My Typical Weekly Schedule Teaching English in Colombia at a School, Online, & Privately

By: Rebecca Sirull

My favorite thing about teaching English in Colombia is that no two days are alike, and I have tons of flexibility to make my own schedule. That’s also one big reason why I wanted to work part-time at a private institute, rather than taking a full-time job at a colegio (children’s school). With this schedule, I have plenty of time to teach English online and with private students in addition to my regular classes.

5 Reasons Why I Love Living & Teaching in Buenos Aires, Argentina

By: Adrienne Glenn

Because I had to limit my favorite things about Buenos Aires to five, I decided to be vague so I can be all-inclusive. I could write an entire piece on how I am not sure that I will be able to live without dulce-de-leche when I decide to leave this country, or how there is something exciting and romantic about having dinner at 10:30 at night; but, in this moment, brevity is key. Or the desserts. Or the desserts. Or did I mention the desserts? So, here a few of my favorite things:

My Experience Teaching English Abroad Without a Bachelor's Degree

By: Adrienne Glenn

I often tell people that having a college level degree in the United States only shows your ability to navigate a bureaucratic system, amass large amounts of debt, and walk away with little else. I am definitely often incorrect in that (purposefully critical) comment; but, clearly you can see what side of the political aisle I stand on at this moment in time. I believe that education is a human right, nay - a necessity, and we shouldn’t be forced into difficult systems that cause us suffering long into our lives.

Making Friends While Teaching English in Argentina

By: Adrienne Glenn

Do you remember when you were young and the scariest part of your day was lunch time? Would you have anyone to sit with? Would you be exiled to the corner to eat your cafeteria lunch alone? Would anyone dare admit to being your friend?! I don’t think that there was a person in school that didn’t have this worry, not even those that appeared to be the most popular. I think they worried about it too. In fact, I am sure of it. Making friends is hard. For all of us.

Throwing Caution to the Aires - Staying Safe While Living in Argentina

By: Adrienne Glenn

When traveling, safety seems to be the most often Googled concern. Perhaps it was our mothers constantly telling us “Be careful!” as we headed out the door. Concern for safety is common when making the choice where to live abroad. Especially when you delve into the superlative lists of “the safest” and “most dangerous” cities to live in around the world. Not to mention the first thing your parents will ask you is, “But, is it safe?!”

To Move or Not to Move? Knowing When It's Time to Leave One Country for Another

By: Adrienne Glenn

When I made the decision to begin teaching abroad, I had a lofty goal in mind. Ten years. Ten countries. As my first Pragueversary (what the expat world calls our annual celebration of moving to Prague) passed, the true realization of the grandeur of that plan truly hit. Perhaps I dreamed a little TOO big. It’s OK. We all do it sometimes. True learning and growth is in how well you adapt your goals as life passes and truth reveals itself. So, I gave myself a little wiggle room, and allowed myself 10 years and as many countries that I can manage to live/teach in for that time.

Border Hopping While Teaching English in Argentina Can Be Fun

By: Adrienne Glenn

For many of us teaching abroad, we have quickly learned that not all countries have their bureaucratic acts together, particularly in terms of encouraging language teachers to stop, stay for awhile, and impart their native speaking wisdom upon their residents. With this lack of visa ease, you are often stuck in the grey area of residency and legal work. Personally, I much prefer to live in the realm of black and white, paying my taxes, and retaining reliable healthcare for an extended period of time. However, my adventurous spirit and natural curiosity often leads me to less developed and organized parts of the world.

Bus rides, Blisters and a Touch of Magic: My Experience with an On-the-Ground Job Search in Colombia

By: Rebecca Sirull

I’ve actually gone through two different English teaching job searches in South America, and had two extremely different experiences. When I first left the US, I was enrolled in the onsite TEFL course in Arequipa, Peru. The institute where I was certified also offered English courses, so it was an easy transition from student to teacher, with almost no job search effort required on my part.

What Happens When You Catch the Travel Bug Early

By: Sophia Skaff

What inspired me to teach abroad?

I grew up in a multi-cultural family. My mom is Greek, and my dad is Lebanese-American. Both cultures were entwined into my home life. My mom always cooked amazing Greek and Lebanese food. We would spend summer vacations in Greece to visit my grandparents and other family members. I loved everything about those trips, the different foods, people, and language. The beauty of Greece with its crystal-clear waters and white stucco houses. As well as the small mountain-side village where my grandparents lived. There, I would pick fresh figs from the trees and play with my grandma’s kittens in the beautiful grape-vine covered garden.