Leaving the Classroom for Online Flexibility

By: David Peña 

Exhausted and over it, I was ready to leave my 40 hour per week classroom job for more flexibility and travel. When moving abroad to teach English, I did not expect to have such a rigid schedule, with dozens of outside responsibilities. I wasn’t just planning classes, but somehow I got roped into teaching a homeroom class and working closely with parents and school system drudgery. I was tired and had little time to travel and experience the fun and exciting parts of teaching English abroad.

The Time Has Come - Leaving Barcelona

By: Amanda Torres

I’ve been living abroad for 10 months now and by the time I head home I will have visited 15 new countries on this journey. I left San Francisco in August; I quit my amazing full-time job to fulfill this desire I had of living abroad. I decided to make Barcelona my home base and took the in-class TEFL course with ITA. I even almost dropped out a few weeks before, because I had second thoughts about teaching English, but I am so happy I stuck with it. Since my course ended in September, I’ve been teaching English online and traveling the world!

Love in Unexpected Places - My Experiences Traveling & Teaching English Abroad

By: Kristine Bolt

I love my job. That's something I never said before a few months ago, and I've been working for almost twenty years! And I'm saying it about a job that, as a teenager, I swore to my mom that I would never do. Ah, the folly of youth. But let's back up so you can catch up.

Paving My Own Road While Teaching Abroad

By: Maylin Enamorado

When offered a chance to teach in Italy this summer, I immediately said yes. I had been living in Los Angeles at the time in an attempt to live what I thought was my American Dream.I had finally grown tired of people telling me that living abroad was “unsustainable” and that I should be pursuing my artistic passions at home in the U.S. where I supposedly had a real chance of getting ahead. I returned home after teaching at a university in Nicaragua for a year, full of expectations for my literary career. I began searching internship opportunities in New York, LA, and Miami. I sent my resume to nearly 100 different publishing and production companies, and I waited. A month into being home, I could barely remember why I had left my old life or understand why people believed that life was automatically better here. Still, I held out hope that I had made the right decision by coming back.

5 Tips On How to Find an Expat Community in Suzhou, China

By Amanda Barrows

Wherever one is living as an ESL teacher abroad, finding an expat community in your locality is important. The same can be said for teaching English in Suzhou, China. Being abroad is an experience worth sharing and, while friends and family you may have grown up with may be far away, rest assured there are plenty of amazing expats in your community looking to be found. ;) There’s nothing better than getting to share experiences, network and to find new friends when abroad.  So, how does one go about finding an ex-pat community as a newcomer?

The Manhunt: How I Got My Students to Actually Come to Class

By: Maylin Enamorado

I looked around at the empty classroom before me. There were about seven students in total, all staring at me nervously. I checked my attendance list once again, thinking I had made a mistake. On a single sheet of paper, I double-checked the class period and saw that there was no error. I was supposed to have 28 students this period. As I took attendance, I must have had a nervous look on my face because one student got up and put her hand on my shoulder and said, most students dont come to English classthey just dont really care about it, ya know?

Teaching English Online to Students in East Asia - The Three Month Mark

By: Allen Bryson

It was the first day of class at the International TEFL Academy and I was a bit nervous.

Was it because I felt it would be hard?

Was it because I wasn’t sure if I was ready?

No, none of the above. It was because our clothes washing machine was broken and I could not clean my lucky Pokémon socks with Pikachu heads all around it. I knew it was going to be a long day.

Insider Tips for Overcoming Culture Shock in Berlin, Germany

By Tina Angok

Tina is an International TEFL Academy Alumni Ambassador who lives and teaches English in Berlin, Germany. 

Germany’s culture has small yet drastic differences from American culture. (Especially if you’re accustomed to a Midwestern way of life.) Say for example , you bump into someone in the Midwest, you can expect them to apologize profusely for being in your way. Germans would never do this, and even though I studied abroad in Berlin, I still didn’t get a full grasp of such nuances of German culture until I moved here to teach English.

Visa Know How: Germany Freelance 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 Tina has been tasked with walking us through the steps she took for her Two-Year German Freelance  visa!