Teaching English in Turkey - An Unexpected Career

By: Matthew Barge

I was getting close to the end of my college career and did not really have an idea what I was going to do with my life after I had graduated. For the past four years I had been studying art as well as working towards a history minor. I had not even thought about the idea of getting paid to teach English in a foreign country. This period of my life came shortly after a four month experience studying abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece, and I was really missing the experience of traveling and often wished I were living abroad again. I remember there were times I would be trying to work on an assignment and would often get distracted researching ways I could get out and explore more of the world.

Life After Teaching Abroad: My Year After Returning from the Eastern Hemisphere

By: Megan Tighe

On Teacher’s Day in South Korea, I was notified that my graduate school program had been unexpectedly canceled.
I was slated to join a small cohort class of Intercontinental MBA students who would be traveling the world together for one intensive academic year. Unfortunately, the class was deemed
too small. I had already booked a plane ticket to the United States to begin the program that summer and had turned down an offer to stay and teach at my elementary school in Seoul for a third year. I had spent the better part of the past year preparing for this next chapter in my life and on that fateful day in my adopted country, my future plans had come to a screeching halt.
I didn’t know what life would have in store for me upon my arrival home.

Is Colombia Safe? Tips for Staying Safe & Making the Most of Your Experience in Medellín

 By: Jessica Stanton

Is Colombia Safe? How To Survive Medellín. So...you binged watched Narcos, and now you're an expert on Colombia, especially Medellín. Maybe you've thought about teaching English in the salsa capital of the world, but some antiquated information about murderers and drug cartels has turned you away. Well parcero, you may not have realized that was over 20 years ago. Things have changed drastically in the Medallo City. This is no longer a drug filled war zone. It's now a bustling city full of art, innovation, and fun!

After completing my TEFL certificate online at International TEFL Academy, I moved here in July 2016 with an open mind, not knowing what to expect. In the almost four months I've been here, I've never seen a drug cartel, any act of violence, or even the white powdery substance that was once synonymous often with this country.

Day in the Life of an English Teacher - Da Nang, Vietnam

 By: Jane Smith

I’m currently living in Da Nang, Vietnam. Thanks to International TEFL Academy’s Online TEFL course, I’m a TEFL certified teacher and easily found a great job! In Da Nang, most teaching jobs are at centers that teach outside of regular school hours. I work Wednesday through Sunday on weeknights and all day on the weekends. In my work contract, I have to work 35 hours per week, which includes 18 teaching hours. When I’m not teaching, I have to spend 17 hours in the office, which includes lesson planning, meetings, greeting students before class, and meeting with parents. Luckily, I get to choose when to do my office hours, and I can sort of make my own schedule, outside of my scheduled classes. Even though my weekends are long and tiring, I love working weeknights Wednesday through Friday, because I get to enjoy Da Nang during the day. It’s winter now and when it’s not raining; it’s very beautiful! I’m grateful for this beautiful weather because the summers are incredibly hot. It’s especially hot since I drive a motorbike and air conditioning is not common in restaurants and shopping places.

The Magic of Teaching English in Guilin, China

By: Gretchen Torrence

My time teaching English in China has been magical. There is no other word for it. Since I arrived in August of 2016, I have mastered driving a scooter (there are few lanes or rules; this is a major accomplishment), been a murder victim (It was at a birthday party. I assure you I left unscathed), climbed a waterfall, biked in the mountains, floated on a bamboo boat, sung KTV with my students, eaten some of the best food I have ever tasted, attended a Chinese Halloween party, and had a profound teaching moment where I knew I changed a student’s life for the better. It has been rewarding beyond all measure.

The Process of Moving to Teach English in Cuenca, Ecuador

 By: Lindsey Ingwersen

After graduating from University in 2015 with little idea of what I wanted to do and even slimmer desire to join the “real working world”, I sought out my first international adventure to Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia. Most people thought I was crazy after booking a one way ticket. After all, I had a bad history of homesickness. I was doing it for adventure, to challenge myself, and to prove to myself (and others) that I could do it. And I did, but I returned home after a short three months with no money, and a plan to work in the US for a year, and then travel again.

Teaching English in Odate, Japan [JET Program]

By: Carey Bibb

For the last three years and nine months, I have been an Assistant Language Teacher in the city of Odate, Japan.
In total, I have taught at four schools here, three junior high schools, and one elementary school. At the moment, I teach at two junior high schools, one that I began teaching at in Spring 2015 (my previous small school with 42 students had merged into a larger school in March, so I was given a different small school instead) and one school that I have been teaching at since I came to Japan in August, 2012. I have had many ups and downs with that original school, and it is that school that I will write about today: Odate Higashi Junior High School.

How a Week Turned into a Year...And Then Some (Teaching English in Spain)

By: Cara Chatellier

When you hit a certain age, your life becomes a swirl of weddings, bachelorette parties, showers (both baby and bridal) and dress shopping.
When you yourself aren’t getting married or even in a relationship, it can feel… overwhelming. This was my life at age 27. In April 2015, I looked back on the past month and forward at the next, and realized my life was a stream of wedding festivities. I was so pleased to be a part of all of them, but I wanted to do something for myself.

My Colombian Job Search: From Mochilera to Residente

By: Caroline Cassard

I graduated from college in December, the same time that I wrapped up my TEFL certificate with International TEFL Academy’s online TEFL course. I wanted to backpack through the northern part of South America, and land in Peru, Ecuador, or Colombia to stay and teach. A shockingly cheap ticket to Lima made the decision for me: I’d begin there, explore Peru for a month, and gradually make my way north toward Medellin, Colombia, where I would begin my job search. With only a departure date and an end goal, the destinations in the middle were planned on-the-go.

My Top 3 Inspirations for Teaching English Abroad

By: Ryan Thompson

In January 2015, I found International TEFL Academy while searching for my next “career” move on Craigslist. Just moved to San Diego with no plan on what to do. The only thing I knew was I did not want to work in corporate America anymore. Having said that, I have come to realize that it was not the job that was the issue. My relationship to that job was awful and of my own doing. Sometimes in life we don’t have control over what happens to us, but we always have control over the meaning we give to what happens to us. In this case I had control over both. For whatever irrelevant reason, I was miserable at work.