TEFL stands for teaching English as a foreign language, and because there is a huge demand for TEFL teachers worldwide, getting into this line of work could be your chance to break away from your current life, and forge a new path and a new career overseas. If you were wondering how you could make your dream of a new life abroad come true, perhaps a change of career could allow you to travel, work, get paid and see more of the world?
If English is your mother tongue you’re instantly advantaged in terms of training to become a TEFL teacher, what’s more, the UK has a number of highly regarded and respected TEFL teaching institutions where you can learn, gain experience and accreditation, and go on to teach English around the world.
People from all walks of life decide to teach English abroad for loads of different reasons, from globetrotters and people taking a gap year to those wanting to make a full time career out of teaching internationally, TEFL is an accessible way in. In this report we’re going to cover seven reasons why teaching abroad makes sense!
1. You Can Get Paid to Travel
TEFL teachers are needed everywhere – from Buenos Aires to Bangkok and from Berlin to Barcelona – so teaching English abroad is the perfect way to see all the places that you’ve always wanted to see, and instead of it costing you a fortune to do so, you can get paid to do so!
Okay, so yes, you’ll need some initial funds to pay for your TEFL training and your flights abroad, but you will quickly make back the money you invested when you find work and start teaching – and you’ll then have money left over to enable you to explore the new country you’re living in!
2. You Can Immerse Yourself in Another Culture
A lot of people go travelling and only end up seeing the main tourist attractions and gift shops, but this isn’t the case when you’re teaching abroad as you’ll actually be living and working with local people. You won’t just be taking snapshots to share with your friends on Facebook, you’ll be part of the picture yourself.
3. You Have a Chance to Make a Difference
People around the world want to learn English so that they can better their own lives – and you can really contribute to that. Most TEFL contracts are for at least 6 months, so in that time you can take great pride in seeing your students’ progress. You’ll be helping their chances in life: how many jobs can you say that about?!
4. You Get to Challenge Yourself
So you’ve got to that point in your life where you don’t feel challenged by your daily routine in the office, and want to do something which really challenges you? Well teaching English abroad can fulfil your desires and needs!
When you’re living in a foreign country, pretty much every aspect of your daily routine will be challenging (in a good way!). Whether that’s ordering food in a restaurant or trying to keep control of a class full of students whose language you don’t speak – you can be sure you’ll be challenged! What’s more, you’ll be having the chance to fulfil your aspirations of establishing a new life abroad…
5. TEFL Can Change Your Life
Take a look around you right now, if you could change one thing about your life what would it be? Your daily routine? The weather? The way you feel when you get home from work?
TEFL can be the perfect chance for you to change your life and to do something amazing, either for just a few months or for the rest of your life.
6. TEFL Gives You a Way to Live and Work Abroad
Lots of people are put off moving abroad as they don’t have a feasible work option to fund the move, but that’s not the case with TEFL. Teaching abroad provides the perfect opportunity for you to live and work abroad – and there is such a high demand for TEFL teachers so that fluent English speakers like you are genuinely needed in this industry!
Contrary to what some people may think, you can actually earn good wages as a TEFL teacher. For example in South Korea you can earn up to £1,340 ($2,100) a month. In other countries such as China, Thailand and Ecuador for example the wages may be less, but then so is the cost of living – so your money will go a lot further!
7. You’ll Gain Valuable Work and Life Experience
Teaching English abroad can be really beneficial to you, even if you don’t want to make a full-time career out of teaching. You’ll boost your leadership, organisational and communication skills, plus it’s always going to look great on your CV or resume.
Want to know how to get out there for yourself? Well now you can download a free copy of the eBook, ‘TEFL Uncovered: How to Teach Your Way Abroad with TEFL.’ This book gives the lowdown on how TEFL works and how you can forge a career for yourself teaching English as a foreign language around the world.