Step #1 in preparing to teach English abroad, I actually completed a year ahead of time – that was taking a course to earn my TEFL certification. This was a one-month full-time course I enrolled in immediately after graduating college.
My time at International TEFL Academy of Chicago was extremely challenging but also extremely rewarding. I was thrown out of my comfort zone completely during that month acquiring + practicing a completely new set of skills. I was recently reminded of how inspired I felt after teaching my first TEFL class + I’m very excited to have just accepted my first teaching position at a school in Thailand.
The shoutout to Maria (below) is especially relevant since I met her as an exchange student at my high school. She is from Poland and speaks very fluent English but every once in awhile would ask me questions about particular words or phrases and that’s what helped me to become aware of this passion I have for teaching English.
Upon accepting the position + hoping I’ve saved enough money, I gave my 2 week notice at my part-time job here + my plans started to feel much more real + imminent. So far there haven’t been too many unexpected realizations when it comes to preparing for my move but one of them was how many shots I needed! I was due for my tetanus + then needed 3 others specifically for the trip. One of them is two doses you need to receive a month apart, so luckily I began this process with enough time in advance. (Note: I needed this many for staying an extended amount of time – I assume you wouldn’t need all these if you were just going to visit Thailand for a vacation).
Here I am after the doctor said she was proud of me + before my bruises from the shots formed. 3 down, 2 to go in a month.The most difficult part of my preparation so far has been applying for my work visa. Long story short a lot of things went wrong on my trip to the Consulate but thankfully I had my best friend with me to assist with logistics + problem solving while making it a surprisingly fun trip to the city! I have one more visit here to pick up my passport + other materials next week when my visa is approved. Oh yeah…the only other thing left to do now is……..packing.
My work visa has been approved!!! Now I just have to fit 6 months worth of stuff into a backpack and 2 suitcases (one small and one large). To be continued…