Five Tips for Your Best Trip to the Pyramids

By Eric Schenk 

If you are coming to Egypt to teach, you will, at some point, take the trek. It will either be the first thing you do when you hop off the plane, or, like me, it will take you a full five months before you get around to it.

I’m talking, of course, about the pyramids. The pyramids of Giza are some of the most amazing things you will ever see. Huge and golden and majestic in the sun, they are even more incredible than the pictures. Sometimes, pixels just can’t do history justice.

The Pros & Cons of Teaching English in the Middle East

By Adam Lucente

There are many, many reasons to teach English in the Middle East. You can learn Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew, Kurdish or other languages here. You can gain valuable insights to an oft-misunderstood yet crucial part of the world. You can have adventures that resemble the movies. However, each country in the region offers very different experiences for English teachers. The following are some of the pros and cons I’ve determined from my time living, working, and teaching in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia.

Tips for Finding Work as an ESL Teacher in the Middle East - Tunisia, Jordan, Iraq + More

By: Adam Lucente

As I understand it, it’s a fairly straight-forward process to find teaching work in Asia. I wouldn’t know. I’ve only taught in the Middle East and North Africa, specifically Tunisia, Jordan and Iraq. I also participated in informal language exchanges in Lebanon that had an English-teaching component. Finding teaching work in the Gulf, where there are tons of jobs, is fairly simple, although the hiring standards can be quite high. It’s easier for new teachers to get jobs in places like Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco, but there’s not a ton of information about teaching in the region online. In this article, I’ll explain how I found my teaching jobs in Tunisia, Jordan and Iraq, and offer some advice for other countries, too.

How Teaching English Helped Correct Misconceptions I Had About the Middle East

By: Adam Lucente

I met Samir at an English-language primary school we taught at in Amman, Jordan. He first caught my attention when he walked into the break room where I was sitting with an American colleague and said, “Hello, American people.” Samir and I got along well, and one day we made plans to meet up after work. He wanted to go to a cafe that had banana and milk cocktails – his favorite drink.

One Indecisive College Grad’s Journey to the Adventure of a Lifetime in Israel

By: Taylor Karnilaw

I was approaching the end of my college career and was feeling as many other soon to be college graduates, like I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do. My parents were pressuring me to apply to graduate school, and every single day of the summer, I would come home with a new idea of what I was going to be when I “grew up”, whatever that means. I cycled through the standard combinations; going to school to get an MBA, being a social worker, working as a lawyer, and the list continues. After another day of frantic searching, I came across International TEFL Academy’s website and felt like I finally had found something that made sense for myself.

From Cairo to Germany - Still Intact, and Stronger

By: Eric Schenck 

My name is Eric, and I don’t really know what I’m doing with my life.

For almost three years, I lived in Cairo, Egypt. I was certified to teach English through International TEFL Academy in April of 2015. One month later, I graduated from Gonzaga University. Three months after that, I packed my bags, quit my job, and flew out. 

On August 11th of 2015, I arrived in the land of the pharaohs. It is now September of 2018. I write this from my new apartment in Düsseldorf, Germany. It seems like an entire lifetime of experiences has passed by in just moments.

Tips on How to Find an Expat Community While Teaching English in the U.A.E.

By Katie Ayers

When you accept a position in the United Arab Emirates, you’ll automatically have an expat community to support you. You’ll be working in a school that will have tons of English speaking expats from the US, Ireland, England, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand (I’d say the top countries). You’ll similarly have tons of Arabic expats at your school from Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and so on.