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TEFL – An Adventure For All Ages: Part Three

Part Three: Retirees & The Mature TEFLer!


TEFL - an adventure for all ages - part three!

The third and final edition of our series on TEFL – an adventure for all ages! We’ve talked about teaching English opportunities abroad for gap year students and for career-breakers but now it’s time for our final instalment, the retirees and mature TEFLers!

So if you thought that teaching English wasn’t for you, then here are a few reasons to change your mind and a few tempting teaching opportunities too!

Why You Should Get Involved:

• Commitment/Guilt Free Travelling

The 9-5 thing is done and dusted, the children have flown the nest and now it really is time for some ‘me-time’. You promised yourself that you’d travel the world, well, now’s your chance to do it! With a global demand for TEFL teachers, you can go exactly where YOU want to go… see you later 2 week holidays in Disneyland with the (grand) kids and say goodbye to planning your holiday around the rota at work… it’s time to choose your TEFL destination – the ultimate guilt-free expedition!

• Work Experience

There’s no doubt about it that teaching English abroad is a full-time job –sitting on a beach with a few gin and tonics isn’t in the job description I’m afraid! Having said that it is a great option if you’re looking to do something different for a few months or a few years AND travel at the same time!

“Can I get a job?” When it comes to employability, mature TEFLers are often top of the list, especially within the Business English market (and no you don’t need to know everything about Business to teach it – just read this article to find out more).

Most TEFL employers appreciate someone who can demonstrate skills such as: professionalism, managing teams, maturity in the workplace and overall life experience. Being able to demonstrate these skills to future employers will put you in the good books straight away and set you apart from the pack.

So although you might have left the conventional world of work – another year or another career is waiting for you with open arms!

• Family Life Experience

One of the biggest TEFL markets is young learners and school children. So, if you’ve raised children you’re going to know a thing or two about looking after children, keeping them in check and ensuring that they get the most out of their experiences.

This is a big win for TEFL employers – they want someone who knows what they’re doing!

• It’s Time For a Change…

If you’ve spent the majority of your working life crunching numbers, sitting indoors all day (hugging the heater in winter and the air-conditioning unit in winter) then teaching English abroad is a great opportunity to try your hand at something new. Not taught before? No problem! A new culture, a new cuisine and a new way of living is a great way to start a new life in the sun!

A final word from TEFLers who’ve done it!

Mary, 69 and Ted, 74

“After doing a TEFL course with i-to-i we put our CVs on the internet and got quite a few replies – mainly from the Far East. We were approached by the Yangzhou College in China and decided it would be far more interesting and are so very glad we chose China as it was absolutely fascinating.”

Need a TEFL course to go alongside that enthusiasm? Check our course offers here!


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