Teaching English in Turkey: A Guide for Women

By: Pouneh Eftekhari

For many, moving to a Muslim country brings about many questions and sometimes fears. Questions about women’s rights; personal safety & freedoms; food; and work conditions are just some of the concerns that come to mind. As a Midwestern American woman, born and raised in Wisconsin, I was excited at the thought of moving to a "secular" Middle Eastern country--Turkey--but I too also had some questions.  

Is Teaching English Abroad Right for You?

By: Pouneh Eftekhari

As a two-time study abroad alumni, I was always on the lookout for ways to get back to Europe. I searched high and low for any opportunity that would take me abroad—Peace Corps, WOOFing, couchsurfing, etc. But after all the time, money, and studying, I couldn’t justify moving back to Europe without a professional reason. So I decided to go to graduate school in Europe and spent another four years abroad. After graduation, I worked for a while. But once my work contract ended, again, I was left with the task of figuring out how I could stay in Europe...but I came up short and returned to the US.

Why It's Important to Pick a Teach Abroad Destination Based on Your Overall Goals

By: Brooke Matta

Going abroad for an extended period of time is a thrilling, nerve-wracking, inspiring, and transformative adventure, no matter where you choose to go. How can it not be? After all, you’ll be throwing yourself out of your comfort zone on a regular basis, meeting and mingling with new people often, trying new foods, seeing different parts of the world, perhaps speaking new languages, and a whole lot more. At the very least, you will learn more about yourself, how you fit into the world at this point in your life, and what you hope to do in the future.

Now it comes time to choose where you’ll spend the next stage of your life - teaching, working, studying, or some combination of all three. The possibilities nowadays seem endless, to the extent that you may feel daunted by the idea of actually choosing. Should you volunteer in Peru, teach in Turkey, work at a hostel in Morocco, or live in a homestay in Italy?

Surviving vs. Thriving When You Arrive in Prague [Teaching English in Czech Republic]

By: Emma Grace Fairchild

Before moving to Prague six weeks ago to start a new life as an English teacher in the Czech Republic, I lived abroad before in Sweden as an exchange student. I spent the year following my return back to the U.S. with one goal- to return back to Europe. I had the passion and drive to arrange my life to move, completed all of the preparations one could do before leaving their home country, and had a sense of peace about the entire process and the impending move. I thought moving to Prague to be an English teacher would be a breeze… But I realize now nothing could have prepared me for what life would be like when embarking on such a wild voyage!

Bigger and Smaller - Teaching English and Traveling in Europe

By: Kevin Nye 

I’m a lucky man. I’m lucky because I have family members in Austria and without them, I never would’ve visited Europe in 2012. If I had never visited Europe in 2012, I wouldn’t have desperately needed to return to Europe in 2014.

In late winter 2014, my then-girlfriend, now-fiancée and I decided we were going to get TEFL certified and go teach English abroad. We wanted to go to Europe, primarily Italy, and learn about the world while seeing it all firsthand. We wanted to use our natural advantage of being born in an English-speaking country, and we wanted to get paid for something we do anyway; speak to people. We enrolled in the Online TEFL Class with International TEFL Academy in May of 2014, completed our course in August, and moved on September 3 to teach English in Italy.

Think Before You Speak - An American Teaching British English

 By: Joshua Schiefelbein

It’s a situation I imagine many American TEFL teachers face while teaching English abroad. I encountered this situation as I was going through the job search process. All my potential employers wanted to know if I was comfortable working with and teaching British English because their students were learning or had learned British English. They explained this was because major universities outside the US used British English, therefore making the British variant the more ‘classical’ form.

Since I’ve had some British friends as well as a British employer (an Episcopalian priest) whom I had understood them, and it was easy to comprehend what was being said in Doctor Who, the famous BBC television program, I responded with a resounding ‘sure.’ To me, there weren’t very many differences, and none of them seemed important. As a result, when I arrived at my job, I was surprised by the amount of differences between both versions.

Hola Barcelona

 

By: Alice Denny

My first big solo trip took me to Europe for two wonderful weeks in 2014. I traveled around northern Italy and southern France sharing meals with new friends and exploring as much of these beautiful new places as possible. But before I knew it, the trip was over, and it was back to a 9-to-5 office job. When I took that trip, I found that I loved traveling, and there was something particularly attractive about doing it on my own. The feeling of independence and finding a way while on my own was refreshing, and I knew that feeling didnt have to end with that short trip.

Two Years Later: Living and Teaching English in Barcelona

By: Lauren O' Rourke

I never imagined I would say that I’ve lived in Barcelona for two years. It’s hard to believe! I arrived here in June of 2013 to explore before beginning my ITA Barcelona TEFL course in July. I didn’t have a lot of plans or preconceived ideas of what the next few months had in store for me, not to mention the next few years. I had spent so much of the last ten years of my life planning everything. Finish school, go to grad school, get a job, yatta yatta yatta. I was sick of planning. My loose “plan” was to take the TEFL course, teach for a while, travel, and head back to the States in the winter or maybe in the following spring. I wanted a new experience. I wanted to learn Spanish. I needed a break from the grueling 9-5 world. I never expected to fall in love and make a home in this magical foreign land. But that’s exactly what I’ve done, and I don’t regret it for a second.

The People You'll Meet in Italy

By: Kevin Nye

In learning about teaching abroad, you might hear that it’s a great way to meet new people. I was personally not as excited about this part, as I figured most people would just be my students and that would be that. The other thing you hear is that it’s a great way to see the world, and that was more up my alley, so I enrolled in the International TEFL Academy’s Online TEFL Certification program in May of 2014, and shipped off to Milan, Italy in September to see the world.

Experiencing the Life of a Traditional Russian Village while Teaching English in St. Petersburg

By: Joshua Schiefelbein

When the snow starts melting and the ice begins disappearing, Russians celebrate the imminent arrival of spring and sun with a week-long festival known as Maslenitsa. During this period, Russians visit their friends and family and eat blins (crepes) with one another. In a way, my school, Gorchakov Memorial School, where I teach English in Russia, continues the week-long celebration in its own unique fashion.