All posts by Mike Maitland

Stef’s Guide to Thai Culture

Meaning “land of the people,” Thailand is a truly wonderful, friendly, and beautiful country. Thai people are often happy and helpful, earning the country the motto “land of smiles.” My experience here has solidified everything I read prior to my trip and has been very positive. I researched quite a bit and feared I may […]

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Weekends in Madrid as a TEFL Teacher

Madrid – The Weekend City Madrid simply comes alive at the weekend. The cafes, bars and restaurants are all bustling with activity as I sit here in a beautiful, traditional Spanish square with live music. There’s something about Spanish music that I find very relaxing, and puts me into “holiday mode” very quickly, it’s nice. I’m currently cutting […]

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Finding My Own TEFL Job – In a Completely Different Country!

“Why Chile?” The question that I’m asked on what seems like a daily basis. The answer to this question is not a one-liner, and as most people are asking out of polite curiosity, I usually just opt for something short and sweet like “I wanted to learn Spanish”. This was obviously true to some extent; however […]

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Readjusting to Life at Home After Living Abroad

You come back to your roots, but you find your roots have now expanded. You’ve outgrown your home.   It’s hard to think that the place you’ve known as home could ever feel foreign. When you first move to a foreign country, the feeling is reversed. Everything is new. Things can feel really hard, confusing, and […]

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Three Things I Learned About Myself Since Living and Teaching Abroad

I have learned so many things, from how to pack a suitcase properly so all your worldly possessions can fit to how to live off basically nothing; having spent all my savings within the first two months on both rent, deposits and social activities. Word to the wise-You’ve never really saved “enough” when you move […]

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Working and Living in the Czech Republic: 5 Things an Australian Has Learned

Four months ago, I moved out of my childhood bedroom and flew 15,000 kms away to teach English in a country I’d seldom heard of let alone been to- the Czech Republic. I was 22 years old and hadn’t been to Europe since I was 5. I’m now 23 (wow!) and at the time of […]

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Five Things I Learned Living and Working in Shanghai, China

Moving halfway across the world to live and work abroad was THE biggest challenge of my life to date, but also hands down the best decision I have ever made. I’m still new to Shanghai, China but reflecting on the experiences and lessons I’ve learned in a short period of time has allowed me to […]

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I got fired from my first job in Thailand, and I deserved it!

That’s right – my very first job abroad, they fired me! Back at university, I was browsing the internet and found an article somewhere that said: “If you can speak English, you can teach English!” That REALLY stuck with me!At this point I had never even heard of a TEFL qualification. Before summer break of that year I went […]

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Teaching in Thailand in Nakhon Si Thammarat – Kay’s School and Thailand Tips

We recently caught up with Kay Jonsson, 25, who is currently teaching in Thailand in Nakhon Si Thammarat in the South of Thailand. What dates did you start work at the school and what was your position? I started in May 2015, and am still employed by the school now and about to begin a […]

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Semester at Sea Led Me To Teach In Thailand with TEFL Heaven

We recently caught up with Micah Bank, 24, who was on our Paid Internships Thailand Program from October 2016 – March 2017. Micah found out about TEFL Heaven when one of his friends recommended the program, and Micah alongside another 20 or so Semester at Sea alumni decided to do various TEFL Heaven programs around […]

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