9 More Reasons to Love the World Cup while Teaching English Abroad

By Matt Birgy

English teachers abroad experience life in a foreign country as authentic as it comes.  Living as a local while teaching English abroad in a nation like ArgentinaMexico or South Korea provides the opportunity of a lifetime to immerse yourself in local celebrations, unique cultural events and national holidays in ways a tourist just can’t.

This includes sport, and rightfully so.  The grandest international spectacle of them all, the FIFA World Cup, brings out the pride and identity of a nation like none other. Sure, we air it on television here in the United States and pockets of fans gather to enjoy matches, but this doesn't hold a candle to the "Total Fandom" you'll experience actually living in a soccer nation across the globe, like Spain, Germany or Brazil, where the sport is followed with a passion and fervor, Duke basketball and Green Bay Packer fans can only dream of rivaling.

6 Things You'll Want to Bring from Home When You Move to Taiwan

 

By Felicia Braverman

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!

12 Countries To Celebrate Christmas While Teaching English Abroad

One of the great perks of living and teaching English abroad is the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the holiday traditions of a foreign country. Whether it's roasted chestnuts and gingerbread houses found at traditional Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria; the giving of gifts on Three Kings' Day in Spain; or sipping cola de mono in Chile, celebrating the holidays abroad can be a once-in-a-lifetime treat.

Here are 12 countries where you could be celebrating Christmas and other holidays in the coming year while teaching English abroad.....

Worldly Watering Holes: English Teachers & ITA Staff Pick Their Favorite Bars Around the Globe

 

By Helen Schenck

Here at International TEFL Academy we like to believe we are experts in a couple of things: advising students on teaching abroad, training them to go teach, and assisting them in actually finding work abroad! But, beyond that, there is one thing that each member of our staff is definitely an expert on: finding a good drink! As a staff who has traveled to over 80 countries around the world, we can easily say that we have been to some of the best, worst, smallest, biggest, most popular, and most hidden bars in the world! Below are some tips from the expert drinkers at ITA on bars all around the world that you need to check out!

Best Phone Apps to Have While Teaching English in Spain

By Lynda Galea

Moving to teach English in Spain but don't speak a lick of the local language? Don't worry, there's an app for that. Not sure how to get around the new city you'll be living in, or where to grocery shop and find dinner? You guessed it, there's an app for that too! These days, mobile apps are making our lives that much easier; there's virtually an app for almost everything! Whether you're vacationing in Spain for an extended period of time, or teaching English there indefinitely, here are some of the most convenient and useful apps to have on your phone while navigating life in Spain. 

Best Phone Apps to Have While Teaching English in Japan

By Lynda Galea

Moving to teach English in Japan, but don't speak a lick of the local language? Don't worry, there's an app for that. Not sure how to get around the new city you'll be living in, or where to grocery shop and find dinner? You guessed it, there's an app for that too! These days, mobile apps are making our lives that much easier; there's virtually an app for almost everything! Whether you're vacationing in Japan for an extended period of time, or teaching English there indefinitely, here are some of the most convenient and useful apps to have on your phone while navigating life in Japan. 

5 Weekend Trips You Can't Miss While Living Abroad in Spain

By: Helen Schenck 

Most of those teaching English in Europe want to country hop during their vacation time, but they forget to fully explore the country in which they are actually teaching! As an English teacher in Spain, you're living in a region that is not only manageable, but also very affordable to navigate & travel  from top to bottom and left to right. Most teachers will visit Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla, but that is just scratching the surface of Spain.

During some your long weekends (they do love their holidays in Spain!), be sure to check out some of these hidden gems:

16 Tips for Learning a Foreign Language While Teaching English Abroad


By Matt Birgy

Nothing says you know your way around a foreign country better than actually speaking the language.  While this may not be our primary goal in living or teaching English abroad, it’s a fantastic exercise that invariably challenges your mind in new ways, your humility in others, and brings about insights into the culture of a nation’s people.  Making the effort is worth it!  Locals will notice and appreciate that you have made yourself a guest in their country (not the other way around, the golden rule in travel etiquette). Besides, when you are living in a foreign country and immersed in their language nearly 24 hours a day - this provides you a true opportunity to learn and master that language.  Embrace the opportunity.

From Baby Talk to Seasoned Pro:  Here are Some Tips for Learning a Foreign Language While Teaching Abroad.