By Emma Grace Fairchild
By: Adrienne Glenn
When I made the decision to begin teaching abroad, I had a lofty goal in mind. Ten years. Ten countries. As my first Pragueversary (what the expat world calls our annual celebration of moving to Prague) passed, the true realization of the grandeur of that plan truly hit. Perhaps I dreamed a little TOO big. It’s OK. We all do it sometimes. True learning and growth is in how well you adapt your goals as life passes and truth reveals itself. So, I gave myself a little wiggle room, and allowed myself 10 years and as many countries that I can manage to live/teach in for that time.
By: Caitlin O'Brien
In 2017, I left my home and family to try out something completely different. Teaching English in the Czech Republic.
Why was that “completely different,” because I never imagined I would enjoy being a teacher!
As it turns out, I was right. After one full year of teaching, I can confidently tell you that it’s not my dream job. However, even if that’s also the case for you, I would still encourage you to try out teaching English overseas for at least one year. While I was busy trying to be a good teacher, it turns out that I learned many, many valuable and transferable lessons for myself!
Visas, Visas, Visas — The topic no one enjoys talking about yet the topic everyone needs to know a lot about. Our ITA Alumni Ambassadors have been in your shoes when it comes to visas. It's a foreign topic to most, no matter how experienced of a traveler you are. Our Alumni Ambassadors have been through the visa process firsthand and were tasked with walking us through the steps they took for their visa. Here we have Megan Newnham talking us through her Czech Republic visa process...
Returning Home and Back Again: Take Two on Traveling Abroad
By: Amanda Martin
I can honestly say that making the decision to move abroad and teach was the best choice I have ever made in my life. I am a completely different person now than I was before I got on that plane to head for China that first year. It has made me a better person and a better citizen of the world. I have experienced so many things, seen so many beautiful places, and questioned many things along the way. Little did I know when I was first signing up for the online TEFL course with the International TEFL Academy how big of an impact this journey would have on my life.
By: Lauren Manderfeld
It is no joke that making any sort of move is nerve-racking, especially if you are moving into a completely new culture and where they don’t speak the same language. I am here to point out some of the emotional highs and lows in your first year of being abroad.
Before you move to a new place you are typically full of excitement and curiosity. You wonder what your life might be like in this new place, about the people you are going to meet, the job your going to get, where you are going to live, and so much more. Its hard to feel anything except excitement when you have so many possibilities, and you can create your life however you want!
By: Lauren Manderfeld
WHO can travel and teach English abroad?
If you want to do it, then you should do it! So many people tell me, “oh you are so lucky that you get to live abroad and have an experience like that.” That response really rubs me the wrong way, not because they are saying anything malicious or derogatory, but because they CAN do it too.
I am not “lucky” that I get to do this…I spent many long hours to get TEFL certified and make my dream a reality. It wasn’t by “luck” that I did this; it was hard work, lots of planning, and if you really want this to be your reality, then all you have to do it go for it! Set a goal and achieve. It will be the best thing you ever did.
By: Emma Grace Fairchild
Before moving to Prague six weeks ago to start a new life as an English teacher in the Czech Republic, I lived abroad before in Sweden as an exchange student. I spent the year following my return back to the U.S. with one goal- to return back to Europe. I had the passion and drive to arrange my life to move, completed all of the preparations one could do before leaving their home country, and had a sense of peace about the entire process and the impending move. I thought moving to Prague to be an English teacher would be a breeze… But I realize now nothing could have prepared me for what life would be like when embarking on such a wild voyage!