Maybe Taiwan

By: Nate Tyler


It’s been a little more than six years since I left my first and only position teaching English abroad. I was in Taoyuan City, Taiwan, and my contract was only for one year. Since that time, I’ve traveled through Europe, returned to Minnesota, had many different—often horrible—jobs, started woodworking, got married and had a kid, built a pottery studio, and started a writing business. A lot has obviously happened. So why, then, am I writing about transitions when it’s been so long since I was teaching in Taiwan? Well in many ways I still haven’t left Taiwan. And I’m still transitioning out of that first teaching role.

Knowing the Unknown - Teaching English in Taiwan

By: William Whitehead

I have never been one to be sure of anything in life. I find it is full of contradictions in every turn we make. Yet, when you set foot on a land other than your own, you know there is no other place you need to be nor want to be. I say this whole heartily even though I have returned back to my home state of Florida. Through the International TEFL Academy, I was able to teach English in Taiwan for over a year and then in Vietnam for another. During my time in these countries, I was able to grow as a person. I had traveled and even lived in foreign countries before teaching English, yet this experience provided me with something new. It simply allows you to never be stuck anywhere.

Teaching English Online to Students in East Asia - The Three Month Mark

By: Allen Bryson

It was the first day of class at the International TEFL Academy and I was a bit nervous.

Was it because I felt it would be hard?

Was it because I wasn’t sure if I was ready?

No, none of the above. It was because our clothes washing machine was broken and I could not clean my lucky Pokémon socks with Pikachu heads all around it. I knew it was going to be a long day.

Tips & Hacks for Getting Around Changhua

Our ITA Alumni Ambassadors are living in some of the world's greatest cities. We asked them to give us their tips and hacks for navigating the streets and getting from one place to another. From trains, motorbikes and chicken buses, our ITA Alumni Ambassadors have you covered to get you where you need to go! Here, our lady on the ground Sandra Wagner provides tips on how to nagivate your way around Changhua, Taiwan!

Visa Know How: Taiwan Work 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 we tasked Sandra with walking us through the steps she took for her Taiwanese Work Visa. Get your notebook ready and enjoy!

Taipei Neighborhood Spotlight: Ximending

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" from Teaching Abroad: What's Next?

By: Colleen Contestabile

For some, teaching English abroad is a lifelong career. For the majority of us, teaching abroad is a way to travel and bide time, while you uncover your passions and figure out the next move. You can bide time for  a year, or two, or three (or five, or ten!) but, the day eventually comes when it’s time to make that next move.

Lost and Found: Teaching English in Taiwan

By: Diane Mitchell

I had the best job. By now I had been on the small island of Guam for 6 years working various jobs in the hospitality and service industry, but never fully utilizing the degree in tourism I had hoped would open so many unique doors. That was all behind me, or shall I say below me? I was a flight attendant.