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General » 2 Years After I earned my TESOL Certificate... Wow!
It all started two years ago. Who would have thought I’d be living and teaching in South Korea?! Not me! During my final year at UPEI, I met Jim Pellegrini. Taking his course has been one of the best decisions of my life! The course taught me so much and opened new doors I never knew existed. Talking with my fellow students and Jim really helped me to focus on what I wanted to do, and how to live for myself.

It took me no time at all to get a job. Once I arrived in Korea and met my coworkers and students, I fell in love. Yes, I was homesick, but that didn’t last long. Soon after my arrival, Korea felt like home. There are so many great people from all over the world and we’re all here doing the same thing. We all share a passion for teaching. With this common connection, I’ve discovered my lifetime friends.

Looking back at my first year in South Korea, I’ve seen enormous improvements by all of my students. Teaching has become my hobby, rather than just a job. I rarely feel like I am going to work because I have so much fun with my students. Yes, I have challenging days, but who doesn’t? Whether it’s homesickness, physical illness, or cultural differences, what truly picks me up on days like those are my students, friends, and family. I’ve had amazing support from my friends and family back home and I was lucky enough to have my mother come for a visit. I was so proud to show her around my new “home”.

Since moving here, I have learned so much about the culture, the language, and the people. I have learned mostly from my students, as they want to teach me as much as I teach them. It’s an ongoing learning experience. I can wholeheartedly say I learn something new every day. I am able to speak a little bit of the language and converse with the locals, which has improved my life here.

This entire experience has made me a stronger, more outgoing, and more positive person. I would highly suggest taking the opportunity to move abroad. You will learn so much about yourself. Like I said, I never would have imagined myself where I am today. This past year, I have had amazing, life-changing experiences which has led me to stay another year in South Korea.

With Love,
Lindsay Strout
General » 2 Years After I earned my TESOL Certificate... Wow!
It all started two years ago. Who would have thought I’d be living and teaching in South Korea?! Not me! During my final year at UPEI, I met Jim Pellegrini. Taking his course has been one of the best decisions of my life! The course taught me so much and opened new doors I never knew existed. Talking with my fellow students and Jim really helped me to focus on what I wanted to do, and how to live for myself. Upon completing the course, I worked as a Global TESOL recruiter. I assisted Jim for two courses held in Charlottetown, PEI. During these courses, I witnessed huge transformations of the students. It was an eye-opening experience, which showed me what this course can do for people, and the opportunities available upon receiving the certificate.

It took me no time at all to get a job. Once I arrived in Korea and met my coworkers and students, I fell in love. Yes, I was homesick, but that didn’t last long. Soon after my arrival, Korea felt like home. There are so many great people from all over the world and we’re all here doing the same thing. We all share a passion for teaching. With this common connection, I’ve discovered my lifetime friends.

Looking back at my first year in South Korea, I’ve seen enormous improvements by all of my students. Teaching has become my hobby, rather than just a job. I rarely feel like I am going to work because I have so much fun with my students. Yes, I have challenging days, but who doesn’t? Whether it’s homesickness, physical illness, or cultural differences, what truly picks me up on days like those are my students, friends, and family. I’ve had amazing support from my friends and family back home and I was lucky enough to have my mother come for a visit. I was so proud to show her around my new “home”.

Since moving here, I have learned so much about the culture, the language, and the people. I have learned mostly from my students, as they want to teach me as much as I teach them. It’s an ongoing learning experience. I can wholeheartedly say I learn something new every day. I am able to speak a little bit of the language and converse with the locals, which has improved my life here.

This entire experience has made me a stronger, more outgoing, and more positive person. I would highly suggest taking the opportunity to move abroad. You will learn so much about yourself. Like I said, I never would have imagined myself where I am today. This past year, I have had amazing, life-changing experiences which has led me to stay another year in South Korea.

With Love,
Lindsay Strout
General » 2 Years After I earned my TESOL Certificate... Wow!
It all started two years ago. Who would have thought I’d be living and teaching in South Korea?! Not me! While pushing through my final year at UPEI, I met Jim Pellegrini from Global TESOL. Taking the course has been one of the best decisions of my life! I never thought I could change so much in just five days. During the course I learned a lot about myself and it opened new doors I never knew existed. Talking with my fellow students and Jim really helped me to focus on what I wanted to do, and how to live for myself. Upon completing the course, I worked as a Global TESOL recruiter. I assisted Jim for two courses held in Charlottetown, PEI. During these courses, I witnessed huge transformations of the students. It was an eye-opening experience, which showed me what this course can do for people, and the opportunities available upon receiving the certificate.

It took me no time at all to get a job. Once I arrived in Korea and met my coworkers and students, I fell in love. Yes, I was homesick, but that didn’t last long. Soon after my arrival, Korea felt like home. There are so many great people from all over the world and we’re all here doing the same thing. We all share a passion for teaching. With this common connection, I’ve discovered my lifetime friends.

