Meet The International TEFL Academy Staff

Meet Your Advisor Lauren

Lauren Davis

Admissions Advisor

Alumni Department

Charity Department

 What is your role at international TEFL Academy?

Admissions Advisor!

What's Your Story?

I’m from Southeast Louisiana (think Swamp People meets Duck Dynasty). When I was young my mom, a seasoned traveler, would tell me there was more to the world than the WalMart and Cracker Barrel twenty miles away. If you’ve ever been to a WalMart in the Deep South you’ll understand why I didn’t believe her. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, I moved to Colorado to finish high school. While the circumstances could have better, it was my first taste of living outside of the Pelican State- and I was sold. Two weeks after graduating college I packed up, backpacked Asia and then moved down to South America.

Lauren taught English in Argentina

Meet your Advisor Lauren Davis


What does travel and exploring the world mean to you?

If I'm not planning a trip, I'm probably sick.  It has been my lifestyle for a while and I wouldn't change it for anything. 


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

I’m from Hammond, Louisiana. I went to college at the University of Colorado (Go Buffs) majoring in International Affairs and Peace and Conflict Studies.

What countries have you visited?

Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Macau, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, the Netherlands, Peru, Scotland, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City, Vietnam and Wales.

What's next on your list?

"There is nowhere to go but everywhere" -Jack Kerouac

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

I worked in Buenos Aires teaching Business Professionals for an International Advertising Agency from 2012-2013.  Since then I lived and worked from our TEFL school in Heredia, Costa Rica in 2016. 

What was one of your most memorable travel experiences?

Hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain with two buddies and coworkers here at ITA.  A truely unbelievable and life-changing experience.

Best travel advice?

It's addicting, so prepare yourself. 



Having fun in Colombia

Teach English in Colombia

ITA Staff in Nicaragua

Nicaragua Teaching English Abroad

ITA Staff Holiday Party

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Name some of your favorite literature & media:

Apps: Skyscanner has some great flight deals. AirfareWatchdog sends amazing flight flash sales originating in your departure city.

Music: The White Stripes, Beck, Jazz, Weezer, Flaming Lips, Shakey Graves, Sleigh Bells, Pixies, Stepdad, Eels, Cake, Trumbone Shorty, Strokes and Rebirth Brass Band…the list goes on.

What is your favorite international cuisine?

100% Lebanese. Nothing even comes close!


Why do you like working at International TEFL Academy?

The people. I actually love them a lot. The staff trips, of course.

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

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