Why I Started the 'English from A to Z' Online English Teaching Website

By: Ben Weinberg

I never thought that I would become an ESL teacher. It wasn’t one of those set plans that I had for myself from an early age. Sometimes, life can’t be predicted and you end up being somewhere else than you originally intended. I think that this happens for the better most times, and I can say for certain that my life has been better off with my past experiences of teaching English as a Second Language. It’s been a roller coaster ride but a fun and exciting one at that.

Pros & Cons of Teaching English in Bogota, Colombia

Recently we asked some of our International TEFL Academy Alumni Ambassadors to provide a candid ground-view perspective on what they love about teaching English abroad, in addition to a frank take on what isn't so always great in particular cities where they live and work.  Here,  Lisa Koprowsky shares her thoughts of why she enjoys teaching English in Bogota, Colombia along with some of the challenges.

Visa Know How: Colombia TP-6 Volunteer Visa

Visas, Visas, Visas   — The topic no one enjoys talking about yet the topic everyone needs to know a lot about. Our ITA Alumni Ambassadors have been in your shoes when it comes to visas. It's a foreign topic to most, no matter how experienced of a traveler you are. Our Alumni Ambassadors have been through the visa process firsthand and were tasked with walking us through the steps they took for their visa. In this edition, Lisa Koprosky discusses the visa process she went through for teaching English in Colombia. Get your notebook ready and enjoy!

Bogota Neighborhood Spotlight: La Candelaria

Our ITA Alumni Ambassadors are living in some of the world's greatest cities. We asked them to hit the streets and give us an inside look at their favorite neighborhoods to hang out and spend an afternoon. From the best coffee shops and restaurants, to the more off the beaten path hidden gems, our Alumni Ambassadors are on the ground abroad & ready to spill their tips!

Is Colombia Safe? Tips for Staying Safe & Making the Most of Your Experience in Medellín

 By: Jessica Stanton

Is Colombia Safe? How To Survive Medellín. So...you binged watched Narcos, and now you're an expert on Colombia, especially Medellín. Maybe you've thought about teaching English in the salsa capital of the world, but some antiquated information about murderers and drug cartels has turned you away. Well parcero, you may not have realized that was over 20 years ago. Things have changed drastically in the Medallo City. This is no longer a drug filled war zone. It's now a bustling city full of art, innovation, and fun!

After completing my TEFL certificate online at International TEFL Academy, I moved here in July 2016 with an open mind, not knowing what to expect. In the almost four months I've been here, I've never seen a drug cartel, any act of violence, or even the white powdery substance that was once synonymous often with this country.