Looking back at my first year in South Korea, I’ve seen enormous improvements by all of my students. Teaching has become my hobby, rather than just a job. I rarely feel like I am going to work because I have so much fun with my students. Yes, I have challenging days, but who doesn’t? Whether it’s homesickness, physical illness, or cultural differences, what truly picks me up on days like those are my students, friends, and family. I’ve had amazing support from my friends and family back home and I was lucky enough to have my mother come for a visit. I was so proud to show her around my new “home”.

Since moving here, I have learned so much about the culture, the language, and the people. I have learned mostly from my students, as they want to teach me as much as I teach them. It’s an ongoing learning experience. I can wholeheartedly say I learn something new every day. I am able to speak a little bit of the language and converse with the locals, which has improved my life here.

This entire experience has made me a stronger, more outgoing, and more positive person. I would highly suggest taking the opportunity to move abroad. You will learn so much about yourself. Like I said, I never would have imagined myself where I am today. This past year, I have had amazing, life-changing experiences which has led me to stay another year in South Korea.

With Love,
Lindsay Strout
General » 2 Years After I earned my TESOL Certificate... Wow!
It all started two years ago. Who would have thought I’d be living and teaching in South Korea?! Not me! While pushing through my final year at UPEI, I met Jim Pellegrini from Global TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). After exploring the details and benefits, I decided to take the course to become a certified English teacher. It turns out this was, by far, one of the best decisions of my life! I never thought I could change so much in just five days. During the course I learned a lot about myself and it opened new doors I never knew existed. Talking with my fellow students and Jim really helped me to focus on what I wanted to do, and how to live for myself. Upon completing the course, I worked as a Global TESOL recruiter. I assisted Jim for two courses held in Charlottetown, PEI. During these courses, I witnessed huge transformations of the students. It was an eye-opening experience, which showed me what this course can do for people, and the opportunities available upon receiving the certificate.

It took me no time at all to get a job. Once I arrived in Korea and met my coworkers and students, I fell in love. Yes, I was homesick, but that didn’t last long. Soon after my arrival, Korea felt like home. There are so many great people from all over the world and we’re all here doing the same thing. We all share a passion for teaching. With this common connection, I’ve discovered my lifetime friends.

Looking back at my first year in South Korea, I’ve seen enormous improvements by all of my students. Teaching has become my hobby, rather than just a job. I rarely feel like I am going to work because I have so much fun with my students. Yes, I have challenging days, but who doesn’t? Whether it’s homesickness, physical illness, or cultural differences, what truly picks me up on days like those are my students, friends, and family. I’ve had amazing support from my friends and family back home and I was lucky enough to have my mother come for a visit. I was so proud to show her around my new “home”.

Since moving here, I have learned so much about the culture, the language, and the people. I have learned mostly from my students, as they want to teach me as much as I teach them. It’s an ongoing learning experience. I can wholeheartedly say I learn something new every day. I am able to speak a little bit of the language and converse with the locals, which has improved my life here.

This entire experience has made me a stronger, more outgoing, and more positive person. I would highly suggest taking the opportunity to move abroad. You will learn so much about yourself. Like I said, I never would have imagined myself where I am today. This past year, I have had amazing, life-changing experiences which has led me to stay another year in South Korea.

With Love,
Lindsay Strout
General » A new tool for my toolbox!! PEI 2013
I would first off like to thank Jim and Kat for hosting the TESOL Training in Charlottetown, PEI, as well as I’d like to shout out a thank you to my fellow classmates. The week of training was awesome, I learned a lot about myself, and others in the class. Jim and Kat supplied us with new information, and practical methods of teaching, but it was we the students who put it to action.

I can literally say, “I don’t know where I would be without this certificate and without the help of Jim and Kat (of course)”. I am graduating from the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) this spring and plan to teach around the world. Without this course and Jim’s help, I’m not sure what my plans would be. I wanted to be a veterinarian from the time I could talk and walk… it wasn’t until my second year at UPEI that I decided upon my new dream… to become a teacher.

I was able to teach in South Korea the summer of 2013, and fell in love with the idea of traveling the world and teaching. I just didn’t know how to do so. I was told about TESOL in the past, but never thought anything of it. It wasn’t until Jim came to UPEI in the fall and I attended his info seminar. I figured this certificate is good for life, and it would be a great “tool” to have in my “toolbox”. So why the heck not!

The first day everyone was quiet and shy. But by the end of the week, everyone was exchanging numbers, and a facebook group was added. Amazing connections were made throughout the week, and I witnessed people growing before my own eyes.

This course made me believe in myself and my friends. I am excited to hit the road/water/air (however I am traveling) to my new destination to teach English.

I would highly suggest this course to ANYONE and EVERYONE. It can and will be life changing!