Who Brought a Cat on the Bus? Adopting a Pet in South Korea


By: Katie McKindley 

Last spring I took the online TEFL course with International TEFL Academy (ITA). I’m so grateful I chose to get my TEFL certification through ITA because they helped me to launch my new life here in South Korea. I’ve also felt so much support from their Alumni Association!

After getting settled in Korea, it wasn’t long before I noticed all the stray animals. There are dogs everywhere tied on short leashes, limited to an old blanket and forced to eat food scraps. These dogs are doing their best to cover their noses from the insanely cold wind chill. The cats can explore farther because they’re not tied up, but they’re still freezing. Walking home from work, I see cats tearing open bags of compost, trying to find a meal wherever possible. It is a way of life here, but if you’re an animal lover at all, it’s heartbreaking to see.

Traveling Abroad – The Advice You Didn’t Know You Needed

By: Cassie Wells

It’s good for you. It changes your life. It expands your horizons. It fills your heart. I could be talking about a multitude of things here… broccoli, puberty, math, or puppies. However, I’m talking about travel. Some consider travel a luxury while others consider it a necessity. Personally, I think it’s a little bit of both. I went from having never left the country in my mid 20’s to having traveled to about 20 countries in my early 30’s (notice how I said early 30’s…really hanging on here!).

I have learned a lot about how to pack just the right amount, how to ask for help in a few different languages, and how to turn strangers into friends. I’ve also learned that travel isn’t always what it seems. I’m not just talking about glossy Instagram pictures, either. Let me explain. Travel can be some of the best experiences of your life and sometimes the most challenging. There are many highs and lows. Travel makes you fall in love and breaks your heart all in a single day. I wanted to share some travel truths for those looking for an honest advice........

5 Items to Bring With You When You Move to Teach English Korea

By Matt Birgy

Headed on your way to teach English in South Korea? You're in for quite an adventure living, teaching and traveling in one of the world's most amazing countries.  You won't need much to make the most of your experience in Korea, but here are a few pro tips on some things to bring to make your transition just a tad bit smoother.

The Best Apps to Have on Your Phone While Teaching English in Korea!

By: Rose Tepper

Excited to move abroad & teach English in South Korea? Fantastic!  Not only is South Korea one of the hottest job markets on earth for teaching English abroad, but it is also one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, where Internet access and mobile technology are even more advanced than in the United States.  That means getting connected and using the right apps can be key to making the most of your life in this incredibly dynamic nation. So, here are some top phone apps to use while teaching English in South Korea........

3 Tips for Skillful Spending in Seoul, South Korea

By: Paige Butterfield

“You can save so much money teaching in South Korea!” They said. “You can pay off all your student loans and live freely!” They said.

While the Internet has a wealth of travel knowledge, it also has a lot of bullstuff. After some vigilant article- and blog-reading on saving cash in South Korea, I thought I was set. I’ll just pack up my things, teach, and fill my tub with Korean won in no time, I thought. What a surprise I had when I realized, not only are tubs extremely rare in Korean bathrooms, but also saving money in Seoul isn’t so simple.

Dare to Dream: Teaching English in South Korea

By: Elizabeth Feyh

Some people are born adventurers; wanderlust is in their blood. They love not knowing where they’re going or how they’re getting there. For others, that is the definition of a nightmare. Those who thrive off the thrill of the unknown or enjoy being a fish out of water may not understand the trepidation of those born more cautious.

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.