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Teaching House Nomads Blog | April 16, 2021

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About Fran Zarnitzky

Fran Zarnitzky

Fran Zarnitzky

After Fran did her CELTA at Teaching House New York,she moved to Uberaba, Brazil, where she teaches ESL at all levels and is head of the school’s Education USA department, which helps Brazilian students study abroad in the U.S. She's recently traveled solo through Argentina, Bolivia and Chile, and hopes to teach in Asia soon. You can follow her adventures at
Fran Zarnitzky

Posts By Fran Zarnitzky

50 Days and 11 Tips: A Backpacking Itinerary for Argentina and Chile

June 19, 2014 | 3

After spending a full month backpacking in the high altitudes of Bolivia, I was ready to breathe normally again. So, my solo adventures continued as I headed for Argentina and Chile with the intention of border-hopping between the two…and I picked up a few travel tips along the way, which I’m thrilled to share.

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The Journey vs. the Destination: Backpacking in Bolivia

May 1, 2014 | 3

“I want to inspire kids around the world.”

“I love the learning process.”

“I’m inspired by helping others reach their goals.”

Maybe one of these is behind your decision to get a CELTA certificate. But, likely, your desire to travel is the driving force. It certainly was the trigger behind my decision to become a certified ESL instructor. And it makes sense: the geographical choices in teaching English as a Second Language are infinite and allow you to make money while living and exploring the region of your choice.

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The Joys and Frustrations of Learning a Language

April 15, 2014 | 1

Learning a language isn’t easy. Yet many of us still waltz into a foreign country figuring we’ll pick it up as we go. While I confess to subscribing to this theory when traveling abroad for vacations or short trips, I am now living in Brazil on a more permanent basis and I can’t just leave my Portuguese acquisition up to the fates.

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6 Tips for Renting an Apartment Abroad

March 18, 2014 | 3

Outdoor space.

It’s the holy grail of apartments in my hometown of New York City. However, a space with a balcony is usually well beyond the average city dweller´s budget, especially in Manhattan.

But I hoped to change that when I got a job teaching English abroad and moved to Uberaba, a mid-sized city in southeast Brazil. I thought surely there would be ample opportunity to find an affordable apartment with something like a terrace in a little-known city in South America.

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What My Students Taught Me About Teaching English

January 22, 2014 | 6

“Have you been to Disney World?”
“Do all Americans eat hamburgers?”
“Do you own a gun?”

Even after living in Brazil for two years, these are still the top three questions I get. (Mickey Mouse and fast food being far more popular inquiries than the American right to bear arms).

Still, I prefer my current reality to the one I was living before, hemmed in by a cubicle and dealing with a daily grind that was less than inspiring.

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