Carl Summers, Teacher in South Korea

Carl, 26, is a TEFLOnline.com graduate from Montreal, Canada, who taught in Jeongeup, South Korea. We asked him some questions about his experience in this popular Asian teaching destination. 

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Teaching English in China: Kimmy Bird

Kimmy had the opportunity to teach English in China, fulfilling her lifelong dream of living in the country. She shares her experience, and reminds us that culture shock is a growth opportunity, not a frustration!

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A Tale of Two Cultures: Escape Your Comfort Zone Teaching English Abroad

As a Program Advisor at BridgeTEFL, I was often asked if I’ve taught overseas myself and where. When I revealed that I taught English in Costa Rica and Morocco, I usually got a natural next question: how did those two places compare? While most people can imagine life in Costa Rica with its toucans, salsa dancing and laid-back, pura vida culture, Morocco is more of a mystery. I chose to go there because I wanted something totally different, and of course I got it!

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7 Tips to Avoid Culture Shock When Teaching Abroad

For those who are already working as teachers at home in the U.K, the idea of teaching abroad promises much to the otherwise stressed and under pressure teacher. It can provide for cultural experiences, as well as a different, more nourishing learning system than is found within the increasingly under pressure U.K. schools; and it […]

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How to Survive Awkward Moments in the TEFL Classroom

If you thought junior high was embarrassing, just wait until you become a TEFL teacher. The TEFL formula is a magic formula of being in a strange culture, speaking a different language, and standing up in front of a classroom, which leads to… DISASTER! Okay, I’m kidding. The magic TEFL formula actually leads to mind-opening […]

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How to Manage Abroad When You Don’t Speak the Local Language

  It’s a common misconception that you need to speak the language of a country in order to teach English there. While it’s certainly helpful for your day-to-day experience of getting around, grocery shopping or making local friends, it is not a requirement of EFL jobs. Rather, most schools foster a “total English immersion” environment […]

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English Teacher in Costa Rica

Teaching Abroad? How to Calm Safety Concerns from Friends and Family

You’re making plans to teach abroad and getting excited about going! Maybe you’ve chosen somewhere a bit off the beaten path, such as a developing country in Central America, or somewhere with a culture or religion very different from your own, like Asia or the Middle East. When you happily share this news with friends […]

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Learning And Living Through Culture Shock in China

  Recently, we talked to Mary about her experiences being a new TEFL Teacher in China – and she had a lot to say. While our bellies are resting from yesterday’s feast, we thought we’d share this story about the most vivid adventure she’s experienced so far, and how culture shock came unexpectedly during the holidays in […]

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Notes From The Field: First Day Of A Spanish Teaching Adventure

This is a guest post written by TEFL teacher, Steven Wheeler. As I was looking out at the roaming green hills of Cantabria and watching the rain hit the train window, I wondered why people thought Spain was so sunny. I was on my way to my first TEFL job in Santander, Spain and there […]

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Notes From the Field: Interview with Martin Higgins in Colombia

Martin Higgins took the Cambridge CELTA in Bogotá last year and is currently teaching in Colombia. Originally from Cambridge in the UK, he actually worked for Cambridge Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge and the parent body of Cambridge English Language Assessment, which issues the CELTA. His father also worked in the EFL industry for […]

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