Opening a Restaurant in Nicaragua

By: Trevor Vilsack

On April 18th 2016 I started an adventure of a lifetime when I moved my life from the United States and relocated to Leon, Nicaragua, to get TEFL certified. Upon graduation I quickly received a job at one of the Universities here called UCC as an English professor. I spent almost a year in Leon teaching at this University and it was an incredible experience. After this year I then moved to Bogota, Colombia, where I continued to teach English, this time online, and also worked at a family owned furniture store while living with this family. The purpose of moving to Bogota was to get fully immersed in Spanish and become fluent in the language, which had always been a goal of mine when moving abroad. The six months that I spent in Colombia were amazing, and when the six months had finished I decided to move back to Nicaragua. When I arrived back to Nicaragua, I continued to teach English online at first, but also started the process of my next dream, to open a restaurant!

What Type of Visa Can I Use to Teach English in Nicaragua?


June 15, 2018

Interested in teaching English in Nicaragua? You're in the right place! Visas are an important part of planning your adventure overseas, so you want to make sure you're familiar with the process before you head abroad. The following is the most common type of visa that can be obtained for teaching English in Nicaragua.

The type of visa you'll need in Nicaragua (and how you get that visa) will depend on your nationality, teaching job and perhaps other factors like whether you get your job in advance of your arrival, or if you get hired locally in Nicaragua. Be sure to speak to an International TEFL Academy Advisor by calling 773-634-9900 to discuss your specific questions and concerns about your visa for teaching English in Nicaragua.

Paving My Own Road While Teaching Abroad

By: Maylin Enamorado

When offered a chance to teach in Italy this summer, I immediately said yes. I had been living in Los Angeles at the time in an attempt to live what I thought was my American Dream.I had finally grown tired of people telling me that living abroad was “unsustainable” and that I should be pursuing my artistic passions at home in the U.S. where I supposedly had a real chance of getting ahead. I returned home after teaching at a university in Nicaragua for a year, full of expectations for my literary career. I began searching internship opportunities in New York, LA, and Miami. I sent my resume to nearly 100 different publishing and production companies, and I waited. A month into being home, I could barely remember why I had left my old life or understand why people believed that life was automatically better here. Still, I held out hope that I had made the right decision by coming back.

The Manhunt: How I Got My Students to Actually Come to Class

By: Maylin Enamorado

I looked around at the empty classroom before me. There were about seven students in total, all staring at me nervously. I checked my attendance list once again, thinking I had made a mistake. On a single sheet of paper, I double-checked the class period and saw that there was no error. I was supposed to have 28 students this period. As I took attendance, I must have had a nervous look on my face because one student got up and put her hand on my shoulder and said, most students dont come to English classthey just dont really care about it, ya know?

How Teaching English Abroad Jump-Started My Career

By: Chelsea Johnson

Besides having traveled with my family, my first experience abroad was when I studied in Bilbao, Spain, for a semester of my junior year in college. I loved everything about it, and when I got home, I was itching to go abroad again.

I signed up for a three-week program in Chile through my university and earned a scholarship to participate. After studying abroad twice, I worked for the College of Business promoting education abroad in my peers. I loved encouraging other students to step out of their comfort zone and study abroad, but after a year, I was starting to get a bit envious! After graduating with two degrees and honors in December 2013, it was obvious to me that my next step would be international. Everyone around me in the business school would be joining corporate America, but I started waiting tables to save money and figure out how to get myself on a plane.

Alumni Video: Shelby Seavers on Teaching English in Nicaragua

Alumni Video:
Teaching English in Nicaragua

Want a firsthand perspective on volunteering and teaching English in Nicaragua in the heart of Central America?

International TEFL Academy graduate, Shelby Seavers, 37, of Jackson, Tennessee, shares her insights and experiences earning her TEFL certification in Nicaragua and teaching English in Leon. A graduate of the University of Memphis (journalism), Shelby discusses how she came to discover the opportunities of teaching in Nicaragua and the rewards of participating in International TEFL Academy's Volunteer Program in Nicaragua, which provides opportunities to ITA Alumni to teach and work with disadvantaged street children in the historic city of Leon. Today Shelby works for International TEFL Academy-Nicaragua as an advisor and continues to work with street children.

The Hidden Gem of Central America - Nicaragua

  • Do you picture yourself teaching English in a great destination not so far from home but offering a totally different cultural experience?
  • Do you see yourself enjoying beautiful landscapes and great people?
  • Can you picture yourself teaching in a place flanked by the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other side?
  • Well, that dream country exists: and it’s called Nicaragua!

Top 6 Tropical Countries for Teaching English Abroad

Sun, Fun and Teaching English Abroad

Getting chilly? 

Want to get paid to live in a country where you can saunter down to the beach and get a tan in 85 degree weather…….. in February?

Want to learn how to surf, scuba dive or sea kayak?

Every year tens of thousands of English speakers are hired by schools to teach English abroad in some of the most fantastic tropical locations on the planet, from Costa Rica to Indonesia.