From Peace Corps Reject to Head Montessori Teacher in Hanoi, Vietnam

By: Holly Grudovich

I started my online course at International TEFL Academy in September of 2018. This was a few months after my graduation from California State University, and the news of my recent application rejection from the Peace Corps. If you are familiar with this institution, you know it is highly competitive and a prestigious opportunity; one of which I was sure that I was going to meet the requirements. I had spent nearly four years at my university in preparation of my application and departure. I met with previous Peace Corps volunteers, attended seminars, and added heaps of extra volunteer work to make my resume sparkle.

[Video] Teach English in Asia - Ambassador Facebook Live

Are you interested in teaching English in Asia?

We've got you covered! In this video, ITA Ambassadors Summer, Amanda and Amber share their experience living and teaching in Thailand, Japan and online in Asia. Watch them talk about their TEFL certification course, why they decided to teach English in Asia, how they found their teaching job, making friends, visa processes and more! 

Teaching English Online in Da Nang, Vietnam with Amanda Kolbye [Video]

What's it like to live and teach English online from Vietnam?

Watch this video to see ITA Ambassador, Amanda Kolbye, share with us a day-in-her-life living and teaching English online from Da Nang, Vietnam.

In this video, Amanda covers: 

  • A tour of the area/city they live in
  • Her gym and price
  • What ITA TEFL course they took
  • A tour of her Da Nang apartment and where to find apartments for rent
  • Perks of teaching English online and country hopping
  • Vietnam visas
  • Main mode of transportation in Da Nang, Vietnam
  • Whether it's safe to drive in Vietnam
  • A breakdown of monthly expenses including rent, utilities, transport, food, groceries, phone, etc
  • Teaching English online with VIPKID and her schedule
  • The difference between living in Taiwan and Vietnam
  • Medical Insurance 

On Finding Yourself: Insight Into Associated Wanderlust Clichés


 

By: Dana Crosby

I wasn’t able to study abroad in college, so after graduation, my top priority was to live abroad for an extended period of time. Teaching abroad seemed like the most sustainable, feasible option. I enrolled in International TEFL Academy’s online course, worked two jobs to save enough cushion money until I had a consistent paycheck, and set my sites on Hanoi, Vietnam. It was high time for me to “find myself,” “get out of my comfort zone,” “scratch the travel itch,” and “find a cure for my wanderlust”. This is a story about clichés.

People will talk to you about how good it is to “get out of your comfort zone”, and (spoiler alert!!) it is. But why? The answer is multi-faceted, so I want to focus on the role of personal identify in creating one’s comfort zone and how it’s affected when we exit said comfort zone.

A Survival Guide to Moving Abroad to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

By Laura Nalin

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, also known as Saigon, will forever be one of my favorite places. It was a bit of a slow burn type of love on my end, and it did take awhile to acclimate myself with its culture and my surroundings, though. First off, the neighborhoods in Saigon are sprawling throughout the general region, which I found pretty shocking. There are 24 districts in total; seven of them are considered urban, seven others are numbered and the other five are considered the suburbs. This city is insanely massive, which I’m not sure many people know about.

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving to Vietnam to Teach English

By Laura Nalin

Moving abroad tends to be a bit unnerving at times as most of us embarking on the adventure are often weary of the “other side.” While Vietnam isn’t as scary as some of my elder family members conjectured, I’ll admit that it does feel like a different world, particularly in the beginning. Here are a few things I wish I knew when I first moved here, that I know now.

A Typical Weekend for an ESL Teacher in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

By Laura Nalin

I’m not really sure it’s possible for me to sum up a typical weekend in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as such a thing doesn’t really exist; I’ll give it a go, anyhow. For starters, I have a pretty sweet gig and do not have to work on the weekends. I consider myself quite lucky as weekends are the busiest days for most teachers here in Saigon. With that said, there are generally a few things that I tend to do on a routinely basis. During my first year in the city, I tried to see as many of the tourist attractions as I could; now I either treat the weekends just the same as I would back in the states or travel to a nearby town if I’m up for it.

My 5 Favorite Spots in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

By Laura Nalin

When most people think of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, I think what often comes to mind are the typical tourist attractions and Bui Vien street. Most tourists don’t really make it a point to travel outside of the central District 1 - which is fine - but they’re missing out on what the city really has to offer. This city is not always the warmest to those who trek through it right off the bat; I’d like to think of it as a slow burn type of love. Once you crack through the barriers and start to get to the city a bit better, you’ll find she’s truly got a lot of soul.

Tips to Overcome Culture Shock While Teaching English in Vietnam

By Laura Nalin

Overcoming culture shock in Vietnam wasn’t the easiest task for me. There are certainly days where Ho Chi Minh City feels like the Wild Wild West. Men and children are often urinating on the side of the road, I see animals - living and dead - tied to the backs of motorbikes en route to slaughter on a daily basis and my entire neighborhood loves singing karaoke at the loudest possible volume at all hours of the night. It’s honestly not the easiest place to live, but I love it.