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5 Fun Activities for Your English Club

English teachers abroad can have a great impact on their students, and you might find yourself being asked to form or supervise an extracurricular English club. This is a great opportunity — for reasons you might overlook! For the students, of course, these clubs provide a fun and engaging environment to chat with a native English speaker, get extra help ...

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How One Intrepid Teacher Landed a Dream Job in Korea (Without a Degree!)

Let’s time travel back to February 2021: I had just turned 25 and had quite literally a quarter-life crisis. The pandemic had undoubtedly put a pin in my previous plans of becoming a lawyer, and I was now a manager at the same job that I had been working at since I was 16 years old. I never wanted ...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Renting in Japan and Korea

For new ESL teachers on their way overseas, there’s a lot to think about – contracts, language and cultural differences, how to teach effectively and, of course, living arrangements. In Japan and Korea, this last one can work a little differently than in other countries, and so it seems worthy of a closer look. When moving to Korea or ...

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Teach Abroad at Any Age

One common question that often arises for teachers over the age of 50 who are considering embarking on the journey to teach English overseas is: are there teaching positions available for mature teachers? Although the idea of teaching English abroad often conjures up images of young, recent university graduates, there are many opportunities available in the ESL world for more ...

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Do I Really Need a Work Visa to Teach English Overseas?

Getting a work visa to teach English overseas is, for many prospective teachers, a bit like going to the dentist – it’s not something we’re looking forward to with eager anticipation, but we know it’s important and has to be done. It’s also very common for a number of questions to arise when contemplating the topic of work visa ...

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Germany Offers Job Seekers a Door into Western Europe

Western Europe, home to numerous countries famous for fashion, food, wine, old-world architecture, and culture, is one of the most highly sought-after regions for EFL teachers. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most difficult places to find a school willing to sponsor a work visa. Germany offers one solution that may be music to the ears of job seekers ...

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What You Can Buy for a Dollar in Japan

  Teachers the world over know that the dollar store is a great place to get teaching supplies. Classrooms always need pencils, paper, and props for lessons. While Japan doesn’t use the dollar, those embarking on a teaching adventure there can still get everything they need for their classroom at the hyakuen, or 100-yen store. Chains like Daiso and ...

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PyeongChang 2018: An Unforgettable Experience

During my time teaching in South Korea, I tried to make it to as many sporting events as possible. Mostly, this consisted of watching Jeonbuk Hyundai dominating the K-League or trying to comprehend what was happening while watching Kia Tigers play baseball. Over the years, there were also some bigger occasions: I managed to see Korea take on Brazil ...

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