Meet The International TEFL Academy Staff


Helen Schenck

Admissions advisor

Video Department

 What is your role at international TEFL Academy?

I am an admissions advisor who helps people just like you get abroad. I also work in our video department helping our alumni tell their stories!

What's Your Story?

Born on a farm in the appropriately named Comfort, Texas, I always dreamed of getting to the big city. After living all around the USA, I finally traded in my boots and belt buckles for a passport and a handful of Euros. I have always been called to Spain as I was obsessed with the language, culture….and siestas.

I explored Spain from top to bottom, east to west…and to this day, I still want more! This fall me and a couple of my colleagues with be taking on the Camino de Santiago. My favorite countries to visit are Spanish speaking ones, as I love the challenge to learn a culture through a new dialect. When I am not hitting the streets in Spanish speaking paradises, you can find me running around Chicago playing volleyball, doing improv, doing ceramics, practicing Spanish, and checking if my editor is paying attention!

Helen taught English in Madrid, Spain!

TEFL Certification Nicaragua


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

Albuquerque, New Mexico 505 represent! Went toLoyola University Chicago; International Studies & Spanish

What countries have you visited?

Spain, India, France, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Ireland, Czech Republic, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, England, Austria, Slovakia, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia

What's next on your list?

Chile, Greece, and Cuba (before McDonalds gets there!)


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

I went to school and taught in Madrid, Spain for over a year.

What was one of your most memorable travel experiences?

On our company trip to Nicaragua, we stumbled upon a parade in Leon, and as anyone familiar with that region can attest to, parades are to Nicaragua as wind is to Chicago. In the middle of the seemingly impromptu madness, a camera wielding reporter was looking for someone who spoke Spanish to interview for the Nicaraguan news. Soooooo I was I was FINALLY able to have my Latin American television debut. Pro tip:  

Best travel advice?

Learn the language of the country you move to! It’s the only way to really immerse yourself in a culture, and you may even be able add it to your IMDB page! 


Having fun in Nicaragua


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Teach English in Europe

Name some of your favorite literature & media:

Books: “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway

Films: Y Tu Mamá También

Music: Going to California- Led Zeppelin

TV: Cuéntame cómo Pasó 

What is your favorite international cuisine?

Saag paneer….wait Pho….wait tortilla española 

Why do you like working at International TEFL Academy?

Everyday I am jammin’ with like-minded people who have been there done that….and are ready for the next adventure: be it at the water cooler in our office in Lincoln Park, or in uncharted waters off the coast of Cartagena!

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

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