Bridge Voices (Alumni Insights)

Hear from Bridge students and grads all over the globe who are fulfilling their TEFL/TESOL goals by teaching English abroad, online, and in their home countries. Find out what a day in the life is like for these English teachers, how their Bridge course has helped them achieve their teaching goals, and what their future teaching plans are. Bridge voices can be found all over the world, hear their stories today!

Niels, from Peru, Creating a Better Workplace Through Technical English

Niels has made a difference in the lives of colleagues at his company by combining his two areas of expertise: petroleum engineering and the English language. He details how having this specialized knowledge has helped his career and benefited him as an ESL teacher.  

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Brenda, English teacher in Chile

Brenda, From the US, Weathering the Global Crisis as a Teacher in Chile

Like many English teachers abroad, Bridge graduate, Brenda Arellano, was caught by surprise when the pandemic pushed the government to impose stay-at-home protocols, pausing her role with the organization in Chile where she taught. Luckily, she found online English teaching jobs through the Bridge Job Board, which have allowed her to remain in the country […]

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Asma Klai, from Tunisia, Teaching in Istanbul

Asma Klai, from Tunisia, Teaching in Istanbul

A promising job opportunity had Bridge graduate, Asma, packing her bags to venture into an English teaching career in Istanbul. She gives us a picture of her experience adapting to a foreign culture and succeeding as an ESL teacher in Turkey.

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Iranian Teachers, Nasim, in Azerbaijan

Nasim, Iranian English Teacher in Azerbaijan

Bridge student Nasim, moved across cultures and seized an opportunity to teach English in Baku, Azerbaijan. We interviewed her about adapting as a foreigner, her current life as a teacher, and what job prospects are for other ESL teachers in this history-filled country.

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A Week in the Life of an Online English Teacher

Ever wonder what it’s like to work full-time as an online English teacher? Mari has been in the field for a few years now, working for two different online tutoring companies as she travels the world as a digital nomad. Currently based in Scotland, she shares a snapshot of a week in her life as an online teacher.

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Erin CoyIe, English teacher in Oman

Experienced EFL Teacher, Erin, Transitions from China to Oman

After a five-year stint teaching English in China, Erin is now a college English instructor in Oman. We caught up with her to discuss her experience teaching in the Middle East, how she’s had to adapt to online teaching during the coronavirus pandemic, and the direction she sees her career taking next.

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10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Becoming a Freelance English Teacher

As an experienced online and classroom-based teacher who made the shift to working for herself as a freelancer, Krzl learned plenty of lessons along the way. Check out her advice for anyone thinking of making a similar move to become a freelance English tutor.

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Cristina, Business English Teacher in Buenos Aires

Bridge Grad, Cristina, Experienced Business English Teacher in Buenos Aires

Cristina specializes in teaching adult professionals in her home country, Argentina. We recently spoke with about the power of learning English, the impact she’s had on her students, and how her pre-coronavirus decision to get certified to teach English online has paid off.

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Joshua, English Teacher in Belarus, Eastern Europe

Joshua, From the U.S., Teaching English in Belarus for Over Four Years

Joshua moved from the U.S. to Belarus to give back to people in a country where he has ancestral ties. He has now been living and teaching in this Eastern European location for over four years and hopes to stay much longer.

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Olivia, Online Teacher with VIPKid

Digital Nomad, Olivia, Teaching English Online With VIPKid

Previously a music teacher, Olivia has been teaching English classes to kids with well known online tutoring company, VIPKid, for two years now. She shares details of the job, including what she considers the biggest perk – the freedom to live as a digital nomad!

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