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How to Teach English to Kids

Teaching children can be fun but it can also be tricky if you don’t prepare properly. Before coming to Italy, I had very little experience with children. I’d spent 9 months as an English Language Assistant in a school in the Canary Islands and I’d worked as an au pair but I’d never been responsible Read More

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6 Ways to Make Friends Abroad

I still remember, to this day, standing in my garden in Wales with my dad, about to embark on my first solo stint abroad. We were feeding the fish in the pond, watching them swim round and round, when I opened up to him about my fears about moving abroad. My key fear? Meeting people. Read More

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How to Cope When Your Best Friend Moves Abroad

“I’m leaving.” These are the words everyone dreads hearing. Words that cut you to the core, especially when the person saying them has always been there for you. You’ve been through everything together for years and now they’re abandoning you to start a new life, or at least that’s how it feels. What are you Read More

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How to Go to a Concert Like an Italian

It’s been a crazy few weeks of working, hiking and concert-going, which is why I haven’t had much time to write. “You’re still working?! But it’s summer!” I hear you cry in exasperation. Yes, but unfortunately the work of an ESL teacher continues over summer as students still need lessons. We’re basically superheroes. However, there Read More

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How to Survive an Intercultural Relationship: Part 1

Living abroad, I have had the opportunity to date people of various cultural backgrounds. An intercultural relationship often takes more work than one between two people from the same background. Don’t get me wrong – long-term relationships all require hard work. But when you throw different languages, religions and cultures into the mix, it gets Read More

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How Not to Contact People on the Internet

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am a sporadic user of Couchsurfing.org. I truly think the website is a fantastic idea but I am not very good at checking up on it. In fact, I recently downloaded the app onto my phone in the hopes of getting myself a bit more involved. So Read More

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How to Survive a Conversation Class

For many newly-certified and inexperienced ESL teachers, the thought of giving a conversation class can often be a daunting, if not downright terrifying, thought. It certainly was for me when I first started teaching. What will we talk about? How will I make it last one hour? What if we run out of things to Read More

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An Open Letter to the Girl who Ran Away: A Moving Abroad Cautionary Tale

You arrived in January, steamrolling your way into our life, full of excitement but lacking experience. You thought this was going to be a working holiday, but it was not to be. I’ve called you a girl in the title because, at 25 years of age, you still aren’t able to fend for yourself. Others Read More

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How to Survive Living Alone

I’m a big believer in the importance of living alone. However, I won’t go into why right now, I’ll save it for a later post. I recently posted about How to Survive Moving Abroad. Sometimes when you move abroad, you find yourself living alone. This is what happened to me when I moved to Sulmona Read More

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How to Survive Moving Abroad

Moving abroad is hard. I know that’s stating the obvious but it is. Whether you’re moving to a country that speaks your language or not, starting again is one of the most difficult things you will ever do. And, if you’re anything like me, you may end up doing it over and over and over Read More