Staff Spotlight: Justin Woodside

Visa Process Expert


What position do you hold at Adventure Teaching? What has been your career path so far?

I hold the position of Visa Process Expert at Adventure Teaching.

My career path has been nothing short of unconventional. I've spent a great deal of my career path coordinating non profit career development programs, creating and managing small business endeavors and even working as a fisherman in Bristol Bay Alaska. My career path has been a true adventure!

Did YOU teach abroad?! If so, where? What inspired you to go?

I taught abroad for over two and half years in Gwangju, South Korea. I was inspired and brave enough to expose myself to the Adventure of a lifetime! I have a strong heart for traveling and living abroad in an adventurous fashion with unknown factors. An old friend of mine connected me to AT and that was the beginning of a life changing experience!

What is one piece of advice you wish someone had told you before teaching abroad?

My one piece of advice I wish I would have been told before going abroad is to listen and embrace more. It's hard to do either of these too much! It's critical to listen, embrace and enjoy a new experience and culture abroad.

In your opinion, what's the most exciting part about working for Adventure Teaching?

The most exciting part about working for Adventure Teaching is that you can actually be a catalyst for teachers experiencing a whole new adventure while being at the forefront of life change in the lives of others!

Which teach abroad destination is most underrated? Most overrated?

I think the most underrated teaching abroad location worldwide would probably be Hungary. I would argue that Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities and riverfront in all of Europe.

Conversely, the most overrated teaching abroad destination I think would be probably somewhere in the U.A.E. There is a lot of opportunity and beautiful architecture but boy is it hot there!!