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.

How Teaching English Abroad Jump-started My Career

By: Chelsea Johnson

Besides having traveled with my family, my first experience abroad was when I studied in Bilbao, Spain, for a semester of my junior year in college. I loved everything about it, and when I got home, I was itching to go abroad again.

I signed up for a three-week program in Chile through my university and earned a scholarship to participate. After studying abroad twice, I worked for the College of Business promoting education abroad in my peers. I loved encouraging other students to step out of their comfort zone and study abroad, but after a year, I was starting to get a bit envious! After graduating with two degrees and honors in December 2013, it was obvious to me that my next step would be international. Everyone around me in the business school would be joining corporate America, but I started waiting tables to save money and figure out how to get myself on a plane.

Teaching English in Turkey: A Journey Towards Career Freedom

By: Pouneh Eftekhari

As a passport holder since the age of 5, you can say I’m somewhat of a travel addict. Even when I’m on vacation or living abroad, I feel jealous of those who are in places I’m not.

This love for travel turned into an addiction about ten years ago while I was studying abroad in France. Upon my return to the United States, I continued exploring other cultures through volunteering, my coursework (I ended up getting a Spanish minor), and studying abroad in Spain.

Jumping Off the Edge of the Earth - Surfing and Teaching English Abroad

By: Zac Heisey

I’ll never forget the first time I went surfing.  It was a cold, dreary day at Zuma beach in Los Angeles.  My friend handed me an ill-fitting wet suit and a surfboard that could float an elephant.

“What do I do?” I asked him.  “Just paddle out” he yelled over his shoulder as he bolted for the water, leaving me on the beach.  Rather than gracefully riding towards the shore, I spent most of my time choking on salt water and sea foam.  But for some unknown reason, something changed inside me that day, a fundamental change.  Even though I didn’t catch a single wave, the mysterious, raw, and ever-changing nature of riding waves had me hooked.  I was enthralled with the unique feeling of nervous anxiety and excitement that comes with entering a world where I had no idea what to expect.  It was one of the few times I was actually aware of feeling “alive”.

Teaching English Abroad: What’s in it for you?

By: Tommy Joiner

The single most important thing in the world is to lead a life that is truly fulfilling.  In order to live a satisfying life, one must strive to add to his or her experiences in a way that is productive, both to the individual and also to those around that person.  Teaching English abroad provides an opportunity for a person to redefine themselves and work towards achieving the life of their dreams.  Whether you just graduated from college or are simply looking to change things up, teaching English abroad can help propel your life forward in a variety of ways.