Havvah Holl | Student Affairs Manager

Havvah Holl | Student Affairs Manager

What's your role at International TEFL Academy?

I work in the Student Affairs department which means I’m responsible for helping students through all the in’s and out’s of finding a job abroad, as well as a lot of behind the scenes stuff that to keep everything humming along! I am also part of the ITA Charity Committee. Last but not least, I'm a two-time ITA Thanksgiving Throwdown Champion! 

What's your story?

I grew up in middle of nowhere Nebraska and moved to Iowa to study English at Drake University. I always wanted to travel outside of the US, and my opportunity came when I applied to teach English in China after I graduated from college. In the summer of 2007, I packed up my belongings and bought a one-way ticket to Kunming, China. I had never heard of it, I knew nothing about it, and I cried the whole way through the security line. I had no idea what to expect, I didn’t know if I could make it through a month there, much less the full year I was supposed to teach, or really what I had somehow gotten myself into. Three years later, after teaching countless classes to pretty much every age group, and traveling throughout China and Southeast Asia, I would finally make my way back to the States.

Now that I am the States, I like to spend my time traveling (obviously), cooking, gardening, playing bocce ball, biking, exploring Chicago, and planning my next international adventure.

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

I'm from Nebraska and went to school at Drake University in Iowa.

What countries have you visited?

The Netherlands, Germany, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama, and Colombia.

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

I taught English in China for three years. 

Why is travel important?

Travel is especially important to me, not just because of the new experiences, sights, sounds, etc., but also because it is a constant challenge. Whether I’m trying to communicate in a language I’ve never spoken or trying to figure out how to get from point A to point B on my next adventure, I find myself in situations that continue to challenge me.

Best travel advice?

Don’t forget your sunscreen and bug spray…ever! Nothing ruins a trip faster than a sunburn and bug bites.

Favorite: literature/media/music

Book: 1Q84 – Haruki Murakami – at 1000 + pages, it is long enough to get you through a lot of time spent in transit.

Food: All of it! Seriously there are very few foods I’ve met that I don’t like…

Website for travel: Any local expat site for the places I’m traveling too, like or

What is your favorite international cuisine?

I will eat anything. 

Why do you like working at ITA?

My favorite part of working at ITA, besides the great people, spontaneous fun events, and free food, is knowing that when I am talking to our students, I’m talking to people who are just like I was all those years ago. Each of the students that I get to talk to is getting ready to take a huge leap, and embark on their own exhilarating/harrowing experience abroad, and it’s great to get to be a part of that.

Havvah Holl ITA Student Affairs Manager
Havvah Holl ITA TEFL
Teach English Abroad Havvah Holl
International TEFL Academy Havvah Holl
Job Search Guidance ITA Havvah Holl
ITA TEFL Havvah Holl

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.