Home is Where the Asado Is - My Life Teaching English in Argentina

By: Alien Carlier

I remember being on that plane to Cordoba, my head a bewildering mix of thoughts about what was waiting ahead of me.
Ready for a new adventure. Ready for a new chapter in my life! I had been to Cordoba before, so it wasn’t all too scary, but the teaching experience was something new! Just thinking about it made my heart skip a beat. The reason why I ended up choosing Cordoba was because of my boyfriend. He was/is attending university here and we were both tired of being in a long-distance relationship.

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.

Lessons I've Learn - Teaching English in Ecuador

By: Shannon Etling

“The Little Engine That Could” Was Right.

When you first touch down in a new country, there are many things to adapt to and many lessons to learn. Starting a new life alone, on the ground, in an unknown place, as I did, escalates the challenge. Your life will become full of hurdles from taking the wrong bus to misconstruing some information within your school. Over time you will realize that this is normal and that it happens to everyone; just part of the process.

Teaching English in Peru - Preparing for the Worst, It's Not What I Thought

By: Zac Heisey

“You’re moving to Peru?!

Isn’t it like, super dangerous and stuff?” 

In the weeks leading up to my departure to Lima, this had become the obligatory response from friends, family, my doctor, the clerk at the grocery store, and pretty much anyone else I told about teaching English in Peru. 

 It became such a standard response from anyone I talked to, that I also developed a canned follow-up statement of my own, “I mean, yeah, in some parts I guess.  I am normally pretty cautious when I travel though.  Plus, I plan to stay in a nicer neighborhood in Lima, so I should be fine.” 

Teaching English Abroad: Because life's too short to not travel

By: Degen Hill

Life After College 

It's an inevitable point in most people's lives. My name's Degen Hill, a 22 year old college grad from Boise, Idaho. I graduated from Eastern Washington University in December 2011, having spent the past 4 years studying Spanish. Like most college grads, I was growing tired of the question, “So what're you going to do now?” Hell, I had no idea. I had already taught English abroad for 3 months in El Salvador as a volunteer during the summer of 2011 and thought, “I could get paid for this”. I then looked into certifications, realized I had no commitments and registered for a TEFL course in Arequipa, Peru with International TEFL Academy.