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Thailand

The Best Things to do in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand! The land of beautiful beaches, gorgeous skies, and clear blue water. A Mecca of the travel world that kicked off the Southeast Asia backpacking blitz decades ago. When we began planning our trip, we plotted a six week adventure up and down Thailand, exploring the coast and islands in great detail. Then this plan slowly shifted toward the rest ...

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Why Teaching ESL is the Perfect Start to a Teaching Career

Why Teaching ESL is the Perfect Start to a Teaching Career

I decided to teach ESL in South Korea, because I wanted to explore my interest in teaching English language learners.  I knew that it would require more schooling for me to teach here in the U.S., so I thought teaching ESL in South Korea would be the perfect way to test the waters before investing my time and money in ...

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Teaching English in Chile

Exploring a New Culture While Teaching English in Chile

Those of you who are interested in teaching English in Chile have probably heard of Santiago, and possibly Valparaíso, but I am sure that you have not heard of Angol, Chile. Neither had I until a few days before I pulled into the bus station. It was just before dawn in the middle of winter, and a grayish sky hung ...

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7 must-have travel items for teaching English overseas

7 Must-Have Travel Items for Teaching English Overseas

So you're thinking about starting your adventure teaching English overseas, but what do you take with you and what do you leave behind? How do you pack your whole life into a few suitcases and move to another country. The simple answer is you don't pack everything. Don't fall into the trap in which so many travelers and ESL teachers ...

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Teach English in India

Using Yoga to Teach English in India?

A teaching moment can appear when you least expect it. If you had told me I could use yoga to teach ESL, I would never have believed you, but then it happened while I was studying in India. It's another sweltering, brilliantly sunny day in Kovalam, India, a small seaside community in the southern state of Kerala; a haven ...

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Teaching English in Slovakia

5 Destinations in Slovakia to Add to Your Travel Bucket List

While Slovakia may not be the first location that comes to mind when you think of Europe, it is an often overlooked destination for ESL teaching. It provides many great teaching opportunities for TESOL/TESL/TEFL certified teachers, combined with beautiful landscapes and ancient tourist attractions and world heritage sites. I’ve had the pleasure of living in Slovakia as an ESL ...

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What's it Like Living and Teaching English in China?

What’s it Like Living and Teaching English in China?

"I'm in Zhongshan, China! Life is great. Where I live… by Eastern or Western standards, is paradise to me… There is golfing and swimming, security at every gate, beautiful red lanterns and we even have our own bus. There are villas and ten story buildings that seem to grow out of these beautiful mountains. There is landscaping for days ...

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How do I teach ESL without speaking the students' language?

How do I teach ESL without speaking the students’ language?

I stared at my new teacher incredulously. It was my very first Spanish class, and she was speaking in Spanish, only in Spanish. After the first class I was pretty irritated, but after a week or so it started to make sense. If I was going to learn Spanish, then I needed to be in a Spanish-speaking environment. The ...

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6 Questions to Help You Choose Where to Teach Abroad

6 Questions to Help You Choose Where to Teach Abroad

When I talk to prospective ESL teachers interested in going abroad, some already know exactly where they want to go. However, many others are not so sure. Some are trying to pick between a few top destinations, and others have no idea where they want to go. They are just excited to travel and teach abroad. Regardless of which camp ...

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