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All you need is Love...Love...Love is all you need!


Ok so we couldn’t let this momentous day go by without giving a little shout out on Chalkboard. Although it’s not strictly TEFL related it’s never a bad thing to spread a little L-O-V-E- Whether you’re loved up and loving it or you think it’s a load of old rubbish, maybe you’re waiting for cupid to ping an arrow your way... however you’re spending Valentine’s Day let’s take a look back over TEFL couples past and present...

Oh.....and we have a little gossip-we’ve been lucky enough to have our very first China Internship marriage proposal (on the great wall no less!) remember, you heard it here first!

Chalk boarder Jess Watson found love in the last place she expected...

“Back in Phnom Penh, it only took 5 minutes for us to find each other at the guesthouse we met at. Yea, it’s corny, but I think it was meant to be and my intuitive-self knew that. It only took a month for us to fall head-over-heels for each other, and when I had to leave and go back to work in Thailand, he fulfilled his promise to visit me; not once, but a total of 5 times. So, that is where I found love, in Cambodia, a place I could have least expected.”
“What does this all have to do with TEFL? Well, everything! If I hadn’t found TEFL back in the summer of 2010, I never would have bought a one-way plane ticket to Thailand. If I had never found TEFL, I never would have found a job teaching English that provided me with an income to be able to travel to Cambodia.”

TEFL Teacher Bazz moved to Seville, Spain where he found love in the classroom...

“After the summer teaching in London, I head for Seville, Spain, where I've been ever since. That was six years ago and in September 2011 I got married to my Spanish wife, who, incidentally, used to be my student (she was 21 and I was 25 before you ask)”

TEFLer Robert Clarke found love in Indonesia...

But, just three weeks into his new life abroad, Robert found himself nervously waiting for Astrid Citralokam, a course consultant at the school where he teaches, to finish work so they could watch a movie together.
They may have missed the first 15 minutes of Monsters Vs Aliens, but the rest, as they say in the movies, was history....

“My family are happy for me,” Robert explains. “They hoped it would settle me down a little and my mum was pleased to know that there was someone to look out for me, as she always worries when I travel abroad.”

Loved up but yet to start your adventure? Scared to leave your boyfriend/ Girlfriend at home to go TEFL teaching? Why not take them with you!

Chalkboarder Corrine and boyfriend James are currently living and teaching in China...

“My boyfriend, James, and I (Corinne) recently moved to Nanjing, China, to teach English. So far we have enjoyed exploring the city, and are excited to begin teaching in a few days!”

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