ESL games using paper


Whilst posting about ESL games for younger students (3 – 11 years), here are some activities combining paper. This can be by using paper, card or laminated paper to create flashcards, or small pieces of paper to create match up games or small games where children can work in partners or small groups.

1. Bingo

Draw a grid on the board with 6 boxes and ask the students to copy this into their notebooks or onto paper. Pick a topic such as animals. Ask the students to choose 6 different animals and write them onto their grid.

When all the students have finished this its time to play bingo. Start shouting out animals, if the students have that word in the grid they can check or cross the box. When they have all 6 boxes checked they win the game and must shout ‘bingo’.

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2. Shoot the sheriff

Have 2 students standing back to back with a piece of paper or card each with a picture on thats big enough to see from a distance. Have the students take 3 steps and count up to 3 with each step. Then shout ‘go’, the students must turn around as fast as they can so they are facing each other. The students then look at each others piece of paper/card and the first student to shout out the correct word/sentence that the student opposite is holding is the winner.

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3. Back to the board (or hot seat)

This game can be played by students of various ages, however with younger students its easiest to play it using pictures. Have the class split into 2 teams and then choose one student from each team to come and sit in front of the board, with their back to the board, facing the rest of the class. Standing behind the students hold up a picture, write a word or mime an action. The rest of the class must give clues to help them guess what the word is on the board.

To make it easier, have a selection of pictures for each team that are the same as the pictures that you (the teacher) holds up. Have them race to find the same picture, hold it up and help their team member say the correct word or phrase.

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4. Flashcard race

For this game, magnets, tape or blue tac will be needed to help stick the paper on the board. On the board have words written and give students pieces of paper with pictures that represent the words or vice versa. Pick the same amount of students as pieces of paper. Shout ‘1, 2, 3, go’ and have the students race to stick their pieces of paper in the correct places on the board. The last student to stick their paper on the board is eliminated.

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5. Slap the board

This game is the same as when playing with only the board and a pen/chalk (read the previous post here: Have the flashcards/paper stuck on the board or laid on the tables etc, and shout out a word. The first student to slap the correct piece of paper is the winner.


6. Four corners

Again, this is the same game as in a previous post (see link), but with using paper placed in the four corners of the room, or on 2 walls depending on the level of the students. Shout a word and have the students look and run to that word. It can also be done using phrases such as ‘I like’, ‘I don’t like’, ‘favourite’ etc. Choose a topic and shout words within that topic such as food, or toys. Tell the students to run to the paper that suits how they feel about that word, ‘I like chocolate’ etc.


7. Matching up games

Have a selection of small pieces of paper. Make sure they are in pairs. Have students work together in partners or small groups and ask them to take it in turns to match up the pieces of paper. When all the paper has been paired, whichever student has the most pieces of paper matched up is the winner.

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8. Sentence/word building games

Similar to the game above, have a variety of small pieces of paper. Similar to matching up pairs, this time match up the words so that they form sentences. For example, one piece of paper says ‘open’ and the other says ‘your book’. The student who forms the most sentences is the winner.


9. Word chain games

If you have laminated paper, this is another way to bring games into the classroom. By splitting the class into teams, give each team a laminated piece of paper, (a mini white board), a pen and a tissue or board rubber. Have the teams write words on their boards and build sentences, for example: one team writes ‘I’, the next would write ‘was’ and the next ‘playing’ etc. If a group takes too long to write a word, makes a spelling mistake or writes something that doesn’t make sense, or in the wrong tense etc then that team is eliminated.


Other games that can be done using laminated boards are:

– word snake                      – board run                    – word scramble                     – what time is it?

See the previous blog post for more information about these games. Using the boards takes away some speaking elements of the above games, however it’s a good way to mix up how games are played now and then.

Thanks for reading, I hope this is helpful and feel free to leave any comments.

ESL games using NO resources


The last post was about games and ideas that require only the board and a pen/ or piece of chalk.

This time I want to share some ideas about games that use no resources, just the teacher and hopefully enthusiastic students! Most of these games would be more suited for younger students (3 – 8 years), but some can be adapted and made more difficult for slightly older students (9 – 11 years).

Again some of these games might be obvious and known by other names, but hopefully this will be a useful post and give ideas about how simple games can be adapted when teaching ESL.

