Alumni Spotlight: Rachael David

Rachael is an ESL teacher originally from Trinidad but living in Miami, Florida. After completing an M.A. in International Relations from Webster University's European campuses and Beijing Language and Culture University, she wanted international work experience and applied to teach English in Korea.

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Why did you choose this program?

I chose the ITTT program because I was impressed with how organised it was structured and how each was followed up with multi-part questions to show that you had really absorbed the material. I chose to do the program online as I was already teaching in Korea so I could do both at the same time.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

As aforementioned, I was already teaching when I started the ITTT program . However, I appreciate the fact that they emailed a list of countries/salaries/ease of acquiring a visa so that you could spend more time focusing on teaching in a particular country rather than having to search through all.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

The advice I would give is to research the country and school where you are going to teach. Be aware of customs that may be allowed in your country but not in the other. Ask questions about the school where you are going to teach. Speak to current teachers there if possible to get honest feedback.

Most travelers want to know about the food, the culture, the language, the people and how long it takes to adapt. That I would say, depends on you. The first few months can be challenging but once you open your mind to this new culture and extraordinary experience, little miracles start to happen.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Doing the program onsite takes six weeks however, there is also the option of doing it online, which allows for more flexibility. The online program gives you up to six months to complete it. I would say that one would perhaps need 4 hours a week to dedicate towards reading and answering questions.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest concern was how would I manage if I could not speak the language- in my case, Korean. Yet, the school I taught encouraged students to speak English at all times. Still, since I was going to live there, I learned the basics, explored the country and made many Korean friends who helped me.