Happy Chinese New Year! Teaching English in Asia During Holidays

恭喜发财 - “Congratulations and Be Prosperous!"  

Greetings to nearly 2 billion people in China, Asia and throughout the world who are celebrating the Lunar New Year, the most important holiday of the year for millions from Shanghai to Singapore. Centuries old and based in ancient Chinese myth and tradition, the “Spring Festival” as it is known in China is a two-week celebration centered around family gatherings, special foods and other traditions that vary from region to region. Many of these customs revolve around the ideals of reflecting on oneself and ushering in good fortune for the New Year.  The Lunar New Year in 2019 begins on February 5 and is the Year of the Pig.  From ChinaKorea and Vietnam to Taiwan and Malaysia, this holiday is a cultural focal point in many of the most popular destinations for certified English teachers.  

10 Best Countries for Teaching English Abroad in 2019

What are the Top Countries for English Teaching Jobs Abroad?

Author: Jessie Smith

South Korea. Spain. Mexico. China.  Which countries will make the list as top destinations for teaching English abroad in 2019?

With 1.7  billion people using and learning English worldwide, the international job market for teaching English abroad and teaching English online have never been stronger. There are new opportunities opening every single day overseas from Thailand & Mexico to Germany & South Korea. Teaching English overseas provides more opportunities than any other field for English speakers from all walks of life and all backgrounds to live, work and travel abroad in foreign countries across the globe.  

No prior teaching experience is required! However, taking an accredited TEFL certification course will allow you to gain the skills and qualification you need to get hired and to teach on the professional level.

As we look forward toward to 2019, here are 10 of the top job markets to consider as you look at your options for teaching English abroad this coming year....


3-Month English Home Tutoring & Cultural Exchange in China

By Shay Ames

Are you between school as a student? A teacher? Do you have a three month window of opportunity to teach abroad & experience the international adventure of a lifetime?

International TEFL Academy is proud to offer our students & alumni a unique opportunity to teach English in Beijing or Shanghai, China while living with a local family for three months! This unique program exclusively available to ITA students & graduates provides a fantastic short-term teaching opportunity in one of the historic nations on earth.

11 Tips for Budget Travel in Asia

By Paige Lee

One of the most beautiful things about teaching and traveling in Asia is how inexpensive everything can seem compared to costs in your home country. Paying a dollar for a beer or 30 cents for a bus ride can make cash feel like monopoly money! But if you’re planning to do a long backpacking trip before or after a year of teaching in Asia (like I did after my year teaching in China), spending money like it’s a toy can catch up with you. Fortunately, Asia is one of the easiest regions to travel and cut costs in!

Lucky for you, many of the ITA Admissions Advisors taught English in Asia (China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, etc…) so we’ve got cheap travel down to a science! Below are 11 of our favorite tips to get the most out an extended trip in Asia!

The Top 9 Public Transportation Systems Around the World

So you're moving halfway across the world to teach English abroad. The thought of waiting in the cold for a stalled train or not having right correct local currency to take the bus is enough to make you never venture out, especially when living in a foreign country. Indeed, wondering how you will get around is something that many first-time travelers and teachers worry about as they contemplate their options.

Not to worry, future teachers, your mind is about to be blown by some of the most efficient, clean and flat out cool transportation systems from abroad. Here are our top choices!

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.

5 Things to Know if You Want to Teach English in China

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


The "Perfect" TEFL Escape - Does it Exist?

Looking for the "Perfect" TEFL Escape?  

Then Perhaps Teaching Abroad is Not for You


By Michael Kunik

I’m writing this article during a hotly contested US Presidential election cycle.  At this moment, it seems like I hear a variation of this phrase, almost daily: “If (X-Candidate - Trump, Hillary or whoever) becomes the President, I’m totally leaving the country!” 

I get it.  Presidential elections here can be an emotional experience, and one way people vent their feelings around the idea of their candidate losing is by threatening leave for a place that will strongly align with their moral or political principles.  Well, how many people actually end up following through on those threats?  Essentially, no one.  You know why?  

Well, most of them probably never meant it in the first place, but the truth is that  if you looking for the “perfect” escape - a paradise of milk and honey (but no bureaucracy!) -  you’ll never find it!  It doesn't matter whether you are escaping an unfortunate political result or seeking an international adventure teaching English abroad. Nearly any country that you may consider moving to will force you to confront certain challenges and even unpleasant realities that can be a downright pain in the rear end.  It's just the reality of moving abroad, or life in general, but that doesn't mean the endeavor is not worth undertaking - not at all. 

If you are holding off on getting started with your TEFL Certification until you’ve found the perfect teaching market, you’ll never go.  If perfect is your goal, you probably won't find it. 

However, if your goal is to have a genuinely authentic experience, living comfortably in a foreign culture that will broaden your horizons personally and professionally, then teaching abroad just might be “perfect” for you.