What Does Being TEFL Certified Mean?

What Does Being TEFL Certified Mean?

If you are anything like me, you would also be wondering what a TEFL certification actually means. When I embarked on my journey towards achieving my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education, I frequently crossed paths with the phrase ‘TEFL certification’. At the time of my studies, a bunch of people I knew where getting ready […]

Key Tips for Beginner Buddies

Key Tips for Beginner Buddies

Pretty soon after teaching my first online lesson I realised there is quite a lot to consider. Online teaching is a lot like standard classroom teaching as it comes with a number of challenges and struggles. I learnt that I needed to adapt rather quickly and definitely had to brush up on quite a few […]

What is Loadshedding and How Can we Cope?

What is Loadshedding and How Can we Cope?

LOADSHEDDING: An action to reduce the load on something, especially the interruption of an electricity supply to avoid excessive load on the generating plant. The dreaded loadshedding, striking anxiety in the hearts of South African Buddies. It is a constant source of worry about teaching schedules and power. It can be overcome however, there are […]

Life as a new Buddy – Laura Explains the Training Process

Life as a new Buddy – Laura Explains the Training Process

Although I have taught in a traditional classroom for a number of years, teaching online via a video-based platform was a new experience for me (and quite an intimidating prospect at that!). I had absolutely no idea what to expect, and no idea of what would be expected of me in return! With IQBar, however, […]

What I’ve learned since working at IQBar

What I’ve learned since working at IQBar

IQBar was my first foray into online teaching and my first professional experience of teaching. A year and a half has passed since I first signed up and a lot of lessons learnt! It can be a wild and crazy world out there online, but IQBar offers a safe and supportive space to develop yourself […]

My IQBar Experience – Asha’s Perspective

My IQBar Experience – Asha’s Perspective

IQBar is one of the most professional companies I’ve come across. From the first point of contact until the interviews, the training to the trial period, you couldn’t find any flaw if you were searching for them. Everything happens so systematically. Regardless of whether you’re working with them as a contracted buddy or a flexi […]

The Purpose of Preparation.

The Purpose of Preparation.

Best to be Prepared Words by Amanda Harrison  Why do we have to prepare for lessons if it’s already loaded in the classroom like Picaro, or if the content is available for downloading anyway? It’s already all there right? Right! So, why prepare? Preparation is key to a successful session with Breadies. Picaro can seem […]

On Being a New Buddy

On Being a New Buddy

I’ve been through many things in my life and I’ve always prided myself in going through it with a smile on my face knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Then I became a Buddy. With great excitement and enthusiasm albeit whilst feeling nervous beyond words, I did my two […]

Don’t Fear the Wait Time – Maria Kenngott

Don’t Fear the Wait Time – Maria Kenngott

Don’t Fear the Wait Time By: Maria Kenngott We live in an age that fears silence. We text, we tap, we watch Netflix; anything but endure a moment’s quiet reflection. But in teaching, as in life, sometimes we need to step back and let the silence speak.             “What’s you’re favourite colour?” You wait half […]

My IQBAR journey, a mum’s perspective.

My IQBAR journey, a mum’s perspective.

3 months ago, I was a busy single mum with two fabulously exhausting, children and a well-established career as a franchisee running singing classes for babies and toddlers. I loved my singing job, but recent circumstances meant times were hard and extra income was needed.  Here’s how IQBAR changed everything. I used to teach in […]