By Victoria Nguyen
By: Maryclare Flores
The days of cramming myself into the metrobus, getting kissed everyday by the lovely señora in the cafeteria for my morning coffee, and hearing “Maestra! Maestra!” was over.
As I was on the plane home, exhausted from crying all night the night before with my friends in Mexico, I was suddenly calm. This will feel good, I thought. Weird, but good.
By: Patrick McCorkle
On November 17, 2017, my “Mexican Adventure” came to an end. I returned to the USA after having lived the past 10.5 months in Toluca, the capital of the state of Mexico. The city is in Mexico's heartland and two hours away from Mexico City. Don't get me started on the awful traffic...
By Patrick McCorkle
While I was in college, I did not have time to study abroad. I had a lot of things going on: classes, work, sports, a social life, etc.. Also, I didn't think I needed to have the experience, so I was not particularly devastated. I thought: “No big deal. I can always have a vacation abroad or something.”
Flash forward to graduation. My desire to at least have one 'study abroad' experience was growing. “Now is the time,” I thought. “I have no wife or children and I am still quite young. If I don't do this now, I may never have the opportunity again!”
By: Taylor A. Sands
Teaching abroad is a dream come true for me. I studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago for five years to be an Elementary school teacher. When I was unable to find a job in Chicago Public Schools, I was devastated, until I heard about the International TEFL Academy. I was so excited because I was finally able to combine my passion for teaching and traveling into one amazing experience.
I took the onsite TEFL class in Chicago, Illinois. Going into the class, I was fairly confident about my teaching skills and abilities. After all, I had studied for five years to be a teacher. Nothing could have prepared me for what I learned in my TEFL class. I thought I knew how to teach, but the TEFL class really helped me learn new methods and helped me embrace new ways of thinking about quality instruction.
By: Taylor Sands
I have been living in Mexico for almost eight months and I am still continuously surprised by life here. When I first arrived in Guadalajara, there was so much to see and get used to. The first major adjustment I had to make was the difference in meals and meal times.
In the United States, we typically eat breakfast, lunch and dinner with dinner being a relatively large meal. Here in Mexico, that is not the case. The norm is to have something small in the early morning, perhaps before work or school. Then around eight o’clock or nine o’clock, people typically eat a hearty breakfast.
By: Taylor Sands
Living abroad is one of the most exciting things that I have ever done.
I had certain expectations about how my life would be once I made the move. I thought that I would make enough money to live comfortably and travel to different cities near mine on the weekends. However, this is not the case for me. The school that I work at does not pay very much and it has become necessary for me to supplement my income with other teaching jobs.