Nomo FOMO in Juneau, Alaska

This summer, we finally took advantage of Matt’s fantastic flight benefits through his job at Ravn Air (he loads the bush planes!). We flew his parents up to Bethel to see the place, then flew to Juneau together for 4 days, and then flew back to RI together for 2 weeks. (Man, teacher summers are…

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Teaching ESL in Colombia

As part of Rhode Tripper’s informational directory for up-coming international ESL teachers, I interviewed fellow instructor Fischer Jackson* from the US about his experience teaching in Colombia.    Teacher Introduction I am from the United States. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and a Juris Doctor (entry-level law degree). I also have a…

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Planning For The First Days Of School As A First-Year Teacher

Let me warn you about your first days of school during your first-year of teaching—for a long time you’re going to feel like an absolute fraud. You will come home exhausted (and well after contract hours) after feeling like you’re just making everything up on the spot. You will feel like you are letting the…

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Popular Regions: Teaching ESL Abroad In The Middle East

The Middle East has a reputation for being the golden ticket in the ESL world. Schools here tend to pay the most, come with nice housing packages, and salaries are tax-free. Not a bad gig, by any means. On the other hand, because these are typically conservative Muslim countries, they are also quite a culture…

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Popular Regions: Teaching ESL Abroad In Asia

By far, the most popular region to teach for first time TEFL educators abroad is Asia. Logging on to Dave’s ESL Café will show about 75% of jobs coming from Asian countries like China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia. If you’re new to teaching, I would suggest this region as the best place to start.…

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How To Market Your TEFL Experience Later On

To the long-term dreamers (like me), teaching English abroad as a second language (TEFL) may seem like a pretty reckless option. In terms of immediate consequences, you have to move internationally! This comes with a whole host of problems. What You’re Probably Worried About… First, you’ll have to purge your belongings—sell what you don’t need, store what you…

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Teaching In Bush Alaska: How It Will Make You A Badass

When I first walked into the school, I was pleasantly surprised. It was not the dirty, poorly-equipped bush school I had expected. The building had newly carpeted floors throughout, fresh paint, a SmartBoard in every classroom, a fully stocked teacher workroom (something East Coast teachers only dream about!) and even a break room with free…

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Teaching ESL Abroad In Ecuador

While I was in my M.A. program in 2017, I volunteered in an intensive field-service course teaching ESL (TEFL) in the Henry David Orphanage in Conocoto, Ecuador, on the outskirts of the capital, Quito. When I scroll through the pictures today, I still smell the green mountain rain through the cloudy bus window, the summer scents in…

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4 Big Questions To Consider Before Your First Job Teaching Abroad

So, you know you want to travel. And you know teaching is a perfect opportunity to travel sustainably. Now what? You could just go to Dave’s ESL Café and apply for the first job you find. But you won’t. It can’t be that easy. Instead, you’ll spend hours doing research—first finding the right questions to ask, and…

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Why You Should Jump On The TEFL Bandwagon

  Ok, so you’re fresh out of college. Congrats! You finally have your degree—along with a ton of student loan debt, no job, and no experience. Awesome! You know what that means? You have no anchors! The world is your oyster! You have no house, no spouse, no kids (presumably), and nothing holding you back…

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