Best Food, Drink & Activities to Try in Cologne, Germany

By Nicola Rae

It isn’t hard to become absolutely enamored with Germany. Who wouldn’t love a country with a tradition of Kaffee und Kuchen (or afternoon coffee and cake)? Cologne just happens to be one of most notoriously friendly German cities.

During my six week house sit in Cologne, I taught English online with VIPKID, bought four dozen kiwis from the local market because German is hard, and gorged on fresh bread because I have zero self control and I can’t walk past a bakery without trying something new. "Just a small slice, please, I have six more bakeries to pass on my walk home..."

Taking it One Step at a Time - Moving to Dusseldorf, Germany

By: Hannah Fox

I couldn’t believe it. Amidst a heavy slew of German words, I realized that my visa application was being accepted. Here we all were, smiling in this small, sunlit office, me now ready to navigate the professional world as an official, legal employee in Germany. There were moments during the meeting when I was certain my application would be rejected. I hadn’t filled out the correct immigration form; the health coverage I had purchased was too short-term; yet, I could see smiles on the faces of those in the room. My world was effectively draped in silence, as all the words I could hear were straight gibberish. When I left the office with my visa officially stamped in my passport, I couldn’t believe my luck.

Teaching English in Germany: Stories From Behind the Berlin Wall

By: Jacob Arthur

If I hadn’t taken my Online TEFL course with the International TEFL Academy, I might still be working in a restaurant in Virginia, and I wouldn’t have had the possibility to land a job in Berlin, Germany. If I hadn’t taken the chance to move to Berlin, I never would have had the opportunity to teach and get to know so many people who lived behind the Berlin Wall.  The Wall was the concrete manifestation of the Iron Curtain between the East and the West during the Cold War. Before moving to Berlin, it was a chapter in a history book to me. But what about the people who lived on the other side of it?

Never did I think that I would get to know these people, countless, wonderful people, who lived for decades behind that wall, and who have experienced life in very different ways than I have. 

Insider Tips for Overcoming Culture Shock in Berlin, Germany

By Tina Angok

Tina is an International TEFL Academy Alumni Ambassador who lives and teaches English in Berlin, Germany. 

Germany’s culture has small yet drastic differences from American culture. (Especially if you’re accustomed to a Midwestern way of life.) Say for example , you bump into someone in the Midwest, you can expect them to apologize profusely for being in your way. Germans would never do this, and even though I studied abroad in Berlin, I still didn’t get a full grasp of such nuances of German culture until I moved here to teach English.

Visa Know How: Germany Freelance Visa

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 Tina has been tasked with walking us through the steps she took for her Two-Year German Freelance  visa!

Berlin Neighborhood Spotlight: Neukolln

Our ITA Alumni Ambassadors are living in some of the world's greatest cities. We asked them to hit the streets and give us an inside look at their favorite neighborhoods to hang out and spend an afternoon. From the best coffee shops and restaurants, to the more off the beaten path hidden gems, our Alumni Ambassadors are on the ground abroad & ready to spill their tips!

Returning Home and Back Again - My Failed Attempt to Stay in Texas

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.

Language Schools in Hamburg, Germany

By: Amanda Martin

So you’ve decided that you want to want to teach English here in Hamburg, Germany. Congrats! You have made a great decision. I arrived here in Hamburg almost three weeks ago to do the same thing. The city itself is great. It’s big with loads of people but not too many people. There are a nice variety of restaurants and shops. The city itself is gorgeous from its architecture to the parks to the canals that run through the city. You can easily get lost and stumble upon something amazing.

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost - Making the Decision to Leave Home to Teach English Abroad

 By: Hannah Fox

Well, here we go. In less than three hours, I will be on a 747 flying over the Atlantic.

In the past few weeks, I’ve experienced the entire spectrum of emotions—fear, excitement, anxiety, happiness, sadness—all in rapid succession. Quitting my job was at the same time one of the easiest and hardest decisions I’ve ever made. I had been working as a research assistant in a well respected company for almost two years that could really take me places, living comfortably in Chicago, surrounded by friends and family.

But at the same time, I didn’t feel fulfilled. After spending time in Latin America a few years back, I found myself ready to go abroad again. I was hoping that my job would allow me to travel abroad, as I was part of the international division, but after a while it, became clear that that was not going to happen. After a few life events that made it apparent that the universe was aligning for me to make this decision, as well as a daily walk down the street past an academy offering certification to teach abroad, I decided to take the plunge. I quit my job and decided to move to teach English in Germany.