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Word from Abroad

Traveling and teaching English abroad is an incredibly powerful and rewarding experience. Here are a few excerpts from some of our teacher's emails and journals, to give you a firsthand look at just how special it can really be. Complete journals, emails and other writings from our Teachers can be found through the links on the left.

If you'd like to see your journal, essay or story included here, let us know by emailing us at teach@languagecorps.com. Please include your name, the country you taught in, the title of your piece, and a brief description. Or just email us to say you had a great time!

 

"My teaching practice in Phnom Phen was perfect! I had a small class of just girls in an international school and I couldn't have been happier; especially considering the teaching style I developed there perfectly matches how the teaching at my school in China goes. The job here is awesome! I really love all the people I work with, and my roommate and I have hit it off exceptionally well. The kids are amazingly respectful (for the most part) and the curriculum is engaging, yet challenging. I've been making friends with more of our Chinese teachers, and they've begun to show me local restaurants and local dishes that are turning out to be the best Chinese food I've ever eaten. Hopefully here in the next few weeks I'll be able to start traveling around China and seeing everything I've been wanting to see. I really do appreciate all the hard work you did in getting me over here; this is, hands down, one of the best experiences of my life and I have a million reasons to thank you for this wonderful time!"

Brian, China

"The kids ... oh my God the kids! We can't say enough! I don't even know how to put into words right now how awesome our experience with the orphans in Cambodia was. We really felt like part of their family, and we promised them that we will go back, and we definitely will! We have kept up some emails with some of our students and the people in charge, and it will always be part of our lives! Thanks for helping us get over there. We had a great time and we will definitely recommend this program to family and friends who are looking for something great and fulfilling in their lives!"

Tony & Danna, Cambodia

"Everything with the course went really well! I enjoyed it very much and definitely learned a lot, the month just flew by. It was also a great way to establish a circle of friends and support system here which is so helpful. I was really lucky and found a teaching position here in Florence. At first it was scary to just be thrown into a classroom and be expected to teach but every week I can feel myself improving so much and it's very rewarding. Living in Florence has overall been a good experience. Thanks for checking in. Ciao from Italy!"

Mari, Italy (Florence)

"I just wanted to take some time to thank you and the entire LanguageCorps team. First and foremost, thank you for giving me the tools I needed to teach. I still have a lot to learn, but the best way to learn is through experience and I know each time I get up in front of a class I am getting just a little bit better. Secondly, thank you so much for putting together such a great program. I will never forget my time in Cambodia and I know it was well worth the investment. I met some incredible people that I hope to keep in touch with for a long time to come, and I look forward to hear all about their teaching stories. The excursions we took will be some of the best memories I will take away from this year/year and a half abroad, and I am so thankful for the things I got to see, the food I got to eat, the people I got to meet and the culture I got to know, even if only sparingly. My only complaint is that the time flew by too quickly. I am truly grateful for everything."

Valerie, China

"Things are going well here in Barcelona- I’m working at a language academy and teaching English to children, and also teaching some private classes on the side. Really enjoying this city, and starting to learn Catalan as well! I LOVED the TESOL course- the teaching preparation was amazing, and we had an awesome group of people in the class as well. I felt like I was truly prepared to teach, and had a solid foundation to work with. So, all in all, I would say things have turned out very, very well. Thank you again for all of your help and support - I truly appreciate it!!"

Shannon, Spain (Barcelona)

"I really enjoyed the course and my time in Cambodia. Almost too much, because I didn't want to leave! The staff really have things under control there, and everyone was very helpful. The excursions were absolutely amazing. Everything is going good here in Taiwan. My classes been a lot of fun so far and I'm really happy that I came here. So I want to thank you because LanguageCorps has really held up its end of the deal, and has provided everything I could ask for."

Ari, Taiwan

"Cambodia is great so far. I feel sure that this was the right place for me. The people are kind and open and I'm really enjoying teaching. The program was better than I expected and I am very happy with it. Thanks for everything!"

Luca, Cambodia

"The course was great! It was definitely a worthwhile (although rigorous) experience. The training center here could not have been a better base for me to commence this entire experience. I was able to take Italian lessons there, use their internet as I have needed, and make friends with many people local to the area that have made me feel very welcome and comfortable. The Italian lady that the school set me up with is absolutely lovely, and I have continued to live with her since the course, as she is a wonderful conversation partner and a great cook (providing mini lessons with every meal) - really like a mother to me here :) All in all I cannot say enough good things about the school here, their teachers, and the school's owner. It has been a wonderful experience and I am so happy that I chose the TESOL course and Alghero to start it off - the English school has been my base and directed all of my relationships and adventures since! I did get to travel more of Sardinia with my mom when she came to visit, and it's absolutely beautiful! Alghero and the entire island, really - it's a place I would never have thought to come to, but is absolutely unique from the rest of Italy with a really interesting history and culture, and breathtaking scenery. Thank you for everything."

