I was approached by United TEFL during my sophomore and senior years of college. Upon graduating, I knew that I wanted to travel either to Washington DC or internationally to pursue a future in international relations. When my attempts to find work in DC fell through, I pursued teaching as an alternative.
I looked mainly at three countries to teach in: the Czech Republic, Spain, and South Korea. I ended up choosing Prague because it was most available to me through United TEFL and because I knew the least about the region.
I feel the best way to learn about countries is to live there and experience life beyond the tourist front. Teaching English is the easiest way for me to initiate an international lifestyle. Although I didn’t foresee this path for myself, I am very happy because I’ve always been passionate about teaching and speaking educated English. Getting my certification here has been wonderfully rewarding already.
For me this is my first step into the real world. I’ve always been a student only away from home for limited chunks of time. This experience is unique because I have the freedom of time and money that comes with living and working abroad. There’s a much greater sense of independence when you realize that you can survive in a foreign country on your own.
This trip is also special because I am learning everything from scratch. I came to Prague without any background knowledge of the history, culture, or language and I also did not know anybody else here. This experience is quite the adventure for me as I meet new people and constantly am learning new things.
I keep a blog and am helping to educate people back home about the Czech Republic. It’s very relaxing to not rush about like the tourists or carefully budget like students studying abroad. I have the time to experience Prague at my own pace and to learn the language and culture.