Meet The International TEFL Academy Staff

meet ITA administrative assistant erika greenia

Erika Greenia

Student Affairs Representative

 What is your role at international TEFL Academy?

Student Affairs Representative, Alumni Department. I'm also an ITA Thanksgiving Throwdown Champion!

What's Your Story?

I am a Midwest girl who loves to travel, read and spend time on the Great Lakes. I can often be found in various colors of flannel, drinking coffee and arguing with pals about politics or planning my next journey.

Erika taught English in Thailand for 4 years!

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

I am from Grand Blanc, Michigan which is a small town outside of Flint. I graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Social Relations & Policy, a dual degree in Comparative Cultures & Politics and a specialization in Asian Studies.

What countries have you visited?

Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Germany, France, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, MalaysiaChina, India, Pakistan, Nicaragua

What's next on your list?

Cuba, Chile, Mexico!

Where have you lived, worked or traveled abroad long-term?

Taught English in Bangkok, Thailand, for four years!

What was one of your most memorable travel experiences?

Thai people LOVE days off. As a teacher, you get amazing vacations and long weekends. We had about ten days off for a random holiday so myself, my Spanish friend, my British friend and my pal from the States decided to travel from the top of Vietnam (Hanoi) to the bottom (Saigon) in ten days. Vietnam is huge and I highly recommend not trying to see the whole place in ten days...

We took overnight trains/buses almost every night. During one of our overnight train excursions and being the ‘live on a shoe-string’ kind of group, we reserved a room in the section of the train usually reserved for locals. When we got on the train, we realized we would be sharing our bunks with two others. The night began with us and two Vietnamese older men. Within about five minutes, one of the men decided to try his best to court my British pal.

Through hand gestures and google-translate, the courtship hilariously ended and we fell asleep. Shortly after, the older men departed and were replaced by two younger men who loved Lady Gaga. We listened to her latest jams on blast for a couple of hours. At this point we are well into the early morning hours. Our new friends got off, I fell asleep and about an hour later I awoke to the sound of a creature trying to escape from a box. I looked down and noticed that our newest bunk-mates had brought a couple boxes of chickens along for the ride.

The chickens were clearly unhappy with their situation and made it well-known to our cabin. We finished the ride with these new pals and learned that if you are going to expect to actually sleep during an overnight train ride, you should probably spend the extra five bucks and reserve a space large enough for your group and in the special ‘VIP foreigner’ area.


The Thrill of Travel

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Exploring Nicaragua

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ITA Staff Leah & Erika in Thailand!

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What is your favorite international cuisine?

Indian Food


Why do you like working at International TEFL Academy?

Working at ITA is awesome because I’m constantly surrounded by people passionate about international travel and teaching!

"I’m happy to share my story in hopes of helping other
International TEFL students connect to the world."

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