One Indecisive College Grad’s Journey to the Adventure of a Lifetime in Israel

By: Taylor Karnilaw

I was approaching the end of my college career and was feeling as many other soon to be college graduates, like I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do. My parents were pressuring me to apply to graduate school, and every single day of the summer, I would come home with a new idea of what I was going to be when I “grew up”, whatever that means. I cycled through the standard combinations; going to school to get an MBA, being a social worker, working as a lawyer, and the list continues. After another day of frantic searching, I came across International TEFL Academy’s website and felt like I finally had found something that made sense for myself.

The Pleasure of Teaching English to Adults in Vietnam


By: Meredith Clarke

I’ve never particularly liked kids. I’ve never babysat a day in my life. I have no younger siblings. Even growing up, most of my friends were at least a year or two older than me. I get along well with the occasional child at a wedding or family function, but more than one at a time and I start to feel overwhelmed.

From Peace Corps Reject to Head Montessori Teacher in Hanoi, Vietnam

By: Holly Grudovich

I started my online course at International TEFL Academy in September of 2018. This was a few months after my graduation from California State University, and the news of my recent application rejection from the Peace Corps. If you are familiar with this institution, you know it is highly competitive and a prestigious opportunity; one of which I was sure that I was going to meet the requirements. I had spent nearly four years at my university in preparation of my application and departure. I met with previous Peace Corps volunteers, attended seminars, and added heaps of extra volunteer work to make my resume sparkle.

Teaching In-Company Classes vs. Teaching in an Academy in Spain

By: Haley Castelvecchi

When I first arrived in Madrid, I knew I was going to have to take whatever job was offered to me. I didn’t have much experience except for my online International TEFL Academy certification course and some extra help from TTMadrid. To my surprise, I landed a job quite quickly with a consultant group that coordinated teachers and in-company classes. If you’re unfamiliar, these types of classes are when teachers travel to business and provide a lesson for adults during their normal workday. They are quite common here in Madrid, as knowing English is becoming increasingly important in many business jobs.

[Video] Teach English in Asia - Ambassador Facebook Live

Are you interested in teaching English in Asia?

We've got you covered! In this video, ITA Ambassadors Summer, Amanda and Amber share their experience living and teaching in Thailand, Japan and online in Asia. Watch them talk about their TEFL certification course, why they decided to teach English in Asia, how they found their teaching job, making friends, visa processes and more! 

Teaching English Online in Da Nang, Vietnam with Amanda Kolbye [Video]

What's it like to live and teach English online from Vietnam?

Watch this video to see ITA Ambassador, Amanda Kolbye, share with us a day-in-her-life living and teaching English online from Da Nang, Vietnam.

In this video, Amanda covers: 

  • A tour of the area/city they live in
  • Her gym and price
  • What ITA TEFL course they took
  • A tour of her Da Nang apartment and where to find apartments for rent
  • Perks of teaching English online and country hopping
  • Vietnam visas
  • Main mode of transportation in Da Nang, Vietnam
  • Whether it's safe to drive in Vietnam
  • A breakdown of monthly expenses including rent, utilities, transport, food, groceries, phone, etc
  • Teaching English online with VIPKID and her schedule
  • The difference between living in Taiwan and Vietnam
  • Medical Insurance 

Teaching English in Tokyo, Japan with Amber Jester [Video]

What's it like to live and teach English in Japan?

Watch this video to see ITA Ambassador, Amber Jester, share with us a day-in-her-life living and teaching English in Tokyo, Japan.

In this video, Amber covers: 

  • If you need a degree to teach English in Japan
  • Whether vegans have enough food options in Japan
  • What a typical work week and teaching schedule looks like for her
  • Vacation and time off
  • Job market in Japan for non-native English speakers with a BA & TEFL certification
  • Whether knowing Japanese helps when you're teaching
  • A tour of her Tokyo apartment
  • A breakdown of monthly expenses in terms of salary, rent, utilities, insurance, food, etc

Teaching English in Chongqing, China with Jessica Stanton [Video]

What's it like to live and teach English in China?

Watch this video to see ITA Ambassador, Jessica Stanton, share with us a day-in-her-life living and teaching English in Chongqing, China.

In this video, Jessica covers: 

  • A tour of her Chongqing apartment
  • Teaching English in Medellin, Colombia before moving to China
  • Dating in China
  • Securing her job prior to moving to China & Z-visas for working legally in China
  • What happens if you try to teach English in China without a visa
  • Being a person of color in China
  • A tour of her school and shows us where she works
  • Interviews her fellow American TEFL teachers about what they like about Chongqing
  • Takes us into her classroom to meet her adorable students
  • Her teaching schedule and the ages of the children she teaches
  • A breakdown of her monthly expenses in terms of salary, rent, utilities, transportation, food & drink, etc 

Teaching English in Singapore with Brittany Shultz [Video]

What's it like to live and teach English in Singapore?

Watch this video to see ITA alumna, Brittany Shultz, share with us a day-in-her-life living and teaching English in Singapore.

In this video, Brittany covers: 

  • A tour of her Singapore apartment
  • A breakdown of her monthly expenses in terms of rent, groceries, bills, transportation, etc
  • Some sightseeing around Singapore
  • The company she works for and how many hours per week she works
  • A tour of her classroom
  • How she secured her teaching job in Singapore
  • How much vacation time you receive as a teacher in Singapore
  • Why she chose Singapore to teach English abroad
  • The classroom during lesson time complete with adorable little faces!