You’re about to embark on your TEFL adventure (cue huge grin) but a few creeping doubts still remain. PANIC NOT. Here are a few handy tips to ensure that your sanity is kept firmly in check.
Let’s not beat around the bush, home sickness is inevitable. Faced with a gaggle of children, in a country you don’t know and a language you don’t speak, it is perfectly normal to instantly miss the UK and all the trimmings (and that’s not just Mum’s Sunday roast). Remember, keeping an open mind is really important, take on new opportunities and immerse yourself in a new culture! The initial culture shock is merely a transition period before the real adventure begins. Having said that... a few home comforts throughout your journey never hurt anyone, be it your beloved somewhat torn and tattered teddy bear, to sourcing out a bar of Cadbury's.
The Power Of The Internet!
Just when they thought they’d got rid of you...
The internet really is incredible; so keeping in contact with friends and family back home has never been easier. Make sure to send regular updates and set up Skype dates for all those eager to share your journey too! A catch-up with a loved one back home is sure to brighten your day.
PLUS, there’s a whole wealth of other TEFL’ers all over the world in the same boat, willing and ready to share their advice on our Chalkboard. So don’t be scared to touch base and keep involved with all things TEFL.
Trusty TEFL Tricks
Struggling with a difficult class is every teacher’s nightmare but it is not the end of the world! A great way to keep things fresh is to keep updated on exciting lesson plans and ice-breakers.
Here is a list of 20 free lesson plans to keep bored expressions at bay;
Another great read is i-to-i Academic Director, James Jenkin's blog, in particular, his rendition on how to keep kids engaged;
Be a Social Butterfly
One of the great things about teaching English abroad are the endless opportunities that are made available to you, BUT, if in doubt; think about why you chose to embark on your adventure in the first place. Go explore, do something new, chat to someone outside your friendship group, try new food etc etc!
Are you currently teaching abroad? Do you agree/disagree? What kind of home comforts do you keep with you?