Ashely Gavilanes | Digital Marketing Specialist

Ashely Gavilanes - ITA Digital Marketing Specialist

What is your role at International TEFL Academy?

I’m a Digital Marketing Specialist at ITA. 

What's your story?

I caught the travel bug early, thanks to family vacations. Although my travel style changed over the years, those trips to Mexico (my Grandpa's favorite place) sparked my love for travel. While I had some memorable high school trips, such as my first time visiting Europe (Spain) and London during college, it wasn't until after college that I focused on more long-term adventures. I was curious about how other cultures lived, what they valued, and how they went about their day-to-day lives. My first solo adventure and longer trip than one week was to Bali, where I taught, and then to Thailand and Singapore. Upon returning, I worked in NYC but quickly realized I wanted to go overseas again.

I moved to Chile for a year to teach English and continued to work as an ESL teacher for about a year and a half after that experience. During my time online teaching, my passion for creating content and desire to share my experiences as a Latina traveler in the travel space took off. Later, I decided to focus more on travel and content creation, so I moved again to Barcelona. There, I pursued my master's in travel journalism at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and started a passion project, a podcast about people's experiences navigating life abroad. Now I'm here at ITA, combining all the things I love!

Where are you from and where did you go to college?

I’m from New York and I went to school in Buffalo, NY, and studied at the University of Buffalo. 

What countries have you been to?

Spain, Germany, Croatia, Italy, Vatican City, England, Ireland, France, Andorra, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Bolivia, Canada, Kenya, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia (Bali), Dominican Republic, Aruba, Bahamas, and Barbados.   

Where have you lived/taught abroad?

I’ve taught in Bali and Chile and studied in Barcelona. 

Best travel story?

I can't remember my first experience abroad since I was young, but I remember my first solo trip to Bali, where I volunteered as an ESL teacher. Although I was no stranger to traveling, solo travel was a new experience for me, and I felt every emotion possible, but honestly, I mainly felt nervous, partially due to my 10-hour layover at the Singapore airport that gave me too much time to think (Tip: If there is any airport where you want to have a long layover, it's the Changi Airport. There is so much to do; the butterfly garden was my favorite). While I had doubts about whether I was making the right decision, I knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and it was. On this trip, I fell in love with teaching, met incredible travelers from around the world, visited a medicine man like Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love, and even experienced bed bugs. It was all for the plot, and I loved every second!  

Favorite ethnic food?

I can’t pick one but these are my top 3: Thai, Italian, and Mexican. 

What excites you about working at ITA?

Getting TEFL certified was my ticket to traveling the world, and because of it, I've had some of my most transformative experiences from teaching and living abroad. I am excited to have the opportunity to inspire others to have their own meaningful travel experiences abroad through teaching.

Teach English Abroad Ashely Gavilanes
Teach English Abroad Ashely Gavilanes
Teach English Abroad Ashely Gavilanes
Teach English Abroad Ashely Gavilanes
Teach English Abroad Ashely Gavilanes
Teach English Abroad Ashely Gavilanes

Meet The Rest of The ITA Crew

Meet The Team

ITA Team

Meet the ITA staff who has lived, traveled, and/or taught abroad and online extensively. We've been in your shoes so you can do it too.



ITA Professors

All of our Course instructors possess advanced degrees (Masters Degrees, PhD's or the equivalent) and at least 10 years of teaching & training experience. 



ITA Admissions Advisors

Before enrolling in a course, all students are provided with one-on-one pre-enrollment advice from expert advisors to determine how they can realistically achieve their goals of working as professional English teachers abroad & online.


Student Affairs

ITA Student Affairs Advisors

Following enrollment, students receive lifetime job search guidance through the Student Affairs Department to assist them in navigating the international job market, gaining employment, and preparing to travel and live abroad.