Jenna, Italy (Sardinia)

"As far as the TEFL course, I loved it and the trainers are great. I really feel like I got a better education in doing the entire lesson on site. Argentina is a wonderful place and I have been able to travel around the country a little and am looking forward to doing more traveling."

Anna, Argentina

"I really enjoyed Cambodia. I thought that the training program was perfect for someone like me with no previous teaching experience. It definitely gave me a good foundation in education and made my first weeks on the job less stressful. I am liking China more and more every day. My classes have been a lot of fun to teach and I think they get better every week. Everything is so cheap here that it makes saving money easy, and the people are generally very friendly."

Kate, China

"You respond almost as fast as my parents, and you're certainly more tuned into the newsstream. I hope you had a chance to look at the interview Jed recommended me for. I had nothing but good words for LanguageCorps… I still consider you guys the Massachusetts equivalent of my family, and am proud to be reporting to you about the situation."

Anna, Mexico

"I wanted to let you know that my teaching experience and TESOL certificate helped me get work in NYC! I just got a position as an Assistant Editor at a major educational publisher in their Reading textbooks department. The editor who interviewed me loved the fact that I had both teaching experience and the TESOL because it will be especially helpful when editing the Teacher's Editions (also, their textbooks are expanding their ESL sections). This extra experience allowed me to start out in a higher position than I would ordinarily have been able to with no prior experience in publishing. So thanks LanguageCorps!"

Adam, Vietnam

"I learned and experienced more in 7 months in Costa Rica than I ever could have here in the States. You have an excellent program, and it was worth every penny."

Jason, Costa Rica

"Language Corps has done so much for us since we have been here. Thanksgiving was a great reminder of how lucky we are. Although we weren't home, we were still able to spend it with family. I truly want to thank you for such an amazing experience. We all agree that our time would be very different if we had come to Vietnam through a different program or with a different group."

Lauren, Vietnam

"Everyone in the course has graduated today and most of us have positions lined up that start in the near future. We've kind of settled into our routines and are assimilating somewhat. I also have had a great experience with every part of the program so far. Carrie and Justin have both been very helpful and everyone has been getting along really well."

Jed, Ecuador

"I am doing great. I really enjoyed the course. I am now working for a great institute and they have filled my schedule with classes so I have a lot I am working on. I am really glad that I came down here. I am learning a lot about life, a new culture, and the world of Buenos Aires."

Daniel, Argentina

"All is well in Vietnam! I feel these past few weeks have been a wonderful experience! Compared to my last job, it seems like an extended vacation; the TESOL certification program and the current teaching experience in Vietnam now. There is much satisfaction to be gained when working with students."

Thanh, Vietnam

"We're in the whirlwind stage of getting jobs right now, but it's been really nice because Brian and John have been so helpful. They've been personally driving us to interviews, or taking taxis with us, and definitely calling to check up on our success or needs."

Sheila, Costa Rica

"The lifestyle for teachers here isn't just comfortable - it's fantastic: there's a good social life, great restaurants, an extensive expat community and you can do it all as cheaply or expensively as you choose... I'm having an amazing experience here in Vietnam. For the past few months I have cut back my teaching to the weekends only... I've also been lucky enough to get involved in a programme working with some of HCMC's street kids which has been eye-opening, frustrating, and immensely rewarding."

Julie, Vietnam

"The program in Pattaya went really well. I learned a lot and the excursions each weekend were great. I got to see a lot of different things and it was a good break after a long week of classes. I am in Phuket now and am teaching at a public high school... it's a beautiful place with some of the nicest beaches in Thailand. I am near the mountains and it's very easy and inexpensive to take a bus out to the beach."

Pascal, Thailand

"...based on my awareness of many [TESOL programs] here, LanguageCorps is the best for the price. Not only is the course worthwhile and manageable for those who have never taught, the Director for SE Asia is also great about making sure students get to see other parts of their countries while in training if they so choose to take advantage of it. I had a lot of fun and lots of people from other schools did not. There are also some that are well rated but are incredibly academic for those who are just immersing themselves in beginning teaching. Rick and staff made the experience a great one."

Geraldine, Thailand

"Overall, I think LanguageCorps provides a wonderful opportunity. The most important thing I took away from this past year, I think, is that my world is just bigger now. I think in terms of a global community rather than a local one. I've realized that it's pretty easy in America to ignore the major problems of the world, because being so rich, we don't have to deal directly with most of them unless we choose to... Spending time as a LanguageCorps teacher forces you to face these issues, and lots of others. My interests and priorities have definitely changed in this past year, and I want to thank you so much for making that possible."

