Bus rides, Blisters and a Touch of Magic: My Experience with an On-the-Ground Job Search in Colombia

By: Rebecca Sirull

I’ve actually gone through two different English teaching job searches in South America, and had two extremely different experiences. When I first left the US, I was enrolled in the onsite TEFL course in Arequipa, Peru. The institute where I was certified also offered English courses, so it was an easy transition from student to teacher, with almost no job search effort required on my part.

Bem vindo ao Brasil - Welcome to Brazil

By: Cody Perenchio

Cosa Fai?  O que você faz?  ¿Qué haces?

What do you do? Well, I do a lot of things. I am an English teacher. I love to teach. I love teaching because I like to learn languages. Most importantly learning languages teaches you how to fail and fail again. Call me "Captain Fail.” I bet I will help you fail and fail until we both succeed together. Let’s talk a bit about my story.

Saying "Yes": Making the Most of Your Time Abroad

By: Rachel Reger


It all started when I had an urge to travel and improve my Spanish, but spending thousands of dollars on a study-abroad program that wasn’t necessary for me to receive my degree seemed like a waste of money. While I don’t think amazing experiences are ever a waste of money, I’d prefer not to go into debt—and so I wondered if there was another way to learn more Spanish and travel without spending so much money. This led me to look into teaching abroad. Three months after graduating from college, I completed my Online TEFL Certification with International TEFL Academy and secured a teaching job with Extreme Learning Centers in Arequipa, Peru.

A New Life - Teaching English in Valparaiso, Chile

By: Kent Nancollas


Passing through customs we stepped into our new life – one that wasn’t supposed to start for another few years.  Left behind were those who couldn’t imagine themselves living abroad, in front of us the excitement of meeting the unknown head-on.

But it wasn’t supposed to happen this way.  Our plan was to travel after we retired.  However life sometimes throws a curve ball at you and like many, mine was losing my job.  I chose to leave behind a lucrative career in the software industry and teach English.  After three months of on-line coursework at International TEFL Academy I earned my TEFL certificate.  Jessica, my instructor in Chicago, did a masterful job of preparing the class for our teaching futures. Now I was ready to begin my new career as a professor (teacher).

Even If It’s Stressful...It’s Worth It - Teaching English in Brazil

By: Amanda Moutinho

Before I decided to move abroad, Iwent to many panel discussions to see if traveling would be the right option for me after graduation. During one interesting talk, a panelist said traveling was great, but, “You still have to get up every day and make the coffee."

Even if you live in the most beautiful place in the world, you´ll still have to do the everyday mundane tasks. Living abroad doesn't mean permanent vacation full of relaxing cocktails and turnover service. It means living your life and adjusting to the new advantages and challenges that a new place brings.