The Ultimate Teach Abroad Checklist: 7 Things Every ITA Teacher Needs to Buy Before Teaching English Overseas

The Ultimate Teach Abroad Checklist: 7 Things Every ITA Teacher Needs to Buy Before Teaching English Overseas

At International TEFL Academy (ITA), we understand that teaching English abroad entails far more than just taking a TEFL course or signing a contract.  That is why we have created a worldwide community and network for our alumni in addition to providing personal service and support as well as lifetime Job Search Guidance through our Student Affairs Department.

Here's ITA's Ultimate Travel Checklist: 7 Things every ITA teacher needs to buy before moving to teach English overseas

1.) Book your flight:

In some countries, your employer may pay for or reimburse your flight, but for most of us we’re responsible for paying our way overseas. These are our top places to research and book your international flight:

Student Universe


Sky Scanner


2.) Purchase a Health Insurance Plan:

In some cases, health insurance will be provided by your employer; in others, you may be responsible for procuring your own insurance.  This will vary from country-to-country, and in some cases from job-to-job and school-to-school.  You should always inquire about health insurance when considering teaching in particular countries and when interviewing for specific teaching positions. These are our top picks for international insurance providers. Make sure to have a plan before you get on the plane!

World Nomads
Teach abroad insurance

Allianz Global Assistance
Teach abroad insurance

3.) Get a Student or Teacher ID card - (The basic card is discounted to ONLY $10 USD through ITA):


The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is the only internationally recognized student, teacher, youth ID card. With access to a global network of affordable and specialized student services, the ISIC card is your passport to more than 160,000 discounts and benefits in 133 countries worldwide. Some plans also include a full international health insurance package!


4.) Get yourself a Lonely Planet Guidebook or two:

Lonely Planet

This is our favorite travel guidebook and our 50+ staff of travelers never gets on a plane without one. Make sure to grab a book or digital guide before moving abroad: awesome e-book discounts / buy any 2 books, get the 3rd for free.

Teach abroad guide books

5.) Make sure your Passport, necessary documents, and visas are all secured and ready to go:


650 Spain-Megan-Zambell4 passport





6.) Book a place to stay when you first arrive abroad:

In some cases, your employer will help with setting up your housing before arrival, but in many cases you’ll need a temporary place to stay before getting to know your city, meeting fellow teachers, and getting help finding a more permanent housing option. Here are our top picks for short term abroad housing.



7.) Purchase some ITA Travel Gear (All profits go to charity!)

100% of profits ITA receives from the ITA Gear Store go to the charities ITA supports. Make sure you are looking stylish and spreading the ITA love when traveling overseas.

ITA Travel Gear Shop

Want to learn more about teaching English abroad?

Request a free brochure or call 773-634-9900 to speak with an expert advisor about all aspects of teaching English around the world, including TEFL certification, the hiring process, salaries, visas and more.


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Doug-Staff-Photo-UpdatedAbout the author: Over the past 5 years ITA Advisor, Doug Waxman, has helped hundreds of people gain their TEFL certification and see the world through teaching English abroad. A native of St. Louis (and an avid Cardinals fan), Doug has worked, traveled, and studied extensively in Australia and Israel, and he recently returned from an extended trip in China.



Want to Learn More About Teaching English Abroad?

Request a free brochure or call 773-634-9900 to speak with an expert advisor about all aspects of TEFL certification and teaching English abroad or online, including the hiring process, salaries, visas, TEFL class options, job placement assistance and more.