Emily, Thailand

"I just wanted to drop a quick line to say thanks. The program was great. It was intense but I got a lot of teaching practice. I absolutely love teaching. I really only did the course because I wasn't sure what else to do with myself (job hunt? grad school? etc.) It turned out to be exactly what I want to do with my life. I plan to go abroad in January at the start of the new semester and teach wherever I can find a job... It was a pleasure being involved with Language Corps."

Janelle, Spain

"Things are going great here. I like all of my students and my coworkers are great too. I'm finally becoming comfortable in the classroom, and I still learn something new daily. I enjoy both Zhuhai and GLV. I feel like my life is going somewhere now, here in a new place doing a new thing. I really appreciate all your help in getting me here. I am really happy here in China. I hope things are going well for you; a lot seems to be changing quickly in the world today. Thanks you for staying in touch and caring. I wish you the best in all that you do."

Phillip, China

"I wanted to let you know that my teaching experience and TESOL certificate helped me get work in NYC! I just got a position as an Assistant Editor at a major educational publisher in their Reading textbooks department. The editor who interviewed me loved the fact that I had both teaching experience and the TESOL because it will be especially helpful when editing the Teacher's Editions (also, their textbooks are expanding their ESL sections). This extra experience allowed me to start out in a higher position than I would ordinarily have been able to with no prior experience in publishing. So thanks LanguageCorps!"

Adam, Vietnam

"Although I've been back in the States for two months now, the incredible experience I had abroad is still very fresh in my mind. That being said, I just wanted to thank you and the rest of the LanguageCorps staff for giving me the opportunity to teach English in Ecuador. I was quite nervous before making the big leap, but applying to LanguageCorps turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made. It was a fantastic year and I'll never forget it."

Tyrel, Ecuador

"Looking back on my time in Cambodia, I was very pleased over all with the experience and all that was afforded through LanguageCorps. Going into it, I was skeptical of why it would cost so much but I truly feel I learned and was exposed to a lot of new ideas, classroom structuring, and culture. All in all, I'm very happy that I choose to pursue my TESOL certificate through the LanguageCorps program. I can report that things have started off fairly smoothly (in China) and I am really enjoying Dalian. I really enjoy the people I work with and it's a very nice environment to be in."

Wyatt, China

"The course was great! It was definitely a worthwhile (although rigorous) experience. The training center here could not have been a better base for me to commence this entire experience. All in all I cannot say enough good things about the school here, their teachers, and the school's owner. It has been a wonderful experience and I am so happy that I chose the TESOL course and Alghero to start it off - the English school has been my base and directed all of my relationships and adventures since!"

Jenna, Sardinia

"I want to thank you because the course was excellent. I still miss Cambodia and my LanguageCorps group and staff. The people who did the course with me were fantastic and we still keep in touch and the staff was beyond helpful. I am definately glad I decided to go through this program before I started teaching. It really did help me to prepare for what was to come. Also the Thai Language and Culture course which was provided gave me a head start on learning Thai. Because of that I know more Thai than people who have been here longer than me. So thank you so much, the course was both extremely fun and very informative."

Cassie, Thailand

"Taking the TEFL course was one of the best decisions I ever made. I'm not just saying that, honestly I feel that it has opened a new chapter in my life and provided me with opportunities that I would have never had if I hadn't taken the course. I am also very happy that I took it in Barcelona. What a city! I saw all of the major sites, but the real joy was finding the lesser known places. Whether they were restaurants, parks, or cafes, I saw a lot of things in Barcelona! I wouldn't say that I am fluent yet, but I am able to have conversations with just about anybody (in Castillian, not Catalan!).

In terms of the course, I don't think I could have been placed in a better class and provided with better teachers. The material we learned was interesting, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of class. Teaching is such a rewarding profession. I thank you for all the help you provided, and I want you to know that this experience has been life-changing, and I couldn't be happier right now!"

Tommy, Spain (Barcelona)

"Cambodia is great so far. I feel sure that this was the right place For me. The people are kind and open and I'm really enjoying teaching. The program was better than I expected and I am very happy with it. Thanks for everything!"

Lucy, Cambodia

"Everything with the course went really well! I enjoyed it very much and definitely learned a lot, the month just flew by. It was also a great way to establish a circle of friends and support system here which is so helpful. I was really lucky and found a teaching position here in Florence. At first it was scary to just be thrown into a classroom and be expected to teach but every week I can feel myself improving so much and it's very rewarding. Living in Florence has overall been a good experience. Thanks for checking in. Ciao from Italy! "

Mari, Italy (Florence)

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