Author: Sarah Athanas

How to Survive Awkward Moments in the TEFL Classroom

If you thought junior high was embarrassing, just wait until you become a TEFL teacher. The TEFL formula is a magic formula of being in a strange culture, speaking a different language, and standing up in front of a classroom, which leads to… DISASTER! Okay, I’m kidding. The magic TEFL formula actually leads to mind-opening […]

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Reflections on Life Abroad: How to Live with No Regrets

  When I turned twenty five, I was a volunteer English teacher in Chilean Patagonia. My host family threw me a big party, and my host mother, Maria Teresa, had a few things to say. “When I was your age,” she announced to my friends and me, “I had two sons. I had a house. I had farmland. […]

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What You Need to Know About Money and Teaching Abroad

Are you thinking about teaching abroad? Are you worried about how you’ll finance such an adventure? Or maybe you heard that you can make lots of money as an EFL teacher and you are wondering if it is true? Read on for everything you need to know about money and teaching abroad. How much money […]

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18 Surefire Signs You’re a TEFLer in Chile

Here’s a little love for our past and present TEFL teachers living in Chile. Because the best things about life in Chile are not on the pages of your travel guide. You know you’re a TEFLer in Chile when: 1. You respond immediately when someone calls out “tia” or “tio”. 2. You think Sahne-Nuss is […]

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TEFL Better with LinkedIn

You might be using social media to share your best photos, stories, and rants about teaching abroad, but are you using it to become a better teacher? Perhaps it’s time to graduate to LinkedIn, where the grown-ups and professionals hang out. You’ll find tons of groups and networks full of TEFL teaching jobs, resources, and […]

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Hate Being Hot? Teach In South America This Summer!

Some of you can’t wait for the summer months to arrive: the heat of the afternoon sun, cold beer and baseball games, and melty ice cream cones. And then there are those of you who brace against the first waves of heat. You get grumpy when you sweat and prefer to blast the AC, creating […]

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4 Typical ESL Students You’ll Find in South America

One of the best things about teaching English is the variety of people you’ll get to meet as your students. Whether you teach English in bustling Buenos Aires, sleek Santiago, or beautiful Brazil, you can expect to run into a great variety of ESL students from different industries and walks of life. Here are the […]

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TEFL Journal

Journal Your Way to TEFL Success

Journaling is not just for backpackers and sweet sixteens! In fact, the humble journal can be your best teaching tool in the TEFL classroom. Here at Bridge, we recommend taking the time to jot a few notes at the end of each class in your own TEFL journal, and here’s why: 1. You’ll get ideas […]

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Teach English in Argentina

How Teaching in Argentina Will Change Your Life

  Yes, we’ve said it until we’re blue in the face: teaching abroad will change your life. And it really, truly will. No matter where you go to study or teach, you will learn lessons about yourself and your fellow human beings that you might never have learned at home. Here are just a few […]

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5 Slang Words That Will Make You Sound Like An Argentine

So you’re ready to teach abroad in Argentina? If you’ve been studying a proper form of Spanish, you might be in for a surprise when you touch down in the land of vino, tango, and dulce de leche. Argentine Spanish has a unique accent that you will not find anywhere else in South America. And as with any […]

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