A TEFL Travel Experience for Students and Graduates
TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) is a great way to see the world and earn money at the same time, so it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular option for students and graduates.
TEFL courses qualify people from all educational and professional backgrounds to teach English in countries across the globe. The only prerequisite is a native or near-native level of English speaking.
This sort of experience can really boost your CV whilst allowing you to gain widely transferrable skills in organisation, presenting and communication. It will also enhance your cultural understanding and awareness.
“Having never previously taught, this offered a great option both financially and with regards to time, allowing me to gain a teaching foundation at my own pace and within my price range.” Andrew Cook (currently teaching in the Spanish coastal town of Santander)
It is also a chance to really make a difference in the educational development of students around the world – not just young learners, but adults too.
What kind of work opportunities are out there?
Graduates are eligible for some of the higher-end TEFL jobs which can offer good salaries and may come with great extras like flight reimbursements and accommodation provision. This puts those who are considering a bit of travel post-graduation in a great position for securing work, allowing them to fund their way around the world.
“ South Korea is a fascinating, if often slightly overlooked country and this is a very exciting time to be here. From sunbathing on a sandy beach, to watching the sun rise from a cliff-top temple, or partying the night away in the heart of a bustling metropolis like Seoul. Korea really does have it all!”
“I work at an English academy in Incheon, and my students are aged between 5 and 16 years old. The kids make me want to cry with laughter, burst with pride and scream in frustration, but I love each and every one of them. I'm still working out how I can get a few of them in my suitcase when I eventually leave!” Amy Dunkley
For those who have not yet finished their degree, there are countless opportunities to work in well paid summer camps or in short-term voluntary positions. You’ll find that in summer camp work, you’ll be given full board so all the money you earn is yours to spend as you wish!
Work is available in kindergartens, language schools, universities and even some businesses! Contract durations for all kinds of TEFL jobs can vary from as short as one week, to a year and longer. This means that teaching English abroad can fit into almost anybody’s schedule.
How do you go about securing work?
It’s quite a straight forward process, really….
1. Enrol on a TEFL course. There are varying course options: from a 20-hour course completed in a classroom environment right up to a 150-hour course which combines classroom and online learning. The more hours you enrol on, the wider the range of jobs you can apply for.
2. You then can start applying for jobs; of which there are varying opportunities: form short-term voluntary work to well paid, longer-term work. When you book a place on a course you get free lifetime access to the TEFL Jobs Centre which currently lists about 200 positions in over 40 different countries.
3. If successful in your application for TEFL work, you will be asked to take part in a Skype interview, where you’ll be able to discuss the position in more depth with the school or institution you could be working for. You may be able to negotiate regarding contract duration, pay and added extras.
After your Skype interview, you’ll be able to discuss the terms of your contract and potential start dates - it’s not unusual to be asked to fly out and start teaching the next week!
This guest post has been supplied by TEFL Org UK. For more information visit www.tefl.org.uk or call 01349 800 600 to discuss your options with a TEFL Expert.
Images courtesy of TEFL Org UK.