Why Did You Choose International TEFL Academy? [Alumni Voices - Part 1]

Making the decision to pick up and move half-way around the world to live and work as an English teacher in a foreign country can be challenging in more ways than one. Leaving old friends, starting a new job, living in a country where you may not speak the language: these are just some of the obstacles you will overcome while teaching English abroad. It all begins with choosing the right TEFL school to ensure you receive not only the training you need to succeed as a professional English teacher overseas, but also the job guidance and alumni support you can count on to actually help you get a job and to become a member of a truly global community of international teachers and travelers.

Here at ITA, we strive to provide our students with the most comprehensive, realistic and straightforward guidance and information about teaching English abroad. We use our experience to enable you to succeed. Like the future you, we've all lived, worked and traveled abroad. We've been in your shoes and are committed to empowering you to realize your dreams of traveling the world and teaching overseas. 

But do not take our word for it... We've certified more than 15,000 people to teach English abroad. Here's what some of them had to say about us!

Teaching in South Korea: My Journey from TEFL Course to Classroom

By: Cassandra Simons

Life before TEFL in South Korea

This time last year, I was just an average college graduate and teacher. I worked at a school that felt like a family: the teachers I worked with were incredibly close and I knew I had a good support system (both professionally and, in some cases, personally) away from home. While I will never try to say that I am a perfect or amazing teacher, I think I was pretty good at my job. I did what I needed to do, and then some. My students could expect to see me at their sporting events and at their concerts and performances; my Special Olympics athletes could expect to see me at almost every practice and escort them to every tournament. I attended faculty and department meetings as required and tried to help out in any way I could.

I lived in the same town I had gone to college in and had an amazing group of friends that stood by me through thick and thin. I knew the regulars at my favorite pubs and restaurants. I had worked at several businesses and knew many of the locals. Life was good.

Then the words every teacher dreads came along: Your position won’t be renewed due to district budget cuts. I was not a tenured teacher, nor did I have much seniority in a school where many people had taught for 10+ years. All of a sudden I was in a position I hadn’t anticipated: no guaranteed job prospects for the next year; my roommate was moving to the other side of the country and I couldn’t afford rent on my own; and bills to pay with no substantial source of income. I decided to move back home with my dad for a few months to figure my life out.

Teaching English Abroad: The Opportunity of a Lifetime

By: Chris Schannauer

When I first began my undergraduate studies at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, I was enrolled as a History major with a co-concentration in Secondary Education. I must admit that when I began my collegiate career, I was not sure that I even wanted to be a teacher. As I began to mature, and became more involved with the education classes within my curriculum, it quickly became apparent to me that this is the career field that I will be most successful in. It was during student teaching that my passion for education was solidified.