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Great idea! Only, there are some questions you should probably ask yourself (and the experts) before taking a big step like this; questions ranging from the plainly practical to the mildly philosophical. Like: Where do I want to go? How much is it going to cost? What kind of paperwork and qualifications do I need? How will they feel about people from my country in this new place? Will I like it? Will I be

Before I decided to move to Prague I was working as an accountant at a real estate investment management company in Chicago. It’s safe to say my decision was quite spontaneous and caught my friends and family a bit off guard. It had only been a few years since graduation but I was already tired of the office lifestyle and spending forty hours a week in front of a computer screen. I had been to

When I first decided to move to Prague I was an English major in a small college town in Northern California. I had been reading quite a bit of Czech literature and had a friend who had a great experience teaching in Prague. I initially decided to move to Prague for one month, take my TEFL course, and then travel Europe and return to the United States. Two years later and I am still in

As my plane was about to touch down at the Vaclav Havel Airport, my mind became flooded with an array of second thoughts.  After all, it’s not easy leaving close friends, family, and everything else one holds dear in life on a whim, particularly to go to a faraway city whose country of residence is unknown to virtually the entire world.  Oh well, I told myself, it’s probably only going to be for

What I like most about living in Prague is actually leaving Prague early on a Saturday or Sunday morning and hitting the Czech Republic's excellent network of hiking trails. Sometimes I go with friends, sometimes alone but I always finish at a microbrewery! There are now more than 300 in the country, and many of them are well-situated for the trails and train stations. Public transport is cheap and fairly reliable, so it

Within months of meeting each other in Richmond, Virginia, Lindsey and I decided we needed to see the world together.  After a year of planning, we got on a plane and made our way to Prague.  That was 2005.  We spent a challenging and satisfying 5 weeks going through an intensive TEFL program.  Over the next four years, we became 'proper' teachers.  We saw most of the Czech Republic, and

After doing my 4 week TEFL course in Prague, I was fortunate to find my first teaching job there as well!To be honest, before taking the course I wasn’t convinced teaching English was for me. After all, I was always a shy person who hated speaking in front of people!But the trainers at the TEFL course were so amazingly gifted at giving you the proper tools and preparing you for the life as

Most travel guides recommend learning at least a few token phrases in the native language of the country you are visiting. Things like hello and goodbye, thank you, Where is the toilet? One beer more please; sort of thing.Being the cosmopolitan and experienced traveler that I am, I was no exception. I did my TEFL, got a teaching job and started learning Czech, relying heavily on Google translator (only until I got my head

Coming to the Czech Republic from the United States to teach English has been a very rewarding experience. Having an education in child development and working my entire career with children, I was excited to teach children in a new cultural environment.  I found that developmentally, children are generally the same in the United States and the Czech Republic.  The methodology of teaching a foreign language is different than other subjects in the

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