The Best Decision - TEFL Certification in Chicago

By: Kimmy Nguyen


College graduate, licensed cosmetologist, licensed stock broker, and now…I can now add the title of “Certified TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Teacher” to my strange string of skills and qualifications. I’ve realized by now that I am a complicated individual. I go into one profession and onto the next because I get bored easily. I like to be challenged. No, I NEED to be challenged.

So when it came time for me to make a decision about how to get TEFL certified, it only felt right to choose the route that would challenge me the most. That meant that I would need to max out my credit cards to fly out to Chicago for four weeks to complete the TEFL course in person.

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost - Making the Decision to Leave Home to Teach English Abroad

 By: Hannah Fox

Well, here we go. In less than three hours, I will be on a 747 flying over the Atlantic.

In the past few weeks, I’ve experienced the entire spectrum of emotions—fear, excitement, anxiety, happiness, sadness—all in rapid succession. Quitting my job was at the same time one of the easiest and hardest decisions I’ve ever made. I had been working as a research assistant in a well respected company for almost two years that could really take me places, living comfortably in Chicago, surrounded by friends and family.

But at the same time, I didn’t feel fulfilled. After spending time in Latin America a few years back, I found myself ready to go abroad again. I was hoping that my job would allow me to travel abroad, as I was part of the international division, but after a while it, became clear that that was not going to happen. After a few life events that made it apparent that the universe was aligning for me to make this decision, as well as a daily walk down the street past an academy offering certification to teach abroad, I decided to take the plunge. I quit my job and decided to move to teach English in Germany.

Trusting Yourself and Letting Go – Teaching English Abroad in South Korea

By: Krystle Radtke

I used to wonder what it was that compelled a person to leave behind everything that was familiar and move to a strange new place. I marveled at the courage and fortitude that it must have taken for someone to pick up everything and move to a new country, especially one where they didn’t know the language. But when the time came for me to make the decision on where to live, I found that the answer was much easier than I had anticipated earlier in my life.  

First Day of Class - TEFL Certification in Chicago

By: Kimmy Nguyen

After long weeks of debating whether or not to take a TEFL/TESOL course online or in person, I made the intuitive decision to come to Chicago to complete the 4 week TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course to obtain a teaching certification. I have always wanted to visit Chicago, especially during the summer months, but the timing has never been quite right. I kept waiting for someone to want to come with me to the Windy City, but I could not wait anymore! So it only felt right that I come to Chi-town to take care of some business and explore. Plus, the idea of taking an online course definitely did not seem too enticing. I wanted to fully immerse myself in the TEFL course and in a new city, and you can bet I am paying a pretty penny to be here right now.

The Key to a Native's Heart - Lessons from Teaching English in Korea

By Jack Spilman

High over the Pacific Ocean, there’s a man – a resolve so sturdy and a lust for adventure so strong, he feels as though he could hold an entire country in the palm of his hand, molding and manipulating it at will.

Maybe he’s on a different plane. And while he plays with his ball of country clay, I’m curled across three seats, discretely wiping a tear as, at this moment, I’ve just now realized that I’ve left it all behind, and still can’t justify why.

That was then, this is now.

Vacation - All I Ever Wanted - Teaching English in Mexico

By: Taylor Sands

Living abroad is one of the most exciting things that I have ever done. 

I had certain expectations about how my life would be once I made the move.  I thought that I would make enough money to live comfortably and travel to different cities near mine on the weekends.  However, this is not the case for me.  The school that I work at does not pay very much and it has become necessary for me to supplement my income with other teaching jobs.

On the Decision to Teach English Abroad, Taking the Leap

By: Jessica Person

The decision to leave the people you care about most in the world, travel halfway across the world and put the educational goals of a roomful of children in your hands is a big one.

Therefore, it makes logical sense it would take weeks, months or even years to make. However, this is not always the way life works, and in my opinion not always the way it should work. Sometimes you've just gotta take the leap of faith and trust that things will work out in the end.

Consider it an investment. The BEST MONEY I spent this year.

"Detroit, Michigan is having a hard time economically at this point in time. Jobs aren't as readily available as they were even five years ago. International TEFL Academy is a sure bet in this economy."

So says William Butler, a 29-year-old from Michigan, who graduated from International TEFL Academy's Chicago TEFL Certification Course in July, 2012.

Below is a reprint of an entry from William's journal posted on Sept 10, 2012, that details his experience taking his TEFL class and landing a job teaching English in Korea.