Why did we leave the United States?
My husband Jon and I have both lived in the pacific northwest our whole lives; Jon has lived in a total of 2 cities in his 31 years and I have lived in maybe 3. I cannot speak for Jon on this, but the thought of traveling for a few months, experiencing new cultures, and especially living minimalistically was so appealing to me; I was also feeling very stale in my career, I was stressed out which caused me to have tons of migraines. I wanted to live my life and not just go to work every day until I died in Boise, Idaho. I certainly wasn’t going to have kids until we got to do something fun and adventurous alone, so I started planning.
In Summer of 2016 after seeing many of our friends traveling abroad and living life to the fullest, I decided Jon and I were going to go on a European vacation for about a month so we could have some good stories to tell our children. After reaching out numerous times to other people, who had done just that and not being able to meet up and discuss what I would be getting myself into, I ran across another friends’ Instagram post who was teaching in Asia. I decided to reach out to her to see how she did that, how she afforded it, how well did she like it; and she was very helpful in giving me some information. I texted Jon right away and asked if he would be willing to instead teach English in another country and not only visit, but also live and work. To my surprise, Jon was very enthusiastic about the whole thing and we started planning what it would take to teach in another country.
Why did we decide to be teachers?
We chose to teach English as what we would do for our jobs after doing research on the internet and speaking to friends who lived abroad who advised us that in many countries around the world English teaching jobs are plentiful and you do not have to already be a teacher in order to become qualified. Jon was already a teacher so for him it was a no-brainer, but for me, I worked at a call center and didn’t know the first thing about teaching English to someone who didn’t speak English already. Now that I have been in Prague for a while and after talking to my fellow English teachers this seems to be a common theme. Becoming an English teacher has afforded us a way to travel, meet new people, experience new cultures, and work.
Why did we choose TEFL worldwide?
When Jon and I were initially doing research on how to get certified we were sure that we would be living somewhere in Asia when we were done with our TEFL course. The one thing I knew when I was looking for a TEFL program is that I needed to be absolutely certain it was legitimate. With all of the research I had already been doing I came across information that there were courses that are essentially scams; you pay money to them and they let you take a course but at the end of the day your certificate would be worthless and you will be out tons of money and be unemployable. TEFL Worldwide Prague stuck out to me first and foremost because it is an accredited program, that gave me the piece of mind that the money that I would pay would go towards a course which would teach me how to teach English to non-native speakers and is a legitimate course. The second thing I noticed was that they have job support for life, no matter what country you go to teach in, this was important to me because I wanted to go work in Asia and I wasn’t exactly sure how to go about securing a job and making sure I was applying at legitimate schools.
We looked at a few schools in Asia, Europe, and The United States. I decided that since our original goal was to travel Europe we should at the very least do our TEFL course in Europe so we could explore a bit before we moved to Asia. After we decided that we wanted to take our course in Europe TEFL Worldwide Prague was immediately at the top of our list. I didn’t know much about the Czech Republic, but I did know that it was in central Europe and that meant I could travel around easily.
Finally, Why are we staying in Prague?
While we were taking our TEFL course we quickly realized that Prague was a great place for expats. The Czech Republic is clean, safe, jobs are plentiful, there is a lot of stuff to do, it’s affordable, and it’s centrally located so we can go visit other countries. The public transportation in Prague is a dream and there hasn’t been a day that I miss driving, at home I was always the designated driver for every event. In Prague, I never have to be, and when a beer is cheaper than water (literally) its a nice reassurance that I will never have to worry about getting home or not having the best time that I can. There is also always plenty of meetups with fellow expats and of course tourists so you’re always sure to meet new people and make new friends. We are not sure how long we will stay in Prague, but Prague will stay with us for the rest of our lives.