1. Telephone

This game is also known as ‘Chinese whispers’. Split the class into teams and have them lined up or sat in an order and whisper a phrase to the first student. Each student must whisper the phrase to the next person in their team, the last student runs to the teacher and whispers the phrase. The first team to reach the teacher and say the phrase correctly are the winners.


2. Four corners

This can be done with a range of different basic topics. Pick 4 words such as blue, yellow, red and green and assign them to a corner of the room. Shout a word and the students run to the correct corner of the room.

This game can also be played by using the phrases ‘I like’, ‘I don’t like’, ‘I love’, and ‘I really like’, or something similar like ‘favourite’. Then choose a topic such as food and shout words and the students run to the phrase that suits them. Ask the students to shout their phrase ‘I like ice cream’ etc.

This can also be done by using 2 sides of the room, by choosing 2 words or when introducing ‘I like’, and ‘I don’t like’.


3. Simon Says (or Teacher says)

Younger students love this game. When you say ‘Simon says’ the students must do the correct actions, when you don’t say ‘Simon says’, they don’t do the actions. If the students do the actions when you don’t say ‘Simon says’ they are out of the game. A way to speed up the game is to also eliminate the slowest student.


4. Body parts game

Once the students have learnt body parts this can be a fun game to play. It can be done as a whole class and the slowest student to touch the correct body part is eliminated or it can be played in teams. If you choose to do this with teams, pick 1 student from each team and the quickest student to touch the correct body part wins the point.


5. Body to body

This game can be done in pairs or threes. The teacher says instructions by choosing body parts. The students must touch the same body parts. For example, ‘fingers to fingers’, and the students must touch their fingers together as fast as they can. The last group to touch the correct body parts together are eliminated. Instructions can be as follows: hands to hands, leg to leg, head to head etc. The winners are the last team left after all the others have been eliminated.


6. Duck, duck, goose

Younger students really like this game. Make sure the basic rules are well explained and it can be used with a range of different vocabulary to review 2 words. Have the students sat in a circle and one word will mean sit down and the other means they will chase the student around the circle.

One student goes around the circle and touches each student on the head and says one of the two words. For example, ‘duck’, which means sit down, or ‘goose’, which means they’ll chase the student around the circle and try to catch them. If they catch the student they can sit back down, if they don’t, then they will start the next round by touching the students heads.

This can be done using any 2 words such as numbers, animals or colours.

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7. Fruit salad

Have the students sat in a circle and similar to ‘duck, duck, goose’ choose 3 or 4 related words such as ‘apple, banana, lemon and orange’. Walk around the circle and name each child a fruit. To play the game, shout a fruit and the students named that fruit must run and change places. For example, shout ‘apple’ and all students named ‘apple’ change places. Make it more interesting by shouting 2 fruits ‘bananas and oranges’ and then these students must change places. During the game shout ‘fruit salad’, and everyone must change places. This can be done with a range of topics such as school resources and animals.

This game can be made more difficult for older students. Go around the circle and name the students different word types such as ‘verb, noun, tense’, etc. Then shout different words. Such as ‘run, table, yesterday’. The students must work out which word type it is and change places. Sentences can be used ‘I was running’, to make the different students change places and again ‘fruit salad’, should be used to make all students change places.


Thanks for reading. Please feel free to leave any comments.

ESL games using limited resources


From experience teaching English in South East Asia, a useful skill is to be able to create games and activities by using limited resources (pen, chalk and the board). From teaching an ESL summer camp in the UK, being able to make games using limited resources was also beneficial as the cost of photocopying worksheets or anything using ink ran up massive costs.

For this post, I would like to begin with some games that can be used for children (ages 3 – 11 years). Most games can be adapted to suit a range of ages and abilities, and the main purpose of these games is to have fun using English and to review recent topics and vocabulary learnt.

1. Slap the board

Write a selection of words, letters or phrases on the board. Put the class in 2 teams and have 1 student from each team come to the board. Say something written on the board and the first student to ‘slap’ the correct word wins a point.

Ways to vary the game: 

– Have the students with their backs to the board so they have to turn and slap the board.

– Have different students come up and be the teacher by saying the word they want to be ‘slapped’.

– Make it more challenging by choosing 2 topics. Write a selection of words on the board and say words that are connected to them. For example, write jobs on the board and say places of work. The students have to listen and choose the correct word to slap. This is a good way of reviewing associated topics.


2. Hangman

Review vocabulary by playing hangman. Most kids love this game, some really don’t!

