“TEFL travelling bug, Europe and Madrid” – Lauren Bonheim
Attended: EBC Madrid, Spain in October 2013
Course choice: Referred by friends (U. Delaware)

Course photos: Lauren’s class

TEFL travelling Lauren Bonheim on location in Madrid

TEFL travelling Lauren Bonheim on location in Madrid

The travel bug bit me young, and it got me really good. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had the itch to go. Go where you ask? Elsewhere. If I fight the itch, the itch fights back. It spreads throughout me until I’m forced to surrender myself.

Maybe this is the fault of my parents, who exposed me to the world of travel early on. Some of my earliest memories include frantically throwing together a backpack, anxiously awaiting our next departure.

When I was 13, Europe and I had our first encounter. I think this was the trip that ultimately broke me. The high was overwhelming. Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm: towering stunning blondes; St. Petersberg: the graceful elegance of the Russian ballet; Amsterdam: the charming gloom of the gray canals; Paris: warm gooey baguettes straight from the oven. We drove, we flew, we cruised. I knew I’d never be the same.

College study abroad was a dream come true and I got the chance to venture out again. But, 4 months studying abroad in Madrid was a tease. Europe and I weren’t finished with each other yet. So, that’s where I am now, back in one of my favorite cities, Madrid, living, teaching and always wandering.

I’d like to think that sometimes it’s necessary to lose yourself in order to find yourself. That you can never really know exactly who you are until you first let yourself go. Somehow, I hope I continue to have the opportunity to wander this world, to lose myself in cities, art, fashion, faces and love. Every time I find myself, I hope I lose myself again.

That’s why I started my blog. To share experiences with fellow wanderers as we help each other along the way. And, just maybe, I’ll even have the privilege of inspiring some others to take a chance.

In my opinion, everyone deserves the chance to wander. Everyone deserves to lose themselves.


Lauren runs an excellent blog about life in Madrid, her travels around Europe and some good advice a tips for newbie or not so newbie TEFL travelling teachers.

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15:28 08 Mar 18
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14:42 08 Mar 18
The course is really useful. It makes you equipped with the right knowledge, training and attitude. Things you need to have that confidence to go out and face the world as an English teacher. Highly recommended!
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14:25 08 Mar 18
This is a great place to get your TEFL certification. The staff is kind, organized and very helpful. It was such a comfortable learning environment that I enjoyed very much. I liked the personalized attention and I got a lot more confidence and experience to be an English teacher. Thanks for everything!
Victoria Metz
10:35 02 Feb 18
I found the instruction throughout the course to be very effective and I finished the course feeling excited and prepared to begin teaching. There is nothing fancy about the EBC facility, however this doesn't in any way reduce the overall quality of the course. John, the instructor, has extensive experience (both as an TEFL teacher and a TEFL course trainer), which is evident in the thoughtful organization of the course. My class had only five students, which created lots of time for personal attention and advice. Make sure you come prepared to work hard!
Adam Schreiber
12:06 14 Dec 17
It was a great and intensive course! I learned and enjoyed this whole learning how to teach experience. Thank you very much for your time and knowledge. I feel well-prepared now. EBC Madrid, 2017.
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11:57 14 Dec 17
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Class of August 2017.It's been a busy stressful 4 weeks but I am happy the group and I have all made it and we have TEFL certificates to show for all our hard-work and sleepless nights. Much thanks to our trainer John for his patience and ability to find solutions and guidance to help you find your way and energy throughout the course. EBC international is the best place to learn and share your knowledge of teaching. And for people like me who has no idea how to teach things like grammar and also to learn the grammar...this is the place to be!
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