Is Teaching English Abroad Right for You?

By: Pouneh Eftekhari

As a two-time study abroad alumni, I was always on the lookout for ways to get back to Europe. I searched high and low for any opportunity that would take me abroad—Peace Corps, WOOFing, couchsurfing, etc. But after all the time, money, and studying, I couldn’t justify moving back to Europe without a professional reason. So I decided to go to graduate school in Europe and spent another four years abroad. After graduation, I worked for a while. But once my work contract ended, again, I was left with the task of figuring out how I could stay in Europe...but I came up short and returned to the US.

Alumni Video: Teaching English in Istanbul, Turkey - Benjamin Jackson

 

A history buff from Muskegon, Michigan, International TEFL Academy graduate Benjamin Jackson jumped at the chance to teach English in Istanbul, Turkey.

In this video, Ben shares his experiences living as an English teacher on the Asian side of this beautiful city, where he says the hospitality of his Turkish neighbors and colleagues made it easy to settle in as a local. Ben also discusss how he got his job teaching with a major language center by interviewing over Skype, and provides an overview of his daily work routine as well as the process of getting his residency and work visa for teaching English in Turkey.

 

Taipei to Seoul: 5 Top Asian Cities For Teaching English Abroad

By Jeff Penick

With a higher population than all of the other continents combined, Asia continues to reign supreme in terms of demand for English teachers around the globe. Throughout Asia, schools are hiring thousands of new teachers on a monthly basis and most jobs can be found in the larger cities. Listed below (in no particular order) are five of the top Asian cities that provide a culturally rich and unique lifestyle along with an abundance of English teaching opportunities. 

Born In Istanbul: An Account of My Life After Teaching In Turkey

By: Ayn-Marie Hailicka

Let me be the first to assure you that life after teaching abroad does exist. But I’ve learned that “life” has countless definitions. And let it be said, life before, during, and after teaching abroad are three very different states of being. Allow me to explain...

 

Teaching English in Turkey: A Journey Towards Career Freedom

By: Pouneh Eftekhari

As a passport holder since the age of 5, you can say I’m somewhat of a travel addict. Even when I’m on vacation or living abroad, I feel jealous of those who are in places I’m not.

This love for travel turned into an addiction about ten years ago while I was studying abroad in France. Upon my return to the United States, I continued exploring other cultures through volunteering, my coursework (I ended up getting a Spanish minor), and studying abroad in Spain.

Alumni Video: Teaching English in Istanbul, Turkey with Sarah Tomlinson

Alumni Video:
Teaching English in Istanbul, Turkey with Sarah Tomlinson 

Seeking  a change from the political grind of the California State Legislature in Sacramento, Sarah Tomlinson took the International TEFL Academy's 170-Hour Online TEFL Certification Course and headed to Istanbul, Turkey to teach English.

From the caves of Cappadocia to the beaches of the Aegean in Izmir, Sarah discusses the joys of teaching English in Istanbul, Turkey, and how the experience changed not only her career path, but her life.

Ankara, Turkey English Teaching Q and A with Pouneh Eftekhari

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

What is your citizenship?                        

United States

What city and state are you from?      

Muskego, WI

How old are you?

29

What is your education level and background?                     

Master's Degree or Higher

Have you traveled abroad in the past?

Studied abroad

Istanbul, Turkey English Teaching Q and A with Ayni Hailicka

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

What is your citizenship?

United States

What city and state are you from?

Butte Falls, Oregon

How old are you?

22

What is your education level and background?

Bachelor's Degree

Have you traveled abroad in the past? 

Some international travel with friends, family, business, etc.

If you have traveled abroad in the past, where have you been?

Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Greece, Italy, France