About English for Life Academy

It’s not about us, it’s about you.

Are you ready to fulfill your dream of living and teaching overseas?  Pack your bags, we can get you there.

Need to communicate better with your international colleagues, clients, or students so that your team can fulfill its potential?  Come see us.

Can’t wait to wrap your brain around a new language, or take your language skills to a new level?  Oui, oui…we’ve got you covered.

And we have information & inspiration waiting for you.  A free book on teaching abroad, insight into our graduates’ jobs and lives around the world, and free language teaching and learning tips…all for you, free, in your inbox.  Just add your email address on the right, or click here, and you’re part of the community!  We look forward to connecting with you.

And if you’d like to know more about what drives and inspires us…

Our Passion

Imagine a world in which people value diversity, not just in name, but in their actions every day.  Where understanding other people’s culture is a top priority and healthy communication between cultures is the result.

 Imagine a world where global issues are worked out through thoughtful and respectful dialogue and not with defensive shouts across a great divide. A world in which individuals can hear and respect the different beliefs and ideas of another, without judgment and name-calling, and work toward sustainable solutions that benefit all.

Imagine leaders and common citizens who value a variety of perspectives and are connected and engaged on a daily basis with a worldwide community. People who, from interactions with others different from themselves, have taken time to reflect on their own beliefs and actions, and are able to entertain the notion that there are many right ways.

This is the world we want to live in. Frankly, this is the world we need if we are going to be able to address the global problems that face us and our children. And this is why we founded English for Life Academy.

We Are.

At English for Life Academy, our goal is to promote and create a world where diversity and communication are valued. We are professionals, teachers, and global citizens. Collectively, we have lived all over the world and speak many different languages.  We love working with language teachers and learners, and we love teaching.  Every day we teach people of all walks of life from around the planet. We have different specializations in English language teaching, but we all have one thing in common: we have each experienced first-hand the personal transformation that occurs when immersed in another culture, in learning to communicate in a new language, or in that transformative moment of understanding that even though we are all different, we are also very much the same.

We Believe.

We see language and cultural exchange as a tool to create global citizens by facilitating interpersonal understanding and promoting teamwork. Research shows that bilingual people have increased brain capacity, higher levels of creativity, increased reasoning and visual-spatial skills, memory advantages and higher levels of abstract thinking, and faster decision making skills.  These are all essential characteristics of strong team players and future leaders.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide expert training, practical experience, professional resources, and personal mentoring to teach, travel, and transform the world through innovative and personalized TESOL Certificate courses and language and cultural training experiences.

Our Philosophy

At English for Life Academy, we believe that teaching and learning about language and culture can be an exciting, enriching experience.  IT can change your life, and the lives of those around you. Whether you are interested in teaching English abroad, working with internationals, improving your skills in a new language to meet personal or professional goals, or providing high-quality language and cultural training for your company or organization, English For Life Academy can provide you with the training, practical experience, professional resources, and personal mentoring to meet your goals. We are here because the whole world is waiting for you.

Our Goal

To create the highest quality language and culture learning experiences to clients around the world.  To raise the bar in English language teaching and adult education through innovative language and teacher training programs that cultivate creative, knowledgeable, reflective teachers and learners.

Our History

English for Life Academy opened its doors in 1999, offering ESL and Spanish tutoring and private language lessons. Beginning with one student, EFL has since taught English as a Second Language (ESL) and Spanish to over 300 individuals, companies, and small groups.

In 2002, English for Life opened its Translation Department, contracting 4 part-time Spanish translators and a graphic designer.

Beginning in January 2004, EFL began offering 150-hour TESOL Certification courses (which we later condensed to 130 hours) to certify people to become ESL/EFL teachers in the U.S. and abroad. EFL now has over 10 contracted teachers recruited internationally, and more than 150 graduates teaching on 6 continents.

In 2005, EFL teamed up with the College of Charleston to offer graduate credits for completion for the certification course, making it unique in the country for being a short, privately-offered course that offers university Graduate credit.

In 2008, EFL began a partnership with Greenville Technical College Department of Continuing Education, making EFL’s TESOL Certification course available through the college and offering 100 CEU’s for completion of the course.

In addition to the TESOL Certification courses offered, EFL has also created individualized language learning experiences for several groups including

  • Experience English Summer Camps for Korean elementary schoolers in South Korea and the U.S.
  • “Language, Culture, and Customer Service” training for customer service representatives at a global manufacturing corporation in Queretaro, Mexico
  • Professional development workshops for teachers around the state of SC and staff members of The Greenville Literacy Association
  • Customized business English courses for a variety of companies including Ma’aden Saudi Arabian Mining Company, Cryovac sealed air, KS Gleitlager, and Embassy Suites, to name a few

On January 1, 2010, EFL became a limited liability corporation, English for Life Academy LLC.

In 2011, English for Life Academy ran its first overseas intensive in Quito, Ecuador.

In 2012 EFL, partnering with Equinox Spanish School, Greenville Tech, and the College of Charleston, began offering Intensive Spanish classes for all levels in Quito, Ecuador, in addition to running professional development workshops for English teachers around Ecuador.


Stay tuned in as we grow to help you to teach, travel, and transform your world.

Teach English abroad.  Learn a language. Work with internationals. 

Become a global citizen, even if you’re not leaving home. 

We’re waiting for you.

The whole world is waiting for you.