Teaching English in a Foreign Land: The Book

It gives me great pleasure to be able to introduce my non-fiction travel literature book Teaching English in a Foreign Land available on Kindle:  amazon.co.ukamazon.com, also available on paperback. Also available on the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

If you’re a fan of my blog then you’ll love my book, even if I do say so myself. Before I go on to tell you a bit more about why I wrote this book, including an explanation for the front cover, here’s the blurb.

Follow Barry around the world as he tells the story of how teaching English as a foreign language changes his life. After doing a TEFL course in London, he flies to South America alone. He has no job to go to but hopes that teaching English will fund his travels – ultimately, it opens up opportunities all over the world.

During Barry’s two-year TEFL adventure he has several nervy encounters with local louts in Ecuador and Brazil, collapses after a trip to Machu Picchu, gets stuck next to ecstasy raving loonies and a transvestite on a Greyhound Bus across America, struggles to settle Down Under, finds himself working for strict Catholic nuns in Bangkok, and meets some sex mad Babushkas on the Trans-Mongolian railway.
This book is essential for anyone who wants to see how rewarding it can be to teach English in a foreign land.
Why did I write this book?
I wrote this book to inspire travellers, teachers, and recently finished University students to get out there to experience the fantastic world of TEFL. This is the book I would love to have had when I finished University and wanted to travel the word while earning a living.
My story of teaching English round the world shows that travelling alone is difficult, but with determination and luck you can meet amazing people who can help you achieve your ambitions. With the current economic crisis, the TEFL industry is expanding every year. There are many reference books on how to teach English as a foreign language, yet few teachers have written travel books about their real life experiences living abroad.
How long did it take?
My family and close friends know how long.
“Have you finished that book yet?”
“What, you’re editing it again?”
“Are you writing the next War and Peace?”
Those were just a few typical questions I’ve heard over the last seven years. That’s right, I’m not ashamed to admit it, but that’s how long I’ve been writing this book for.
It was encouragement from family and my wife (girlfriend at the time) that made me realize I had a story to tell. After positive feedback from a couple of short stories I decided to write a book so others could see what it’s really like to travel the world and teach English.

At first, I didn’t really know how to write, some might say that I still don’t, but it’s taken me a long time to become a writer. First I wrote down all my memories from the trip, going through old emails, diary extracts, and looking at photos. In the meantime I read loads of travel literature books and self help books about how to write. After a year I had all my memories down, but one small problem; there were over 600 pages. So I decided to write two books.
I spent a year or so editing and produced a book called ‘Struggles, muggings, and naughty Latin lies,’ which I sent off to plenty of publishers and agents in London. Meanwhile I got on with the second book. A year or two later, after lots of rejections, reading even more travel books, and doing a writing course, I edited the two books into one. After another year of trying to find a publisher and agent I’ve decided to go down the self-publishing route. 
What about the cover?
Well, for the actual story about what happened, you’ll have to read the book I’m afraid. However, I can tell you that he’s not swearing. I met him at Ankor Wat, Cambodia, and we had a good chat, which does explain why he has two fingers up.
What next?
As you can see from my blog I’m doing a DELTA, so my book writing has been put on hold. I’m half way through a fictional novel based on flamenco in Seville, but that won’t be out for a while, hopefully not another seven years though.
On a final note
I’ve really enjoyed writing Teaching English in a Foreign Land and it’s an exciting moment for me that people can, hopefully, enjoy reading my story. I have to thank a lot of people, which I’ve done in the acknowledgements page; you know who you are. The only thing I’d ask is that if you enjoy reading my book then spread the word, leave a comment on my blog, and leave a review on my amazon page or lulu.

Enjoy!

20 thoughts on “Teaching English in a Foreign Land: The Book

  1. Mate, you're a legend! Proud of you son – all of us back here at The New Den are. How much does it cost btw? – I guess I'd need a version I can read on the laptop as the postal service here is toilet. Once again mate, sterling work….watch this space for my EFL script. I mean, if it took you seven years, it's still early doors right? Timbolito.

