Ok. We admit it. An i-to-i online TEFL course won’t actually save your life. It won’t drag you out of burning building. It won’t fling you a life-raft if you fall off a ferry. And our TEFL courses are unlikely to know which medication to take if you catch a nasty case of malaria.
But an i-to-i TEFL course will make your time on the planet a little more interesting and give you the chance to live a life that’s more windswept and exotic than you’re average 9 to 5, clock-watching office job. And here’s how…
1: Feeling the fear and do it anyway
There’s no getting away from the fact that making the decision to take a TEFL course and head overseas to find a TEFL job can be scary. But so was riding a bike for the first time, or asking someone out at the school disco! It’s just a question of going for it: feeling the fear and doing it anyway. If you do summon the courage, you’ll look back in a few years and wonder what stopped you in the first place! Trust us, it’s not half as scary as you think!
2: Two months and you’re away
Most overseas language schools require job applicants to have taken a TEFL course with around 120 hours of training. Most people who take our 120 hour TEFL course usually complete it in about two months and some do it even faster! All of which means if you take a TEFL course you could be applying for jobs within in a few short weeks!
3: Become a part of the global community
There’s an old quote that says that ‘travels broadens the mind and brightens the spirits’. By taking a TEFL course and heading off to work overseas, you’ll get to travel in a way that most travelers never manage. You’ll immerse yourself in the local culture. You’ll shop at local markets. Live in areas of town that are way off the tourist trail. And you’ll cross paths with people you’d never meet on a two week holiday. Without being too grandiose, teaching English overseas will help you realise that no matter how far you travel and how strange the final destination, you’ve got everything you need to succeed tucked away between your ears!
4: Do something worthwhile
One of the reasons that people start questioning the direction of their lives, is because they’re doing something (a job or a course or whatever) that lacks meaning and purpose. By taking a TEFL course and teaching English overseas (especially in developing countries) you will help be helping people to improve their educational and career prospects and make their lives a little better and (hopefully) a little more affluent.
5: Once you’ve landed one job…
It’s really easy to get the next one. TEFL Chalkboard, our online TEFL community, is packed with stories of people who have taken a TEFL course spent years traveling from one exotic destination to the next.