Starting a New Life...Teaching English in Chiang Mai, Thailand

By Collen Kriel

 

Moving to a new country, where you can’t speak the language, where foods, sights and smells are all new was never going to be easy. However after eight months of research, planning and selling everything, my girlfriend and I knew as much as we could know in this short period of time.

In August 2013, my girlfriend and I decided enough was enough, we were over the corporate world and were going to step completely out of our comfort zones, move to Thailand and study to be English teachers.

Chicago Girl in Guadalajara...Teaching English in Mexico

 

By: Taylor A. Sands


Teaching abroad is a dream come true for me.  I studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago for five years to be an Elementary school teacher.  When I was unable to find a job in Chicago Public Schools, I was devastated, until I heard about the International TEFL Academy.  I was so excited because I was finally able to combine my passion for teaching and traveling into one amazing experience.

I took the onsite TEFL class in Chicago, Illinois.  Going into the class, I was fairly confident about my teaching skills and abilities.  After all, I had studied for five years to be a teacher.  Nothing could have prepared me for what I learned in my TEFL class.  I thought I knew how to teach, but the TEFL class really helped me learn new methods and helped me embrace new ways of thinking about quality instruction.

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.