To make the game more interesting split the class into teams and they take it in turn to choose letters and guess the words. The student who guesses the correct word can start the next round by writing on the board.


3. Pictionary

Draw pictures on the board and have the students guess what the picture is. Make it more difficult by having the students say full phrases or sentences to win the point. For example ‘It’s a table’.

Similar to the game slap the board, this game can link 2 topics. Draw a picture of something related to the vocabulary. For example, using countries, draw something related to the country, pizza = Italy.


4. Board run

This is good to initially review a topic and also checks spelling. Split the class into 2 teams and give each team a pen or piece of chalk. Write 1 – 10 on the board and set a topic such as family members, food, animals, etc. Have the teams write 10 different words and check the spelling of each word. The first team to have 10 different words all spelt correctly are the winners.

To make it more difficult have the students write and spell more words.


5. Word scramble

Split the class into teams and choose a topic. Write a word on the board incorrectly by ‘scrambling’ the letters. The first team to guess the word correctly are the winners.


6. Word snake

Split the class into two teams and draw 2 snakes on the board. Draw lines along the snake to split it into sections. Set a topic for each game. Start off by writing one word in a section of the snake. The teams must write a word in each section of the snake to win the game. The students must write a word that starts with the last letter of the last word in each section. For example: elephant – tiger – rabbit etc. If the students can’t think of a word they can erase the words and start again.


7. Wipe the board

This has the same basis as ‘slap the board’. Write different words, letters or numbers on the board. Either have 2 board rubbers/cloths for 2 teams or if you only have 1 place it in the centre of the classroom and the students have to race and grab it and wipe the board. Choose 2 students and say something written on the board. The first student to wipe the correct word is the winner. Younger students enjoy this game as they seem to love wiping the board!

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8. What time is it?

Once students have learnt about time this game works well. Draw a big clock on the board. Ask the students to shout as a class ‘What time is it?’. Then quickly draw the hands on the clock. Have 2 students from 2 teams stand up and the first to correctly say the time is the winner. To make the game more interesting, the winner of the round can draw the hands of the clock for the next round.

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Thanks for reading, if you have any different ideas or suggestions feel free to comment. Also, thanks to other ESL teachers I have met for sharing some of these games with me. I know some of these games may be obvious but I hope that it might help someone in the future if they’re struggling to think of games or ways to fill time.

Which ESL role is for me?

Teaching English abroad: teacher, volunteer or intern?


What’s the difference? What’s best for me?

When considering teaching English abroad, there are very different routes to think about. An internship, a volunteer position and applying and becoming an ESL teacher are different roles and offer very different positive and sometimes negative experiences. The most important thought to consider is, ‘What is my reason for doing this?’ . The answer to this should help you decide which role is for you. Here is some information and pros and cons for each role.


Generally this is a much shorter contract (a number of weeks/months) and is often set up through a charity or a representive company in your home country. It can sometimes be part of a package in which you pay an inclusive fee up front and your teaching experience is part of an itinerary arranged and organized to suit you and the experience you desire.


+ Often, no experience is necessary.

+ It looks excellent on your CV.

+ Due to the short term nature of the programme, teaching often involves a lot more fun and games than following a curriculum and developing lesson plans.


In Search of Sanuk – a charity based in Bangkok, Thailand.

+ A volunteer experience can usually be tailored to your personal needs and what you want to gain from a volunteer teaching position.

+ There will be a contact in your country of choice and a representative in your home country to help the planning and process run smoothly from start to finish. This is highly beneficial especially if you don’t like the teaching experience or if you feel you are not being part of what you originally intended to sign up for.

+ It is a great way to begin a traveling trip, especially if you are nervous about traveling or are a solo traveler.

+ Usually there will be free accommodation, assistance with transport and a great group of other volunteers to help support you.

NOTE: Due to the nature of some schools abroad, having an insight and experience of teaching is often highly beneficial especially in regards to giving advice, ideas and resources to the full time English teachers in the school, as these will be the staff native to that country who will continue to teach the children after your programme has finished.


– The cost will be dependant on the package or programme that you choose. Usually this is a much higher initial cost than when researching into setting up a more permanent ESL teaching position.

– When researching, really research. Look into the company or charity of your choice in great detail. Check their reasons as to why they want volunteers and why they might be sending you to that destination.

