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  1. How TEFL can allow you to travel long-term

    posted by Guest Blogger - Helen Hargreave | 0 Comments


    In this post, our friends at i-to-i impart their extensive knowledge and experience about teaching English as a foreign language. You can read more about TEFL courses from i-to-i here. Why not follow them on Facebook or Twitter as well.

    It’s the last day of a two week holiday in the sun and your mind has turned to the first day back at work...the bursting email inbox, the office chit-chat, your flickering computer screen and let’s not even mention the omen of all omens... excel spreadsheets; a state of panic takes over you (with the exception of really looking forward to a decent bacon sandwich and a cup of tea) how can you delay your time abroad? Breaking your leg on purpose seems a bit extreme.

    With thousands of travel-bug victims searching for a way to travel-long term many have turned to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Getting TEFL qualified will not only provide you with a qualification to last a life-time but it will also allow you to up-sticks and start a new life anywhere on the planet!

    Is there any demand?

    The English language is becoming one of the most sought-after languages to learn – not only is it the international language for business, science, technology, diplomacy, aviation, advertising and tourism to name a few, but it is also a rite of passage for the youth of today to keep up with popular culture. Movies, TV programs, even food have an English-speaking dominance meaning learning English has become, dare I say it, cool.

    As a result there is a demand for English teachers in all corners of the world!

    How does it work?

    Taking up TEFL means you take things into your own hands – you decide the qualification, the destination, who you teach and how long you teach for! If you’re looking for long-term travel, becoming a TEFL teacher is just one way to start a new career abroad.

    As there is such a demand for TEFL teachers, your goal to explore the world is achievable! Teaching contracts vary in length according to both the employer and the country. Standard TEFL contracts are around 8-12 months and are often extendable. Finished 8 months teaching kindergarten in China? Why not head out to teach business English in southern France on the next TEFL adventure?

    Short-term options ARE available, they just require a bit more investigating. One great short-term option is summer camps - these occur all over the world and are popular in Europe and Asia alike. If you’re new to teaching, this is a great short-term option if you want to dip your toes in before taking the plunge! Short-term teaching contracts are also a great stop-gap opportunity – to save some money before continuing on your journey around the world.

    Top tip: there are literally thousands of TEFL jobs; some of them have incredible perks. Look out for employers providing accommodation, health-care and even return airfare!

    Where’s the ‘travel?’

    There’s no hiding that teaching English as a foreign language is a real, proper job. A real timetable, students to educate and work to mark! But with most contracts just under a year it means that you can really immerse yourself in the local culture, boost your CV and escape the ‘tourist’ label yet be safe in the knowledge that your next adventure is only round the corner.

    So although you may not be able to spend all day, every day on a beach in Thailand sipping cocktails and planning your next full moon party, you will be making a decent living for you to fund your travels on weekends, days off and school holidays!

    Where can I go and how much can I earn?

    Asia remains one of the most popular destinations for travel-hungry TEFLers with some of the most lusted-after travel destinations right on your doorstep. With a nice TEFL wage (you can earn up to £2000 a month teaching English in South Korea) say goodbye to money worries and say hello to sustainable long term travel!

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