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........

Worldly Watering Holes: English Teachers & ITA Staff Pick Their Favorite Bars Around the Globe

 

By Helen Schenck

Here at International TEFL Academy we like to believe we are experts in a couple of things: advising students on teaching abroad, training them to go teach, and assisting them in actually finding work abroad! But, beyond that, there is one thing that each member of our staff is definitely an expert on: finding a good drink! As a staff who has traveled to over 80 countries around the world, we can easily say that we have been to some of the best, worst, smallest, biggest, most popular, and most hidden bars in the world! Below are some tips from the expert drinkers at ITA on bars all around the world that you need to check out!

4 Reasons why the Lonely Planet is an Essential Resource for English Teachers Abroad

In the digitally connected world of the 21st century, travelers enjoy access to exponentially more information and resources than ever before - often right at their fingertips.  From MatadorNetwork & TripAdvisor to Google Maps & countless apps, blogs and travel websites, the sheer amount of information accessible to travelers nearly anywhere in the world is mind-boggling and even overwhelming at times. Instant translators, currency converters, maps, menus, reviews - they're all instantly available on a smartphone that you can take virtually anywhere.

With all of these fantastic new tools at my disposal, I still find myself relying on the same resource that I did while backpacking through Europe, Asia & the Middle East back in the pre-digital age of the 1980s and early 90s - Lonely Planet Guides.  And the Lonely Planet is still the #1 travel resource I recommend to International TEFL Academy graduates heading to teach English abroad, whether it is their first adventure abroad, or if they are a  seasoned traveler.  Here are 4 reasons why:

Best Phone Apps to Have While Teaching English in Italy

By Lynda Galea

Moving to Italy to teach English, but don't speak a lick of the local language? Don't worry, there's an app for that. Not sure how to get around the new city you'll be living in, or where to grocery shop and find dinner? You guessed it, there's an app for that too! These days, mobile apps are making our lives that much easier; there's virtually an app for almost everything! Whether you're vacationing in Italy for an extended period of time, or teaching English there indefinitely, here are some of the most convenient and useful apps to have on your phone while navigating life in Italy. 

Best Phone Apps to Have While Teaching English in Mexico

By Lynda Galea

Moving to teach English in Mexico, but don't speak a lick of the local language? Don't worry, there's an app for that. Not sure how to get around the new city you'll be living in, or where to grocery shop and find dinner? You guessed it, there's an app for that too! These days, mobile apps are making our lives that much easier; there's virtually an app for almost everything! Whether you're vacationing in Mexico for an extended period of time, or teaching English there indefinitely, here are some of the most convenient and useful apps to have on your phone while navigating life in Mexico. 

Best Phone Apps to Have While Teaching English in Spain

By Lynda Galea

Moving to teach English in Spain but don't speak a lick of the local language? Don't worry, there's an app for that. Not sure how to get around the new city you'll be living in, or where to grocery shop and find dinner? You guessed it, there's an app for that too! These days, mobile apps are making our lives that much easier; there's virtually an app for almost everything! Whether you're vacationing in Spain for an extended period of time, or teaching English there indefinitely, here are some of the most convenient and useful apps to have on your phone while navigating life in Spain. 

Best Phone Apps to Have While Teaching English in Japan

By Lynda Galea

Moving to teach English in Japan, but don't speak a lick of the local language? Don't worry, there's an app for that. Not sure how to get around the new city you'll be living in, or where to grocery shop and find dinner? You guessed it, there's an app for that too! These days, mobile apps are making our lives that much easier; there's virtually an app for almost everything! Whether you're vacationing in Japan for an extended period of time, or teaching English there indefinitely, here are some of the most convenient and useful apps to have on your phone while navigating life in Japan. 

5 Reasons to Leave Your Cat Home When You Teach English Abroad


By Lynda Galea

For many of us, one of the most difficult aspects of travel abroad is parting ways with our beloved pets. Whether it's just a weekend away or long-term travel, you almost always find yourself worrying about whether your brother is following the feeding schedule you left him, if your room mate is cleaning out the kitty litter as often as you asked of them, or if your cat is missing you as much as you are missing them (the answer is almost always no).