If you want to help, make sure you are helping. There are lots of programmes that provide volunteers, however the moment that’s more important to think about is what happens after the volunteers leave. For the students, this may be a tough time for them, and unknown to you, the students and the organization there is no way of knowing when the next volunteer will arrive. It’s important to find a sustainable volunteering organization and be responsible for your role while you are teaching the students and for what happens after you leave.


This is becoming a more and more popular and exciting option. Usually its part of a program where you choose a destination abroad and study an intense TEFL qualification with lots of classroom experience with an organisation. Then you’ll be placed somewhere else within the country to teach.


87240fe62255968a847071dd00f9cb8c+ It’s usual to have a shorter contract (1 semester, 6 months) and no pressure to commit any longer. (Unless you decide to stay longer).

+ You’ll train and be placed by a reputable TEFL organisation – this means your qualification will be recognised worldwide.

+ Training will take place in a great location with a group of other interns. A great way to make friends and contacts around the country.

+ You’ll have constant support from someone working within the organisation if you have any questions or complaints.

+ Benefits such as: free accomodation and transport or assistance with securing these.


– Usually there is a placement fee that you’ll pay to the organisation for them to find you a job.

– You’ll recieve a lower salary than a ‘teacher’ due to a deduction of your salary towards the organisation and program fees.

NOTE: These are some organisations that people I know have worked with and had a great experience: i-to-i and TEFL heaven.



ESL Teacher

You’ll be working full time in a school or language centre with a team of local and usually other foreign teachers and there will be responsibilities such as lesson planning, marking and attending school events. Most positions will be for approx. 12 months, or at least a full school year (two semesters). Some may be longer but this will always be stated in the initial offer and there will be a very high likelihood that it will be possible to extend your contract and stay longer. The experience needed for this role ranges massively between countries and positions available. Generally countries in South East Asia, offer lots of positions with no experience needed. Other countries have different rules and needs, however this depends on the company you sign up with.


and-the-winner-is-teaching-english-3+ Having a longer contract means youll have a great bond with your students, other teachers and especially the locals you make friends with. + Youll gain a great insight into cultural festivals, ceremonies and traditions and have great fun doing it. + It’s possible to learn the local language and useful phrases. + Lots of positions available in a range of countries and lengths of duration. + You’ll gain a great experience of teaching, curriculums and lesson planning will become easier after a few weeks. + As long as you research, you’ll earn a reasonable salary for your location. Check the cost of living of your location to make sure your salary is fair and check online to see what you should expect to earn per country in regards to your qualifications and experience. Follow the link below to see general expectations for a range of countries. ( + It’s also common to set up links with private english centres or private one to one lessons outside of your school work. These are great opportunities to earn some extra cash. Ask around with other foreign teachers for more information or you may be approached by locals. + You should expect that all visas and work permits will be provided and paid for by your company. If not, they must tell you how to prepare before you arrive and will help with all the necessary information.

'Songkran' - the water festival celebrating the Buddhist new year.

‘Songkran’ – the water festival celebrating the Buddhist new year.

+ If you work in a public school, you’ll have plenty of public holidays, long weekends and semester breaks to look forward to and can plan to travel during this time! However, if you work in a language centre, holidays will be much shorter as this is generally when they are busiest due to students having extra classes. NOTE – Read through your contract thoroughly to make sure you’re aware of all holidays, teaching hours and responsibilities before you accept a job!


– There may be a chance that after arriving you realise the company or school isn’t all it promised to be. Research as much as you can to prepare, there are many forums online that give reviews. If you work for a small company or a school directly and can’t find any information at all, this isn’t always a good thing. Try and find Facebook groups or ask for contacts for other teachers at the school to try and gain a bit of insight.

– After arriving there might be changes of your initial contract such as the working hours and days off. Know your contract in and out and make sure everything you originally signed is guaranteed for the duration of your contract.

Prepare to do visa runs. Sometimes there may be problems processing paperwork and work permits. If these don’t get processed in time its possible that you’ll have to cross the border into a neighbouring country and come back with a new visa.

– You may have culture shock. Sometimes adapting to a new place, classroom or schedule might be difficult. Stay positive, take everything as it comes and eventually everything will become a random, spontaneous routine.

– The language barrier may also be a shock, don’t be surprised if you show up in a small town and there is very little English. Smile, use big gestures and body language and as above you’ll quickly get used to it and pick up useful phrases.

Organisation might be lacking, you might get thrown into your first lesson, or could be sat around for days not knowing what’s going on. Other times you may be told classes are canceled for no reason. Try to get involved with what’s going on or take a book or a laptop to help pass time. If you’re needed you’ll be found!