  2. Legend? Cheers darling? Good to hear from you old pal. Mate, why don't we do the EFL script together in a way, sure we could take over the EFL WORLD? Been a great day, had over 400 page views on my blog. Great to have the support. Underlay Underlay…keep in touch old Timbolito…

  3. I'm so proud! Can't wait to buy my copy and find out more of these global adventures of yours :)I'm going old school and waiting for a hard copy though, would I order a hard copy from Amazon? Katie

  4. The Marvellous Katie Baxter!

    Cheers ma deers, don't worry you'll get a copy on hardback. Should be out this week, keep your eyes open. You'll be able to get it from lulu.com. Thanks for the vote of confidence. Be in touch.

    Baz

  5. Hi Barry, the long awaited book appears. I'm looking forward to getting a copy from Lulu.com
    still waiting for the kindle to arrive….

  6. Hi Barry, loved reading about your adventures, what an amazing experience! I'm doing a TEfL course in Australia and was struggling through some of it but I'm even more motivated after reading your book.
    Nicky

  7. Hey Nicky,

    That's great; exactly what I wrote the book for! Thanks so much for your comment, means the world because I don't actually know who you are, so nice one. Good luck with the TEFL in Australia. Hope you have a ball.

    Barry

  8. Hi Barry, I'm flying out to Sevilla on 1st September for my first ever TEFL job! I stumbled onto one of your older blog a few weeks ago which helped me tremendously, in terms of how to get a teaching job upon arrival in Sevilla.

    http://sevillexpat.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/looking-for-job-teaching-in-seville.html#comment-form

    It's lead me to this page and I've just bought your book. I really look forward to reading it while I'm away as I'm sure I'll get a ton out of it.

    Thanks again! Andrew

  9. Hey Andrew,

    Nice one, cheers mate. Who are you going to be working for? I'm with ELI. Hope you enjoy the book, send me a mail or something when you get here and if I can escape the wie and kids we could meet for a beer.

    Cheers

    Barry

  10. Just finished reading Barry's book. Loved it and as an ex TEFL teacher myself (France 1990s) I can relate to a lot of his experiences and the authenticity of what he has written. How about a few more photos from your travels Barry? Thanks for having the courage and determination to write this.

  11. Hi Barry,

    Hi actually haven't got a place lined up just yet but I'm actually following your advice from the blog and have messaged around 20 schools, and then will go and visit them all in person with my CV when I arrive. I checked out ELI and it certainly looks like one of the best in Sevilla!
    And yeah, it would be great to go for a beer when I arrive! I'm really excited to build a new life from scratch and I'm sure you'll have some amazing insight.

    Thanks again,

    Andrew

  12. Hey Dave,

    Thanks for reading, and finishing, my book. Great to hear you liked it too, always a bonus. I put a few photos on my blog and a a powerpont presentation on 'My Book' at the top. Yeah it took a while to write, as long as I can inspire a few people to get out there and see the world then that's what counts. So you're not teaching anymore then? Thanks for writing.

  13. Hi Barry,

    I haven't got a place lined up just yet but I'm actually following your advice from the blog and have messaged around 20 schools, and then will go and visit them all in person with my CV when I arrive. I checked out ELI and it certainly looks like one of the best in Sevilla!
    And yeah, it would be great to go for a beer when I arrive. I'm really excited to build a new life from scratch and I'm sure you'll have some amazing insight!

    Thanks again,

    Andrew

  14. Hi Barry, I'm flying out to Sevilla on 1st September for my first ever TEFL job! I stumbled onto one of your older blog a few weeks ago which helped me tremendously, in terms of how to get a teaching job upon arrival in Sevilla.

    http://sevillexpat.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/looking-for-job-teaching-in-seville.html#comment-form

    It's lead me to this page and I've just bought your book. I really look forward to reading it while I'm away as I'm sure I'll get a ton out of it.

    Thanks again! Andrew

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