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Charleen Johnson Stoever

Charleen Johnson Stoever TEFL Teacher, Blogger, and Meaningful Travel Insider (MTI)

"I travel because I'd rather look back at my life, saying 'I can't believe I did that!' instead of 'If only I had...'"

Char is an introverted lover of dragon fruit juice. She loves sitting with Nicaraguan children on the side of the street while patiently breaking down North American stereotypes. With a short haircut and watermelon shaped earrings, she is passionate about mental health and the rewards that come with vulnerable travel. Not only does she write for five different blogs, she also teaches art and English classes in the mountains of Nicaragua.

Articles By Charleen Johnson Stoever

What is the Best TEFL Certification? Published 17 Mar 2017

Tired of your everyday work routine, and craving adventure? Why not start looking for the best TEFL certification to get your foot in the airplane door? While you don’t necessarily need a TEFL certification to teach English abroad, it is absolutely a g...

6 Challenges You'll Face as a First Time Teacher in Nicaragua Published 31 Jan 2017

Nicaragua, Nicaraguita, is not only “The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes,” but a great place to put your teaching skills to the test. Teaching in Nicaragua proves to be a challenge, but you’ll be in good company. This nation has endured plenty of challenge...

9 Tips for Finding an Internship Abroad Summer 2017 Published 08 Jan 2017

So, you want to find an internship abroad in the summer of 2017? Finding an internship takes time, but you are headed in the right direction by starting your search early. The more you prepare, the more likely you are to land that internship you’ve alw...

Best Volunteer Abroad Programs If You… Published 03 Jan 2017

You’re one of those helpers Mr. Rogers always told us to look out for. But, with so many volunteer opportunities around the world popping up every day, it can be hard to choose between options like community health outreach in Cambodia or hurricane rel...

4 Easy-Peasy-Lemon-Squeezy Activities for ESL Students Published 22 Dec 2016

As a TEFL teacher, you know all too well the importance of lesson planning. Without planning, the classroom would be utter chaos, and your students would be walking out the door faster than they could practice saying “goodbye.” But, what if you slept p...

5 TEFL Programs That Basically Guarantee Job Placement Published 03 Jul 2017

Tired of your current teaching stint, but you just can’t imagine yourself outside of the classroom? Moving abroad to work as a TEFL teacher is one of the best decisions you could make to refresh your outlook on education. It’s nerve wracking to imagine...

Travel Bucket List Ideas for a TRUE Adventure Traveler Published 22 Sep 2016

Adventure travel: noun. A vacation or trip to a natural environment or remote location with the specific purpose of active physical participation and exploration of a new experience. This definition is just the tip of the iceberg, though. Everyone see...

Top 5 Cities (Besides Mexico City) to Study Abroad in Mexico Published 15 Sep 2016

Mexico City seems to have become the mecca of study abroad in México. While, yes, it is the birthplace of Frida Kahlo and is a microcosm of Mexico, let’s not leave the rest of the country out of the picture! There’s a lot more to fall in love with outs...

A Guide to Working Abroad in High School Published 07 Sep 2016

What better way to spend your teenage summers than seeing the world and making some cash-monay? It’s time to graduate from that lemonade stand and travel with a purpose. Working internationally is a huge resume booster, especially if you do it b...

A Guide to High School Programs Abroad in Cuba Published 02 Sep 2016

The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba is has just over 11 million inhabitants. From fighting for its independence from Spain in 1902, to becoming a communist state in 1959, to having survived over 50 years of U.S. economic sanctions, teen history ...

How to Integrate in Your Community While Teaching Abroad Published 26 Aug 2016

It’s tough being the new kid in town, especially when you’re teaching abroad. You no longer have your best friends on speed dial to join your Game of Thrones binge watching sessions, so you have to start from scratch. If only there was friendship speed...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Canberra Published 11 Aug 2016

Want to spend some quality time bonding with kangaroos, but can’t bear the thought of studying abroad outside of Sydney or Melbourne? Think again, mate. You should definitely consider study abroad in Canberra, the hip, artistic hub of Australia ...