IMG_20141016_182213– Lastly, the biggest struggle. The fact that once you’ve settled, you’ll never want to leave. Living abroad is fantastic, everyone gains something from it. The bonds you form with your students and staff are unforgettable and it becomes tough to say goodbye at the end! The positives always outweigh the negatives.

NOTE: culture shock, the language barrier and organsation can be a challenge in any role when moving abroad.

I hope that this post doesn’t put you off the idea of teaching English abroad. I hope that this offers more realistic expectations than other articles you might read. I’ve definitely been through a lot of the pros and cons within the role of an ESL teacher, and despite it being challenging I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else right now. It really is a fantastic experience that I’d highly recommend to everyone. Whether you choose to volunteer, become an intern or a teacher, the biggest choice to make is when. If there are any points that you would like more information about or if you feel that I have missed anything important, please leave a comment. Thanks for reading.

Ways to save space; what not to take!

IMG_20150528_000447When moving abroad it’s good to plan to go to a supermarket or store to stock up on things when you arrive.

In the previous post, I wrote about essential items you should pack. Here are some easy ways to save space and this is a list of items you should plan to buy as soon as you arrive instead of worrying about how to pack them.

1. Towel.

Don’t pack a big towel. These are really easy to find at supermarkets or markets and save a lotbath-towels of space in your luggage. I’d recommend buying a travel towel instead, as these are designed to save space and are really useful for the beach, pool and general use until you buy a regular towel.

Note – if you consider buying a travel towel, it’s best to look online and in outdoor stores. They have lots of sales throughout the year.

2. Toiletries.

Save51mPMMdBvWL space by only bringing travel sized toiletries (shampoo, conditioner etc.). Bringing big bottles of your favourite brands take up a lot of space and usually most western brands will be available in stores abroad. They are also really cheap to buy! It’s also helpful to have a range of travel sized bottles for when you take a vacation or if you fly with only hand baggage as you can re use them.

Note – when buying shower gels/creams, lotions, soaps and deodarants in South East Asia, check that the products don’t contain whitening agents, or bleaching chemicals. There’s plenty of products not containing these but double check the packaging.

3. Stationery, notebooks etc.

If you’re planning to work abroad items like pens, pencils, notebooks and diaries might be something992 you think about packing. These not only take up space but weight and these things are very cheap and easy to find in supermarkets and stationary stores. If you’re planning to teach and willing to look at local markets there’ll be toys, stickers and other fun resources that you can take into the classroom that will be much cheaper than supermarkets and small stores.

4. Hair dryer.

Thisrevlonrv544tourmalineionichairdryer-1 is another item that can take up space, and is very easy to find once you move abroad. I’ve had friends who take hair dryers and straighteners from home and due to the difference in voltage they’ve either stopped working or the fuse has blown. Good quality brands of hair straighteners aren’t quite as easy to find, so I’d recommend taking these if you need them, but buy a hair dryer on arrival.

5. Brand new electronics.

Particularly if you’re moving to Asia, you’ll find high quality brands for either a similar price or cheaper in most bigger towns and cities. Even in small towns in Vietnam, it seems every other store sells electronics and they often have good sales. Items such as laptops, cameras, tablets and mobile phones are really easy to find, so if you’re planning to buy one just before traveling, it might save you some money and space in your baggage to buy these when you’ve arrived instead. acer-aspire-5740 MY-CAMERA

8 essential items to pack when moving abroad.

When moving life abroad, it’s hard to know what to pack and what to leave behind. During my first year teaching in Thailand I often found myself thinking about things I should have brought with me, and when I moved to Vietnam I made sure I packed them. This list is generally for females but some items might be useful for everyone!

This list has been made and based on my time living in South East Asia so may not relate to everywhere but hopefully it will still be helpful! I’d recommend packing these items or buying them as soon as you arrive in your chosen country. This list is in no specific order:

1.  Hot water bottle

If you’re moving from England, most other countries will be much hotter and this might skip your mind when packing. For females, a certain time of the month can be .p_763_1321479939difficult and inconvenient. Having a hot water bottle is very comforting, and instantly helps if you have cramps or other stomach bugs. As long as you have a kettle, or water boiler its an easy and quick way to manage the pain. Sometimes when moving to a new country the food can also disagree with you if you’re not used to it, a hot water bottle can really relieve your stomach pain!

