TEFL Trekker is a blog about my adventures and mishaps as a teacher, traveler, and aspiring 2018 Appalachian Trail thru-hiker.
TEFL = Teaching English as a Foreign Language
My name is Sibley, and I am an ESL teacher and outdoor enthusiast. After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2014, I spent the summer teaching English to newly signed baseball players in the Dominican Republic at the New York Mets Academy. I loved this internship, so I moved to Madrid to pursue my M.A. in International Education at the Universidad de Alcala de Henares. As a practicum for the Master's, I worked full-time as an ESL teacher in a preschool and primary school.
After graduating in 2015, I completed the 790 km French route of the Camino de Santiago. My obsession with long distance hiking had begun. A few days after arriving in Santiago, I moved back to Virginia to teach high school Spanish but soon realized I was not ready to settle down. After section hiking more than 200 miles of the Appalachian Trail in the spring and summer of 2016, I moved to Casablanca, Morocco, to teach English once again.
Morocco was amazing. I enjoyed my job teaching general and business English to adults, and I substituted surfing for my old hiking habit. But eventually, city life began to wear me down, and I could hear the Appalachian Trail calling my name. So, in December 2017, I moved back to the United States.
In April of 2018, I plan to embark on a Northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. I will document that hike with blogs and photos here at TEFLtrekker.com. You can also follow me on facebook, instagram, and youtube.
Thanks for reading and happy hiking!