Moving Abroad as a Couple: An Exercise in Patience and the Best Thing You’ll Ever Do

By: McKenzie Perkins

If you told me a year ago that I would be living in Spain with my best friend-slash-love-of-my-life, I would have laughed and thought “as if”. But, as they say, life is what happens when you aren’t paying attention, and, somehow, I’m living my dream with my favorite person in the world.

[Video] Ambassador Facebook Live: Teaching English Abroad as a Couple

In this video, watch ITA Ambassadors Ashley & Tim share their experience living and teaching abroad together in Geochang, South Korea! From moving abroad and transitioning to their new life together, to finding their job and making friends overseas, watch them cover the challenges and rewards of teaching English with your significant other in a foreign country.

Singles Only, Says Who? 7 Reasons to Teach English Abroad as a Couple

 By: Tom Buskey

In today’s world, social media has a strong presence. People are constantly bombarded with news, videos, and opinions of other people. So many times I have seen on social media outlets the benefits of solo traveling and the amazing experience you will receive. Although this may be true, I am here to tell you that moving abroad and traveling around the world is not only for single people and that the couples can do it too!

Many believe that moving/traveling abroad will be this soul searching experience and you will be able to get in touch with your inner self and find out your true calling in life. This may be the case, but you can also achieve those same goals with your partner (or friend) by your side. Some may say that traveling alone will give you a sense of achievement and independence, but I really do believe that I was able to accomplish those goals even with my partner by my side.

Starting a New Life...Teaching English in Chiang Mai, Thailand

By Collen Kriel


Moving to a new country, where you can’t speak the language, where foods, sights and smells are all new was never going to be easy. However after eight months of research, planning and selling everything, my girlfriend and I knew as much as we could know in this short period of time.

In August 2013, my girlfriend and I decided enough was enough, we were over the corporate world and were going to step completely out of our comfort zones, move to Thailand and study to be English teachers.

The Life of a Traveling Couple in South Korea

By: Allison Best

Traveling and teaching around the world on your own is an incredible, life-changing, and challenging adventure. But when you go with friends or significant others, it adds a whole new element to the experience.

In 2014, my boyfriend Blaine and I decided we would move to South Korea after college. Eighteen months into our career in South Korea, it has become one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. But traveling with company isn’t always easy, and surely isn’t bump-free, but we have become stronger people both individually and as a couple because of our time abroad.

On Moving to Teach English Abroad with Your Significant Other

By: Dana Crosby 

As college graduation drew near, I became increasingly certain that my next move would be one that would take me abroad. Never having left North America, I felt like it was my only option: The time was ripe to see the world by living in a different country. Coincidentally, my significant other (SO) had highly similar goals, and we both zeroed in on teaching English abroad as the best way to fulfill our dreams. A few months after graduation, I moved home to save as much money as possible, and my significant other did the same.

Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone - Teaching English in Thailand

By: Collen Kriel


Having worked in jobs that ranged from a restaurant manager to an account manager in a large corporation, I had worked my way up to a pretty comfortable lifestyle. However it wasn’t enough, I wanted a change, and the thought of completing another Excel spreadsheet made me feel physically ill.

The World Is My Oyster… Teaching English in Chiang Mai, Thailand

By: Collen Kriel 

The main reason that my girlfriend and I decided to leave our corporate jobs and move across the world to Thailand was that we wanted to travel more. We have a real passion for travel and have an ever-growing Bucket list. However travelling from South Africa involves long and expensive flights to most destinations. We were tired of having to save for a year to afford an awesome overseas holiday.

We had always wanted to explore Asia more after a holiday to Thailand 2.5 years ago, so making the decision to move to an Asian country and complete our TEFL course through International TEFL Academy was an easy one.

Getting Ready For Teaching English Abroad With My Online TEFL Class

By: Jonathan Bowen

I am currently taking the International TEFL Academy online TEFL course and am finding the course challenging but manageable. The nature of the course has been really good. I complete the homework and quizzes when it works best for my schedule. The readings and videos are good compliments to the great class professors and give good examples on how to teach English. I currently work teaching full time and am still able to complete the course work as required. I have always loved teaching and traveling.