Take a look around you right now (yes, now!)… If you could click your fingers and magically transform what you’re looking at, what would you change? Your job? Your daily routine? Your horizons? How about all three?
Moving abroad and starting afresh sounds practically impossible, but thousands of people like you do it every year. And you can too: take an internationally recognized i-to-i TEFL course and you could totally transform your life. Just meet some of the people who’ve done it:
“I love my Branch class, they're really cute, but I love the older kids too because you can actually have a conversation and a bit of a laugh with them, without having to make pig noises etc….So, I'm loving it basically. It might be manic but it's so rewarding to see the kids actually learning how to speak English and helping them to enjoy it. And it's fun! It's a good job to have.”
Liz halfway up a mountain in South Korea!
When Paul Dixon left university in 2009, he struggled to find a decent job in the UK, but had no trouble finding a TEFL job in Japan after completing an 120 Hour TEFL Course with i-to-i. His life since has been a whirlwind of new experiences and new challenges:
“When I look back at my 10 months here I have done so much – I’ve attended a Japanese wedding whereby I sang ‘My Girl’ with my new-found friends to the bride; I’ve tried food I wouldn’t even go near at home (shark, cows heart, sushi); I’ve been camping a few times, bike riding a round a lake surrounded by mountains, went on an outside cooking day-trip where we cooked a cake on a huge piece of bamboo; I’ve been to Tokyo Disney, temples, shrines - so many things in such a short time...and I haven’t even mentioned the "normal" socializing aspect or school stuff.”
Check out Paul's video of autumn leaves in Japan...
“I decided that post-university life was not what I expected so I did my TEFL with i-to-i, booked a flight and came out to Thailand to try my hand at teaching. No regrets at all, best thing I ever did!!”
"This is the word for snow...you won't see much of it in Thailand!
Sophie Roberts’ worst nightmare “would have been to get a power suit, briefcase kind of job and have to deal with figures and targets and deadlines” – luckily she hasn’t encountered any of those while teaching in China or in South Korea…
“I would really advise people to teach abroad, I’ve had the best year of my life so far and am looking forward to at least a few more years of teaching in different countries. I plan to go to India, South America and eventually teach in Europe. I finish my contract in Korea in August and who knows where I will go then – but that’s what makes my life exciting!”
Five points if you can spot Sophie amongst all her students!
A lack of formal education didn’t stop Alix Miller from leaving her job as a gardener behind and moving to Ecuador to teach English.
“This video is for people trying to decide if it’s all worth it. I hope it gives you a little inspiration to finish your course and get on the plane. Shot with a bad camera and I´ve never done this before so please forgive the bad quality and sudden end…”
If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?