By: Anthony Fehr
Having lived in China for two and a half years now, I can safely say that I would have never expected any – if not most – of what I’ve experienced had I stayed at home. Home for me is Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I do love my country, but I felt as though I needed a new adventure in my life. That’s where International TEFL Academy (ITA) came in. After researching many options, I couldn’t be happier that I chose ITA for my TEFL certification. My primary country of choice was, without question, Italy; I wanted to get in touch with my culture. However, once I finished my TEFL course, I spoke with an experienced traveler/teacher from the ITA Alumni Facebook Group and he recommended China. He even recommended a company to work with, so I felt like everything was falling into place faster than I could plan it. I had a Skype demo and signed a contract and before I knew it, I was on a plane flying to a country that I never thought I’d experience.
By: Jessica Stanton
So Jess, what’s next? That’s the question everyone seems to ask as soon as I’ve gotten completely comfortable with what’s now. I’ve gotten so used to saying “I don’t know” it spills out of my mouth even when I do know sometimes.
Once I decided to change careers from medical assistant turned hairstylist & bartender to teach English abroad, I knew I’d end up teaching English in China. During my online TEFL course at ITA, my cultural sensitivity essay focused on just that. What I didn’t know was that my road to the Far East would begin in South America.
By: David Peña
Exhausted and over it, I was ready to leave my 40 hour per week classroom job for more flexibility and travel. When moving abroad to teach English, I did not expect to have such a rigid schedule, with dozens of outside responsibilities. I wasn’t just planning classes, but somehow I got roped into teaching a homeroom class and working closely with parents and school system drudgery. I was tired and had little time to travel and experience the fun and exciting parts of teaching English abroad.
By: Hannah Fox
What a wild ride the past two years have been. When I decided to quit my corporate job and move away from home in November of 2016, I had no idea that the next two years would bring so many different kinds of opportunities in so many places. At the time, I was working as a research assistant in a big, well-known policy research company in downtown Chicago. I worked in the international department and when I would tell people what I did, they would respond, “oh, cool!” But I sat most days for eight hours straight alone in my private office, working on tasks that left me wanting more. I was bored. After spending some time in France and Argentina during and after college, I knew I wanted to get back abroad but hadn’t found the right opportunity.
By: Noa Ben Haim
Who doesn’t love traveling? Seeing exciting places, sipping local beers, experiencing new cultures, tastes, music, and meeting a ton of people (other travelers as well as locals) wherever you go… what’s not to like? But working and traveling by and large don’t go together; not every job will allow you to just get up and leave for months, and the ones that will — will probably also make you kiss your paychecks goodbye until you get back.
But there’s an alternative: taking your job with you! And in this case it’s convenient, not very time consuming, and doesn’t really feel like a job anyway. Sounds good, right? I’ll be honest… it’s actually great! Plus, even though it’s all-too-easy these days to find budget-friendly hostels and means of transportation, it’s nice to keep getting paid while traveling.
By: Vera Dedyulya
The very first time I thought about teaching English abroad, it seemed almost an impossible challenge to accomplish. But as you know, nothing is impossible if you try enough. Thus my dream about "far-off place" came way faster than I even got prepared for it. It was literally an incredibly rapid move. The day I went to a Chilean consulate in Toronto to apply for a working visa, I expected to get a final decision at least in 3-4 days (maybe a week, or even longer). Can you imagine my surprise when I was told the visa would be stamped in 40 minutes? 40 minutes! My so far unbeatable time frame of documents' procedure. Now I was sure that Chile and I were meant to meet each other and enjoy this journey of a lifetime.
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 Nicola Rae
By now you’ve probably heard about teaching English online as a way to boost your income, get English teaching experience, or jump start your teaching career while you’re still at home.
Teaching English online is an awesome option for pretty much anyone who likes flexibility and working from home in pajamas pants.