Alumni Spotlight: Susannah


25 years old, journalist from the US

Why did you choose this program?

I loved the way this program has been structured. Lovely staff and very useful course. You learn a skill for life, absolutely worth it. I could not think of a better way to spend my gap year abroad. I am very happy with the results now, having chosen this program and not another one. Super valuable course with great teachers.

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

Everyone at Buenos Aires TEFL were accommodating from the beginning. They answered all questions that I had, even nagging questions about their accommodations and other accommodations offered in Buenos Aires. They were always super nice, adorable. I had to sort out flights and health insurance, covid policy.

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

Read the Murphy book and pay attention to the Trainers here, allow some vacation time before the program starts since it is very intensive in essence and you need to focus on the course, without any other occupations or hobbies, therefore you need to dedicate to the course and study and of course study a lot our lovely English grammar...

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

7 get up, prepare some healthy breakfast with coffee or Argentinian mate
8 breakfast and have a shower at the apartment
9 to 2 course, this part of the day goes by very fast
3 to 8 study, focus on the English grammar and lesson planning
8 to 9 dinner and rest, do always keep a healthy lifestyle, sleep well and eat healthy food

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

It was nerve-racking at first but the people here are great and they help you out, they also connect you with other students who have been through the same will provide you with more confidence and you will feel better about your decision because it is an investment in education, study and work so you also need to know what you are paying for

Any last recommendations for people considering this program?

I would recommend doing this during your gap year as a study abroad program because the fact that it allows you to work makes it more valuable, being given the opportunity to share my time with Argentinian students and being trained to teach native Spanish speakers is also a highlight and of course, it takes time and I will improve over time.