What Happens When You Catch the Travel Bug Early

By: Sophia Skaff

What inspired me to teach abroad?

I grew up in a multi-cultural family. My mom is Greek, and my dad is Lebanese-American. Both cultures were entwined into my home life. My mom always cooked amazing Greek and Lebanese food. We would spend summer vacations in Greece to visit my grandparents and other family members. I loved everything about those trips, the different foods, people, and language. The beauty of Greece with its crystal-clear waters and white stucco houses. As well as the small mountain-side village where my grandparents lived. There, I would pick fresh figs from the trees and play with my grandma’s kittens in the beautiful grape-vine covered garden.

Teaching Adventures in South America

By: Sophia Skaff 

I had my first teaching experience last year in Brazil. I was living in a city in the Northeast, called Aracaju, in the region Sergipe. I was placed there by the Fulbright program as an English Teaching Assistant at the Federal University of Sergipe. I held open conversation classes that students could attend. I had many students who were studying to be English Majors, as well as students from all disciplines like Engineering, Literature, Biology, etc. The levels were mixed as well, but overall most students who came weekly were in the A2 and B1 range. I presented topics that I thought would be relevant and interesting for them. I usually gave a short presentation and then opened up the class for discussion. It was a really interesting teaching experience. As I did not have a curriculum to follow, I was free to create and give my classes as I pleased. I spent nine months in Brazil, teaching, traveling and learning Portuguese.

[Video] Ambassador Instagram Takeover: Teach English in Santiago, Chile with Camille Gix

Now or Never: My Chile Viaje - What to Do After Your Service

By: Vera Dedyulya

The very first time I thought about teaching English abroad, it seemed almost an impossible challenge to accomplish. But as you know, nothing is impossible if you try enough. Thus my dream about "far-off place" came way faster than I even got prepared for it. It was literally an incredibly rapid move. The day I went to a Chilean consulate in Toronto to apply for a working visa, I expected to get a final decision at least in 3-4 days (maybe a week, or even longer). Can you imagine my surprise when I was told the visa would be stamped in 40 minutes? 40 minutes! My so far unbeatable time frame of documents' procedure. Now I was sure that Chile and I were meant to meet each other and enjoy this journey of a lifetime.

Living & Teaching English in Latin America: An Incredibly Diverse Region

By: Camille Gix

Spanish. There is my list of similarities between Ecuador and Chile, and even that is debatable with the drastic change in accent. After living in Ecuador for nearly eight months teaching English, I figured the move to Chile wouldn’t be that different. I thought, “Hey! Same language, same continent, same culture right?” Wrong.

Ecuador, named for its location in the middle of the earth, is relatively warm, year-round, especially where I lived, in a small town near to the coast. Humid and hot, with a lively culture mixed with a native flair, Ecuador is what you would expect of a South American country. With a slow, smooth and song-like Spanish, learning the language was a wonderful experience. People in Ecuador are warm, family-oriented, and life in general in slower and much more relaxed than that of the United States.

[Ambassador Video] Eating Your Way Around Santiago, Chile

ITA Alumni Ambassador, Camille Gix, takes us on a food-filled adventure around Santiago, Chile. From her favorite Italian restaurant and cheap Indian eats, to one of the top 25 gelaterias in the world and an abundance of fresh produce at local markets, Camille will leave you feeling hungry for Santiago! 

[Video] Ambassador Instagram Takeover: Teach English in Santiago, Chile