The Effects of Living in China on the Perspectives of a Tennessee Girl

By: Chelseigh Robinson

To say that teaching abroad changed my life would be a huge understatement. I think that it has become the single largest determining factor as to how I’m going to live my life and what kind of person I am going to be. For a long time, I wanted to travel. I never understood why more people didn’t take advantage of the opportunities we have in this day and age to travel and live in another country. I studied abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland, while earning my degree, which is the place where I decided that I definitely wanted to live overseas. However, at that time, I was unsure of a practical way to do it. When I began to research ways to do this, I found International TEFL Academy. I decided to take the jump and signed up for their online course so I could finish my degree and my certification at the same time. After I got married, I flew to China and have loved life ever since.

Teach, Write, Love: Teaching English in North Africa

By: Adam Lucente

Tunisia is known for its clear blue skies in the spring, and this day was no exception as Simon and I ventured from Tunis to Sidi Bouzid. A long ways from the capital city of Tunis situated on the Mediterranean Sea, Sidi Bouzid is a small city of about 120,000 that we would’ve never heard of if it weren’t for what one Mohamed Bouazizi did there on December 17th, 2010.

On that day, Bouazizi burned himself alive in front of city hall after his fruit stand was confiscated by local authorities under the auspices that he lacked the proper permits. This set off a series of protests in Sidi Bouzid, and then Tunis, and then Egypt, and then Libya, and Syria and so on and so forth. These protests would later become what is known as the Arab Spring.

I was an intern on Capitol Hill at the time. Seeing the mass protests on the streets of Tunis on the office television, I never thought I would one day live and work in the country. But a decision to teach English abroad ultimately led me to ‘Tunisia the green,’ as some aptly call it.

A Year Teaching English Abroad: 9 Lessons Learned Living in Spain

By: Morgan Garza

Sitting at a desk that I felt chained to, staring out the window and daydreaming about living in Spain, I finally decided that enough was enough. I was over spending all my time in a job that did not serve me, over spending all my money on an apartment I was never in so that I could afford it, over spending on the weekends drinking with friends trying to forget how badly I wanted out. I was over all of it.

How to Find Private English Teaching Work in Barcelona Spain

By Lauren O'Rourke

As an American teaching in Barcelona, Spain, I was initially concerned about finding work without a work visa. Thankfully, that has not been a problem AT ALL.

The following details the means by which I found private students in Barcelona. It is by no means exhaustive, but I’ve found that there is such a demand for English teachers that I didn’t need to look very far to find plenty of private students. After only a few weeks of adding new students, I already had to turn students away or refer them to other teachers.

Eat, Play, Love and Live - Teaching English Abroad

By:  Annie Chen

As a native of Los Angeles, especially one working in the entertainment industry, I get asked constantly, “How could you leave such an exciting city?

Why would you rather be an underappreciated and underpaid teacher than work in Hollywood?”  To the casual observer, it’s a fair question. After all, following graduation from UCLA I had numerous internships under my belt, was passionate about all aspects of entertainment and loved meeting new people … so what could be better than a publicity position in the television industry? As it turns out, the fantasy of working that type of job was far more idealized than the real version of it.

Confessions of an American Abroad - An English Teacher in Spain

By: Alexis Sabatino

I’m going to lay it out for you as clearly as I can: I moved to Spain and quickly became unbearably insecure about being American. To be honest I wasn’t all that proud of it before I came either. However, this is my attempt to confess how being American continues to change my life in all sorts of unexpected ways; ways I didn’t understand until recently. These are the confessions of a confused yet determined 23 year-old woman living nearly 4000 miles away from convention.

My Story of Teaching English in Spain: A Great Experience and a Foundation for a Great Future


By: Ryan Franco

"What's next?"...that bitter sweet question, it always seemed to resurface during my senior year of college.  My studies and internships had situated me with two avenues, either to move back home from school at UC Santa Barbara to Sacramento or teach abroad.  I could move home to save up money for a graduate program, likely in School Psychology, or on the other-hand, I could teach English in either Prague or Madrid which was an idea I had been toying with throughout my time at UCSB; "maybe I should just go for it" I thought.