Traveling in Developing Countries: You Won't Know Until You Go

By: Kelly Martin

When I was doing my online TEFL class with International TEFL Academy, I was dreaming of beaches and classy resorts. After doing some exploring in the world, it turns out that developing countries are by far my preference. Unexpectedly to me, Cambodia has my heart over anywhere else. Countries that are still a work in progress have the biggest hearts, amazing food, best prices, and they’re definitely the most interesting. But there are some things I didn’t know was going to happen. These things can throw you off balance at times, but they’re actually the best parts.

Here are 8 things I didn’t realize before I ran off into developing countries and what I learned from them:

How Teaching English in China Taught Me Not to Settle

By: Jessica Addington

I have always been a “pleaser” as my family lovingly calls me. I am the mediator. I am the happy camper. The person who makes sure that everyone is doing fine and dandy at the expense of my own wants and needs. I have always been that way, and most of the time I see it as a good quality, one that should be appreciated because I want to contribute to others’ happiness and well being. It is part of who I am. However, as I have gotten older and a little bit wiser, and especially since traveling abroad, I have realized that this is a quality that is not always a good thing. I realized that I was not speaking up for myself and what I wanted. I was not putting myself first. That all began to change when I went to teach English abroad in China.

The Reality of Teaching English in Cambodia

By: Kelly Martin

I moved to a country I knew nothing about. It’s a country the world definitely doesn’t know enough about. Using the small dose of confidence I gained from International TEFL Academy’s online TEFL certification course, I agreed to live with a local family in a Cambodian village to teach little kids and adults English.

Why I Started the 'English from A to Z' Online English Teaching Website

By: Ben Weinberg

I never thought that I would become an ESL teacher. It wasn’t one of those set plans that I had for myself from an early age. Sometimes, life can’t be predicted and you end up being somewhere else than you originally intended. I think that this happens for the better most times, and I can say for certain that my life has been better off with my past experiences of teaching English as a Second Language. It’s been a roller coaster ride but a fun and exciting one at that.

Doing it For the Kids

By: Kelly Martin

When you sign up to do ITA's online TEFL course, you’re combining a few different large and very separate concepts: working with kids [or students of any age] and traveling abroad. I’m not going to lie, I was in it for the travel. I wanted to get paid to live outside of my own country and becoming an ESL teacher was a sure way to do it. So I knew I had to give this working with kids and teens thing a shot, and maybe I’d find a career in travel along the way.

8 Wicked "Weekend" Getaways for English Teachers in Singapore

 

By: Kelsey Ax

If you’re a teacher at a tuition center like me here in Singapore, your weekends are not your typical Saturdays and Sundays. Most teachers (at least at the company where I work) finish work around 6 PM on Sunday and are not needed to be back at work until Wednesday afternoon. This unconventional schedule provides the perfect opportunity to travel all around Southeast Asia more affordably and take some time away from this little red dot we call home.

Teaching English Online to Students in East Asia - The Three Month Mark

By: Allen Bryson

It was the first day of class at the International TEFL Academy and I was a bit nervous.

Was it because I felt it would be hard?

Was it because I wasn’t sure if I was ready?

No, none of the above. It was because our clothes washing machine was broken and I could not clean my lucky Pokémon socks with Pikachu heads all around it. I knew it was going to be a long day.

Returning Home and Back Again - My Failed Attempt to Stay in Texas

Returning Home and Back Again: Take Two on Traveling Abroad

By: Amanda Martin

 

I can honestly say that making the decision to move abroad and teach was the best choice I have ever made in my life. I am a completely different person now than I was before I got on that plane to head for China that first year. It has made me a better person and a better citizen of the world. I have experienced so many things, seen so many beautiful places, and questioned many things along the way. Little did I know when I was first signing up for the online TEFL course with the International TEFL Academy how big of an impact this journey would have on my life.

Why Did You Choose International TEFL Academy? [Alumni Voices - Part 1]

Making the decision to pick up and move half-way around the world to live and work as an English teacher in a foreign country can be challenging in more ways than one. Leaving old friends, starting a new job, living in a country where you may not speak the language: these are just some of the obstacles you will overcome while teaching English abroad. It all begins with choosing the right TEFL school to ensure you receive not only the training you need to succeed as a professional English teacher overseas, but also the job guidance and alumni support you can count on to actually help you get a job and to become a member of a truly global community of international teachers and travelers.

Here at ITA, we strive to provide our students with the most comprehensive, realistic and straightforward guidance and information about teaching English abroad. We use our experience to enable you to succeed. Like the future you, we've all lived, worked and traveled abroad. We've been in your shoes and are committed to empowering you to realize your dreams of traveling the world and teaching overseas. 

But do not take our word for it... We've certified more than 15,000 people to teach English abroad. Here's what some of them had to say about us!

From Customer Service to Living La Vida Sorta Loca in Mexico

By Patrick McCorkle

While I was in college, I did not have time to study abroad. I had a lot of things going on: classes, work, sports, a social life, etc.. Also, I didn't think I needed to have the experience, so I was not particularly devastated. I thought: “No big deal. I can always have a vacation abroad or something.”

Flash forward to graduation. My desire to at least have one 'study abroad' experience was growing. “Now is the time,” I thought. “I have no wife or children and I am still quite young. If I don't do this now, I may never have the opportunity again!”