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!”

My Journey to the Land of the Rising Sun

By: Matthew Barge 

Last year I had the life changing experience of teaching English in TurkeyAfter my contract in Turkey was coming to an end, I had to think about what I was going to do for the following year. I didn’t see myself moving back to the United States and finding a typical job back in my home country. There is so much more to see and experience in the world and I want to see and experience as much as I can while I can. So I thought about what other parts of the world I would like to see. I then thought about teaching English in Japan.

Firsts: Adjustments to life in Colombia as a New English Teacher

By: Sara McKinney

Well folks, this week concludes my twelfth week in Colombia, tenth week in Cali, and my ninth week teaching English. I’ve been on a giant learning curve in regards to creating a life here for myself with a lot of firsts. I’ve miraculously and successfully completed my first solo apartment hunt, though it took about four weeks to finally find a place that met my needs (furnished, good area/location, good price. Pictures to come.) I have begun to establish myself in my school as a new teacher, equipped with the practical knowledge I gained from my online TEFL certification course for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) through the International TEFL Academy.

The Effects of Living in China on the Perspectives of a Tennessee Girl

By: Chelseigh Robinson

To say that teaching abroad changed my life would be a huge understatement. I think that it has become the single largest determining factor as to how I’m going to live my life and what kind of person I am going to be. For a long time, I wanted to travel. I never understood why more people didn’t take advantage of the opportunities we have in this day and age to travel and live in another country. I studied abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland, while earning my degree, which is the place where I decided that I definitely wanted to live overseas. However, at that time, I was unsure of a practical way to do it. When I began to research ways to do this, I found International TEFL Academy. I decided to take the jump and signed up for their online course so I could finish my degree and my certification at the same time. After I got married, I flew to China and have loved life ever since.

Life After Returning from Teaching English Abroad in Vietnam

By: Dana Crosby

As my college graduation drew nearer, it became increasingly clear to me that the only post-grad plan I could be truly excited about and look forward to would be teaching abroad. So, as the summer after graduation commenced and my fellow newly-minted alumni moved away to begin the next chapter of their lives, I enrolled in International TEFL Academy’s Online TEFL course and began researching the process of moving to Vietnam. Almost exactly two years later, five months of saving and living with my parents, a year of living in Hanoi, and seven months of re-acclimation to the United States are behind me. A lot has changed in the two years since I was a fresh college graduate, yet some challenges are the same.