Kevin Cao

Jefferson Scholar at University of Virginia

How WordPress Changed My Life — Discover

“WordPress and blogging gave me a voice, a voice that reached a vast amount of audience which otherwise would not have been possible.” — Designer Jan Cavan Boulas on the path that ultimately led to her work at Automattic.

via How WordPress Changed My Life — Discover


A Brief Guide to Themes for Photography Sites — Discover

A great photography site should look crisp regardless of format or device.

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The Difference in Teaching Abroad Certifications


While teaching abroad doesn’t necessarily require an education degree it does require certifications and some training in order to properly be able to lead a classroom. There are many classes that you can take to achieve the requirements needed, however there are differences in the certifications so it is important to research what jobs you are most interested in when choosing which classes to take.


TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. This is the most widely recognized teaching certification in the world and one that many people opt to get because many jobs require it. A 100-hour TEFL certificate is usually the minimum requirement that schools set but 120+ hours of TEFL training can make your resume stand out when applying to top paying salary positions. The class goes over how to manage a classroom and teach English in a country where English is rarely spoken.


Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) courses are geared more towards teachers who plan on teaching in countries where English is common like the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. The major difference between TEFL and TESL is TEFL prepares educators to relocate to another country and teach where English is not common and TESL is more relevant for those looking to teach English to non-speakers in their own country. Students will likely be temporary students, visitors, or recent immigrants.


TESOL, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, is a newer course that provides new teachers in training with an array of experience with both teaching English in a foreign country and teaching English in a country where english is common. It is less regarded than a TESL or TEFL certification because it gives broader training on both subjects. The certificates are not as widely recognized among schools but does give you training in both areas.

When picking what certificate is best for you it is important that you do your research about which jobs accept what and which area you want to work in.


Where To Find Teaching Abroad Jobs

Finding a teaching abroad job that is the right fit for you can be a daunting task. Choosing a country, figuring out the pay, as well as all the responsibilities you will have when you are in the position can be hard when there is a language barrier. In addition, it is important to be wary of spam jobs and make sure that the position you are accepting is worthwhile. Here are websites for advice and where you can find and apply to teaching abroad jobs at.

Go Overseas is a great site to be able to find a teaching position that is the perfect fit for you.  You can explore different programs on there from volunteering, studying and teaching. In addition, you can bookmark positions you are interested in and compare them while you are still deciding as well as apply right on the site. Another great feature is the ability to connect with travelers and ask questions about different programs you are interested in from all travelers who have previously worked there.


Eteach International

This site is great for looking at jobs by location and subject and helps you narrow your search if you know where you want to be teaching abroad. In addition, they provide guides based on where you want to teach and give you tips, an overview and advice on what to expect when teaching in these countries. There are also great blogs on the site that you can incorporate into your teaching as well as help you adjust better.

Teach Away allows you to search for legitimate jobs in different countries and features jobs on the sites that tell you your requirements as well as what grades you will be teaching. They not only have ESL jobs but also college teaching jobs, principal/administrator jobs, etc. for all experience levels to explore. Another great part about this site is that they have a section on professional development about how to be a better teacher, standout with your resume, as well as great programs to further your education no matter what level you are out.

Finding a job abroad doesn’t have to be stressful if you find a great site like these where teacher seeking countries and programs post jobs. You can be assured these jobs are legitimate and have a platform to ask questions and read reviews on different schools and programs to know what you are getting into and how to best prepare as well as pick the right program for you.

Food From My Travels

I’ve tasted amazing food from all over the country when I’ve traveled. Here are a few pictures of my favorite dishes.

Get Involved!

Getting involved on campus is extremely important for students to do in order to not only have a full college experience but also to help find your passion and gain skills you didnt know you had.

Boost Your Resume

You can easily boost your resume by getting involved on college campus activities. Employers will see that took initiative and went the extra mile while you were in college and this will definitely help you stand out against others

Refine Your Skills

Professional clubs and activities can help you put your classroom learning into practical application. Professional clubs that relate to your major are usually very prevalent on campus and help you make connections, attend events, and continue to grow in your career.

Figure Out What You Want

College is a time for not only learning but figuring out what your passion is and what field you want to go into. Getting involved and joining different clubs can help you find your passion and hone in on skills you didn’t even know you had.

Learn more about getting involved here 

20 Trips to Take In Your 20s

Since I recently turned 31, I’ve been reflecting on the person I’ve become–what I love about myself, what I wish I’d done before now, what I can improve, why I am the way I am, etc. And I realized on a recent trip to Bali that travel is not only my favorite hobby, it has […]

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What To Pack When You’re Teaching Abroad




make sure to get clearances for all medications that you’ll need as well as stock up on contact lenses, inhalers, allergy pills, and any other essentials you’ll need that you won’t easily be able to get abroad


Make sure to bring passports and copy of passports, birth certificates, working permits, and anything else you’ll need abroad. Also make sure to get power converting sources for all of your chargers for technology as well.


You won’t have a lot of room to pack your wardrobe, so make sure to bring staple pieces that you can layer and mix and match. Especially if you’re teaching, lean on the side of more professional clothing.


Make sure to leave room for items you won’t think you’ll need, but definitely miss once you’re gone for awhile like a picture of your family, favorite piece of jewelry, etc.

Remember, you’re moving for a yeah so bring the essentials, but a lot can also be bought where you are going! Don’t stress too much about packing but make sure to research beforehand.


How To Get A Passport and Work Visa


Finding a Passport

Step 1: Apply ASAP

Step 2: Fill out the Application

Step 3: Find a Post Office

Getting A Visa

Getting a work visa is different for every country. For Asian countries, it is a lot simpler to get work visas because work is in high demand, unlike European countries. The only way to get a work permit is if your place of work gets one for you.

  • Western Europe – It is extremely difficult to get a work permit in Europe in countries like Italy, France, and Spain, since the job is in such high demand and many people are looking to work there.
  • Easter Europe – Countries like Russia and Poland are easier to get work permit in, your school should help you with these things but teachers are more in demand there.
  • Asia – As long as you meet the basic guideline, you can easily get a work visa in Asian countries because teachers are in high demand. Every Asian country is a little different but generally if you have a degree and your certification you can get a long term visa no problem.

See a more detailed guide on how to obtain these things at

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