This is it. You're teaching English abroad having the best time of your life. You're finally living your dream of teaching and traveling. Here you are, hanging out with your local friends exploring the spectacular limestone islands of Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, walking down the beachfront of Puerto Vallerta in Mexico or having fun at this high-end tapas bar in Barcelona, Spain. "Let's take a selfie!", you think, as you want to immortalize the moment and get that little piece of souvenir to bring back home tease your friends back home on Instagram (who are we kidding?). Great! Although you might want to read this first if you don't want to make the same mistakes as we did.
By: Ashley Houston
Sometimes all it takes is an inspirational photo or quote to push you over the edge to book that plane ticket, take the leap of faith, and travel abroad. Other times, it’s what can keep you afloat between journeys--nourishing the soul and reminding you of all the great things out there in the world.
Through the years we’ve read countless travel memoirs, blogs, biographies, and now, find ourselves constantly “hearting” every travel thing we come across on Instagram.
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:
By: Michael Kunik
One of the great things about teaching English abroad is that teachers live in close proximity to hundreds of regional/international festivals and cultural events that would be difficult and expensive to experience while living in their home countries.
Here's 10 of the best cultural events to experience around the world in 2017 (note that dates will change year-to-year for some events)!
Interested in getting out of South Africa and exploring another country and another continent? Tired of biltong, Spur burgers, and the local Pick and Pay?
Before you start planning your move overseas to teach English, keep in mind these three things: visas, costs, and language. Let's break these three down further.
By: Erika Greenia
Being part of the LGBTQ community and planning your adventure teaching English abroad can present some unique challenges. In some countries, being openly gay is punishable by law while other countries have open and progressive laws concerning same-sex-marriage and civil-unions. In Thailand, you can be out, proud and loud without concern and in neighboring Malaysia, you will run in to a more conservative culture which can lead to a more discrete lifestyle.
Author & ITA Advisor Lindsay Krasinski swims with her daughter Alice in the Caribbean.
After all these years I get it. I finally understand what it was like for my parents as I traveled the world for the past 20 years. I understand the worry and fear and the absolute feeling of helplessness. I understand why my dad cried dropping me off at the airport when I was 15 to study abroad in Russia and I understand why he still cried when he dropped me off at the airport when I was 33 and moved to South Africa alone.
By: Havvah Holl
From the bustling streets of Shanghai to the rolling hills of Yunnan Province, China is a dynamic location for those interested in teaching English abroad in Asia. China's massive population makes for Asia's largest market for teachers looking for jobs and offers a broad range of travel opportunites as well. Here are five things you should know as you explore the possibilities for teaching English in China.
By: Lauren Davis
After living abroad twice and traveling to several countries in between, you’d think I’d be “fluent” in traveling abroad- WRONG . There is nothing more rewarding than international travel, but it can still be overwhelming at times. One thing that’s always helped me is having the right technology to use in a pinch. Trust me, our parents would have loved to have an iPhone while in Madrid or an Android in Malaysia. Here are some of the best apps that could save you time planning, or help you out in a hurry abroad!