL course. 

If you are interested, please follow the tips above and don't forget to let the Alumni Department know!


In-Person Meetups

Are you interested in connecting with other ITA alumni in your city overseas? Host an ITA alumni meet-up. This event can take place anywhere in your city such as your favorite park, restaurant, or even a hike or excursion. 

These in-person meet ups are the absolute best way to get to know fellow teachers and travelers. We're happy to assist you in coordinating these events, too!

Virtual Meetups

Don't have any alumni in your city or immediate area? Consider hosting a virtual meetup. You could host one for your country or even your region (Caribbean meetup, anyone?). This is a great way of meeting teachers and fellow travelers a little further afield. Who knows — you may even make a few new friends aka reasons to visit a new locale.

Follow the tips above and don't forget to let the Alumni Department know!

Tips For Hosting A Meet-Up


  1. Choose a place, a date and a time that is convenient for the local English teaching community. Be sure that your location is public transportation accessible, takes reservations, has an open area for mingling. Alternately, you can host a meetup online, using a video calling platform like Skype.
  2. Let the Alumni Department Know about your meetup so we can send an email to our Alumni database. The sooner - the better! 
    • ITA will promote & post information about your meetup on the ITA Alumni Facebook pages.
  3. Provide a contact email address & gather RSVPs so you know how many people to expect.
    • Send weekly reminders about your meetup to get more attendees.
  4. Bring a camera! Take lots of high resolution photos of in-person meetups, including a group shot that we will share with ITA Alumni around the globe.
    • Download the ITA company logo, print it on a piece of paper and use it in your photos! (We can send you a logo by email as well.)
    • Make sure to take a couple of group shots, a couple of pictures of you and your guests holding the ITA company logo, and a couple of candid photos!
    • Email us your high resolution photos within 7 days of the meet-up:
  5. Share your pictures on Instagram and Facebook with your fellow alumni using the two hashtags #TeachTravelMeetup & #ITAalumni.
  6. Submit event photos to the Alumni Department at


We are looking for ITA Alumni who have been abroad for 3+ months to participate in our new ITA Local Buddy program. 

This new program gives our brand new alumni a chance to connect with an experienced teachers and travelers right before they move overseas and during the first month of their time abroad. 

Apply Here

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