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Teaching Abroad: Our Stories

Eye Surgery in South Korea

After learning about how affordable laser eye surgery can be in South Korea, I decided to go under the laser. What's it like? Did it hurt? Why do the operation in Korea? Learn more about the costs and process of having laser eye surgery in a foreign land.

Speaking Games for ESL Students

Pat continues his short series of blogs on the use of Improvised Theatre techniques in an ESL classroom. This blog - use of props.

~~This is my first blog, as this is also my first journey to live aboard with my family.
The decision  to live aboard and bring my children was a great challenge.

Teaching Abroad in the UAE, Camel Spotting

You've interviewed, been offered, and accepted a position to teach in the UAE. The nervousness of the interview has worn off. The excitement of the offer has lightened. Reality is now setting in. You have to move your family half-way around the world! How are you going to do that? Do I bring them with me initially? Do I go on my own and have them come over later? What are the pros and cons of each option? Do I even have an option? These (and other) questions are valid and should be evaluated on a family by family basis. My best advice? Do your research and talk with your family.

Camels in the UAE

My family’s big adventure started when I was hired by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) in April 2014.  I would be moving my family nearly 8,000 miles away from their home and everyone they knew.  My husband and 16 year old son could not wait for the adventure to begin; my 12 year old was a bit more reserve.

Eating dinner with Friends in Korea

If you’re worried about what to do during all your free time here- stop. There’s so much to see and do especially if you’re on the mainland! I didn’t have Facebook before coming here, but it has proven to be immensely helpful in seeing what sorts of events are happening where and when.  You can easily get yourself to another province by bus or train if you’re on the mainland and many people leave Jeju for the weekend and spend it shopping/eating in Seoul or Busan.

Korean Students

"Puis-Je aller aux toilets?"

I don't remember much from high school French class, but I'll never forget how to ask to go to the bathroom. Why is that?

Because it was the only way I would get permission to go!

Niamh's English Students
What should you study? TEFL? TESL? TESOL? CELTA? Read to discover what each of these is useful for.
Tips on what to wear for teaching job in-person interviews.

Tips on what to wear for teaching job in-person interviews.

 I arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia at 4:00AM. The airport is not as modern as other international airports. You must exit the plane by way of steps and board a bus for transport to the terminal.