Follow the Thread

By:  Michelle Moon

I stepped into the warm night air off the bus from the airport. It was around Saturday midnight at downtown Southern Cross Station. I had finally arrived in Melbourne, Australia. I was dazed for a moment. Why was it so quiet and clean? There were straight lines and cold concrete architecture. For some reason, the stillness and rigidity of the city was unsettling. I had taught English for three years in Seoul, South Korea. After my third contract had ended, I traveled around Asia for three months with Nepal being the last stop before jetting off to Melbourne under a working holiday visa. Thamel, Nepal was the complete opposite to Melbourne from what I could see; Thamel was dusty, loud, chaotic, crowded with narrow roads. It was a living river of sounds, sights, and smells, and I had loved every minute of it.

Unexpected Outcomes

By: Michael Geer

In the fall of 2014, I left the United States. I said goodbye to my friends and family and headed off to South Korea for a new career in teaching. It was a terrifying leap into the unknown. I flew with the intention to make my expat life temporary, two years tops. Then I’d come home and figure out the next phase of my career.

Five year later I left Korea, but I didn’t go home to the States. I came to China.

[Video] Ambassador Instagram Takeover: Teach English in Gumi, South Korea with Ben Corda

[Video] Ambassador Instagram Takeover: Teach English in Gumi, South Korea

Who Brought a Cat on the Bus? Adopting a Pet in South Korea


By: Katie McKindley 

Last spring I took the online TEFL course with International TEFL Academy (ITA). I’m so grateful I chose to get my TEFL certification through ITA because they helped me to launch my new life here in South Korea. I’ve also felt so much support from their Alumni Association!

After getting settled in Korea, it wasn’t long before I noticed all the stray animals. There are dogs everywhere tied on short leashes, limited to an old blanket and forced to eat food scraps. These dogs are doing their best to cover their noses from the insanely cold wind chill. The cats can explore farther because they’re not tied up, but they’re still freezing. Walking home from work, I see cats tearing open bags of compost, trying to find a meal wherever possible. It is a way of life here, but if you’re an animal lover at all, it’s heartbreaking to see.

One Thing At A Time; Choosing A TEFL School

By: Katie McKindley

I was eager for the changes that would occur with my new EPIK job. I wondered what my life in South Korea would look like, but I had a pretty good idea already. Over the past two years I had done a lot of research, asked a lot of questions, and read tons of blogs. If you’ve never heard of EPIK, it’s the South Korean government program that places native English speakers in the public schools. I’m so glad I found out about it, stuck with it, and did what it took to get where I am now. But let me tell you a bit about the journey!

Where Are They Now? Life After Teaching English Abroad [Alumni Voices Part 2]

Teaching English abroad is an inspiring journey. From the moment you start your TEFL research to finally teaching in the country(ies) of your choice, you'll quickly learn how to overcome your challenges to soon find yourself exploring the world, building new friendships and creating everlasting memories.

But with every journey, comes also the time when you finally decide to return home. And then what? What happens after teaching English abroad for a few years? Don't worry, you are not, and will not be, the only one to face this situation.

The Best Decision - TEFL Certification in Chicago

By: Kimmy Nguyen


College graduate, licensed cosmetologist, licensed stock broker, and now…I can now add the title of “Certified TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Teacher” to my strange string of skills and qualifications. I’ve realized by now that I am a complicated individual. I go into one profession and onto the next because I get bored easily. I like to be challenged. No, I NEED to be challenged.

So when it came time for me to make a decision about how to get TEFL certified, it only felt right to choose the route that would challenge me the most. That meant that I would need to max out my credit cards to fly out to Chicago for four weeks to complete the TEFL course in person.