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How to improve your chances of landing your first TEFL job.

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This is a guest post from Mark at ICAL TEFL, one of the largest providers of TEFL certification courses.

Break open the champagne; you've got your TEFL certificate! So now what? How to land that first TEFL job abroad?

Well here are some of ways you can go about landing that dream job.

One Week in Northern Vietnam

AlleyVietnam. The Quiet American and Anthony Bourdain were the two things that had shaped my conception of Vietnam. I've long said that Vietnam is the one country I MUST visit before leaving Asia. The Vietnam War has always fascinated me, travel shows paint it as the cultural and culinary highlight of SEA, and plus it just seems... exotic in the truest sense of the word. My dream finally came true recently when I got the chance to spend a week in the north of Vietnam.

Dealing With Homesickness While Abroad

USA CoffeeLiving and traveling abroad for an extended period of time poses a unique set of issues. As I approach a year abroad I figured it would be a good time to share my experiences and tips on dealing with homesickness.

Thailsolate Float Spa - Koh Samui, Thailand

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Visting the Thai-Myanmar Border

BurmaRecently I had to take a trip to the Thai-Myanmar border, specifically the towns of Mae Sot and Myawaddy. Here is a quick write up for anyone needing to do the same!

About Alec

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Hello, I'm Alec. I'm a musician and designer who recently got tired of my routine at home. I decided to pack up and travel the world while I can! Join me as I travel and share my experiences and tips along the way. I hope that by sharing my experiences I can help others who may find themselves in similar situations!

USA CoffeeLiving and traveling abroad for an extended period of time poses a unique set of issues. As I approach a year abroad I figured it would be a good time to share my experiences and tips on dealing with homesickness.


When you're away from home it's perfectly natural to feel some longing for what you've left behind. Once you're initial infatuation and rose-tinted view wears off you'll surely start to feel a bit of longing for home; friends, family, familiarity, your favorite foods, customs and culture, etc. The first few months away are great, but as you become acclimated to your new environment it becomes harder to look past what you've left behind. The best way to ease this transition from "novelty" to "acclimation" is by establishing your routines early. When I first arrived in Thailand I immediately picked up my running and exercise routine that I had a home; this gave me an "anchor point" so to speak.

Don't fall out of touch with home. Spending too much time speaking with people back home and checking Facebook to see what everyone is doing is certainly not good, but at the same time it's important to make sure you do keep in touch with those you care about. As you are away for longer periods of time you'll realize that it becomes "normal". Your friends and family become used to you being away, they no longer are as absorbed in your day-to-day, which means your conversations will become less and less frequent. It's not that you're forgotten, it's just that you and your friends are all becoming used to you being away.

Treat yourself with 'luxuries' from home, but don't overdo it. When I first arrived in Thailand I ate Thai food nonstop, it was delicious and new. But after a while I began to miss food from home, so I began eating more and more Western food, which in turn made me miss home even more. It's important to treat yourself occasionally, but at the same time you must remember that living the same life you led at home is neither rewarding nor helpful in coping with change. Embrace the challenges that come with being in a new country, but don't feel bad for an occasional indulgence, just make sure that it doesn't consume your life.

As you can see, dealing with homesickness is a delicate balance between indulging your longing for home while still embracing your new surroundings. After a while these feelings won't necessarily fade altogether, but they'll become much less of an issue.

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