By: Becca Simas
I am a born-and-bred New Englander. The only region in America where you can drive through six states in one day and never pass an exit sign that doesn't have a Dunkin Donuts. I grew up loving clam chowder and watching the leaves change colors every October. I was born in Rhode Island, grew up in Connecticut, spent winters skiing in Vermont, and moved to Massachusetts after college. I love where I grew up, and I’m proud to call New England my home. I’ve always been a restless soul, though, and I longed to travel. Besides a family vacation to Portugal, and a week-long volunteer trip to Nicaragua in grad school, I had never traveled outside of North America. After 27 years of calling New England my home, it was time to make a change. I requested information from the International TEFL Academy, and with in a few hours, I was chatting away with Jeff, my representative, about the magic of teaching abroad. I was sold. I signed up for the online TEFL class, and within two months of earning my certification, I was ready to move halfway across the world to Japan.