The TEFL Insider
Trustworthy tips, tales, and advice from Bridge's experienced staff
When I was a little girl, my dream was to live in China. I was obsessed with anything Chinese and even had a little doll named “Min.” Honestly, I never thought I’d actually make it to there—it was just a dream. But as a young adult, I found myself applying to teach kids in China, and the next thing you know I found myself in southern China! I had never experienced humidity before, so imagine my surprise as my glasses fogged up as I stepped from the air-conditioned airport to the parking lot outside–– I had arrived!
Have you thought of teaching English in Chile? With mind-blowing natural beauty, exciting city life in Santiago and a high demand for English teachers throughout the country, Chile is calling your name. Requirements to teach here are flexible, so you can either get TEFL certified online before you go, or at BridgeChile right in Santiago. When you graduate, you’ll find plenty of opportunity to teach adult professionals looking to improve their English skills for the global marketplace.
From my first visit to Italy, to the city of Florence in 2012, I had an unique connection. After exploring different options, I decided that getting certification as a English teacher was a way of obtaining my dream of living in Italy. After receiving a copy of my certification I got to work and found a list of English Schools in Italy… and decided that the Inlingua School of Parma was the right fit for me.
Jonathan is a Bridge graduate whose path to teaching started with the Cambridge CELTA course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico in 2010. After the CELTA, Jonathan taught in Colombia for almost a year, then returned home to teach and earn his master’s degree in education. Now he’s teaching abroad once again– this time in beautiful Cozumel, Mexico, where we recently caught up with him.
During college, our newest staff member, Anna Williams, spent 5 months studying throughout Ecuador. During that time, she became something of an expert in homestays, having stayed with 4 different families in various parts of the country. These, she says, were the experiences she cherishes most from her time in Ecuador. If you’re considering a homestay, read about Anna’s experience before you decide!
Taylor, a TEFLOnline.com graduate from Pennsylvania, is currently working as an English teacher in Japan. She teaches classes of adult students for the Japanese American Society, which is on the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in Iwakuni, Japan. We recently asked Taylor to tell us about her experience so far living and working in Japan.
Alan Tomko is a TEFLOnline.com graduate who went on to teach in China, where he is currently living. He shared some of his interesting experiences there, including making friends with the help of translation software and the feeling of being treated like local celebrity in everyday life! When did you arrive in China and how […]
I remember when I first got the idea to teach English abroad in Costa Rica. I knew next to nothing about the process back then, but it seemed like plenty of people were eager to give me their advice on the subject—and it was mostly negative. People told me that there were no teaching jobs in […]
When I was excitedly making plans to teach English in Costa Rica, there was one issue on my mind that I was afraid would keep me from going abroad: what to do with my cat. I loved Elliott and didn’t want to leave him behind (who would keep him for a year, anyway?), but could […]
Teaching English abroad is an adventure that is open to more and more people every year as the demand for English continues to grow worldwide. Best of all, there is a teaching location that fits just about every teacher’s background, age or education level. If you would like to teach English abroad, but you don’t yet hold a 4-year bachelor’s degree, you’re in luck! Here are 5 amazing countries where you can teach without a college degree!