Teaching English in Erbil, Iraq with Adam Lucente [Video]

Ever wondered what it's like to teach English in Iraq? ITA Alumni Ambassador, Adam Lucente, takes over the ITA Instagram Story to show us a day in his life living and teaching English in Erbil, Iraq.

Adam Lucente is a journalist and English-language teacher from New York City. He learned Arabic in college and has since taught in Tunisia, Jordan and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Read more about Adam.

Teaching English in Yakutsk, Russia with Kristine Bolt [Video]

Ever wondered what it's like to teach English in Russia? ITA Alumni Ambassador, Kristine Bole, takes over the ITA Instagram Story to show us a day in her life living and teaching English in Yakutsk, Russia.

Kristine is an atypical Jamaican - unless she’s on a beach, she hates to be hot and much prefers life in cold climates, which is why she happily lives and works near the top of the world in northern Siberia. Read more about Kristine.

[Video] Ambassador Facebook Live: Teaching English Abroad as a Couple

In this video, watch ITA Ambassadors Ashley & Tim share their experience living and teaching abroad together in Geochang, South Korea! From moving abroad and transitioning to their new life together, to finding their job and making friends overseas, watch them cover the challenges and rewards of teaching English with your significant other in a foreign country.

[Video] Ambassador Facebook Live: Teaching English Abroad with a Diverse Perspective

In this video, watch Allen in Spain, and Kristine in Russia talk about their experience living and teaching abroad with a diverse perspective. From having concerns before moving abroad, to finding their community overseas and having to potentially deal with discriminations, watch them cover it all.

The Friends You Make Along the Way

By: Jackie Kosovich

I began my journey of moving abroad by taking the ITA Online TEFL Course. During that time, I had no idea where I wanted to move except to Europe. I had a couple friends already living in Europe in the Czech Republic, Germany, and the United Kingdom. However, I decided to move to Spain because I wanted to learn a new language, and Spanish made the most sense being from the States. I originally wanted to move to Barcelona because of the beach and because I had heard amazing things. However, I could not find a way to live there legally. After a discussion with ITA Student Affairs about where to move, they recommended their TEFL Class in Madrid, Spain, in which I could obtain my student visa. With that, I decided to move to Madrid.

On Finding Yourself: Insight Into Associated Wanderlust Clichés


By: Dana Crosby

I wasn’t able to study abroad in college, so after graduation, my top priority was to live abroad for an extended period of time. Teaching abroad seemed like the most sustainable, feasible option. I enrolled in International TEFL Academy’s online course, worked two jobs to save enough cushion money until I had a consistent paycheck, and set my sites on Hanoi, Vietnam. It was high time for me to “find myself,” “get out of my comfort zone,” “scratch the travel itch,” and “find a cure for my wanderlust”. This is a story about clichés.

People will talk to you about how good it is to “get out of your comfort zone”, and (spoiler alert!!) it is. But why? The answer is multi-faceted, so I want to focus on the role of personal identify in creating one’s comfort zone and how it’s affected when we exit said comfort zone.

My Classroom Experiences while Teaching English in China

By: Amanda Martin

When I first arrived in China to teach, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Would the children hate me?

Would they understand what I was saying?

What would I be able to get my point across?

All of these questions floated around in my head, and it made me feel a bit uneasy. I had previous experience working with children in Texas, but this was a whole other ball game. I was already in China when these thoughts occurred, so there was no turning back. I had to dive into it and give it all that I had.