The Start of a New Chapter after Thailand

By: Courtney Clark 

Hi, I’m Courtney! I took my TEFL certification class in January 2016 and worked part-time for a while to save up money to teach abroad. I finally decided on Thailand as my destination because it was somewhere I always wanted to visit and the timing coincided perfectly with the start of their school semester. I left for Thailand in April 2017 and taught kindergarten until October 2017.

What's Next? Fighting the Travel Bug After Teaching English Abroad

By: Kirsten Iverson

I sat there staring into space, holding my pen to my lip, my eyes glued to nothing. I was daydreaming again. Dreaming of trying to communicate in a new language, trying new foods, standing in a new place, long bus rides, and uncomfortable hostel beds. I wanted it back: life abroad.

5 Things You Realize During Your Last Week of Teaching English Abroad

By: Megan Lethbridge Tsifopanopoulos

While change can be difficult, it is also necessary for growth. Leaving my central Hungarian town of Kecskemét after two years of teaching English abroad was extremely difficult, but I knew that it was time for me to push forward into my next chapter. During my last week in Hungary, I had a lot of time to reflect on my time there and I recognized five major areas in which change was happening with the end of my time in this beautiful country.

Thailand to Italy… What’s next…?

By: Charity Brooks

Living abroad was only an idea, until it became reality, a vital part of who I am. It began with road trips with my friends in college; my friend was a recruiter for a university basketball team. We would pile into her car and hit the road, all accommodations paid for by the university. My best friend began working at the airport; flight benefits were at our fingertips. We traveled all over America and abroad. I became the friend who you call to go one a trip, never refusing. Then one day I found myself living in Thailand for two years and currently in Italy for the summer. "How did I get here?" I wonder to myself sometimes. It seems like an easy question, however getting here was unexpected.

How Teaching English Abroad Helped Me Figure Out My Career

By: Aimee Lam

Coming back was hard. After teaching abroad for a semester in Ayutthaya, Thailand, I was not only experiencing culture shock but also homesickness for a place that wasn’t home anymore. In fact, I no longer knew what home was. Earlier in the year, I had been taking the online course with International TEFL Academy and making plans to teach abroad. I had been living in New York City and was so done with it. When I got hired to teach in Ayutthaya, I saw it as an opportunity to start over and turn a new leaf. I left my job in book publishing (with high school textbooks) and sublet my Manhattan apartment in the hopes of a fresh start.

Bem vindo ao Brasil - Welcome to Brazil

By: Cody Perenchio

Cosa Fai?  O que você faz?  ¿Qué haces?

What do you do? Well, I do a lot of things. I am an English teacher. I love to teach. I love teaching because I like to learn languages. Most importantly learning languages teaches you how to fail and fail again. Call me "Captain Fail.” I bet I will help you fail and fail until we both succeed together. Let’s talk a bit about my story.

Follow the Thread

By:  Michelle Moon

I stepped into the warm night air off the bus from the airport. It was around Saturday midnight at downtown Southern Cross Station. I had finally arrived in Melbourne, Australia. I was dazed for a moment. Why was it so quiet and clean? There were straight lines and cold concrete architecture. For some reason, the stillness and rigidity of the city was unsettling. I had taught English for three years in Seoul, South Korea. After my third contract had ended, I traveled around Asia for three months with Nepal being the last stop before jetting off to Melbourne under a working holiday visa. Thamel, Nepal was the complete opposite to Melbourne from what I could see; Thamel was dusty, loud, chaotic, crowded with narrow roads. It was a living river of sounds, sights, and smells, and I had loved every minute of it.

Maybe Taiwan

By: Nate Tyler

It’s been a little more than six years since I left my first and only position teaching English abroad. I was in Taoyuan City, Taiwan, and my contract was only for one year. Since that time, I’ve traveled through Europe, returned to Minnesota, had many different—often horrible—jobs, started woodworking, got married and had a kid, built a pottery studio, and started a writing business. A lot has obviously happened. So why, then, am I writing about transitions when it’s been so long since I was teaching in Taiwan? Well in many ways I still haven’t left Taiwan. And I’m still transitioning out of that first teaching role.

Why I Am No Longer Teaching

By: Tatianna Peckham

Where My Journey Began

I found my passion for teaching by a very strange turn of events. A truly “Sure why not?” method, one could say. It all started with a ring when I was in the midst of deciding whether or not to leave my university in Manhattan, New York after only one semester.

Soul Purpose: Realizing My True Calling

By: Chrystal Smith

For one year (September 2015 to September 2016), I lived and taught English in Heredia, Costa Rica. This cultural immersion was an exciting year of teaching, learning, self-discovery, and transition to the person I am today. During my time abroad, I learned to be flexible with day to day life, welcome the unexpected and gained an understanding that we have great things in store for us when we remain open. In my willingness to seek a life outside of my comfort zone, I became more in tune to an authentic and consciously aware version of myself. I expanded my lens of the world and looking beyond a life of privilege gave me much more respect and appreciation for perspectives other than my own.