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Trustworthy tips, tales, and advice from Bridge's experienced staff

Tuesday December 18, 2012

Yes, You CAN Teach English Abroad!

You’re excited about the idea of teaching English abroad; the adventure, the experience, the change to learn a new language… And you’ve done enough research to know that you’re going to need a TEFL certificate to qualify for jobs. But you’re hesitating. TEFL courses cost money and they take time. What if you spend all that […]

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Happy Little Sunflower
Tuesday December 11, 2012

Teach Abroad: Make Positive Change Happen

January is a month to think about new beginnings. How can you make 2013 different than 2012 and all the years before? Is it realistic to think that you could be living and working in another country within six months? Can you really begin working toward that kind of radical positive change? Absolutely!

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Tuesday December 11, 2012

The Dancing with the Stars Guide to Becoming a Great TEFL Teacher

OK, so you are new to TEFL and you are feeling like one of the stars on Dancing with the Stars who has no clue how to dance, or in your case, how to teach English!  Here are 5 lessons to be learned from Dancing with the Stars to help you become a great English Teacher! 1. Pair up […]

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Dream TEFL Job
Monday December 10, 2012

TEFL as a Career Change: Guest Blog by George Mandeville

While the stereotypical TEFL teacher is just out of college, there are actually many people that come to TEFL later in life. As an example, we asked a recent graduate of ours, George Mandeville, to give us a brief history of the career path that eventually led him to TEFL.

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Thursday December 6, 2012

Teaching English and Learning Spanish in Chile: Thomas Heikes

Thomas Heikes is currently participating in the English Opens Doors program in the Araucania Region of Chile. I recently had the chance to catch up with him to find out a bit more about his experience learning Spanish during this program. –What was your level of Spanish when you began the English Opens Doors program? […]

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Tim Tebow
Wednesday November 28, 2012

Why Tim Tebow Should Have Spent 2012 Teaching English as a Foreign Language

This post was written by Matthew Clark Over the past two weeks, American football news coverage has swirled around the New York Jets and their backup quarterback, Tim Tebow, as a result of (at least) one teammate’s anonymous but well-publicized estimation of Tebow:  “He’s terrible.”  Ironic for a team that has just 4 wins and 7 losses […]

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Peak TEFL Hiring Season
Tuesday November 20, 2012

Tis the Season: Peak Hiring Seasons Around the World

Set yourself up to look for work during these peak hiring months! Demand for qualified teachers is high all around the world, but finding a job in many countries is significantly easier in certain months. It can make the difference between receiving many job offers or just a handful.

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Lisa Rooney
Friday November 16, 2012

A Few Questions with Bridge Vice President, Lisa Rooney!

Are you wanting to know more about teaching abroad or launching a new career? Lisa Rooney, Vice President of Bridge, told me about her experiences getting started with teaching English as a foreign language abroad. Q: Why did you choose to go with Bridge over other providers? A: Truthfully, I chose Bridge because I had […]

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Mandy Chavez – Guatemala
Tuesday November 13, 2012

Mandy Chavez – Guatemala

Where did you teach English? I was first introduced to teaching/tutoring English in my final semester of college. I tutored Spanish-speaking students preparing for their GED. I worked with students several times a week working on perfecting grammar and writing skills. That experience led me to then volunteer in an after school program for underprivileged […]

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Tuesday November 13, 2012

Teaching English and Learning Spanish in Chile: Brett Gastineau

I first got to know Brett Gastineau during his application to the English Opens Doors Program last February. Recently, I was able to catch up with him to ask a few questions about his experience learning Spanish while participating in this program. –What was your level of Spanish when you began the English Opens Doors […]

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