Stuart in Shanghai and Zaragoza

The life of a TEFL teacher is far from predictable. Opportunities are vast and can take you to places you never expected. Two years ago I had an amazing experience in the metropolis of Shanghai. It was my first taste of teaching English as a foreign language and one that I will never forget. The…

Karen in Hong Kong

Interview I prepared for the Skype interview as I would any other interview. I also researched the school and the website so I had a rough idea of what the school was like.  The time difference is 8 hours so I had to get up early and prepare for 9am whereas the employer was just…

Teaching in Beijing

As most students do, I was pondering what to do when I finished university. My degree had not led me down a specific path (and that was the way I wanted it!), and I had always wanted to leave the UK and experience the world. As time marched on and I was still without a…

Top 5 TEFL interview questions

Once you have completed your accredited TEFL Course from TEFL Courses Ireland, you’ll no doubt be anxious to begin your job hunt either through our own TEFL Jobs Centre or other online resources, such as TEFL.com.  There will, of course, be nerves when you get word of that first TEFL interview but to help you prepare we asked some of our students already teaching abroad what…

Working from Home in Bulgaria

Having moved to Bulgaria in 2007 I decided I wanted to get work, but unfortunately my Bulgarian is not good enough to secure employment and so I needed something that utilized the skills I had.  I had considered TEFL before but when I looked at the vacancies it meant moving further abroad. I was eventually…

My TEFL Experience

I have always wanted to see the world, travel and experience different cultures and ways of life. I never had a chance to take a gap year, so in my mid-twenties I decided to do a TEFL course and do just what I had always dreamed of. The course I chose was a 140-hour Premier…

Dyslexia and TEFL

EFL teaching is really about being enthusiastic and positive in the classroom. In interviews, as long as you come across as sure of yourself and your abilities, and make a positive impression, you should not really be at a disadvantage. I would also ensure that the spelling etc. in your CV, Covering Letter and application…

Amy’s TEFL Story

16 September 2013 I have been teaching now for four years. My exciting adventures have led me from Peru, to the exotic amazon jungle, throughout South America exploring the remarkable deserts, tropical jungle, sandy beaches and historic cities. Some places to note, that I have had the pleasure to visit include, Machu Picchu, The Amazon…