ITA Alumni: 4 Entrepreneurs That Will Inspire You

Transforming Your Teaching Abroad Experience Into New Opportunities

By Doug Waxman

As an Admissions Advisor at International TEFL Academy, I often talk to potential TEFL students who ask the following questions:

  • “How will teaching abroad help my career?”
  • “What will I do after teaching English abroad?”
  • “Can I do more than just teach when I am overseas?”

The bottom line is that even if you aren't planning on making education and teaching your career,  getting a TEFL Certification and teaching English abroad is an excellent way to launch or enhance your career prospects. In many cases, people don't realize how much you learn about yourself by engaging in an experience like teaching English abroad. Of course you learn about a new country and a new culture, but you'll learn a lot more about what interests you, what drives you creatively, and what your passions are - and you may even discover a future career that you never realized existed.

In this article, you’ll meet a variety of International TEFL graduates that have leveraged their experience teaching English abroad into their new careers by starting their own businesses. Their stories will surely inspire you.

3 Major Ways Teaching English Abroad Has Changed My Life Since My Return Home

By Jessie Smith

"Wait, you just graduated with a (very expensive) degree in journalism, and now you’re jumping on a plane and flying 8,000 miles away to teach English abroad —WHAT?!"

To say my loved ones were a bit concerned and confused by my seemingly reckless life choice of moving overseas (to Korea?!) to teach English would be an understatement. I'm sure many of you have confronted similar objections. 

Teaching English overseas was the best move for me; I didn’t have a single doubt in my mind. It was just so hard explaining it to everyone else. In my head and my heart the choice to live and work abroad made so much sense, but to everyone else it was just a desperate, irrational attempt at escaping the realities of our rotten economy and the need to kick off a "real career." 

Having now returned, it is so clear that the benefits of teaching English abroad were so much greater than I ever could have imagined. My personal and professional lives haven’t been the same since, and here are just three major reasons why.........

6 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Pay for a Job Teaching English Abroad

By: Matt Birgy

Myths, misunderstandings and misinformation. As you embark on your journey to teach English abroad, you will encounter many questions, one of the most common is: should I pay a company for a guaranteed job?  There are certainly some cases where paying a fee for a job placement or to pay for participating in a teaching program will be the best way for you to achieve your goal of living and teaching English abroad.  

Indeed, International TEFL Academy enjoys special partnerships with many excellent companies that assist and place TEFL-certified Engish teachers in jobs around the world. However, in other cases aspiring English teachers often find themselves paying up to thousands of dollars for a job that they didn't need to pay for.  Here's a sensible article intended to set the record straight and provide insights into the job market for English teachers abroad so you can avoid the costly mistake of paying for job placement when you don't have to and understand when paying for might be appropriate.

Teaching English Abroad: Tips for Job Interviews on Phone and Skype

Top 11 Expert Tips for Interviewing for Jobs Teaching English Abroad over Skype and the Phone

By Shay Ames


Interviewing procedures and practice vary widely for jobs teaching English abroad.  In some cases, you should expect to interview face-to-face with schools in the country where you wish to teach.  In other cases, you will apply and interview for jobs in advance from home.  This is typical for positions teaching English in the Arab Gulf countries, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, European countries like Turkey and Russia, and some Latin American countries (Chile, Colombia, and Mexico, in particular).  Such interviews are typically conducted over the phone and/or by Skype.  As in any job interview, you want to do the best possible job in selling your qualifications, presenting yourself as a professional and convincing your potential employer that you are the best possible person for the job, but here are some particular points to help you master interviews for teaching English abroad conducted over Skype and the phone.   

Can I Use My TEFL Certification to Teach English in the United States?

By Matthew Birgy

Yes!  You can teach English in the United States with your TEFL certification. There are millions of non-native English speakers living, working and studying in the United States and the demand for English language instruction is huge. From recent immigrants and migrant workers to business professionals moving to the United States on assignment, as well as international students studying (and enjoying a little fun in at the same time) in the States, there are students in need of English language instruction from all walks of life and corners of the globe. This creates many opportunities and formats for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) here in the United States.

A 6-Step Plan: How to Get a Job Teaching English in South Korea

Learn How to Get Hired to Teach English in South Korea -
One of the Hottest Job Markets in the World

The word is getting out that South Korea is one of the hottest destinations around the world for teaching English abroad. Most people don't think of South Korea as their first choice to teach English abroad, but after learning about the country's incredible opportunities, it's no wonder that it is the most popular destination for hundreds of International TEFL Academy graduates each year.