Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side - Teaching in Latin America

By Drew Randall

“The grass is always greener on the other side.” This phrase couldn’t be more appropriate for how my wife and I perceived life as English teachers would be in comparison to life as civil engineers in the US. We obtained our TEFL certifications online through the International TEFL Academy. My wife and I have been teaching English abroad in South America for 10-months; 5-months in Arequipa, Peru and 5-months at our current teaching position in Cuenca, Ecuador. Based on our experience so far, there are obvious differences, like the salary, and shocking similarities in time commitment or daily schedule.

On Choosing an Apartment in Spain

By Remy Lambson

I arrived in Valencia one month before my lovely wife did, so therefore I was dealt the ‘please find us an apartment before October’ card. At the beginning, all was well as I knew somebody from the International TEFL Academy alumni group that was allowing me to stay with them whilst I looked for a reasonable place to live. I had already made and paid for several online housing reservations before arriving, just to find out that they were rejected because the room was already occupied, or because the landlord didn’t accept couples, or, simply because they didn’t feel like renting to someone that day. Queue the weeks of waiting for agency refunds. Having a quarter of our total saved ‘Spain money’ out in cyberspace with no good estimate of when it would land back in the bank account, on top of still having nowhere to live, put a lot of pressure on me to find somewhere decent and affordable to live ASAP. Coming into the apartment hunt, I had no intention to pay anything over 300 euros per month for a room in a shared flat, a very feasible goal given the relatively low cost of living in Spain, and Valencia in particular.

A Semi-Vegetarian Grocery Shopaholic’s Guide to Food Shopping in Seoul

By: Holly DeMuth

Technically, I’m a pescetarian, a designation so rarely referenced in print that my spell check doesn’t even recognize the word. This means that I eat vegetarian, except that I also eat seafood. Eggs, dairy, etc. are fine. Meat that doesn’t come out of the ocean is not. My reasons for this are boring and not relevant here, so I’ll skip to the useful bits.

 

She Could Hear Them Crack Her Tooth? Dental Care in South Korea

By: Katie McKindley

South Korea is a hub for plastic surgery, and I’d seen videos of foreigners getting LASIK done. How much different is dental care? They’ve got to be rigorously trained and highly valued, right? This is Asia, after all, where studiousness is next to godliness. I tried getting my three wisdom teeth removed in the states before I moved, but I didn’t have enough time, or the right insurance. So, after taking ITA’s Online TEFL Course, getting employed by EPIK, and moving to South Korea, it’s been on my radar.