Two Very Different Plane Rides - Teaching English Abroad in Spain

By: Cara Chatellier

It’s been six months since the day I left for Spain. Now, I am sitting on a plane bound back to Boston. Six months ago I sat on a plane with a tear stained face and knots in my stomach. There were so many unknowns:

Who would I meet?
Where would I work?
Where would I live?
Would my high school Spanish be enough to get me from the airport to my AirBNB?

The Who, What, Where, When, and Why - Teaching English in the Czech Republic

By: Lauren Manderfeld


WHO can travel and teach English abroad?


If you want to do it, then you should do it! So many people tell me, “oh you are so lucky that you get to live abroad and have an experience like that.” That response really rubs me the wrong way, not because they are saying anything malicious or derogatory, but because they CAN do it too.

I am not “lucky” that I get to do this…I spent many long hours to get TEFL certified and make my dream a reality. It wasn’t by “luck” that I did this; it was hard work, lots of planning, and if you really want this to be your reality, then all you have to do it go for it! Set a goal and achieve. It will be the best thing you ever did.

When People Think You're Crazy...Teaching English in the Middle East

By: Melyse Peru

“Make sure you pack a burka!”

“Will you ever get to leave the compound?”

“Aren’t you scared you’ll get kidnapped?”

“There’s no way I would ever do something like that.”

“You’re not afraid of going by yourself? Do you know anyone over there?”

“Are you CRAZY?!”

An English Teacher Shares His Travel Adventures in Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Macau

By: Deshawn Peterson

Living & teaching English in Shanghai, China is a wonderful experience to say the least. It’s a huge city with a substantial lower cost of living. It has a huge international presence and it has everything that any big city needs: efficient public transportation, crazy nightlife, and tons of areas to explore. But even though I love Shanghai, I need a trip to a break out of the city. One of the reasons I wanted to teach abroad was to have the opportunity to travel to other countries. So to get away, I went to Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Macau for a week and had a blast.

The Key to a Native's Heart - Lessons from Teaching English in Korea

By Jack Spilman

High over the Pacific Ocean, there’s a man – a resolve so sturdy and a lust for adventure so strong, he feels as though he could hold an entire country in the palm of his hand, molding and manipulating it at will.

Maybe he’s on a different plane. And while he plays with his ball of country clay, I’m curled across three seats, discretely wiping a tear as, at this moment, I’ve just now realized that I’ve left it all behind, and still can’t justify why.

That was then, this is now.

"Teach Them English" - My Experience in Thailand

By: Bob Sohigian

We would like you to teach the kids English.” I looked back at this Thai man they called Kasem – I just knew him as my new boss – his face glaring back with a gentle, gawky gaze. I was looking for something else from him – maybe something along the lines of an outburst of laughter indicating this was some sort of practical joke. I thought to myself, “This is the only advice you have before throwing me into a classroom with 40 Thai kids that I know nothing about?”

Up until that point, we had been told that paperwork was the only thing on our agenda. In a matter of what seemed like milliseconds, I had gone from unconsciously scribbling my information onto an abundance of forms to coming moments away from being the center of attention in a room full of raucous, Thai adolescents. Who knew what they were going to do to me in there? The smile that consumed my face slowly morphed into a solemn stare. My eyes darted back and forth from Kasem to the classroom beyond him where these rowdy strangers awaited. With a final deep breath, I turned away from Kasem and my fellow foreign teachers, pushed open the creaky brown door, and took my final valiant steps into the classroom of kids. As I entered the room – sweat cascading out of every orifice – I felt the weight of every eye on me as I opened my mouth to utter my first words…

Lost and Found: Teaching English in Taiwan

By: Diane Mitchell

I had the best job. By now I had been on the small island of Guam for 6 years working various jobs in the hospitality and service industry, but never fully utilizing the degree in tourism I had hoped would open so many unique doors. That was all behind me, or shall I say below me? I was a flight attendant.

Born In Istanbul: An Account of My Life After Teaching In Turkey

By: Ayn-Marie Hailicka

Let me be the first to assure you that life after teaching abroad does exist. But I’ve learned that “life” has countless definitions. And let it be said, life before, during, and after teaching abroad are three very different states of being. Allow me to explain...


Teaching English in Turkey: A Journey Towards Career Freedom

By: Pouneh Eftekhari

As a passport holder since the age of 5, you can say I’m somewhat of a travel addict. Even when I’m on vacation or living abroad, I feel jealous of those who are in places I’m not.

This love for travel turned into an addiction about ten years ago while I was studying abroad in France. Upon my return to the United States, I continued exploring other cultures through volunteering, my coursework (I ended up getting a Spanish minor), and studying abroad in Spain.

How To Not Suck: A Guide for the Casual English Teacher Abroad

By: Jonathan Ogden


"Tick-tock, tick-tock, rock and roll! What time is it!?

It’s one oh five it’s one oh five, let’s play basketball!"

Our school’s bell cycles through several songs from our curriculum. That particular ditty is from our Hip Hip Hooray Level, a set of course books that we use to teach kids about six to ten years old. Tamzin’s desk is right next to mine in the office, she breathes an airy sigh as she drops into the chair next to me. “I hate children.” She says with a smile.