Summer

Summer

Summer is here! The Summer Solstice (between the 20th and 22nd June) marks the official start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Depending on where you are in the world, June can usher in the hope of warm, bright days (we try to be optimistic here in Britain!) or it can herald cooler months ahead, […]

50-Word Story Competition

50-Word Story Competition

To celebrate the 60th Birthday of Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham on 2nd March 2020 we decided to hold a 50 Word Story competition The competition was simple. Create a 50-word story and the top 5 would be posted in our blog The response was fantastic and we received many great stories Before we announce the […]

Finding the perfect fit. Finding IQBar

A few years ago, I was working as a duty manager at a rather prominent hotel in South Africa. This hotel although geographically situated in the lush winelands of South Africa, was out of this world! Its clientele was predominately foreign guests. They would arrive in all sorts of stylish manners, from sleek helicopters to even […]

What are ‘Breadies’ and ‘Buddies’

What are ‘Breadies’ and ‘Buddies’

One of the first things one may notice when joining IQBar is the interesting names given to the students and teachers, ‘Breadies’ and ‘Buddies. The answer as to why these are the names cannot be found in the FAQ or the welcome pack so we decided it was high time to ask our CEO Helen […]

Meet the Team: Sue – Our Invoicing and Recruitment Officer

Meet the Team: Sue – Our Invoicing and Recruitment Officer

Hi everyone, I’m Sue and I currently have two roles within the company, paying Buddy invoices and coordinating recruitment. I started working for IQBar in May of last year with the invoicing side of things. Back then that was nearly a full-time job, but as with everything here, we have improved from then and the […]

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 […]

What’s the Deal With the Bready Seminars?

What’s the Deal With the Bready Seminars?

Got a double booking with a Bready named ‘Bready Seminar’ recently? Relax, there’s no need to fret. All it means that you’ve been chosen to conduct a Bready Seminar. Let’s run through your accomplishments since joining IQBar: You’ve obtained your TEFL certification; You’ve passed the interview stage; You’ve taught a lesson or two and you’re […]

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 […]