54 Years Old and Loving Teaching Abroad

54 years old and loving teaching abroad

“Is teaching abroad just for recent college grads and young people?”

It’s a common question we receive at LanguageCorps, but the short answer is no, teaching abroad is not just for “young” people.

Age restrictions vary by location, and many of our teachers ARE in their 20s or 30s, but we’ve also had people in their 60s and beyond participate in our programs.  If you are enthusiastic and young at heart, in many countries, the only limits are those that you place upon yourself!

Today’s alumni interview with Pat in Turkey is a prime example of just that.  Pat began his adventure teaching English abroad at the young age of 54, and it has been awesome hearing about his experience!  Check out Pat’s story below:

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LanguageCorps November Discount – Teach English in Asia!  

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?  

At LanguageCorps, we’re thankful for travel!  It’s been another great year of helping people teach English in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, and to celebrate, we’re offering a limited-time discount on our TESOL Certification Courses in Southeast Asia.

For our programs in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia starting between November 10, 2014 and June 15, 2015, we are offering $200 off the program fee for people that enroll during the month of November. It’s that easy!

If you’re thinking about teaching English in Asia, there’s no better time to start than now.  You’ll get to live in a fascinating location and explore some of the most unique destinations in the world, all while making a profound difference in the lives of your students, supporting the community around you, AND earning money as a paid English teacher.

This offer is valid for deposits received during the month of November 2014, for LangaugeCorps Southeast Asia programs starting between November 10, 2014 and June 15, 2015(does not include China or Taiwan programs).

For more information on LanguageCorps TESOL Certification Programs in Southeast Asia, please see http://www.languagecorps.com/teach-english-asia/.

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Things to Consider Before you Teach English in Thailand

By Kat Apelian

When I chose to teach English in Thailand at the end of 2012, I had very little idea what I was jumping into. Like most, I had never been to Asia, and no place was further away from my hometown.

But what I did have was a lot of was city experience.

Lighting storm in Bangkok



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Alumni Interview: Teaching English in Europe with Allison

Continuing with the theme of teaching English in Europe, today we are happy to share an alumni interview with Allison.  Allison is currently living out her dream of living and working in Spain, and teaching abroad was her means of accomplishing that goal.  At the time of this interview Allison was living just outside of Barcelona, teaching English to young children and organizing private sessions on the side.  Great to hear from a participant that is making the most of her experience and loving life in Spain!  And in case you missed it, don’t forget to check out our last alumni interview with Taylor in Florence.

Barcelona At Night

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Leaving It All to Teach English in Spain

Leaving It All to Teach English in Spain

by Lauren Hartley

I never imagined that I would leave home to teach English in Spain, but my desire to live abroad began after my friend and I visited Europe together for the first time in 2007. Between the summers of 2007 and 2008, we’d traveled to more than 10 European countries, the last of which was Spain. I loved every country we visited, but Spain was the place that I loved the most with its sunny weather, beautiful beaches and palm trees (something we don’t get in Ohio!), and the perfect place to improve my Spanish. I told myself from that moment that I would return to live in Spain after graduating college.


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The 2014 LanguageCorps Media Contest

The time has come to announce the 2014 LangaugeCorps Media Contest!  

If you previously participated in a LanguageCorps Program (TESOL Certification, TESOL Plus, Flagship, TeachChina, TeachTaiwan, Volunteer or Online TEFL), or are currently participating, then you are eligible to submit (just please don’t reuse work from previous contests).  We have a couple different categories this year to switch things up, so check out the details below and send us your best stuff. You could win some cash and have your work featured on our networks across the web!


1) Video Testimonial

Submit a short (under one minute) video about your LangaugeCorps experience, and how teaching abroad has changed your life.

First Prize: $200

Runner Up: $100

2) Photo Contest

Submit your best photos from your time teaching abroad.  Get creative!

First Prize: $150

Runner Up: $75

3) Writing Contest

Submit 500-1000 words about how teaching English abroad has changed your life.

First Prize: $100

Entries must be received by November 30th, 2014.  Winners will be announced by December 15th, 2014.  

We have a blast reviewing your submissions every year, and we’re excited to see what you come up with this time around!  Please share this email with any teachers who might not see it, and let us know if you have any questions.

(LanguageCorps reserves the right to link to any/all videos and albums submitted for consideration, to use the content for marketing purposes, and to limit prize distributions if the quality and/or volume of submissions is lower than anticipated.)

Feel free to check out last year’s winners for some inspiration!


Good luck!

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Teaching English in Florence – Alumni Interview

Today we’re happy to bring you an interview with LanguageCorps alum Taylor Crowley.  Taylor spent about seven months teaching English in Florence following the LanguageCorps TESOL Certification Program.  We thought that her story would be interesting for those of you that are also considering teaching English abroad, whether in Italy or elsewhere!  

Taylor is one of many LC graduates who transitioned from teaching abroad to a teaching position in the US.  It’s always great to hear from participants that have found their experience teaching abroad useful in further developing their long term career goals.  

We’ll be posting more alumni interviews throughout the fall, so keep checking back for more stories from current and former LanguageCorps teachers around the globe!  

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Take These 4 Language Learning Apps Abroad

Teaching English Abroad?  These language learning apps can be a life saver!

Going overseas to teach English is an exciting experience, but many who embark on this opportunity aren’t familiar with the local language in the area they plan to teach. In the classroom, it’s not usually a problem as your employer will most likely tell you that they only want you to speak English to your students in order to totally immerse them in an English-only environment.

Of course, it’s a different story when you’re outside of the classroom and want to make friends with locals, utilize public transportation or order dinner in a restaurant. Having an app to turn to for help can be an important resource that will help you make the most of your experience as well as to smooth out any bumps that might occur while you’re there. If you’re concerned about the cost of international data usage, consider that services like T-mobile offer unlimited international data so that you can take the app with you without worrying about huge bills when you return home.

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Three Tips for Teaching Abroad

In the film Dead Poets Society, starring the late Robin Williams as Professor John Keating, one of the students asked his teacher, “You can go anywhere. You can do anything. How can you stand being here?”

Keating replied, “’Cause I love teaching. I don’t wanna be anywhere else.”

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Four of the Best Places to Teach English in Asia

Where Do You Want To Go?

It’s the first question you really have to think about if teaching English abroad is on your radar.  There are a lot of options!  Europe and Latin America are always popular choices, but for a number of different reasons, teaching English in Asia also has great appeal for many  people.  High salaries, strong demand and a low cost of living are just a few factors that make Asia stand out to English teachers, so make sure that you put these five locations on your list of places to check out!

1. Vietnam 

Over the last decade, Vietnam has emerged as one of the most popular teach abroad destinations in the world.  With one of the fastest growing economies on earth, opportunity abounds in both major urban centers like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh,  as well as more rural destinations throughout the country.  And with a consistently low cost of living, English teachers in the region can live a comfortable (even luxurious) lifestyle, while still setting aside enough money to travel extensively.

But Vietnam’s fascinating culture and beautiful scenery are equally appealing to prospective English teachers, and it’s become an increasingly popular tourist destination for everyone from backpackers to retirees.  Grab some Pho at the night market in Ho Chi Minh, lounge on the beautiful beaches of Nha Trang, or bask in the wonder of Ha Long Bay.  You really can’t go wrong in Vietnam.

Click here for more info about teaching English in Vietnam.


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