Meet The International TEFL Academy Staff


Andrew Hines

Admissions advisor

 What is your role at international TEFL Academy?

Admissions Advisor

What's Your Story?

After finishing college I returned to Chicago to work for an IT company. Although I hated my daily routine of sitting in a cubicle, I spent more than 2 years at that company. One day I decided enough was enough, got TEFL certified with the International TEFL Academy and moved to Busan, South Korea. I am so so happy I did and I wish I had done it sooner. After a year in Korea I am back in Chicago helping people achieve their dreams of traveling and living abroad!

Andrew taught English in South Korea!

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Where are you from, where did you go to college & what did you major in at college?

Born and raised in Chicago, I went to the University in Kansas where I studied political science...but let's be real I had no clue what the heck I wanted to do with my life.

Where Have You Lived/Taught Abroad

The only time I have lived abroad for an extended period of time was when I was teaching in South Korea.

What countries have you visited?

 Italy, France,  GermanyJapanSouth KoreaMexicoCuba, Spain, England, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Indonesia, Thailand

Describe Your First Travel Experience

I did some traveling with my family growing up, but my first experiencing traveling solo was a backpacking trip through Europe when I was 25. It sparked my love for travel and inspired me to find a way to live abroad...which is one big reason I started teaching English!

ITA Staff at the Cubs game!

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Having some fun in Cuba

Greece Teaching English Abroad

The Thrill of Travel

Teach english abroad in Asia

Name some of your favorite Music:

Music: I come from a musical family so I can appreciate good music no matter what genre. Tame Impala, Anderson.Paak, Bob Marley to name a few.


What is your favorite international cuisine?

This is an impossible question, but I have to go with Mexican. Nothing beats good tacos.

Why do you like working at International TEFL Academy?

Making money while traveling abroad is not just a’s actually extremely doable. I have the opportunity to help people realize this every single day. To me, that’s really cool.

I can't wait to help you travel the world!

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