You can call me Kimi! This is my very first blog, woo hoo! I get a LOT of questions about teaching abroad. Why did you choose to do this? How can I teach abroad? I wanted to finally give you some answers: I’ve always wanted to live and study abroad, but I did not take the opportunity to do it during my academic career. In 2016, three years after working professionally, I stumbled upon a blog talking about teaching abroad and it sounded incredible. After hours and hours of research and comparing programs and pricing, I chose the CIEE Teach Abroad in Spain program. To address, HOW YOU can teach abroad, I’m going to take you through my exact application.
I am a proud alumna of Harvard University and Arizona State University. I’ve fondly served as a university advisor for the TRIO programs and I love to teach others and learn. I’m 28, with 3 degrees and a craving to explore the world! The CIEE program is made up of many teachers and applicants from across the United States and Canada. You only need to have a bachelor’s degree & be a native speaker of English to be initially qualified. If you haven’t started yet, the CIEE application system is easy to navigate. So you have plenty of time!
You do not have to complete the CIEE Application in one sitting! You can conveniently save and submit one item at a time, and log out and come back and complete it later!
Cool Writing Templates & Apps To Make Life Easier
Harvard Resume Template & Guide – I always gave my students this template for resume success! You can also shoot me an email with your resume, I’ll take a look at it for you! 🙂
USA Today’s Tips for Writing a Personal Statement – This will help you get started!!
iScanner You can use this to “scan” your degree or your passport photo; you can easily download the free app to your phone! Simply take a picture of the document you need, send them to your email and instantly upload them from your computer. It makes it “seem” scanned! Though, CIEE may let you pass with a VERY clear photo from your iPhone or Samsung.
The Personal Statement
The personal statement took me the longest because it is asking WHO you are, WHY this path, and WHAT motivates you, PLUS it’s PERSONAL! The CIEE personal statement asks you to answer certain questions and they’re flexible on what format you use. I like essay-style, so I wrote the questions in Microsoft Word, answered them individually in paragraph form, then deleted the questions and wove the paragraphs together.
It briefly explains a grad school statement; but it can easily be catered to creating your CIEE personal statement. Plus it’s great practice for gap-year students who may eventually go on to graduate school! I know it can be hard to share about yourself, but do get a pair of eyes to look over your essay, someone you trust. Don’t change it too much, just have them look out for grammatical errors, remember, the personal statement is about you!
Here is an excerpt from my CIEE Personal Statement!
“I have a heart, mind and spirit that aches to consume knowledge, explore the world, taste different foods, live in the moment, educate, explore and to be exposed to all the beauties of culture. Spain innately offers the treasures and opportunities to satiate the pangs of this hunger. There is much to discover about the history of Spain through the Catholic churches, to housing the oldest operating restaurant in the world, to living a completely different lifestyle than I’m accustomed to. The very first savory appetizer that drew me into this country was served upon my very first day of 6th grade in one of my favorite classes appropriately named “Spanish”. My teacher had been inspired by the art and language of the country over her entire summer vacation and was now imparting that energy, insight and music into the ears of her students. I went home with a masterpiece of 64 different crayon colors on a sheet of paper, slightly crinkled at my fist, with the shape of Spain on it; with the city of Madrid in bold at its center. For Christmas, when most little girls asked for a Barbie Dream House and Game Boys, I wrote to Santa Clause for a globe. The world seemed so small on my globe. I could trace my finger a couple inches to the left across the ocean from North America to Europe, then just a couple inches more to the Philippines, my mother’s home country.
‘Learn to Change the World’ emblazoned every entrance and website of my Masters program at Harvard. These were the very words that initially inspired me to apply to the program to quell my intrinsic urge to create positive multicultural environments, fight social injustice, and to bridge the gap in health and educational disparities on a domestic and global scale. If I am truly to change the world, shouldn’t I have at least experienced the world?”
Thank you for reading the first two paragraphs of my personal statement!
Aside from my craving for culture, I am most excited about experiencing Spain and other countries in Europe, becoming fluent in Spanish, crossing off a lot of items on my “bucket list”, blogging, making new friends and trying new foods and drinks! I’m nervous to leave my family, friends and dog children behind; but adventure calls to me, and I refuse to ignore it!
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