How to Blog About Your Meaningful Travel Experience Published 05 Aug 2016

You’re volunteering, teaching, or studying abroad, and you want to tell the world about it, but you don’t know how. Carrier pigeons? Messages in bottles? Do people still use chat rooms? Well, you should #BlogAboutIt. Whether you’ve only lurked on other...

The Importance of Practicing Self-Care While Studying Abroad Published 29 Jul 2016

There’s a very extroverted, go-getter narrative in travel and international education, and why shouldn’t there be? Studying abroad takes guts, and it requires you to jump into the unknown. With all of the travel apps, Facebook groups, and travel guides...

A Guide to Learning Japanese in Japan Published 28 Jul 2016

If learning Japanese means more to you than memorizing everything on a sushi menu, then “The Land of the Rising Sun” is the best place for you to study Japanese. Learning Japanese in Japan will open doors to a competitive job market, leave...

8 Reasons Teaching English Abroad is the Best Job Ever After College Published 22 Jul 2016

“So… what are you doing after graduation?” is a question seniors and recent college graduates hear all too often. Cue the Psycho violins. While it’s never fun admitting that you have absolutely no idea, you do know that you want a meaningful, fulfillin...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Cordoba Published 21 Jul 2016

Argentina’s second largest city is the perfect place to polish your Spanish, marvel at 17th century Spanish architecture, and tango the night away. Not to mention, Cordoba hosts the oldest universities in the nation, earning it its fitting nickn...

A Guide to High School Programs Abroad in Sri Lanka Published 11 Jul 2016

“The Pearl of the Indian Ocean,” Sri Lanka, is an epitome of diversity. Between the Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, and Christians who’ve lived here, and the Portuguese, Dutch, and British who fought over its control, Sri Lanka is brimmi...

A Guide to Teaching Abroad in Portugal Published 28 Jun 2016

Does the name Ferdinand Magellan ring a bell? This Portuguese explorer led the first voyage around the world (Well, he didn’t make the full voyage, but at least he had the Magellanic Penguin in South America named after him). You too will be bit...

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Cambodia Published 20 Jun 2016

Cambodia is home to over 15 million people and the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat. Wat’s more impressive than that? A lot, apparently. This Southeast Asian nation also boasts ornate temples, beaches, and deliciously spicy no...

7 Tips for Coming Out to Your Host Family Abroad Published 06 Jun 2016

If you’re not straight and/or cisgendered (you identify with the gender you were assigned at birth), your sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity (or lack thereof) make the already difficult feat of traveling even more challenging. F...

A Guide to Swahili Language Programs Abroad Published 26 May 2016

Picha. Muziki. Redio. Sound familiar? These words for picture, music, and radio are Swahili words borrowed from English. With roots in the Bantu language, there is a surprising amount of words borrowed from other languages, including Arabic and Portug...

8 Signs You Should Teach English in Mexico 
 Published 05 May 2016

Mexico isn’t just a Spring Break destination. It’s a land of dozens of languages, even more Pueblos Mágicos, and snowy (yes, snowy!) volcanoes. If you’ve never thought about teaching English in Mexico, life south of the border might be perfect for you ...

A Guide to Volunteering as a Legal Aid Abroad Published 21 Apr 2016

What’s the difference between a lawyer and a herd of buffalo? The lawyer charges more. Who hasn’t heard a lawyer joke like this one? While yes, most lawyers tend to have lucrative careers, but there are lawyers who also genuinely want to h...

8 Slang Terms to Improve Your Internship Abroad in the UK Published 08 Apr 2016

If you've forgotten 3rd grade geography, here's a little refresher: The United Kingdom isn't just made up of England - it's made up of three other countries, too: Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. The birthplace of Shakespeare and Cadbury chocolat...

10 Pitfalls to be Aware of Before Teaching Abroad in Chile  Published 25 Mar 2016

Chile is a land of extremes (perfect for ESL teachers in search of bragging rights). You'll be living in a country with the world’s tallest active volcano and some of the world's deepest mines. You can explore vast deserts to the north or hike the mass...

How to Empower Your Kid to Have a Successful Experience Abroad Published 10 Mar 2016

No matter who you are, traveling abroad can seem like an exhilarating, overwhelming, and nerve-wracking idea. What may be even more nerve wracking is the thought of your child going abroad. As a parent, you no doubt want your kid to have a successful, ...