As we enter another year, you’ve probably spent some time coming up with some new year’s resolutions – things you want to accomplish, things you want to change, things you want to stop doing. If you’re like the majority of us, you probably put travel more on your list; maybe get a new job or earn more money too.
Well, we’re already in the second month of the year now, so if you haven’t managed to tick these items off your list, now is the time to make it happen!
What if we told you, you could earn money AND travel the world? Sound too good to be true? It’s not! Travelling the world is a very real possibility if you are interested in teaching English as a Foreign Language. And if teaching English as a Foreign Language is going to allow you to travel the world, then why wouldn’t you be interested?
Let’s talk business.
First things first, get yourself a TEFL certificate. This is a certificate you are awarded on completion of a TEFL course. Choose an internationally-recognised reputable TEFL provider, make sure your course is at least 120 hours, sign up and learn everything you need to know about learning theories and teaching methods.
Can’t tell your prepositions from your plurals?
Not sure of your adjectives and adverbs?
Get confused between a first and second conditional?
Don’t worry, all of this and more will be covered during your course to make sure you are fully prepared to teach English as a Foreign Language.
Once you’ve got this in hand, you’re ready to make your move. Download the World Factbook 2021 from The TEFL Academy and familiarize yourself with the teaching requirements, average teaching salary and cost of living of over 100 different countries. When you find a country which sounds like your cup of tea, that’s when you can start applying to one of the hundreds of thousands of jobs available to you.
Or, if you’d prefer not to venture too far from home, have a look into teaching online. Teaching online is fun, convenient and in huge demand at the moment. All you need is a good laptop, a microphone and/or headset, a reliable internet connection and a quiet space. Also, preferably no screaming children or barking dogs in the near vicinity!
You can sign up with one of the many different online teaching companies who will schedule lessons with students for you, you can upload an introductory video of yourself on an online database and wait for students to book with you, or you can teach freelance and find your students yourself and teach through Skype or Zoom.
Either way, it won’t be long before you can be up and running and teaching English from the comfort of your home office.
So what are you waiting for? If you want it, the world can be your oyster – all you need is a TEFL certificate and the World Factbook 2021.