By Joe Yoon
The EPIK (English Program in Korea) Program is a great way to teach English in South Korea’s public schools. It is a competitive program to get into so here are some tips to help guide you through EPIK’s application process.
By Matt Birgy
Headed on your way to teach English in South Korea? You're in for quite an adventure living, teaching and traveling in one of the world's most amazing countries. You won't need much to make the most of your experience in Korea, but here are a few pro tips on some things to bring to make your transition just a tad bit smoother.
You’ve got your plane tickets squared away. You’ve got your parents’ blessings and friends’ well wishes. You’ve even downloaded a few Mandarin apps to give you a jumpstart on learning the language. And now for the final, most exciting step - packing your bags! As you prepare your luggage for the year ahead, here are a few items I strongly recommend bringing to Taiwan from the U.S. I promise you will thank me later!
"Chúc mừng năm mới!"
"Happy New Year" in Vietnamese and greetings on Tuesday - February 5, 2019 as the Vietnamese welcome the "Year of the pig!" Known as "Tet," the Vietnamese celebration of the New Year represents the most important annual holiday in Vietnamese culture, and is a certain highlight for those teaching English in Vietnam. Through trade, geographical proximity and invasion, Vietnam, like many nations in Asia, features strong cultural influences from China, and celebrates the New Year according to the same lunar calendar. While there are some parallels between the Vietnamese celebrations of Tet and Chinese Lunar New Year, the Vietnamese version is unique and distinct in many facets.
By Shay Ames
Are you between school as a student? A teacher? Do you have a three month window of opportunity to teach abroad & experience the international adventure of a lifetime?
International TEFL Academy is proud to offer our students & alumni a unique opportunity to teach English in Beijing or Shanghai, China while living with a local family for three months! This unique program exclusively available to ITA students & graduates provides a fantastic short-term teaching opportunity in one of the historic nations on earth.
By Jimmy Soller [Guest Author]
Editor & Founder of JimmyESL.com
With all of the places to teach English abroad, Japan will always remain at the top or near the top of most people’s list. If you’ve ever spent time there, it’s easy to see why. There is no other country like Japan—an idiosyncratic blend of East Asian culture with a modern high tech twist that has fascinated visitors for decades.
While the days of teaching English in Japan when a native English speaker could literally arrive in a city and find a job within a week is long over, it still a great place to teach English. Sure, the job market there for teaching has become quite competitive, but there is work to be had, especially if you possess an accredited TEFL certification. For all the talk about Japan’s ‘struggling economy’, it’s still the third largest economy in the world. So while you are not going to get rich teaching in Japan, one can still live a comfortable lifestyle even on a teacher’s salary. Of course, the smaller the city, the lower the cost of living.
One of the most iconic shots of Hong Kong, The Peak provides 360 degree views of the city and Victoria Harbour. Visitors to The Peak can enjoy a nice uphill stroll, but make sure to bring your good walking shoes and a water bottle, as it can be steep! Not feeling the exercise? That’s cool too- just catch the tram that shows off the beauty of the mountain side.
Once at the top, enjoy lunch, coffee shops, or snap a photo on the observation deck.
By Paige Lee
One of the most beautiful things about teaching and traveling in Asia is how inexpensive everything can seem compared to costs in your home country. Paying a dollar for a beer or 30 cents for a bus ride can make cash feel like monopoly money! But if you’re planning to do a long backpacking trip before or after a year of teaching in Asia (like I did after my year teaching in China), spending money like it’s a toy can catch up with you. Fortunately, Asia is one of the easiest regions to travel and cut costs in!
Lucky for you, many of the ITA Admissions Advisors taught English in Asia (China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, etc…) so we’ve got cheap travel down to a science! Below are 11 of our favorite tips to get the most out an extended trip in Asia!