I was motivated to become an ESL teacher to have a career with which I could travel. I didn’t want to be tied to one place or one company, and becoming an ESL teacher gives me the freedom to work basically anywhere around the world. Not only is the career flexible, but it is also viable, as ESL teaching is a fast growing industry with great opportunities.
When I was a university student I studied in China for one semester, and I had such an amazing experience that I decided to come back for work. I like being an ESL teacher because I have the opportunity to help real people solve real problems. Sometimes, the problem is passing an exam, or getting a job, or studying abroad. However, for every class and student I teach, I am also helping someone.
About the author: Ian Bonnano is currently teaching English with EF English First in Shanghai, China.
I worked and lived in the beautiful coastal city of Shimonoseki as part of the JET Programme in 2015-2016. It was an experience of a lifetime.
When thinking about the best and most challenging parts about living and working in Japan, I instantly thought of “ESID” – “Every Situation is Different.” This is a saying on the JET Programme that may sound like a cliché, but which holds so much truth. I’ve reflected on this, and here’s my take on ESID now.
About the author: Melissa is a graduate of the 120-hour Advanced TESOL certificate course. She taught English for one year in Japan and currently teaches English privately in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
My motivation for becoming an ESL teacher began with learning foreign languages, combined with my love of working with children. I had toyed with the idea of teaching all through university, but it wasn’t until I put it into practice, in schools in France and India, that I realized how much I enjoyed it and wanted to continue doing it. I researched TESOL/TEFL courses and decided to kick-start my ESL career.
About the author: Anna Hough is currently teaching English with EF English First in Guangzhou, China.
Being an ESL teacher gives me the opportunity to travel the world and to have a job in almost every country. I also love how enriching and beautiful it is to teach a student something new, or something that he/she is not familiar with.
I also enjoy making new friends from around the world and learning from new and different cultures.
It’s best to seize any opportunity which allows you to travel. I teach English in Turkey or Izmit specifically, because of the diversity that exists in Turkish culture and the country’s beautiful history.
About the Author: Riad Mansouri is currently teaching English with American Life in Izmit, Turkey
I was motivated to become an ESL teacher so that I could help people achieve their goals and to be proud of my career choice at the same time. I also wanted to give my family the opportunity to see the world and experience a diverse culture for an extended period of time.
About the Author: Keith Downing is teaching English online from the Shanghai office.
Immersing myself in the Thai culture has been such a joy. I am living in Thailand to see and to learn about other parts of the world while sharing what I know and making good use of my language skills and education. I chose Bangkok because of its affordability, diverse mix of people, and world-renowned reputation for being one of the friendliest cultures in the world.
About the Author: Dorian Galindo is teaching English in Thailand with BFITS.
I am teaching English in the Isan region. It is relatively close to other places such as Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia, so this was an attractive feature because I wanted to visit these countries in my free time.
One of the things I love about teaching English in Thailand is that I have a much better work-life balance than my teacher friends in the U.S. I’m able to enjoy an active social life, live in a nice house (which even includes a cleaning service three times a week), and go to a job I enjoy every day.
I think there’s something rewarding about making the choice to live in a different country that unites people from diverse backgrounds and creates a basis for strong relationships.
About the Author: Caroline Kenward is teaching English in Thailand with BFITS.
I came to Bangkok, Thailand because I felt the desire to learn about Thai culture. The culture exchange is an invaluable experience for me. I highly value learning from people who have different experiences, beliefs and values. It provides diverse perspective on life that I think keeps me constantly growing and learning.
I have been in Thailand for 9 months and I love it. The experience has altered the way I perceive the world and how flexible I am in my surroundings.
About the Author: Anna Pierce is teaching English in Thailand with BFITS. Get free job placement in Thailand with OnTESOL!