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.

The Life of a Traveling Couple in South Korea

By: Allison Best

Traveling and teaching around the world on your own is an incredible, life-changing, and challenging adventure. But when you go with friends or significant others, it adds a whole new element to the experience.

In 2014, my boyfriend Blaine and I decided we would move to South Korea after college. Eighteen months into our career in South Korea, it has become one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. But traveling with company isn’t always easy, and surely isn’t bump-free, but we have become stronger people both individually and as a couple because of our time abroad.

What Living Abroad in Korea Has Taught Me

By: Jessica Montgomery

That's a bold title. But it's one that I'm committed to.

Teaching English in Korea has been a gateway for me. an optimistic stepping-stone full of promise, opportunity, new-found confidence, and blissful naivety; grasping at straws in an attempt to learn more. I knew that coming to Korea would be a hefty place-marker in my life. I knew that further down the road I would begin statements with "Before Korea..." and "After Korea...", but just how big of a life-changer this venture would be was yet to be determined. I came here on the thought that once I knew about this accessible, living abroad, opportunity, I couldn't pass it up, and I would live with regret if I had not pursued it. There was no way that I could have foreseen how large of a regret that could've been.

Safe to say: Coming to Korea has been the best decision of my life.

Heart and Seoul - Teaching English in South Korea

By: Elizabeth Feyh

When you first start telling people you want to teach English in Korea, the most common question you may hear is "North or South?" Once you move past the ignorance, or people just trying to be funny, you are more likely to hear "Why?"

You know, that's a good question.

  • Why on earth would you want to leave the comfort and familiarity of your home to pursue a job in a country most likely very different from your own?
  • Why would you want to leave your family and friends to start a new life alone in unfamiliar surroundings?
  • Why would you intentionally cause yourself to stress over performing simple daily tasks in a strange language?

Teaching English Abroad: I Did It, You Can Too!

By: Jessica Montgomery

Scouring the web for long-term travel advice, I've come across countless blogs and articles featuring such romantic phrases as:

"I quit my job to travel the world!"

"Lawyer, early 30's, quits partnership to travel!"

"CEO quits to travel full time."

The Key to a Native's Heart - Lessons from Teaching English in Korea

By Jack Spilman

High over the Pacific Ocean, there’s a man – a resolve so sturdy and a lust for adventure so strong, he feels as though he could hold an entire country in the palm of his hand, molding and manipulating it at will.

Maybe he’s on a different plane. And while he plays with his ball of country clay, I’m curled across three seats, discretely wiping a tear as, at this moment, I’ve just now realized that I’ve left it all behind, and still can’t justify why.

That was then, this is now.

Teaching English in Seoul: Before and After

By Cameron Shenassa

During the spring of my senior year in college, I was working at a real estate agency, leasing apartments on the North side of Chicago. I had taken the position out of fear that I would graduate jobless and have to move back to the suburbs and live with my mother.

A few people I went to college with were finding gainful employment, but most of them were accountants or engineers; most of the people I knew were working for free in overly-competitive arts and media internships or holding on to their jobs at Starbucks. My friends who once had big ambitions were scaling back on their idealism, borrowing money from their parents to pay the rising cost of rent, and drinking copiously. Possessing an English degree and having little work background outside of my various student jobs, I seemed on track to become yet another underemployed millennial.

10 Lessons I Learned from My Students While Teaching English in Korea

10 Lessons I’ve Learned from My Students

By Megan Tighe


The funny thing about being a teacher is, you are schooled just as much as your students. As I approach my one year anniversary as an English teacher in South Korea, I can’t help but reflect on all of the lessons I myself have learned. Coming from a business background I was, quite frankly, clueless about what to expect in my new career.

While I gained confidence through my teaching practicum for the International TEFL Academy’s Online TEFL class, I had never set foot in a traditional classroom as a teacher before. I was worried my students wouldn’t learn, open up to me, or even understand me! Thankfully, none of those initial fears came to fruition. And while my students (hopefully) remember the lessons I’ve taught them about letters, numbers, and colors, here are some of the lessons they’ve taught me.


Why Teach English and Live Abroad? Why Not?

By: Thomas Gronemeyer

My name is Thomas Gronemeyer and I want to teach English abroad for several reasons.  I have lived abroad in Austria and I was able to travel through Europe along with improve my German while I lived in Austria.  I want to teach English in South Korea for some of the same reasons.  I would like to not only travel all through Asia while teaching in Korea I would also like to learn Korean.  I love to travel and I also love to learn about different cultures and learn different languages.   All of these reasons are why I would like to teach English in a foreign country.