A Journey from TEFL to Ticos to Travelling

By: Samuel Herrington

TEFL, the ticket to adventure, learning, and culture-rich experiences. The journey for me started by finding the passion for teaching as an outdoor activity instructor in the north of England. With this inspiration to help teach others, I decided it was time to do my TEFL certification.

So, I took the big old metal bird over the Atlantic ocean to the ‘Pura Vida’ vibes of Costa Rica to go back to school. I had been wanting to visit Costa Rica for some time ever since I met a ‘Tico’ when I was studying a little closer to home in Germany. Costa Ricans take pride in calling themselves Ticos and rightly so; wouldn’t you like to be associated with the ‘Pura Vida’ (Pure life) lifestyle?

Teach, Learn, Travel - Repeat

By: Rachel McCarthy

In my senior year before graduating university, I decided to enroll in ITA’s online course. I knew that I would be traveling the whole next year (at least) with some goals; surfing and improving my Spanish being two among them. I am a planner; I like pretty defined outlines, allowing for some flexibility of course. Getting certified to teach English presented itself as gaining a skill set that could be applied anywhere in the world, which sounded good to me. I decided on Central America as my destination, specifically, Nicaragua. I did not start out teaching ESL. I worked for a few months as a receptionist. While I received a few offers to privately tutor, I was working very full time already, so I never did.

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Moving Past Day #365: What to Do After Your Year Teaching Abroad

By: Olivia Flores

I think a lot of U.S. Americans see teaching abroad as a young-adult, one-year phase. You go, take pictures, relax, and reluctantly post about coming back to the “real world.” And although teaching abroad may very well include a lot of those things (especially way too many pictures), it shouldn’t be something we discredit as frivolous or irrelevant. Teaching abroad is an investment in yourself and your community--a valuable experience not to be taken lightly. However, with most of my friends graduating from medical school and getting accepted to PhD programs, it was difficult even for me to feel like I was moving forward, taking real steps towards a worthwhile future, while abroad and away from my community in Chicago. Without the security of a new degree title and even a steady American income, I admit I was worried to continue living abroad. But I had more compelling reasons to stay.

Anything Worth Doing Requires Effort - My Mexico TEFL Class Experience

By: Jeffrey Rumpf

So, you're seriously considering teaching as a job and going abroad as an adventure.  It is exciting, but there are also hurdles one must consider.

Are you financially able to deal with a drastically reduced lifestyle? Are you able to deal with the culture you move to? You will have to change; they won't change for you. Are you mature enough to accept the hands you are dealt each step of the way? And are you serious enough to not only pass the course, but to put in the time and effort in your new job abroad?

These are questions that are personal, and only you can answer them. And you may discover along the way (when reality sets in for particular circumstances) that you under or overestimated. All I can do is tell you my experience, with International TEFL Academy, and with my TEFL class in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It is worth noting that some of the experiences were extremely difficult, and are not necessarily representative of what another person will face, but they did happen to me.

Tips to Get Out the Door and Travel in Latin America


By: Alina Randall

“My husband and I have decided to move to South America,” I said, as I explained to my former boss about nine months ago why I could no longer work as a civil engineer. Luckily, my boss was very understanding and agreed that would be a great place for us. After my husband and I completed the International TEFL Academy online TEFL Class (Teach English as a Foreign Language) certification course, we boarded a plane to La Paz, Bolivia, to begin a life of traveling and teaching in South America. After visiting the Salt Flats of Bolivia, Lake Titicaca, and Machu Picchu, we started teaching English in Arequipa, Peru.

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5 Things That Surprised Me About Living in Costa Rica

Teaching English in Costa Rica

By: Caroline Chadwell

Two months in Costa Rica has flown by faster than any adventure I've ever undertaken. It's a strange feeling settling in one area, telling yourself that this is your new home for awhile, reminding yourself that even though it's a long time, to use the time wisely. 

I remember my first extended stay adventure in California thinking, "I'll be here for four months, and then I'll go home and look for a job." Those four months turned into two years and I have this sinking feeling that it could happen here as well.

The Manhunt: How I Got My Students to Actually Come to Class

By: Maylin Enamorado

I looked around at the empty classroom before me. There were about seven students in total, all staring at me nervously. I checked my attendance list once again, thinking I had made a mistake. On a single sheet of paper, I double-checked the class period and saw that there was no error. I was supposed to have 28 students this period. As I took attendance, I must have had a nervous look on my face because one student got up and put her hand on my shoulder and said, most students dont come to English classthey just dont really care about it, ya know?