Alumni Video 
Q&A Submissions

  • Want to get your experience abroad captured on a professionally produced video?
  • How about earning $100?
  • Submit Your Alumni Video Q&A using the instructions below!

Our Video Department will be teaming up with the Alumni Association to create a fantastic video Q&A of you using your raw video footage. Not only will you have a professional video to post on Facebook and send home to Mom and Dad, but we will also pay you for your time! 

All video submissions that meet the criteria listed below will receive $100 USD via Paypal or Amazon Gift Card! 

Check out these examples!

Lauren O'Rourke - Barcelona, Spain 
Tommy Joiner - Medellin, Colombia

Alumni Video Q&A Submission Instructions

1. Must have been teaching abroad for at least 3 months. 

2. Submitted video must be 7-15 minutes of raw video footage of you answering the questions below. (Required)

The video footage will be edited down to 3-5 minutes by our video staff.

Do not be overly concerned with the flow and organization of your raw footage, as it will be edited by the ITA video department to create a video similar to the examples shown above.

2. 5-10 pictures (Required)

We'll need pictures for our editors to add to your video. Email these to us in original size format (pictures that are shrunk for the web such as ones on Facebook may come out blurry in a high def video).

3. Not required but appreciated:

Please send any extra video footage of experiences abroad (outings, travels, classroom, you holding your certificate, riding a camel, at a tomato throwing festival, etc.)

ITA Alumni Video Submissions - Instructions

Below are some important things to consider when shooting your video in order for it to come out well. The first and second bullet points are super important!

  1. Lighting: Shoot your footage in a well-lit area.

  2. Sound: Find a quiet area (no loud cars, dogs barking, music in the background). Make sure we can hear and understand you. Shut the doors and windows if you need to. Speak clearly in a conversational tone. We all get nervous and speak quickly, but you can always hit delete and shoot this again! Most people practice first off camera and then re-shoot it a few times.

  3. Attire: Please dress appropriately and try to look presentable. No shirt, no service!

  4. Video recording devices: Just about anything: your camera, smart phone, webcam, flipcam, etc. Just make sure the lighting and sound are good.

  5. Locations: You can shoot from anywhere on location: Great Wall of China, Panama Canal, classroom (in front or outside), in your apartment. Sound quality is key.

  6. Movement of camera: Use a tripod or put the video device on something stationary while shooting the Q&A. If someone holds the camera, it might shake and look like an earthquake movie! While shooting on location, i.e. on a rickshaw, camel, scooter through the streets of Bangkok, having someone hold it is fine though, as it adds to the fun!

Suggestion:  Do a 30 second test shot of yourself and review it.

  • Does it look and sound good?
  • Is there grape jelly on your face?

Details for Q&A Content

1) Give a short bio

Format: My name is xxx, I am yy years old originally from city, state and/or country. I’m teaching English in country. I took the online TEFL course or onsite location TEFL course with International TEFL Academy. Before coming here I was xyz (doing this job or a student).

Example: My name is Milton Sugarfoot. I am 28 years old from Columbus, OH. I’m currently teaching English in Costa Rica. I took the online TEFL course with International TEFL Academy. Before coming here I was working a 9-5 sales job in Ohio.


2) Tell us about yourself

  • What is your citizenship?

  • What is your education level and background?

  • Have you traveled abroad in the past?

  • If you have traveled abroad in the past, where have you been?

  • What sparked your interest in going to teach English abroad?


3) Questions to answer

Required Questions:

a) Why did you choose International TEFL Academy? 
Please use our company name, ie, "The reason I chose to do my TEFL class with International TEFL Academy was..."

b) How has your TEFL training helped you as a teacher in your current job?

Choose to answer at least 6 of the 10 bulleted questions/topics below.

  • Why did you choose to teach English in the current country you are teaching? What do you like about teaching there?

  • Job search: How did you find your job? Elaborate on the job search and interview process.

  • Why did you choose this school to work for?

  • How did ITA assist you in your job search and prepare you to teach abroad? For example, resume and cover letter help, guidance on what materials to have, visa information, reviewing your contracts, general advice on countries, etc.

  • Tell us about your English teaching job!

  • How did you find somewhere to live and what your living situation like? Do you have roommates?

  • What's been your most memorable experience about living abroad (can be serious or funny!).

  • What advice would you give someone planning or considering teaching abroad? Would you recommend teaching in your country?

  • What do you do in your free time?

  • How did you make new friends in your country?

    Submit an Alumni Video International TEFL Academy

How to submit content and videos

Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo. To upload a video, you must create an account for one of those websites. Creating an account is free and Gmail e-mail addresses can be used for YouTube accounts.

You can upload the video in private if preferred as it will be raw footage for ITA to edit. There are some directions below for making your videos private on YouTube. Make sure to add to the privacy settings so we are approved to watch the video.

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Once you have uploaded the content, email your video link to


Make sure that the e-mail includes:

Subject line: Alumni Video Q&A Content

In the body of your e-mail:

  • Your first and last name
  • The TEFL course you took
  • Video link (paste the entire URL into the e-mail in case the link is broken)
  • 5 to 10 photos
  • PayPal information or e-mail addresses to send Amazon Gift Card

If you have any questions regarding the video guidelines, please e-mail us at

Don't hesitate to be creative and don't worry about the content being choppy. We will polish everything up in the editing room!


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