International TEFL Academy’s First Annual Teach Abroad Film Festival Highlights International Education & Meaningful Travel

International TEFL Academy’s (ITA) first annual Teach Abroad Film Festival took place on the night of April 4, 2019 at the Davis Theater in Chicago, Illinois.

Chicagoans were invited to watch 12 short films from ITA alumni finalists who thoroughly captured how teaching English overseas has enriched their life through meaningful travel, cultural exchange an international education. 

Introducing International TEFL Academy’s First Annual Teach Abroad Film Festival

International TEFL Academy’s (ITA) first annual Teach Abroad Film Festival will take place on the night of April 4, 2019 at the Davis Theater in Chicago, Illinois.

Film submissions are now officially being accepted from all current and former ITA students. Filmmakers can submit their entries through the Teach Abroad Film Festival’s online entry form at For your submission to be considered, please ensure all rules and guidelines are followed.

6 Culinary Adventures to Experience While Teaching English in Asia

By Chelsea Hendrickx

One of the best parts of living in a foreign culture is that you get to enjoy all the weird and wonderful foods it has to offer. You can order a pizza with reindeer meat on it in Finland or sample roast guinea pigs in Peru, but nothing tops the world’s list of culinary adventures like Asia, whose range of unusual foods sometimes baffle even the most ambitious foodies.

After polling teachers who have taught English in Asia about the good, the bad, and the ugly of the food scene abroad, here’s the list of things you’ve got to try, even if just for the story. Most of these foods can be found across many countries in Asia and even the west, but we’ve highlighted the ones each teacher remembers the most fondly from their experience abroad.

The 14 Best Travel Instagrams & Blogs to Follow in 2017

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.

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:

10 International Celebrations & Festivals You Need On Your Bucket List!

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)!  

3 Things to Consider For South Africans Planning to Teach English Abroad

By: Lindsay Campher Krasinski


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.

Tips & Resources for LGBTQ Teaching English Abroad

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.