2. Vitamins

Working long hours can always be draining. Having some tubes of soluble vitamins have really helped me at times this year. They are usually cheap to buy (I found some at ALDI), and small enough to squeeze into your luggage. They are a quick way to give yourself a little boost if you need some energy and are also useful if you feel like you are getting a cough or a cold. In South East Asia I’ve found that pharmacies like everything close for a few hours during the afternoons, so it may take a few days to find a good time to visit a pharmacy and pick up some medicine. Taking a soluble vitamin everyday can help tie you over until you’ve picked something up from the pharmacy.

3. Any prescribed medication and cystitis sachets

Prescribed medication is probably an obvious item on this list, however most of them will be available abroad if you run out. It’s easy to check if your medication is available in other countries by googling or asking your doctor.

The dreaded cystitis/ water infections are never fun, especially if you’re in a hot country. If you’ve never had one before you’re serious lucky, and I would still recommend picking up some sachets to take just in case. In Thailand I had one, and had friends get them, this seemed to be the hardest to explain to a pharmacist and the sachets you find in most supermarkets in the UK, were not available. BUY some just in case! They are very small sachets and you’ll usually get 6-8 in a pack, buy a few packs and throw them separately into your luggage and they won’t take up much space at all.

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NOTE – the contraceptive pill is available in most pharmacies, google to check in case, however sometimes it can be awkward buying this over the counter, especially if you are living in a small town where everyone knows everyone. Stock up as much as you can before moving abroad and then once you run out it will be very easy to replace it.

4. Clothes

If you are considered a normal size or bigger/tall in your home country (male or female), and you decide to move to Asia it will be difficult to find clothes that fit you once you arrive. I’ve chosen three types of clothes that are essential to buy before leaving your home country.

– formal/work clothes – office wear, shirts, trousers, anything fitted is best to buy before you arrive! If you decide to move abroad to teach, it will be stated in your contract what you will be expected to wear. If it’s not, it’s good to ask and find out.

– clothes appropriate for religious sites and cultural occasions – it’s very easy to get hold of baggy trousers from markets in South East Asia, but I’d recommend bringing a light cardigan, and something long that will cover your knees and shoulders just in case. Bringing these clothes will also double up to give extra warmth and comfort if it gets cold and if you ever take overnight transport.

swimwear – bikinis are great for the beach and easy to speedo-endurance-pulseback-dresdenfind in beach towns but if you’re wanting to swim for fitness and use public swimming pools you’ll need to wear a one piece/swimming costume. There are strict rules in public swimming pools about what to wear. It’s not so strict for males, but females must wear a one piece.

NOTE – casual clothes will be easier to find in supermarkets and tourist markets.

5. Epilator

Epilatinghp6508-epilator is not everyones cup of tea, however if you can get used to it, I think it’s a great product to invest in. It’s also a good way of saving money by not having to buy razors or other hair removal products. I’d highly recommend using ‘Philips’ as a brand. They offer a 24 month warranty and soon after moving abroad mine broke. I contacted them and due to being abroad it wasn’t possible for me to send it back to be repaired and they sent me a replacement.

6. Sun cream

I’ve found it difficult to find sun cream outside big cities and beach towns. Usually its no cheaper, or more expensive than buying it in the UK. I’d recommend stocking up on sun cream if you find a sale and take a few bottles with you. I’d recommend the ‘Soltan’ brand from ‘Boots’ as it has mosquito repellant in it too, which saves money and space in your luggage as you don’t have to take bottles of both. They also offer an after sun product with insect repellant too.

7. Extension cable and universal adaptors

Extension cables can be bought once you arrive abroad or packed and theyExtensionCable are really useful! Especially if you plan to take lots of electronics and chargers. There can sometimes be problems with not having enough plug sockets in the room so an extension cable solves this problem!

Universal adaptors can be pricey, but are also really useful, especially ifuniversal_adapter_universal_adaptor_universal_travel_adapter you plan to work in Asia and travel, the different countries have different sockets. Once you’ve invested in one, it can be used worldwide.

8. A portable speaker

x_mini_ii_portable_speaker_3These have so many uses, especially if you plan to teach abroad. Students love music, especially if you teach kindergarten students! Generally, having a portable speaker is good to have in any group situation and really easy to pack too.

I hope this list is useful. If I have any more items to add to the list, I’ll update this post and please feel free to add a comment below.

Thanks for reading!