Author: Jennifer Collis

JET program teacher, Alyssa, with her students

Everything You Need to Know About the JET Program in Japan

This popular teacher exchange program requires applicants to have a bachelor’s degree and a strong interest in Japanese culture, among other requirements. The salary is competitive and there are plenty of other benefits for participants, so let’s take a deeper look at JET to see if it’s right for you.

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Jen volunteering at an orphanage while she teaches abroad.

Beyond TEFL: Volunteer While Teaching Abroad!

One of the great things about going abroad to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL) is that you get to immerse yourself in a new culture and language, and hopefully make a difference not only in your own life but the lives of your students. It’s a great feeling, isn’t it? Making a difference […]

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Jonathan: Bridge Graduate in Cozumel, Mexico

Jonathan is a Bridge graduate whose path to teaching started with the Cambridge CELTA course in beautiful Playa del Carmen, Mexico. We interviewed him to learn about where his TEFL certification took him, including teaching on the island paradise of Cozumel.

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Teacher in Costa Rica

What is it Like to Teach English in Costa Rica?

Have you ever considered teaching English in Costa Rica? With its misty rainforests, dazzling Caribbean and Pacific beaches, and relaxed pura vida lifestyle, it’s no surprise the country continues to be a TEFL hot spot year after year. 

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English Teacher in Costa Rica

Yes, You Can Teach English Abroad Without a College Degree!

One of best things about the field of teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) is that it is open to just about anyone. There are opportunities to teach English abroad for teachers young and old, with or without teaching experience, who are native English speakers or not, and you can teach English abroad with or without college degrees. Basically, as long as you have an open mind and are flexible, there is sure to be a teaching location that fits your qualifications!

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Newly TEFL Certified? How to Gain Teaching Experience and Get Jobs Abroad!

Often times, those who enter the TEFL field have no experience in front of a class. Also, those who have gotten certified online likely didn’t complete a teaching practicum at all, so they, need the extra resume boost of teaching experience. Here are some tips on how to get TEFL experience before going abroad!

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Thinking of Teaching English Online? What You Should Know

The field of teaching English as a foreign language is always evolving. As part of that evolution, the specialized field of teaching English online has grown in recent years to meet the needs of students worldwide who cannot access in-person classes. What that means for TEFL certified teachers is plenty of opportunities to teach from the comfort of home– or from the comfort of anywhere in the world with an Internet connection!

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Vetting TEFL Employers Abroad: Tips to Avoid Scams and Land the Teaching Job You Want

Once you are TEFL certified and start browsing job sites, it’s easy to see there’s no lack of teaching jobs worldwide. While it’s exciting to have so many options, it can also be overwhelming. When applying to jobs abroad, perhaps in a country you’ve never even visited, you may wonder how you can be sure a teaching job is “legitimate.” Will the school that hires you follow through on the terms of their contract, regarding benefits and pay? As an experienced teacher who has worked in Africa, Central America and Europe, I can tell you that scams are much less common than you might fear, but it’s always a good idea to do your homework. To help you vet potential employers abroad before you sign on the dotted line, I offer these five tips.

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Can you take your pet with you when you teach English abroad?

Can I Take My Pet Abroad When I Teach English?

Worried about leaving Fluffy or Fido behind when you set off on your TEFL adventure? Here’s what you need to know about taking pets abroad with you to teach English.

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TEFL teacher in South Korea

Teacher Spotlight: Katie Murray Teaching English in South Korea

With high salaries and great benefits, plus a rich culture and proximity to some of the hottest travel destinations in the world (Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, etc.), South Korea is a major TEFL hot spot. If you’re curious what it’s like to teach there, then read our recent interview with Katie Murray, a 2013 TEFLOnline.com graduate who has been living and teaching English in South Korea since she finished her course!

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