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!

Teacher Spotlight: Johanna in China

Johanna, 18, is a graduate from Düsseldorf, Germany who recently taught in China. We interviewed her to learn more about what brought her to China, how her first ever teaching experience went, and about her travels around China and to Singapore and Hong Kong!

Read More Graduate, Linda: Online Teacher and Career Counselor

Linda is a graduate from Boston, Massachusetts, who is currently teaching English online. Linda also works as a Career Counselor for a small non-profit organization based at Boston Medical Center, the largest safety net hospital in New England. Linda provides career services to refugees and asylum seekers from countries experiencing political unrest or long-term economic insecurity. Here, she discusses her teaching and counseling experience.

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Returning Home After Teaching Abroad: Caitlin’s Experience

There are many hard things about returning from living abroad. Think about it…you’ve been experiencing a new culture and language, and your way of life and worldview are now completely different. Coming home is scary, not to mention what you will do job-wise. There are a lot of options and depending on your qualifications, you can do pretty much anything

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How to Succeed in the IDELT Online (TEFL course) While Working Full-Time

Before starting the International Diploma in English Language Teaching, a graduate-level online TEFL course, I was nervous about the workload, especially since I was working over 40 hours a week. Looking back now that I’ve graduated, there were certain techniques that worked to keep me motivated and spread out my workload. Here are my “dos and don’ts” for taking a course like the Bridge IDELT Online while working full time:

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Interview with Taylor: Teacher in Japan

Taylor, 23 is a graduate from Tarentum, Pennsylvania who is currently teaching in Japan. She works for the Japanese American Society on the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in Iwakuni, Japan, where she teaches English to adult, intermediate-level students. I asked Taylor some questions about her experience so far as a teacher in Japan. 

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Alan Tomko, Teacher in China

Interview with Alan Tomko: Teacher in China

lan Tomko is a graduate who went on to teach English in China. He shares some of his most interesting experiences in the country, including making friends with the help of translation software and the feeling of being treated like a local celebrity in everyday life!

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Catching up with Sarah, Teach in Thailand Program Alum

Sarah is in her twenties and a college graduate from Virginia with a degree in Business Management. She recently completed a 5-month teaching contract through the Bridge Teach in Thailand Program. In the program, she was placed in a paid teaching position and provided with housing and in-country support while abroad. I had the chance to interview Sarah and ask her about her experience in Thailand. 

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Teaching in China

Donald’s Journey From U.S. Public School Teacher to TEFL in Asia!

Donald is a BridgeTEFL graduate who went on to teach English in Asia – first in southern Taiwan and then at Ningbo City College of Vocational Technology and at Taizhou university in mainland China, where he is today.  During his time teaching abroad, he conducted a five-year educational research study and has written an article on teaching methodologies

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Bridge Grad “Jet Lagged Jess” Tells Us Why She Got TEFL Certified in Chile

Jess describes herself as a “20-something New Zealander who is leaving the nest” for an adventure in South America. She got TEFL certified via our 4-week Bridge IDELT course in Santiago in order to become an English teacher in Chile and make it her new home base. In her blog, Jet Lagged Jess, she shares all about her experiences abroad in Chile– from choosing her TEFL certification course and details of her first job to the sights she’s seen, places she’s traveled, foods she has eaten, and more.

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Teaching English in Colombia

Meet Julie: CELTA Grad Teaching English in Colombia!

Julie is a BridgeTEFL graduate who took the Cambridge CELTA course in Medellin, Colombia in March 2015. After graduation, she started her job search and landed a teaching position in Manizales, Colombia, where her adventure living abroad in South America continues! I asked Julie to share with us about her experience, such as why she chose to […]

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