Moving Abroad as a Couple: An Exercise in Patience and the Best Thing You’ll Ever Do

By: McKenzie Perkins

If you told me a year ago that I would be living in Spain with my best friend-slash-love-of-my-life, I would have laughed and thought “as if”. But, as they say, life is what happens when you aren’t paying attention, and, somehow, I’m living my dream with my favorite person in the world.

Teaching In-Company Classes vs. Teaching in an Academy in Spain

By: Haley Castelvecchi

When I first arrived in Madrid, I knew I was going to have to take whatever job was offered to me. I didn’t have much experience except for my online International TEFL Academy certification course and some extra help from TTMadrid. To my surprise, I landed a job quite quickly with a consultant group that coordinated teachers and in-company classes. If you’re unfamiliar, these types of classes are when teachers travel to business and provide a lesson for adults during their normal workday. They are quite common here in Madrid, as knowing English is becoming increasingly important in many business jobs.

The Friends You Make Along the Way

By: Jackie Kosovich

I began my journey of moving abroad by taking the ITA Online TEFL Course. During that time, I had no idea where I wanted to move except to Europe. I had a couple friends already living in Europe in the Czech Republic, Germany, and the United Kingdom. However, I decided to move to Spain because I wanted to learn a new language, and Spanish made the most sense being from the States. I originally wanted to move to Barcelona because of the beach and because I had heard amazing things. However, I could not find a way to live there legally. After a discussion with ITA Student Affairs about where to move, they recommended their TEFL Class in Madrid, Spain, in which I could obtain my student visa. With that, I decided to move to Madrid.

When You Find a Second Home

By: Rhea Baliwala 

I moved to Madrid 2.5 years ago, and little did I know then that it's going to be my second home. Coming from a typical Indian family, I did what I was taught as the right thing to do – graduate – work – do your Masters – find your dream job (read: well-paying corporate job) and keep going up the corporate ladder following the rat race for the rest of your life. And that’s what I did – studied accounting at the undergraduate level – worked for a while – completed my MBA in Finance and then started working for an Investment Bank called JPMorgan.

Living a Memorable Life: My Teaching Journey from Latin America to Spain

By: Laura Hoppe

La vida no es la que uno vivió, sino la que uno recuerda y cómo la recuerda para contarla. Gabriel García Márquez (known as “Gabo”), one of Colombia’s most beloved authors, once wrote this very sentence. “What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.”

 

Living in Galicia, Spain

By: Matt Mitzel

October, 2015. I was half-way through the fall semester of my junior year at the University of Maryland with winter break around the corner. My previous winter breaks had been nothing but boring and uneventful as I found it difficult to find a job for only a few weeks. I had no plans to study abroad as I was not as interested as other college students and frankly didn’t try to fit it in my schedule. My parents would have liked to have seen me study abroad, but again, I exhibited a lack of interest. This winter break would be different as I knew that I wanted to go somewhere because my college career would be completed within a year and a half. When else would I be able to travel without having to worry about the responsibilities and constraints of my adult life? After discussing with my parents and a distant cousin in Germany, I decided to book a ticket to Europe for the upcoming January. I would be going solo and viewed this as an experience to see the world and I guess the cliché “find myself”. I returned from my trip just in time for the spring semester and I discovered my true passion: traveling and seeing the world and its many cultures.

Why I Am No Longer Teaching

By: Tatianna Peckham

Where My Journey Began

I found my passion for teaching by a very strange turn of events. A truly “Sure why not?” method, one could say. It all started with a ring when I was in the midst of deciding whether or not to leave my university in Manhattan, New York after only one semester.

[Video] TEFL Facebook Live - Teach English in Barcelona, Spain with Rachel Sair

In this video, ITA alumna Rachel Sair talks about her experience living and teaching English abroad in Barcelona, Spain! Rachel took our Barcelona TEFL Class 7 years go. After teaching English for a year, she has moved on to a position of coordinator at an academy and continues to teach English on the side. 7 years later, she's still living in Barcelona! From TEFL certification and work visa to finding a job in Barcelona and teaching English in Spain, watch her cover it all!

The Time Has Come - Leaving Barcelona

By: Amanda Torres

I’ve been living abroad for 10 months now and by the time I head home I will have visited 15 new countries on this journey. I left San Francisco in August; I quit my amazing full-time job to fulfill this desire I had of living abroad. I decided to make Barcelona my home base and took the in-class TEFL course with ITA. I even almost dropped out a few weeks before, because I had second thoughts about teaching English, but I am so happy I stuck with it. Since my course ended in September, I’ve been teaching English online and traveling the world!