By: Rachel McCarthy
In my senior year before graduating university, I decided to enroll in ITA’s online course. I knew that I would be traveling the whole next year (at least) with some goals; surfing and improving my Spanish being two among them. I am a planner; I like pretty defined outlines, allowing for some flexibility of course. Getting certified to teach English presented itself as gaining a skill set that could be applied anywhere in the world, which sounded good to me. I decided on Central America as my destination, specifically, Nicaragua. I did not start out teaching ESL. I worked for a few months as a receptionist. While I received a few offers to privately tutor, I was working very full time already, so I never did.