Starting Fresh...Making Friends while Teaching English in Madrid, Spain

By Colin Brown

 

One of the most challenging aspects of moving to a foreign country is leaving the comfort of your friends and family.  You know these people, relate to them, share interests, talk with them – all comforts we usually take for granted but quickly learn to appreciate when separated by distance.  This can be one of the strongest mental roadblocks to making the switch to a job overseas.  I struggled with this very problem before making my move to Spain; I didn’t want to let go of what I had become comfortable with. 

My Story of Teaching English in Spain: A Great Experience and a Foundation for a Great Future

 

By: Ryan Franco

"What's next?"...that bitter sweet question, it always seemed to resurface during my senior year of college.  My studies and internships had situated me with two avenues, either to move back home from school at UC Santa Barbara to Sacramento or teach abroad.  I could move home to save up money for a graduate program, likely in School Psychology, or on the other-hand, I could teach English in either Prague or Madrid which was an idea I had been toying with throughout my time at UCSB; "maybe I should just go for it" I thought.  

Teaching English Abroad: What’s in it for you?

By: Tommy Joiner

The single most important thing in the world is to lead a life that is truly fulfilling.  In order to live a satisfying life, one must strive to add to his or her experiences in a way that is productive, both to the individual and also to those around that person.  Teaching English abroad provides an opportunity for a person to redefine themselves and work towards achieving the life of their dreams.  Whether you just graduated from college or are simply looking to change things up, teaching English abroad can help propel your life forward in a variety of ways. 

Picking Up Peter Pan Syndrome - Teaching English in South Korea

 

By: Michael Geer

Sometimes it just hits you.  It hits you like a slap in the face, a ton of bricks, or a bolt of lightning in a clear sky.  Just all of a sudden...

"WHAM!"

"I'm living in South Korea!" This realization has hit me a number of times since moving overseas, occasionally I even say it audibly when this epiphany appears.  It's happened on my way to school when I look around to see my town surrounded by mountains instead of cornfields.  I've been hit by it while hopping onto the subway in Seoul, and while strolling down the beach in Busan.  I can't help it when it comes, like waves warmly washing over me.  It shoves aside all the stress and banalities of my everyday experience.  It lifts me up and opens my eyes, really opens them, and when it hits me I laugh.  Sure as the sun rises, I laugh!  Every time!

Teaching English Abroad: Because life's too short to not travel

By: Degen Hill

Life After College 

It's an inevitable point in most people's lives. My name's Degen Hill, a 22 year old college grad from Boise, Idaho. I graduated from Eastern Washington University in December 2011, having spent the past 4 years studying Spanish. Like most college grads, I was growing tired of the question, “So what're you going to do now?” Hell, I had no idea. I had already taught English abroad for 3 months in El Salvador as a volunteer during the summer of 2011 and thought, “I could get paid for this”. I then looked into certifications, realized I had no commitments and registered for a TEFL course in Arequipa, Peru with International TEFL Academy.