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International TEFL Academy Announces Results of First Global Teaching Abroad Photo Contest


International TEFL Academy, a leader in TEFL certification for teaching English abroad, has announced the winners in the school's first global Teaching Abroad Contest.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 31, 2012

The contest, which featured photos submitted by ITA alumni teaching English in dozens of countries around the world, was won by Thomas Paeme, whose photo of himself teaching English in Cambodia received the most votes. Winning photos and other entries can be viewed on the International TEFL Academy website.

“This photo contest brings to life the possibilities of living and working abroad for those who earn their TEFL certification and pursue opportunities teaching English abroad,” said Bruce Jones, President of International TEFL Academy, a Chicago-based TEFL training school that certifies and provide job search guidance to 1,200 aspiring English teachers each year.

According to Jones, International TEFL Academy alumni who earned a TEFL certification and are teaching English in more than two dozen nations, submitted photos from locations ranging from Italy, Peru and China to Italy, Brazil and Qatar.

“As soon as I saw the promotion for the photo contest, I wanted to participate right away," said Paeme, whose grand prize was an Apple iPad. “My amazing teaching experiences in Thailand and Cambodia were the first things that crossed my mind and although I had a lot of beautiful scenery pictures as well, I opted for a picture that included the wonderful children I worked with.”

First prize in the contest was awarded to Charlotte Hammond, who entry depicted sunset in Venice. “I'm happy to be an active International TEFL Academy alum and I'm delighted to be honored in the contest,” said Hammond, 25 of New York. “It was a pleasure to participate and see the work and travels of other alumni through sharing photographs." Hammond has been teaching English in Trento, Italy and will be moving to South Korea in January 2013 to begin teaching there.
“I have never looked back to my old career and my old life. Teaching has been such a challenge but overall such an invaluable and rewarding experience,” Hammond said of her experience teaching English abroad.

Teaching English abroad provides very realistic opportunities to English speakers of all backgrounds to live and work as a local in up to 100 countries around the world,” said Jones. “The vast majority of our students and alumni, including those who participated in this contest, had no background in teaching and no degree in education,” Jones added. “But with a TEFL certification and job search guidance from our Student Affairs Department, our students are able to realize their dreams of seeing the world and getting paid to do it. It's very rewarding to see.”

International TEFL Academy (ITA) is a world leader in training and certifying English speakers to teach English abroad. Based in Chicago, IL, ITA trains more than 1,200 English teachers annually and offers internationally accredited TEFL TESOL certification courses online and in 25 locations around the world. All students and graduates receive lifetime job search guidance and graduates are currently employed as teachers in dozens of nations in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

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